Yanmei S Return Home

[12:54] <Yanmei> Sera had gone on ahead in a separate VTOL, and so the mood inside of the one carrying Isaiah and Yanmei and Lizzie was not antagonistic. Not everything was well, however, and it showed in conversation lulls and sad glances.
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Cloudy day." Murmured Isaiah quietly, glancing out the window. The Lachapelle hovered in the distance beyond the city limits.]
[13:08] <Yanmei> "Yeah." She hated this. How jumbled their plans had suddenly become. Nairobi and Isabelle would have to wait for another time. "I'm hoping Marianne will be there to greet us. And… to say goodbye, too."
[13:15] <Minaplo> [He shifted a little closer, a warm hand on her back, gentle fingers stroking the nape of her neck. "I don't want to say goodbye."]
[13:18] <Yanmei> "I don't want you to either…" Yanmei frowned. "If I'd known this would happen, I'd have made better use of our time together."
[13:21] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?"]
[13:23] <Yanmei> "Like more kissing~ And more time spent talking instead of going out to places? We never did get a chance to settle things with Kyuu…"
[13:25] <Minaplo> ["Ah, well. It's not a problem anymore." He murmured, kissing her neck. "Maybe my VTOL will be late. Maybe we'll be able to sneak away somewhere…"]
[13:27] <Yanmei> "Maybe…" she glanced at Lizzie out of the corner of her eye, trying to sweep away the doubt, and turned to kiss back.
[13:32] <Minaplo> [Lizzie had spent the flight napping or playing with General Bear. Now she was sitting quietly, staring at the window with almost uncharacteristic thoughtfulness.-
[13:32] <Minaplo> [The VTOL landed on its pad, the doors opening.]
[13:34] <Yanmei> "Here we go, then." Yanmei rose, almost reluctantly, and swept a hand through her violet hair, and reached for her and Isaiah's luggage, freeing him up to guide Lizzie. She went to the doors and peered out before opening them and stepping down.
[13:40] <Minaplo> [Isaiah came after, holding Lizzie's hand, stepping out, the engine wash catching their hair and tustling it about.-
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["Platform two." Said Isaiah, shouting to be heard over the engine. "That's where I need to go."]
[13:42] * Yanmei nodded and gestured awkwardly - not an easy task with her hands full. She started to head toward Platform two, as expected, but it was a very -slooow- walk. Trying to drag the moment out a bit.
[13:47] <Minaplo> [Isaiah certainly wasn't going to speed up either. He walked along, one hand in Lizzie's, other around Yanmei's waist.-
[13:47] <Minaplo> [But they arrived eventually, platform two marked with a sterile sign stating as much in simple black font. "… Here we are."]
[13:49] <Yanmei> "You'll call us when you get in? No matter how late it is?" She set down the luggage, and opened her arms up for a full embrace.
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["Of course." He said, pulling her into his arms tightly. "Of course. No matter how late, it'll always feel too soon to be leaving…"]
[14:01] <Yanmei> "Isaiah…" She was -clinging-. Letting go again didn't seem worth it.
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["Soon." He tightened his grip. "Soon it'll be over, we'll live together…"]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Yeah… it'll be nice," she murmured. "Just need to be patient."
[14:18] <Minaplo> [His phone rang. He sighed, but didn't move to take it. "That'll be telling me to hurry up."]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Like they can't wait a little longer?" Yanmei pulled back, flouncing her hair in annoyance.
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["Apparently not." He sighed, taking the phone out and answering it.-
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["Hello? … Oh, Major Wellesley. What is it?"]
[14:28] * Yanmei folded her arms in anticipation. That meddling Alphonse…
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I'm just about to go."-
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["… Yeah."-
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["… Yeah, that's right."-
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["…" His face changed, brightened. "You're sure?"-
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["… Well, if you're sure, I'm not going to say no. Thank you, sir. Goodbye." He hung up.]
[14:34] <Yanmei> "Eh…?" That wasn't the expression he'd been wearing a few moments ago.
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["That was Alphonse. He just rang to tell me that I won't be needed in Boston for awhile, so he had a talk with the Colonel and they're letting me stay in Paris for a week."]
[14:42] <Yanmei> "Really?!" The sulky pout was gone in an instant. "You can come home with us?"
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["That's right!" He said, grinning.]
[14:54] <Yanmei> "Eee~!" Yanmei threw her arms around him again. "Oh god, this'll be geat! Like old times…"
[14:57] <Minaplo> [He picked Yanmei up around the waist and swung her around gleefully. "I -am- your doctor." He said warmly. "I had to make sure you kept to your proscribed treatments~"]
[15:04] <Yanmei> "Heh." Yanmei waited for her feet to touch the ground again before leaning in for a smooch, and then pulling away. "Lizzie! Guess who's coming home for a while?"
[15:06] <Minaplo> ["…" Lizzie stared up at them, then jumped into the air. "Daadaa! Daadaa!"]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Bingo~ Let's grab some pizza and wine to celebrate~" A beat. "And grape juice."
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["Sounds good to me." Said Isaiah, picking up some of his luggage and putting an arm around Yanmei.-
[15:16] <Minaplo> [But before long, Yanmei's phone would be the one ringing.]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Hello~~~?" She answered with a bit more brightness than usual without looking. "This is Zhang."
[15:25] <Yanmei> "Hm? All right. We'll be there in just a minute? Bye~"-
[15:26] <Yanmei> She hung up. "The Colonel's waiting for us in te lobby. Let's hurry up! She says there's a surprise there."
[15:28] <Minaplo> ["A surprise? Any idea what?"]
[15:32] <Yanmei> "And early Christmas gift? Maybe it's an extra nice credit card~" Yanmei glowed.
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["A credit card?" Asked Isaiah doubtfully.]
[15:35] <Yanmei> "Naturally. She totally trusts me." Yanmei was hurrying off ahead, having grabbed her share of the luggage. "Let's go see!"
[15:36] <Minaplo> [They hurried off.-
[15:37] <Minaplo> [Waiting in the lobby was Marianne, and with her… James, who was grinning, holding some sort of animal cage in his bionic arm.-
[15:37] <Minaplo> ["Hey there, lovebirds." Said Marianne. "How was Leningrad?"]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Freezing. And… eventful?" Lacking a spare hand to raise in greeting, Yanmei just sort of inclined her head, and grinned. "They were pretty nice to us, though? How are you guys holding up?"
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["I'm alright. It's been a frenzy here, though."-
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." James nodded in agreement. "I just got out." He grinned, sidling over to Isaiah.-
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["I bet you had a lot of fun, huh? Crisp and cold, alone with your beloved…"-
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["Er…"]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "As tasteful as always, Riel." Yanmei scowled at him and then tossed her hair. "Don't listen to him, Isaiah."
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["Just makin' sure you have a healthy and fulfilling lovelife."-
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["Stop mucking about and give her her present already, James."-
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["Oooh, I dunno if she deserves it~"]
[15:52] * Yanmei eyed the little cage he was holding with a hint of suspicion. "If there's a seagull in there, you two can have it."
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["Not a seagull, it's not a -bird- cage, is it?" Said James petulantly.-
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["Something better. More expensive, definitely. Something only -I- could get you." Said James.]
[15:57] <Yanmei> "D-drugs? Wait, that doesn't make sense…"
[16:00] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's eyebrows shot up. "What does -that- mean?"]
[16:02] <Yanmei> "Oh, it was just a bad joke," Yanmei grinned at Isaiah affectionately. "Thank you for the gift, Riel. I'm sure it's amazing! May I?"
[16:06] <Minaplo> ["'Course." He held it out to her. She couldn't see what was in the cage yet…]
[16:07] <Yanmei> So she set her bags down and then opened the cage slowly.
[16:14] <Minaplo> ["Mrrrr." She heard the sound before she saw the source. A paw- and then a head. It was a cat.-
[16:14] <Minaplo> [Or was it? If it was the breed didn't seem like your usual house cat, and the tail ended in a fuzzy little tuft.]
[16:15] <Yanmei> "Awwww, how cute!" Yanmei scratched him behind the ears. "Hi kitty! Ah… an exotic breed?"
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["You could say that." Said James with a grin. "Panthera Leo Nubica- or in English, the East African Lion."-
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Wait, what?" Marianne looked around in alarm.]
[16:24] <Yanmei> Yanmei stopped scratching… and then slowly resumed. "You managed to find an East African Lion in Paris?" She sounded more amused than alarmed.
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["Nah. But I have a friend who breeds 'em overseas, so I asked her for a favour…"]
[16:31] <Yanmei> "Wow… Colonel, is it all right? You, ah… look a little pale?"
[16:32] <Minaplo> ["He didn't tell me it was a -lion-!"-
[16:33] <Minaplo> ["So? Hey, my sister raised a tiger to be totally harmless."]
[16:36] <Yanmei> "Isaiah did it with Lupe too. Sort of."
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["Lupe's not harmless, not if you show him respect." Said Isaiah, reaching down to scratch the cub's head. It began playfully biting his finger. "If you don't show him respect he can get quite… Displeased."]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "Rar, attack, attack," Yanmei giggled as the cub began biting. "Even so, once we work out how to handle things with it and Lizzie, it should be okay, right?"
[16:43] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it should be ok." Said James, more to Marianne than to Yanmei. "Raise him tame and he'll be fine, honest. And at the size he is now he won't be able to hurt Lizzie."-
[16:44] <Minaplo> ["Kitty!" Cried Lizzie, running over to rub the cub's back. The cub rolled over, letting Lizzie rub his fluffy belly.]
[16:50] <Yanmei> "Geeze…" Yanmei murmured. "She makes friends with animals so easily…"
[16:53] <Minaplo> ["So, you gonna keep it? If you are, he needs a name." Said James.]
[16:55] <Yanmei> "Panthera Leo Nubica…" Yanmei murmured. "Maybe 'Nubie'?"
[16:56] <Minaplo> [Marianne let out a snort. "Oh god, that's as good as your interior decorating ideas…"]
[16:58] <Yanmei> "Really?" Yanmei's face brightened, and then fell and then shifted into a glare. "What's -that- mean? There's nothing wrong with my interior decorating!"
[17:02] <Minaplo> ["There's also nothing 'wrong' with Katsuragi's cooking…"]
[17:04] <Yanmei> "If you think it's so bad, then why don't you come up with something?" Yanmei tossed her hair smugly.
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["I do, actually."]
[17:08] <Yanmei> "What, then?"
[17:09] <Minaplo> ["Regulus." Said Marianne, bending down to peer at the cub. "It means 'The little king', and it's the brightest star in the Constellation Leo."]
[17:11] <Yanmei> "We could call him Reggie for short!"
[17:13] <Minaplo> ["Sounds great!"]
[17:21] <Yanmei> "So, it sound like that's that," said Yanmei. She watched as the cub continued to frolic in the attention lavished upon it. "Thanks again, James."
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["No worries. Hey, I need to go meet some friends in a minute, so I can't hang around…"]
[17:24] <Yanmei> "Ah? Well, okay. I guess we'll be around at work and stuff tomorrow, so…"
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["Suuure." James winked. "See you three around~"]
[17:28] * Yanmei waved her goodbyes, but she turned back to the others with a slightly sour expression. "Blowing us off like that. Hmph. Well, it's hard to stay mad about it?"
[17:29] <Minaplo> ["He did just give us a rare pet." Said Isaiah with a grin. Regulus rolled back onto his feet and was springing around Elizabeth energetically, sending the girl spinning around and giggling.]
[17:31] <Yanmei> "Maybe we should get going ourselves. Go home and relax a bit."
[17:35] <Minaplo> ["That's a-"-
[17:35] <Minaplo> [Yanmei's phone rang once more.]
[14:11] <Yanmei> "One moment?" Yanmei lifted it to her ear. "Hello~? Zhang here."
[14:14] <Yanmei> "Ah! William. How were the mountains?"
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Huh? Wait, where are you?"
[14:22] <Yanmei> "Oh, I see. I'm sorry things didn't work out."
[14:23] <Yanmei> "Go ahead."
[14:28] <Yanmei> "Full house, huh?" She muttered. "We'll make room. Does the Colonel know?"
[14:34] <Yanmei> "One sec." She put a hand over the mouthpiece. "William says he's bringing a friend home with him for a few nights. Is that okay?"
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["That shouldn't be a problem. We don't have much room, though…"]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "We can make it work. Don't worry?" She grinned at her and turned back to the phone. "You have her approval," she announced.
[14:40] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Safe travels?" She shut her phone. "Interesting…"
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["What's up?" Asked Isaiah.]
[14:42] <Yanmei> "They'll be back in Paris in less than two hours. Should we head to the train station to meet them instead of going home?"
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["We really should be getting back home." Said Marianne. "If he's bringing a guest over, we'll need to clean…"]
[14:48] * Yanmei made a slight face. ""Ugh. I guess you're right? We should try to impress him."
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["A friend, huh…" Murmured Isaiah.]
[14:54] <Yanmei> "His mentor!"
[14:54] <Minaplo> ["Mentor? What, he's bringing a monk home?"]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Yup. And you know how strict they are~ Which means you'll be in the hot seat." She turned a grin at Marianne. "He'll probably want to make sure that his little Willbie is being cared for properly."
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Goodness gracious." Marianne groaned. "Will mostly takes care of himself…"-
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Wait, why am I in the hot seat?" Asked Isaiah.]
[15:14] <Yanmei> "Because we'll totally need your domestic skills?" Yanmei leaned in a bit with large, pleading eyes. "Pretty please? We only have a short amount of time, and if the Colonel's made a mess of the apartment while we were out, we might lose custody, which would be awful because he's one of the best live-in nannies ever. Isn't that right, Lizzie?"
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["Right!"-
[15:15] <Minaplo> [Isaiah shook his head, a wry smile on his face. "You're an idiot. C'mon, then, let's go clean…"]
[15:19] <Yanmei> It would take bit of time, but they would soon be home. Three of them delved into the housework, and the fourth sat in front on the television, quieted by a dvd with cheerful flailing puppets and clutching her beloved General Bear to her.
[15:25] <Minaplo> [Regulus the lion cub would be allowed to explore and nose about, occasionally interrupting the adults (and Yanmei) by pouncing at their feet and legs, playfully trying to engage them in his fun. Eventually he'd take a seat next to Elizabeth, licking his paws and cleaning himself.]
[15:31] <Yanmei> Finally finished with the dishes, Yanmei dried her hands and sighed. Dinner seemed to be coming along smoothly as well - some kind of quick stew made of thing in the fridge. "So what did you do while we were gone, Marianne? You never did say."
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["I wish I could say I had some glamorous trip, but… I simply invited my family over to Paris for a week, then we took a trip to the Riviera."]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "That still sounds pretty nice, though?" Yanmei grinned. "The Riviera was so pretty…"
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["We should go back there once day." Said Isaiah, nudging Yanmei. "Remember what we did down there? That big silly argument?"]
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Hehe, yeah. But we made up, too!"
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["We did~ What was it you told me?"]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "That you were way better than any boyfriend, I think it was."
[15:44] <Minaplo> [Isaiah trilled with delight, snuggling into Yanmei's side. "So sweet~"-
[15:44] <Minaplo> [Marianne snorted. "Is this back when you two were still pretending to be platonic?"]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "What do you mean 'pretending'?"
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Admit it. You were basically just pretending, even to yourselves." Said Marianne with a smirk. "Misato said as much."]
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Misato is hardly an expert on our relationship." Yanmei tossed her hair haughtily. "She should focus on her own for a change, so that we can tease Guillory about it properly."
[16:05] <Minaplo> ["Isn't it true that you used to get all protective of Isaiah around girls~?"]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "You make it sound like I was clingy or something. I was being perfectly reasonable!"
[16:09] <Minaplo> [Isaiah snickered. "Y'know, I think she might be right. Not that I'm complaining~"]
[16:11] <Yanmei> "Not you too…"
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["Hmhmhm~"-
[16:13] <Minaplo> [There was a knock at the door.
[16:13] <Minaplo> ]
[16:21] * Yanmei gave one last huff… and then let her demeanor change. A placid air settled, and the bright smile she reserved for photographs bloomed. "Looks like they're here~ Shall I see to the door?"
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["If you please, Yanyan." Said Marianne. "I hope this mentor isn't too stuffy…"]
[16:29] <Yanmei> "It'll be fine~" Yanmei breezed toward the door, and then, after one last rush to smooth down her hair and straighten her clothes, threw it open. "Welcome to Paris~"
[16:39] <Minaplo> [Standing in the doorway was a man. He was fairly tall, and he wore a black jesuit cassock, a little unwillingly it seemed. Over this he wore a well-loved long brown leather duster, the inside of which was full of pockets. He looked rough, his face tanned, grizzled and unshaven, criss-crossed with scars. He had brown, bright eyes, and unkempt brown hair, on which he wore a black, wide-brimmed pinched hat. He smiled.-
[16:40] <Minaplo> ["Thank -you- very much, young miss, for the warm welcome." He tipped his hat to her respectfully. "Did you know, William musta told me a hundred things about you, yet not one of them mentioned just how charming and welcoming you make a person feel."]
[16:44] <Yanmei> "Seems you have your own charms, sir." Yanmei beamed back at him, seemingly taking his grizzled appearence in stride. "How was the trip?"
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["I don't like those damn VTOLs." Said the man, scratching his chin.-
[16:50] <Minaplo> ["Alright, Brother Joseph, that's enough." Muttered a put-upon voice. William emerged from down the hall, dragging a pair of heavy suitcases. "Yanmei, this is Brother Joseph Mackenzie-"-
[16:50] <Minaplo> ["Call me Joe."-
[16:50] <Minaplo> ["Don't call him Joe, it only encourages him."]
[16:53] * Yanmei opened the door a bit wider, turning aside to make room and gesturing. "Won't you come in, Brother Joe? Marianne and Isaiah are waiting to meet you too. Just make yourself comfy."
[16:54] <Minaplo> ["Will do." He stepped inside, leaving William at the doorway. Will turned to Yanmei with a dark look.-
[16:54] <Minaplo> ["I hope you don't think that counts as a compromise." He muttered.-
[16:56] <Minaplo> [Meanwhile, Joe was already introducing himself to the others. "You must be Marianne, right? Will's told me a lot about you. Says you've taken good care of him."-
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["Well, I've tried, Brother. He mostly takes care of himself, he's a blessing to the house-"-
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["Really?" Joe looked over his shoulder at William suspiciously. "Hasn't had any problems? Wild parties? Girls sneaking over?"-
[16:57] <Minaplo> ["No, nothing like that."-
[16:57] <Minaplo> ["Well, why the hell not?" Joe frowned.]
[16:59] * Yanmei had smirked at William's initial remark. It was rare to see him in such a dark mood. The backward glances from one Brother Joe, however, put an end to that, her sunny, bright, friendly expression reappearing in an instant. -
[17:00] <Yanmei> "Well, you know, he's pretty busy?" She reached for one of the suitcases to help him. "Work and school are demanding, especially if you're not already used to France?"
[17:04] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but what does he do for his vacation? Runs back to the mission. The youth of today- no sense of fun." He shook his head, turning to Isaiah. "And you're… Isaiah?"-
[17:04] <Minaplo> ["Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, yeah. Pilot of 08 and Yanmei's fiance." He shook Joe's hand.-
[17:05] <Minaplo> ["Fiance? Huh." He looked impressed. "Well, thank you, miss-" he turned to Marianne- "For having me. I know it was pretty short notice."-
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["It's no trouble, really…"]
[17:09] <Yanmei> "That's right? We're happy to have you. Ah… Lizzie, come and say hello too."
[17:09] <Minaplo> [Lizzie tore her attention away from her puppet program, peeking over the back of the couch. "Hihi!"-
[17:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh, hello, there… Lizzie, right?"]
[17:12] * Yanmei made her way toward the couch with the luggage, nearly tripping on a little Reggie on the way. It -was- heavy. More guns…?
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["Did you enjoy your holiday, Yanmei?" Asked William.]
[17:13] <Yanmei> "It was very nice. Saw a parade."
[17:13] <Minaplo> ["Yeah? What was that like?"]
[17:15] <Yanmei> "Noisy? And flashy. There were toys and weapons on display? And guns firing…" She coughed, peering over at the mentor and Lizzie. "Show them your bear, sweetie."
[17:15] <Minaplo> [Lizzie thrust General Bear into the air. "Bearbear!"-
[17:16] <Minaplo> ["That's cute. A bear in a uniform." Said William with a smile.-
[17:16] <Minaplo> ["Gunfire?" Asked Joe, looking over.]
[17:17] <Yanmei> "Just a small incident. The panic caused a bit of a scare for Lizzie, but no one was really hurt."
[17:17] <Minaplo> ["Heh. Jerks. Mind if I sit down?"-
[17:17] <Minaplo> ["Go ahead, Brother." Said Marianne, pulling a chair out for him.]
[17:23] * Yanmei dropped comfortably down onto the couch herself. Then stood, and went to the window and closed it before the smell of dinner got too far. "I bet things were peaceful for you guys, though~ Paris has its lively moments as well, but after Leningrad, it feels empty and small."
[17:23] <Minaplo> ["That happens." Said William. "A lot of cities make Paris-2 look… Well, tiny."]
[17:25] <Yanmei> "Speaking from experience? What's the coolest city you've been to, William?"
[17:25] <Minaplo> ["Hmm." William leaned back and thought. "I'd have to say V-"-
[17:25] <Minaplo> ["Vienna." Said Joe.-
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["-ilnius."-
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["Liar."]
[17:31] * Yanmei giggled. "What about you, Brother Joe?"
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["What, the coolest city I've been to?"]
[17:32] <Yanmei> "Right!"
[17:34] <Minaplo> ["Gee, let's see." He leaned back in his chair. "I've been to a lot of places. Melbourne was a great place before Impact. London was pretty great too, until it was blown up…" He rubbed his chin. "These days, though, I'd have to say… Cologne? Yeah, Cologne."]
[17:37] <Yanmei> "Ah! That's just a short drive away, you know? There are so many cathedrals there. And beer, of course~"
[17:43] <Minaplo> ["Hmm. German beer's not bad-"-
[17:44] <Minaplo> ["You're not supposed to drink, Brother Joseph-"-
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["Look, Abbot Bastian couldn't take my booze away from me, what makes you think you have a chance, you damn pup?"]
[17:51] * Yanmei glanced to Isaiah. Was this fellow really a monk? "Maybe we could take a day trip there or something? How long will we have the pleasure of your company?"
[13:35] <Minaplo> [Brother Joe leaned back. "About two weeks. It's either that or go back to the mission, so…"]
[13:41] <@Yanmei> "That's plenty of time, then." Yanmei nodded thoughtfully. "We'll have at least a week to do as we please? I'm think that if maybe things are settled by then, I'll be taking Lizzie on a quick trip someplace else. If they can spare us, that is."
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["Where're you thinking of going?" Asked Marianne.]
[13:42] <@Yanmei> "I haven't given up on Nairobi. Not yet."
[13:44] <Minaplo> [Marianne frowned. "No luck there. They won't want you to leave France."]
[13:45] <@Yanmei> "Maybe I can convince them somehow…"
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Your chances are terrible." Marianne shook her head.-
[13:47] <Minaplo> ["Hmm." Joe folded his arms. "I can't really blame 'em. I mean, you'd be sending a VTOL past a lot of ex-LN territory… S'kinda risky."]
[13:48] <@Yanmei> "But this is important? A video conference just won't do at all!"
[13:48] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei." Marianne said warningly. "Just drop it."]
[13:52] * @Yanmei shot her a sullen look, but she wasn't quite willing to lapse into silence without a final say on the matter. "Well, it -is- important," she muttered.
[13:53] <Minaplo> ["And I suppose it's more important than your safety? Or that of Elizabeth?" Asked Marianne angrily.]
[13:59] <@Yanmei> "I'm not saying that! You know I care about Elizabeth's safety. But the chances of that happening are… They have to be tiny, right?"
[13:59] <Minaplo> [Marianne looked at Joe for help.-
[14:07] <Minaplo> ["… Well, uh." He looked alarmed at having been dragged into this again. "I mean, it doesn't take much, all it'd take is one Iron Guard with a jump pack…"]
[14:09] <@Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned at him too, and her eyes narrowed at the consideration.
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["I've seen them in action, up close. You've been spared that, luckily. But they're not like anything you've seen. An Iron Guard with a Jump Pack is able to fly past the speed of sound for a full half hour, and his fists will punch through the hull of any normal aircraft."]
[14:14] <@Yanmei> "Then how long will we have to wait until it's safe enough out there?"
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["The wait will be as long as a piece of string." Said Joe. Behind his back, William rolled his eyes.]
[14:26] <@Yanmei> "It must be an amazing piece of string if you can calculate time with it." There was some hint of humor in that.
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["It's a saying." Said William. "A string can be any length, so we won't know until it's done."]
[14:31] <@Yanmei> "Right, right. I get it." Yanmei sighed. "We'll just have to wait it out, then."
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["'Fraid so."-
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["… Say, Yanmei, why don't you help me in the kitchen?" Asked William. "Brother Joseph can go have a shower-"-
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["What?"-
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["You're having a shower-"-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["You're not my mother, boy."-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["I sat next to you on that flight for hours. Trust me, you're taking a shower…"]
[14:40] * @Yanmei chuckled and rose, patting Elizabeth gently on the head as she went. "But of course~ Bathroom is the third door in that direction." She gestured. "Let's finish up dinner, shall we?"
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["Right." Said William, heading off.-
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["C'mon, Lizzie, let's go play." Said Isaiah warmly to Lizzie, taking her back to the couch.-
[14:43] <Minaplo> [Marianne stood up, shaking her arms out. "Alright. I'm ready to help too."]
[14:44] <@Yanmei> "Always happy to have an extra set of hands." And Yanmei followed.

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