Yanmei S Reunion

[22:24] * Yanmei had thought about detouring on the way to the landing platform in order to fetch Lizzie. -
[22:27] <Yanmei> It would be crowded, however, and chaotic, and she was running late as it was thanks to the slow elevator that was carrying her to it. The words from her conversation with Raphael Guillory and the other Parisian pilots were still churning around in her head, and when she slipped her hand into her pocket to comfort herself by touching her all-important charm, she was amazed at the deep pain it brought her instead.
[22:38] <Minaplo> [The platform was definitely busy with people- friends, the curious, staff. The VTOLs were still on the service elevator, slowly making its way towards the HQ. She could see from a distance the doors opening, people starting to climb out.]
[22:45] * Yanmei squared her shoulders, threw her head back, and started weaving her way toward the VTOLs as soon as her own doors opened. She had meant for a brisk, businesslike stride, but she still wasn't completely back to form yet. It seemed to take ages to join the thickest of the crowd around the crafts and to skim them for the faces she knew.
[22:57] <Minaplo> [She could see from a distance the unmistakeable profile of Rei- and on another craft, the even less unmistakeable profile of Chiisana Himesama, all lace and velvet. At least she'd be warm.-
[22:57] <Minaplo> [But following in Rei's footsteps was a blonde-haired boy. Alphonse? Or Isaiah…?]
[23:00] <Yanmei> Alphonse. No question. Isaiah's hair wasn't that long, flowing and luminous. Also, there was the height and body frame differences to consider, subtle as they were. But if that was the craft from the States, maybe Isaiah would come out of it next. She stared, waiting.
[23:35] <Minaplo> [And…-
[23:36] <Minaplo> [There he was, climbing out after, shaking his curly hair. He wore a light blue sweater and jeans. He looked sleepy.]
[23:38] * Yanmei called to him, waving exitedly, and hurried closer. "Isaiah! Over here~~"
[23:51] <Minaplo> [The cargo elevator finally arrived, and Isaiah wasn't slow in crossing the gap. His sleepiness seemed to fade as he grabbed her firmly around the middle and swung her around in his arms, planting a deep kiss on her as he did so.]
[23:57] * Yanmei eagerly reciprocated, grinning when they parted for air. "Happy to see me?"
Session Time: Wed Dec 19 00:00:00 2012
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["What tipped you off~?"]
[00:14] <Yanmei> Apparently letters and phone conversations weren't enough. Mentioning that aloud, however, in a crowd like this one… "Did you have a nice trip? We should go someplace and relax a while~"
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["Oh? Perhaps we should." He said with a grin. He switched into Chinese, and mentioned shamelessly- "So I guess that letter did the trick, hm~?"]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "You're lucky the Commander nixed the invasive mail searches," Yanmei huffed, switching over as well. "Where did you get the idea for that, anyway? Was it… Rei?"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["What, Rei? Our Rei?"]
[00:26] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Well… maybe that's a little unlikely? What about that shifty Katsuragi?"
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["The only inspiration I needed was you~"]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "Oho~ Well in that case…" she snuggled against him.
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["I think I'm feeling inspired right now~"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Oi, what's this about a letter?" Came a voice behind Yanmei. A strangely familiar one. In Chinese.]
[00:41] <Yanmei> "…" She turned, -slooowly-. That was impossible…
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Ju and Lanfen stood there, looking strange in big bulky coats. Behind them was Chiisana.-
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Ju had her hands on her hips, a triumphant look on her face. Lanfen was hiding a giggle.]
[00:50] <Yanmei> "You-! You guys!" Conflicting feelings hit at once. Shock, excitement, the sinking feeling of humiliation… "You didn't hear that."
[00:52] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's cheeks were burning, and he awkwardly tried to make his grasp on Yanmei less romantic and more casual- just an arm around the waist. "H-Hi, Lanfen, Ju-"-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Hello to you too," Said Ju, huffing at them both. "All this way from Beijing-"-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["And not even a hug!" Said Lanfen, folding her arms.]
[01:02] <Yanmei> "You dorks, what the hell?" She complied all too happily, throwing her arms around Lanfen. "Why didn't you call or something?"
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["I wished it to be a surprise." Said Chiisana. "I was permitted to take two friends, and so I chose these two, for all our benefits."]
[01:09] <Yanmei> "Himesama… So this is your idea? Hehe, I'm surprised they allowed for friends for a trip like this. It's just supposed to be a bunch of boring meetings?"
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["For the Directors. But for us it is a chance to relax away from base."-
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Hey, look at this!" Said Ju, pinching Yanmei's cheek. "Our little girl's been in a few unladylike brawls- I can see bruises and cuts, geez…"-
[01:13] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's brow furrowed, concern on his face.]
[01:17] <Yanmei> "Urgh!" Yanmei squirmed free, and rubbed her cheek ruefully. "Honestly, I'm -way- too professional for that? You should know better, Ju."
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps it's not from fighting~" Whispered Lanfen. The two girls broke into giggles.-
[01:19] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's cheeks flamed red ever more. He had been shameless right off the platform, but now…]
[01:20] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face was also heating up fast. "I-I just fell, that's all! Lanfen, don't be mean!" Yanmei grabbed onto her arm with a pout. "Ju's rubbing off on you too much."
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["Hehehe." Lanfen grinned. "We're just happy to see -you- happy. Obviously happy."-
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["And inspired." Added Ju.-
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["Hmph." Chiisana planted her umbrella firmly into the ground. "For my part, Lieutenant, I hope that if you -were- in an engagement you gave a good account of yourself."]
[01:30] <Yanmei> "Isn't it enough that I made it out in one piece?" Yanmei grinned in spite of herself. "How have you all been, anyway? How's Beijing?"
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["Surprisingly quiet." Said Lanfen.-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["We've got plenty of work, though." Said Ju. "They've gone from reconstruction to just normal construction, so we work on that for weekend pay."]
[01:42] <Yanmei> "But you're back in classes now, too?" She started to lead off toward the elevators again. "Is that going okay? Meet any new people?"
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["Plenty." Said Ju. "Lots of new people in Beijing these days. And their kids."-
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["We met your biggest fan." Said Lanfen.]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Huh? My biggest…?"
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Your -biggest-." Said Lanfen. "Her name is, well, it's Yanmei."-
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Oh no." Murmured Isaiah.-
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["So she's got these twintails going on. Hasn't dyed it, thankfully." Said Ju.]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "…" Completely creepy. "Did she come with you guys?"
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["No, God no." Said Lanfen. "She makes us feel kinda weird…"-
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["She's got your temper, though." Said Ju. "She totally lost it at some kid who bought one of -those- figurines…"-
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Oh really?" Murmured Isaiah.]
[01:53] <Yanmei> "I don't have a temper! And good for her." Yanmei folded her arms. "Weirdness aside, if everyone discouraged the purchase of those things, the world would be a better place."
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["Don't be so quick to sing her praises." Said Ju darkly. "I've been inside her house. She has… Comparable things." She shot a glance at Isaiah awkwardly.]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei's face darkened -significantly-. "You don't say…"
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[01:59] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Lanfen. Isaiah burned red.-
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["S-Say, where's the little one?" He asked wildly.]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "Babysitter." Yanmei growled. "We're going to see her now."
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["Y-Yes ma'am."]
[02:04] <Yanmei> The elevator chimed open, allowing them to climb in. After a few beats of seething silence had passed, Yanmei dared to tread on a similar powderkeg. "Is Director Zhang doing okay? She's not getting too close to her, is she?"
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["The Director doesn't even know she exists." Said Ju.-
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["She's just some random schoolgirl."]
[02:14] <Yanmei> "Then… good." Yanmei exhaled a little. "But she's good othewise, right Himesama?"
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["As fine as always." Said Chiisana.]
[23:29] * Yanmei nodded to herself, relaxing just a little. She tried to put on more of a smile as they decended further, describing the new Commander and pointing out a few nice tourist traps to look into should they have the time, opportunity, and protection. -
[23:31] <Yanmei> She tried to point out the few interesting sights that they passed, but mainly it was just a maze of sterile hallways and office doors. Before long, they were all standing outside of a certain office with Yanmei softly knocking to whoever was inside.
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["Hello? Who is it?"]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "It's Yanmei~ I brought a few guests with me too?"
[23:43] <Minaplo> ["Oh, the door's open!"]
[23:45] <Yanmei> So Yanmei opened it, grinning, exposing the crowd to the hard worker within. "Sorry it took so long? I hope she was a good girl for you."
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Of course she was."-
[23:48] <Minaplo> [Ariadne was sitting behind her desk, laptops spread out upon it; a cup of coffee sat at the side. Lizzie was sitting on the floor, surrounded by toys and cute baby picture books. She looked up. "Maamaa~"]
[23:50] <Yanmei> "Lizzie!" Yanmei stepped forward, smiling. Was there a hint of relief there? "Did you have fun with Auntie? I have a surprise for you~"
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["Fun~ Surprise?" Her eyes went wide and she clapped her hands on her cheeks. "Surprise~!"]
[23:53] * Yanmei gave a little bow and then twirled aside to reveal…
[23:54] <Minaplo> [Isaiah stepped into the room, fluffy messy hair framing his sleepy, but bright and warm face. Lizzie stared up at him.-
[23:55] <Minaplo> [As quickly as she could she scrambled to her feet, running at him. "Daaaaaaaadaaadaaadaaaaaaaaaaaa! Daadaadaadaaaaa!"-
[23:55] <Minaplo> [He scooped her up into his arms, cuddling her as tightly as he could, covering her face with kisses. "Daddy missed you~"-
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa~ <3"]
[23:58] <Yanmei> The smile that Yanmei had been holding onto… was now as fully genuine as it could get, spreading wider and warmer.
[23:59] <Minaplo> [There were coos from behind Isaiah- Ju and Lanfen deciding spontaneously that this was the most adorable thing in the world.-
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["Missed Daadaa!"]
Session Time: Fri Dec 21 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Yanmei> "She really has," Yanmei chimed in. "They need to let you visit more often, Isaiah."
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["Sadly, the Western hemisphere needs me." He said with a grin, cuddling Lizzie tighter. "I wish you could visit me…"-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [Ariadne chuckled from behind her desk. "But it's so cute seeing Yanmei pine for you…"]
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Hey! I'm totally not like that?" She put a hand on her hip, but her pout lightened after a moment. "Thank you again, Ariadne. For helping me out today."
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["It's not a problem. Lizzie's a joy to look after. And she's a big help~"-
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Help help~" Lizzie was snuggling into Isaiah's chest comfortably.]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "That's good to hear. Oh…" She gestured to the trio behind her. "You've met Himesama Chiisana, haven't you? And these are my old friends from Beijing, Ju and Lanfen. Himesama invited them as guests to come along and see this place."
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Hey~" "Hello, miss-" Said the pair.-
[00:13] <Minaplo> [Himesama bowed. "Madame Delacour."-
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["Hello, hello- and yes, I've met dear Chiisana before. How're you doing?"-
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["I am fine, as always."]
[00:15] <Yanmei> "Under normal circumstances, I'd take them to the surface personally to see Paris, but…" she trailed off with a slight frown.
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["Well, they're being barracked in Reims, which is just as pretty…"]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Ah, is that where they're putting everyone? I'm a little out of the loop." Yanmei drifted closer to help clean up the mess that Lizzie had left behind. "How's the security there?"
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["Better. They brought contingents of S2 agents along just for Reims, and they've used some Reims garrison troops as well."]
[00:29] * Yanmei relaxed visibly at that, lapsing into a fresh grin. "I think I'm jealous now?"
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["Well, the Commander is gonna give you permission to barrack with them."-
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["Which I bet makes you happy, hm~?"-
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["How inspiring." Deadpanned Ju.]
[00:37] <Yanmei> "I don't know what you two are implying~" She certainly did look happy, but something or another tempered that a bit. "So was little Lizzie was helping you, huh? Not with paperwork, I hope." She held up a coloring book.
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Coloring books are important for morale!"]
[00:57] * Yanmei giggled. "Can't argue with that? Maybe we should hang a few pieces of art on your wall before going~"
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Hahaha. Go ahead! I particularly like the cute pink 04…"]
[00:59] <Yanmei> "Huh?" Amused, she flipped through the book to find that one in particular. "You too, Lizzie? Everyone seems to think he's pink for some reason…"
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["Pinky~"-
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Is he not light purple?" Asked Chiisana.]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "Light purple and violet colors aren't pink. Someone as fashionable as you are should know, Himesama~"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Indeed."-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["I think he looks cool." Said Ju fondly.]
[01:11] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei eyed her, an unsettled expression flickering across her face for a fraction of a second before resuming a smile. "Y-yeah, I guess. You know, Ariadne, we should get together for lunch sometime soon?"
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["Absolutely. Providing I can pry you off your boy~"]
[01:26] <Yanmei> "You're one to talk about being pried away from things, Ms. Workaholic," Yanmei smirked. "Anyway, he'll be too busy playing with Lizzie to notice when I'm gone?"
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["I always notice when you're gone." Said Isaiah. "I feel so cold and lonely…~"]
[01:58] <Yanmei> "Aww," Yanmei cooed, and then hastily cleared her throat. "I mean…"
[01:59] <Minaplo> [Ju and Lanfen broke into giggles.-
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["You two are -shameless-." Said Ariadne with a grin. "Will the weekend do for you?"]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "I think that'll be fine? I'll call you." With Lizzie's things collected, she tried desperately to ignore the chorus of giggles. bobbing her head slightly to the rest of the group. "Where should we head next?"
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps it might be best to lead these lot back to the VTOLs." Said Chii. "They must be tired after their journey…"-
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["… Kinda am, to be honest." Said Lanfen.]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Aw, okay." Taking them away to Reims so soon? Her heart sank a little. "See you later, Aridane."
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["Goodbye. See you, Lizzie~"-
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["Byebye~"]
[02:19] <Yanmei> Once into they were in the hallway, heading back toward the landing platform, Yanmei stole a few longing glances over at Lizzie and Isaiah. She seemed to be thinking of something that made her frown.
[02:19] <Minaplo> [Isaiah noticed. He looked at her curiously. "What's up?"]
[02:20] <Yanmei> "I'm wondering if it's okay for Lizzie and I to go to Reims with you too. Some things have happened recently…"
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["Aw, no." Isaiah looked disappointed. "What like?"]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "Like death threats. Like stuff that makes me wonder if it's okay to trust the Commander. But…" she lowered her voice so that the others wouldn't hear, "the Geofront isn't really safe either."
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["…" Isaiah moved a little closer to her. "The Commander wouldn't put you directly into danger… Would she?"]
[02:27] <Yanmei> Her eyes darkened a bit. "Maybe. Maybe not? I don't know."
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["But you- you can look after yourself, can't you?" He said quietly, urgently. "I -really- don't think the Commander would try to hurt you. I thought you were friends of a sort?"]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "We are, I guess. It's just a bad feeling I have."
[02:34] <Minaplo> [With one hand holding Lizzie, he reached out and grabbed her hand with his other, squeezing it firmly.-
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["Well, I know how to fix that."]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "Do you?"
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["Of course." He said, grinning, snuggling up to her, arm around her waist. Lizzie was sitting between them now, hanging onto her daadaa with one hand and reaching out to maamaa with the other. "I'm well versed in inspiring you, you know…"]
[02:49] * Yanmei caught Lizzie's little hand, and sighed. "We should talk about some things. Later. When we have some privacy?"
[13:30] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "Of course. My apartment's nowhere near their's- we'll practically have a floor to ourselves."]
[13:38] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but…" It was all she could do to keep from casting a glance at the ceiling above them for invisible cameras. -
[13:39] <Yanmei> It wasn't ideal, no. She would just have to work with it. "We'll see them off, first? It's the polite thing to do. Then we'll talk."
[13:42] <Minaplo> ["Of course~"-
[13:42] <Minaplo> [The VTOL area had been cleared of people, leaving the machines there quiet and still.]
[13:46] <Yanmei> "So, this is where we part for now!" Yanmei grinned at Chiisana and her friends as they all approached the machines. "-For now-, I said. I still expect you guys to hang out with me later?"
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["You'd better take us to the most exclusive places." Said Ju, hugging Yanmei tightly.-
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["If you can go without wrecking them~" Added Lanfen cheekily.]
[14:03] <Yanmei> "I don't know why you've been listening to such lies," Yanmei grumbled, hugging them both back, "they'll rot your brains."
[14:08] <Minaplo> ["We saw it on the internet." Said Ju. "Someone had a cameraphone!"]
[14:11] <Yanmei> "Wh-what?! For which fight? Was that the Notre Dame, or the restaurant or… an Eva fight?"
[14:11] <Minaplo> ["There was a fight at the Notre Dame?!"]
[14:12] <Yanmei> "Um… No?"
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["Is -that- why it caught fire?" Asked Chiisana.-
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["You burned the Notre Dame?" Asked Isaiah, horrified.]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "What?!" Yanmei abruptly stopped averting her eyes from them all. "-I- wasn't the one with the incendiaries! I just happened to be there in the wrong place at the wrong time? My presence barely made a difference at all."
[14:18] <Minaplo> [There were groans.-
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, we'll see you later, ok?" Said Ju, with a teasing, and slightly mortified, look on her face. "Have fun~"-
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Don't be up too late." Said Lanfen.]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "Your implications are duly noted. Himesama, please keep them out of trouble during their stay."
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["I will do my best." She said solemnly, smacking the umbrella tip into the ground. "Come along, ladies."-
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["Yes, marm!"]
[14:23] * Yanmei held back a snicker, and waved them off, backing away with Isaiah and Lizzie.
[14:24] <Minaplo> ["Seeya~"-
[14:24] <Minaplo> ["Bye, Yanmei~" Waves…]
[14:28] <Yanmei> "Bye~" And before long Chiisana and the girls had strapped in and taken off, and the Zhang family was arriving at Isaiah's temporary Geofront apartment. "William was there too? How come he never gets blamed for those sort of things?" Yanmei was muttered to herself.
[14:33] <Yanmei> ^Yanmei's temporary Geofront apartment
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["It's just because you're so noticeable." Isaiah opened the front door.-
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["It's nice to be home." He said warmly, grinning broadly.]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "Sorta home, anyway." Yanmei went over to one of the twin beds in the room and placed Lizzie's playthings on it. "I haven't been back to our regular apartment in two days. It's been even longer for Lizzie."
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["Locked down?"]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "I think it's just me. Maybe Blanc too, I'm not sure. There's been some kidnapping attempts… activity from the mob and the Children of Adam. It's why they're sending everyone to Reims instead of letting them loose in Paris?"
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["That's where you got into your fight."]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Yeah. There were three of them. Four," she corrected herself. "Three of those happened while assisting the shorthanded Section Two. The other one happened because some mafia jerk thought he could try something funny at a restaurant opening that the Commander and I were attending."
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["Oh really?"]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "He's around here, somewhere, locked up with a broken leg." Yanmei smirked to herself, eyes gleaming with vicious self-satisfaction.
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["Sounds like you had a bit of fun…"]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Please. It was strictly non-personal? Anyway, about this Reims thing…" she picked up one of Lizzie's pajamas that had been lying around - fluffy fleecy pink things, with white ducks on them - and folded them.
[15:11] <Minaplo> [Isaiah placed Lizzie down on one of the beds- she went for the toys happily.-
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?"]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "You really want us to come, huh? It might be safer for Lizzie. The security sounds pretty decent, and there's a chance that Geofront itself might come under attack in the near future."
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["You don't have to come permanently." Said Isaiah quietly. "It's not a very long trip… You could stay over for a day or two then come back."]
[15:16] <Yanmei> "We'll see if I get the authorization. As much as I don't want to rely on that woman right now…"
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Even if it means not seeing me?"]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei gazed at him, troubled.
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["It's not like you're having to shoot or kill anyone." Said Isaiah sadly. "What's the problem?"]
[00:31] <Yanmei> "…if you were furious at someone, would you feel comfortable taking favors from them?"
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["I might not feel comfortable, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't take the favour." He frowned. "Why? Are you really that upset at being put into the Geofront again?"]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "I don't want to go into details, but her actions indirectly led to one of my squadmates being badly hurt." She scrutinized him carefully. "Isaiah. How much do you hate de Pteres?"
[00:37] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's face darkened. "As badly as I can hate anyone."]
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[00:41] <Yanmei> "Mentally, he's in a really bad state right now as a result of the Commander imprisoning him. Even if you despise him, you should be able to understand the principle behind my state of discontent?" -
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[00:46] <Yanmei> She frowned herself now, deeply. "I can't just go along and pretend that everything's all right. I also can't scream at her or sever ties with her either. It's… maddening, I guess is the word for it."
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["There's something I don't get."]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "What's that?"
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["She imprisoned de Pteres and now he's all messed up from it. So what?"-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["You're angry at her for hurting de Pteres? He shot me. I lost so much blood that I wasn't able to properly walk for over two months. I spent two weeks in intensive care. It wasn't some whim, he planned it, paid for the equipment, worked out how to do it and shot me twice right in the chest whilst I was in your arms."-
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Where's your anger for him? Why does the Commander get this but de Pteres nothing?"]
[01:02] <Yanmei> "I've -been- angry at him. I was furious at 04 for the part he played in it too! And back then it was the same situation. When was I ever given the chance to retaliate, or scream or disengage?" -
[01:14] <Yanmei> "We fought shoulder to shoulder. I destroyed his girlfriend. For days, weeks, years we…" she seemed on the cusp of some explanation or another, and shifted gears instead, because it eluded her as well. "And you… I -never- asked you to forgive either one of them. You're about to explode this minute, aren't you?" -
[01:20] <Yanmei> "Fine. I'd be an asshole if I tried to stop you from it. But if it had been someone else who had gone crazy in there, anyone else, you would have understood. It -could- had been anyone else. De Pteres was just careless or apathetic enough to let it fall on him first. -That's- where the resentment comes from. That's what I was asking you to understand."
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["He got what he deserved, then." Said Isaiah, furiously. He took a step towards Yanmei, piercing her with his eyes, which blazed with fury- even as they were ice cold.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["If I weren't standing here today you would not think as you do. If the situation had been reversed, if it had been you he'd shot, or Lizzie- ifanyonekilled or tried to kill either of them, I would not forgive. I would not let them go by, with the worst being some temporary frostiness. I would kill them. I would take the knife your mother gave me and plunge it into his heart until nothing
[01:24] <Minaplo> remained but ribbons and blood."-
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["And if he came back I would kill him again and again until nothing of him remained in this world."]
[01:31] * Yanmei locked eyes with him. There was a funny feeling welling up, as if this rage and hatred she was feeling from him was an echo of something she'd felt before. "…what happened to you, Isaiah?"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["W… What…?"]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "You remember, right? When he came to us and told us about it, and you were so furious that you hurt him. And then you said that he wouldn't make you into a murderer, not him or 04."
[01:38] <Minaplo> ["I-I…" His eyes widened, and darted around the room.]
[01:40] <Yanmei> "Calm down. Take a deep breath. Isaiah…" she reached out for him.
[01:42] <Minaplo> [… And just like that he crumpled, his anger washing away, the fire leaving his eyes. He fell against her, into her, his entire body suddenly wracking with sobs.]
[01:45] * Yanmei held him tightly, her heart still beating fast in her ribcage. "I'm sorry," she mumbled, her own voice shaky. "We'll go to Reims. I…"
[01:46] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[01:47] <Minaplo> [A muffled, mostly indecipherable response- he just gripped her tighter.-
[01:47] <Minaplo> [Behind them, Lizzie- who'd been watching the entire thing with big, fearful eyes- began to well up too.]
[01:49] * Yanmei held an arm out to Lizzie as well.
[01:51] <Minaplo> [Lizzie clung to it, tears bubbling up in her eyes.-
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["I'm so sorry-" Gasped Isaiah. "I'm sorry for everything-"]
[01:54] <Yanmei> "Y-you don't have to…" Yanmei murmured. "Just let it out… As much time as you need."
[02:02] <Minaplo> [He wept. For a long time he wept, the three of them held in that tight embrace, before he started to lift his head, the eyes puffy and red.]
[02:05] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes were dry, but they were clenched shut. Her heartbeat had gone down, and her grip on Lizzie was somewhat more relaxed now. When he stirred, she did too, opening her eyes. "You okay?"
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. I'm… I'm sorry." He mumbled, looking weak and ashamed. "I just- I just lost my temper… I-It's so hard, I miss you so much…"]
[02:08] <Yanmei> "You shouldn't be the one punished just because I'm pissed at the Commander." She nuzzled him quietly. "I'll sort it out. Somehow…"
[02:09] <Minaplo> [And he stroked her hair. Despite it all he still felt as warm and comforting as he ever did.-
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Is… It's ok if I rest here for now?"]
[02:10] <Yanmei> She blinked, surprised. "Yeah. Yeah, you seem tired. We could all probably use a nap."
[02:12] <Minaplo> [He let her go, slowly, wiping at his eyes, stroking Lizzie's hair too. She'd quietened down.-
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["Y-Yeah."]
[02:15] <Yanmei> She lay down with him and with Lizzie, finding it a tight fit on the small bed, but not caring. "I love you, you know." That… made her own eyes sting now, but she fought against it and willed it away.
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["I love you too." Lizzie curled up against Yanmei's stomach, and he wrapped his arms around them both. "I always will."]
[02:18] <Yanmei> "I know you will. I know." Yanmei shut her eyes.
[02:18] <Minaplo> [So warm and comforting, like a security blanket…]

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