Yanmei S Underling

[23:16] <Yanmei> The first of the Evas had already been flown in, and so Yanmei was on her way to glance them over personally. It gave her something to do. She didn't feel like sleeping, and it would have been a shame to remove the oh-so-impressive Captain's jacket for that anyway. -
[23:19] <Yanmei> She flounced her way into the hangar, her hair tossing about her shoulders and the regal cape doing much of the same. The effect, however, was prompty spoiled by a playful lion cub leaping about and trying to swat at the ends of said cape. "…stop that, Reggie."
[23:26] <Minaplo> [Reggie's tail waved to and fro energetically. He couldn't help it! The cape swayed and tantalised him. It was just his instinct.-
[23:31] <Minaplo> [The four Paris Evangelions had already been loaded on, locked in their cages, with technician crews running about preparing them for combat. There was another Evangelion present as well, a bright red Eva with four eyes and white stripes… And a large cape.-
[23:32] <Minaplo> [Nearby stood its pilot, Asuka Langley-Soryu, who was leaning dramatically against a railing on one of the platforms overlooking the Evas. She was wearing her plugsuit, her interface headset more like a headband- presumably one of the special suits. Over this she wore her cape, of course. She turned at Yanmei's voice- eyed Yanmei- and snorted.]
[23:36] * Yanmei eyed her right back, momentarily off guard. Then she tossed her hair and flounced over, trying to ignore the scampering little padded feet following close behind. "And what's that look for, pray tell? Jealous because I look better in a cape than you do~?""
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["You stole Colonel Amatore's clothes. What, are you a kid dressing in her mummy's dresses?" Asked Asuka, rolling her one eye with a taunting smirk.]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "She gave it to me because I'm just that awesome~ 'Yanmei, you're so cool and heroic. Take this!' is what she said."
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["You're so full and shit."]
[23:42] <Minaplo> <full of*>
[23:46] <Yanmei> "Am not. They gave me another promotion, you know. Now I'm your extra-superior supervisor, and you have to do everything I say~ Maybe I'll have you groom Reggie for me while you're waiting for 02 to get prepped."
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["PFffft."-
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["PFfffhaahahahahahah!"-
[23:48] <Minaplo> [Asuka threw her head back and laughed. Tears pricked in her eyes and her face turned red. It took her awhile to gain her breath. "Ahahahahaha. Oh man. I haven't laughed like that since Alexandre told me he was going to make me dinner and melted two pots and a frying pan."]
[23:53] <Yanmei> "D-don't compare me to that guy!" Yanmei had colored herself. "Just for that, you're demoted, Asuka! From now on, you're going to ranked as a… a Sub-pilot!"
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["You're a sub-pilot!" Retorted Asuka. "So I refuse to be brought down to your level."]
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[00:03] <Yanmei> "I'm no such thing! Unless 'sub' is shorthand for 'substantially amazing'~" She tossed her hair again, smugly. "In which case, it's more fitting to change your new to rank to something else. How does 'Shrimpy-little-junior Pilot' sound?"
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["Better than flat-chested pink-Evangelion pilot!"]
[00:04] * Yanmei gasped, crossing her arms over her chest. "I'm still better developed than -you- are! And he's not pink!"
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["What?!" Asuka stood up to her full height, glowering. "Your boy's lies have gotten to your head, idiot Yanny-Yanyan. You just have…" She waved a dismissive hand. "Mosquito bites. And you're an old woman, too."]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "If I have mosquito bites? Then yours are microscopic. And I'm sure that's just your crass way of calling me mature and wise, in which case I totally thank you~"
[00:15] <Minaplo> [Within an instant, Asuka was on Yanmei, forcing the girl into a headlock, rubbing her knuckles hard over Yanmei's scalp. "Old, dried up, miserable crone with mosquito bites! You're just jealous of my peaches and youthfulness."]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Ow, ow! Jealous?! You-!" Yanmei struggled. "Reggie, attack!"
[00:17] <Minaplo> [Reggie simply leapt about enthusiastically. Within a second Asuka threw her cape at the cub, entangling it in the stubbornly tough fabric. Within seconds, Reggie was inextricably tangled up.-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Cry uncle, flat crone!" Shouted Asuka gloatingly. She rubbed her knuckles deeper into Yanmei's scalp.]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Never! You're so fired!" Yanmei struggled harder. Damn it, that useless Reggie! "This -ow! Graaahh - I'll see you thrown in the brig, too!"
[00:26] <Minaplo> [Asuka took away her free hand and reached into a little knapsack that hung over her shoulder. She took out… A phone! "Gonna take pictures and upload them onto the internet in five…~"-
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Four…"-
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["Unless you cry uncle~"]
[00:33] <Yanmei> "I… grrr…" She managed to slip free! Suddenly she was behind Asuka, holding her phone-bearing arm behind her back. "Ha! Now let's see how you like internet fame, Lil' Asuka~"
[00:37] <Minaplo> [But Asuka pulled back- Yanmei's grip became loose- and she stamped on Yanmei's foot, pulled her arm free, hooked a leg behind Yanmei's own and tripped her. The shoe firmly on the other foot, she quickly moved to sit on Yanmei, pinning her arms to the ground. "You first, Yanny-Yanyan~"]
[00:43] <Yanmei> But a quick jerk and a roll to the side found the positions reversed, with Yanmei taking the top. "Ha! -You- first!"
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["Why you-!"-
[00:44] <Minaplo> [There were footsteps nearby. Someone was coming!]
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[00:47] <Yanmei> "-!" Yanmei jerked upright, releasing Asuka at once and smoothing her pigtails primly. Elegant and professional as always~ On top of that, she added a great big welcoming smile to whoever was approaching.
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[01:06] <Minaplo> [It was a girl. She seemed young, probably fourteen or fifteen at best guess. She had long sheets of silver hair, large dark green eyes and fine skin. She had a naturally sombre face, but right now her expression was one of mild bemusement combined with discomfort. She was wearing a dark green plugsuit with black trimmings.]
[01:12] <Yanmei> It took a moment to place her, but the plugsuit gave her away. The newest pilot… -
[01:15] <Yanmei> "Your Highness! Welcome to the Dorian Lachapelle. Don't mind the oddball company," a smug glance at the ruffled Asuka before turning back to her. "How are you doing?"
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Fine, thank you." Said Princess Alexandrina automatically. "Asuka? I'm done."-
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Eh? Yeah, yeah, gimme a sec." Asuka got to her feet, aiming a kick at Yanmei's leg. "Oh hey, that's your plugsuit? You don't look too bad!" Said Asuka, throwing out a thumbs-up. "Not as good as I look, of course~" Asuka preened. "But good enough. Doesn't she, Yanny-Yan?"]
[01:29] * Yanmei rubbed her leg ruefully. "I'd say she looks totally professional? Unlike certain other people."
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Professional? Are you saying she looks boring?"]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Is that what 'professional' means to you? Honestly…" Yanmei tossed her hair again. "It's a seriously desirable quality?"
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["You're dripping in boring, but you always say you're professional, so I guess that's what it means." Said Asuka, tossing her hair much more magnificently.-
[01:35] <Minaplo> [There was a chuckle from Alexandrina. She was smiling. "I think you both look beautiful."]
[01:45] <Yanmei> "You do?" Yanmei beamed at her. "Well, thanks!" She was about to make a disparaging remark about Asuka's cape in comparison to her own, but she recalled that it was currently being used to trap her poor little pet, and spin to retrieve him. "One second… allow me to formally introduce myself? I'm Zhang Yanmei."
[01:45] <Yanmei> ^and spun
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["Pleased to meet you. I am Alexandrina, Princess of Wales- although 'Pilot Wales' will do fine." She said solemnly. But an instant later her face lit up. "Oh, is that a lion cub? He's so cute!"-
[01:49] <Minaplo> [Reggie was laying on his back as the cape was retrieved. He instantly rolled over onto his legs and ran off toward Alexandrina, bounding playfully. The Princess sat down, the image of poise, sitting on her legs, scooping him up and holding him to her chest. "He's so warm, too!"]
[01:53] <Yanmei> "Seems like he really likes you?" Yanmei tossed the cape to Asuka. "I've only had him for a few weeks. He was a Christmas gift from a friend."
[01:54] <Minaplo> [Asuka whipped the cape back on, looking as cool as ever.-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["A fine gift." Said Alexandrina. "Say, Miss Zhang, where is your plugsuit? Should you not be ready for battle?"-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, Yanny-Yan. Where -is- your plugsuit~?" Asked Asuka.]
[01:57] <Yanmei> That horrible suit… "W-well… I'm taking care of a few small details before I change? Ah, have you guy gotten your assignments for the upcoming battle yet?"
[01:57] <Yanmei> ^you guys
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. I'm off leading a squad to clear the way for you and the ship." Said Asuka proudly. "Alex's comin' with me, so I can keep an eye on her."-
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["First battle." Said Alexandrina.]
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Are you worried?" Yanmei gave her a hint of a smile.
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["I'd be a simpleton if I weren't." Said Alexandrina with a slightly more nervous smile. "I'm sure with Asuka in command it will work itself out. There were a few things I could do without, though."]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "Oh? The LCL?" she guessed, thinking of her own beginning pilot days.
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["It's horrid." Said Alexandrina firmly.]
[02:12] <Yanmei> "Agreed," she said promptly. "It's really gross."
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["Indeed." Said Alexandrina solemnly. She uncomfortably tugged at her plugsuit collar as well. "I rould rather do without these plugsuits as well."-
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["Oh~?" Asuka smirked. "You'd rather pilot naked?"-
[02:14] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina went pink with embarrassment, but she kept her cool. "No. It's just- uncomfortable. Why is it so tight? I feel like I can't breathe properly."]
[02:19] <Yanmei> "I know, right? Ugh… be lucky they gave you a standard suit, at least? Some of the alternate designs are pretty bad?"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"-
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Yanny-Yan here has the ~Test Plugsuit~." Said Asuka gloatingly.]
[02:22] * Yanmei grit her teeth and groped for a better topic. "Did you meet the other people on your team yet, Pilot Wales?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["No, I haven't."-
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["Idiot Yanny." Said Asuka. "Juuichi's flying out from Beijing, remember?"]
[02:28] * Yanmei huffed. "Who's an idiot? Anyway, I haven't been updated on the new arrivals yet?"
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["Wears the uniform, lacks the brains, that's our Zhang Yanmei." Said Asuka gleefully. "Hey, where's your dumb boy?"]
[02:32] <Yanmei> "He's not dumb either," corrected Yanmei primly. "And he's sleeping like a stone. He took quite a beating, so I say let him."
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Oh~? I would've thought you two would be having fun together…"]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure what you're implying? But we'll have plenty of time for fun once he feels better."
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["You might not be alive then."]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei tossed her hair contemptuously. "I won't let either of us die. You can be sure of that."
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[02:47] <Minaplo> ["Either way, it's best to go into battle with pleasant memories of the night before." Said Asuka. "It'd be stupid to be going into battle, and the last pre-battle memory you had was 'Oh, I guess I ate a sandwich'."]
[02:56] <Yanmei> "I know that. I'm just looking out for his wellbeing an everything? Anyway, since we're on this subject, what are you two planning to do before things begin?"
[02:59] <Minaplo> ["Well, since stupid dumbface Alex is still in Berlin, and he probably wouldn't be willing to do anything exciting…" Said Asuka irritably, "I was thinking of going for a swim!"-
[02:59] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina had been growing steadily redder as the two older girls had conversed, but her composure was intact. "I wasn't sure to be honest."]
[03:07] <Yanmei> "Hm… with so many people around, it'd be a perfect opportunity for some sort of party? It's just all of those other circumstances that make it… not necessarily the best idea?"
[08:26] <Minaplo> ["We could do something else." Said Asuka. "Back in training, a bunch of us would get together and just, I dunno, talk and eat and stuff."]
[08:29] <Yanmei> "That seems like a nice idea? A good dinner or something, in that ballroom of a cafeteria they have here."
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["Yeah!" Said Asuka. "Huuuuuge meals from one side of the table to the other, so I can eat as much as I like."]
[08:41] <Yanmei> "And so you can get all sluggish and slow before the fight? Well, more than you usually are, anyway~"
[08:45] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I'm always sluggish and slow before the fight." Said Asuka, nodding slowly.-
[08:45] <Minaplo> ["That's why you've never beaten me, 'cuz you're always hopping around like a kid on red cordial…"]
[08:50] <Yanmei> "That's funny? You'd think -red- cordial and kiddy things would be your MO." She reached out to pinch Asuka's cheek.
[08:53] <Minaplo> [Asuka swatted her away. "Well I guess they don't make pink cordial for you…"]
[08:54] <Yanmei> "04 isn't pink!"
[08:55] <Minaplo> ["Your new plugsuit says otherwise? Heh heh heh."]
[09:04] * Yanmei turned slightly pink at that as if on-cue, and she wondered if that was perhaps her fiendish plan all along. She coughed delicately. "Anyway. Pilot Wales. What do you normally like to do for fun?"
[09:10] <Minaplo> ["I used to have dogs I played with. And I used to paint, and sometimes I would take my camera out and photograph all the birds and butterflies and animals in the trees."-
[09:11] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina looked away from them, staring towards the Evangelions. Even though her hands stroked at Reggie's head and tickled his chin, her eyes hardened. "I don't suppose the dogs survived. Or the birds. Or the butterflies. Or even the animals in the trees."-
[09:12] <Minaplo> [Her face remained sombre and still but her eyes were colder than the biting wind of glacial ice, and sharper too. There was such cold malice in them that Yanmei found it almost terrifying to see.]
[09:19] <Yanmei> And knowing the underlying reason behind that look made it that much worse. She opened her mouth to expel some advice, but it evaporated before it came out. If she had lost everything to the Angels, wouldn't she have been the same way? She glanced to Asuka for a second to catch a reaction.
[09:21] <Minaplo> [Even Asuka seemed taken aback. She looked back, quirking her eyebrow.]
[09:26] * Yanmei offered a tiny shrug. "Pilot Wales?" she said gently.
[09:27] <Minaplo> ["Yes?" And in an instant the demure mask swallowed up the murderous look as Alexandrina looked back at Yanmei.]
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[09:37] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei smiled at her warmly. "I know it hasn't been long, but I imagine that you've been put through nonstop training since you joined us. Am I right?"
[09:38] <Minaplo> ["You're right. Except I've been doing more training than even NERV expects of me. My entire waking hours have been spent preparing myself for combat."]
[09:40] <Yanmei> She could imagine why. It didn't make her feel much better. "Aren't you exhausted?"
[09:41] <Minaplo> ["I still find the time to sleep."]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "That's not what I mean? It's like, if you train all the time and nothing else, you'll get burned out really quickly, and then your performance will plateau or even drop over time."
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["I understand myself well enough to know when I'm pushing the limit." Said Alexandrina softly. "But I thank you for your concern. It is appreciated."]
[09:53] * Yanmei sighed. "Will you join us for dinner, at least?"
[09:54] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Alexandrina with a smile. "On one condition."]
[09:54] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[09:54] <Minaplo> ["I am allowed to bring Reggie." She smiled more warmly and suddenly it was like the menace had never existed in the first place. She was just a young girl nuzzling a cute little lion cub.]
[09:56] <Yanmei> "Naturally? Look, you two can hang out together for as long as you want while you're aboard the ship. He really seems to like you too?"
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Thank you very much! I'll take good care of him."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "I know you will." She crouched to give Reggie a fond farewell pet of her own and then stood up again. "Now. Let me send out a text to get people to… oh. Asuka~? Do you happen to have your cell nearby~?"
[10:04] <Minaplo> ["Yup! You can use it if you come with me to the cafeteria."]
[10:05] <Yanmei> "Yeah, yeah, sure."
[10:05] <Minaplo> [Asuka led Yanmei out into the corridor, making sure the door was closed firmly before she spoke.-
[10:05] <Minaplo> ["Holy shit."]
[10:06] <Yanmei> "I know, right?" she kept her voice low. "You keep an eye on her during the fight, ok? If she does something crazy…"
[10:07] <Minaplo> ["You wanna know what's weird?"]
[10:07] <Yanmei> "What?"
[10:08] <Minaplo> ["I've seen people like that before. Kids. In the Neospartan programs." Said Asuka. "They weren't the ones who went batshit. They were the ones who remained calm and cold -all the time-. They were the ones who'd shoot you from 500 metres and all they'd think about was what to have with their ice cream. I'd feel safer if she were a total crazycake. But she's -not-."]
[10:12] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Uuugh." Yanmei pinched the bridge of her nose. "What the hell are they doing over in the Russian base? Are they finding this sort of attitude desirable or something?"
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["Well, they -are- Russians."]
[10:13] <Yanmei> "It's not healthy, Asuka. It can't be, in the long term."
[10:15] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I know, but…" Asuka shrugged.-
[10:16] <Minaplo> ["You know how she is! She doesn't really, y'know. 'Thank you but no thanks' is basically what she told us! Urgh." Asuka folded her arms and huffed. "If only we knew someone she'd trust…"]
[10:17] <Yanmei> "One of her teammates might know, if they've spent much time with her? But, she's pretty much all alone now…"
[10:17] <Minaplo> ["Man. She doesn't even have any relatives anymore, huh?"]
[10:23] <Yanmei> "Yeah." She thought of her own mom with distracted worry, and then stopped short. "Wait. Wait, there is at least one relative."
[10:23] <Minaplo> ["Eh?"]
[10:24] <Yanmei> "A kid in my class at school. Goes by Windsor-Yamato. The Commander told me once that they were related."
[10:25] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Huh! How about that, lucky break."-
[10:28] <Minaplo> ["We should speak to the Colonel and ask about him."]
[10:30] <Yanmei> "Agreed. As soon as we can. As much as I hate to pay the guy a compliment - and I really really do, trust me - he might just have a better idea of how to reach and comfort her?"
[10:30] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Asuka, relieved. "… Man, although, what if they hit it off?"]
[10:32] <Yanmei> "God, he'd be insufferable," she muttered. "And she might be too…"
[10:32] <Minaplo> ["Insufferable is better than murderous sniper."]
[10:33] <Yanmei> "So it is." She slopped her hands into her pockets. "Now. Let's see about that phone, huh?"
[10:33] <Yanmei> ^slipped
[10:40] <Minaplo> ["Here you go, idiot."]
[10:42] <Yanmei> "Thanks~" -
[10:43] <Yanmei> She flipped it open, and after a short while, snapped it shut again, finished. "There. Now whoever wants to can show up? And… this leaves us with time to stop by the Bridge beforehand."
[10:44] <Minaplo> ["Lead on!"-
[10:44] <Minaplo> ["Wait, hold on, lemmet set it to broadcast emergency after we get lost thanks to you."]
[10:45] <Yanmei> "Yeah, it's not like I've been on this ship dozens of times before." Yanmei rolled her eyes.
[10:47] <Minaplo> ["Betcha can't make it to the bridge blindfolded."]
[10:49] <Yanmei> "Easily~ If I had to, that is."
[10:49] <Minaplo> ["Let's make it a proper bet."]
[10:56] <Yanmei> "What? Hmph. Let's save such silly things for another time." Yanmei tossed her hair. "We have a very important job to do at the moment?"
[10:57] <Minaplo> ["You're scared. I get it."]
[11:02] <Yanmei> "Yeah right! I really will demote you if you keep it up."
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["I'll make it worth your while. Tell you juicy secrets about Alex…"]
[11:04] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah~? Embarassing ones?"
[11:05] <Minaplo> [Asuka grinned evilly.]
[11:06] <Yanmei> "It's against my better judgement, but I'll humor you just this once." Yanmei primly clapped her hands over her eyes. "Shall we?"
[11:06] <Minaplo> ["Whoa whoa. Hold on. There's something I need to get in return if you lose."]
[11:09] <Yanmei> "…" That didn't sound good at all. "Well…? What do you want?"
[11:09] <Minaplo> ["You gotta wear your plugsuit during the dinner." Said Asuka.]
[11:10] <Yanmei> Her shoulders went rigid for a split second, and then relaxed. "All right. Fine."
[11:11] <Minaplo> ["Right!"-
[11:11] <Minaplo> [Asuka tossed her cape over Yanmei's head. It went… Dark!]
[11:20] <Yanmei> And Yanmei led the way, running her fingertips along the walls and counting the entrances and intersections they passed meticulously. After a few turns she stopped, and her muffled voice emerged from the cape. "Should be around here? Now take this thing off before anyone else sees me."
[11:21] <Minaplo> ["…" Asuka whipped the cape off and put it on angrily. "You cheated."]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "I did?" She poured some extra smugness on as she smoothed her hair down. "Well, how did I do something like that, Lil' Asuka? Weren't you watching me like a hawk?"
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["You probably have a map or something in your clothes." Muttered Asuka, folding her arms. "Whatever. I'll get you back."]
[11:29] * Yanmei snickered. "Yeah, sure. Whatever you do, you can try it after you tell me those wonderful stories~"
[11:31] <Minaplo> ["Sure." Said Asuka, grinning suddenly as she suspiciously pocketed her phone.]
[11:33] <Yanmei> "…wait. What did you do?!"
[11:34] <Minaplo> ["Sent a special text to a special someone… Who thinks it's from you, of course~"]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "What… what does that mean?! Wait…" She trailed off as she felt something less-than-physical. Then the realization hit. "What did you send him!"
[13:15] <@Firgrim> ["Heh heh heh. C'mon, let's go talk to the Colonel~"]
[13:18] <Yanmei> "You… Gah, he saw it!" She buried her face in her hands. "Whatever you did? I'll make you pay for it!"
[13:18] <@Firgrim> ["Uh-huh." Asuka smirked evilly as she headed out onto the bridge.]
[13:20] * Yanmei glared at her, and then followed along, trying to cool her burning cheeks with a few long, slow breaths.
[13:21] <@Firgrim> [The bridge was as it was. Colonel Amatore was sitting in the captain's chair. Asuka happily, mockingly, made a bow to Yanmei. This was her arena.]
[13:23] <Yanmei> It was impossible to ignore the mockery, but Yanmei could at least -pretend- to ignore it. She daintily straighted her cape before approaching further. "Colonel?" she began. "Do you have a moment?"
[13:24] <@Firgrim> [Marianne turned around- or rather, the entire chair rotated around. It was very impressive. "Of course."]
[13:25] <Yanmei> "I'd like to discuss something with you. It concerns sensitive personal information about one of the other pilots."
[13:25] <@Firgrim> ["Very well." Marianne left the chair and led them back to her… Quarters. Asuka actively gaped as she entered.-
[13:25] <@Firgrim> ["W-What the hell?! Who needs such a huge bed?"]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "Tsk. You don't have to act so shocked. What a drama queen." Yanmei rolled her eyes, strolling in as if she had been there a thousand times before. "Ahem. It's about Princess Alexandrina, Colonel. You know about her situation before she joined NERV, yes?"
[13:28] <@Firgrim> ["Yes, of course."]
[13:29] <Yanmei> "We were talking to her, you see, and we found that she's been, well." She groped around for a delicate way to put it. "She's being rather intense about her training. Even beyond the expectations placed on her by the organization. We think it could be a sign that's something's wrong."
[13:30] <@Firgrim> ["Go on."]
[13:34] <Yanmei> "She's abandoned personal hobbies, and claims that she basically spends all of her waking hours training. She's also ignoring advice to take it down a notch." Yanmei folded her arms thoughtfully. "I'm not really sure how isolated she is? But I'm concerned." -
[13:34] <Yanmei> "Maybe she should have someone around to take care of her. At the very least, to offer advice? Or to remind her that she isn't so alone."
[13:35] <@Firgrim> [Asuka rolled her eye. "Tell her about the look, idiot."]
[13:38] * Yanmei scowled at her. "Hmph. When she was talking about the things she'd lost, she sort of looked off? Like… it was the sort of ice-cold look you'd expect from a psychotic dictator instead of a 14-year-old girl."
[13:40] <@Firgrim> ["Really?" Marianne's eyebrows rose. "Well, I can't really say I'm surprised. Hm… If she's training in her spare time there's not a lot I can do. I could order her to stop, but you're right. You're referring to Windsor-Yamato?"]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Think we could meddle and get them to meet? Like, after the battle, let's say."
[13:42] <@Firgrim> ["Well, the thing is that Windsor-Yamato is already spending most of his time in contact with her already. He's moved to Leningrad-2 and everything."]
[13:42] <Yanmei> "He… what? When?"
[13:43] <@Firgrim> ["The moment she arrived in Paris-2 he practically attached himself to her. He's on the ship now."]
[13:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned deeper. "Then I guess there's not much else we can do after all? He seems to be supporting her okay."
[13:45] <@Firgrim> ["We can invite him to our dinner and try from there." Said Asuka, shrugging. "Maybe he's just an idiot."]
[13:46] <Yanmei> "He is," Yanmei muttered. "But he might be a useful idiot either way. Hmph. Fine, we'll find and invite him."
[13:47] <@Firgrim> ["He's a good man, he just has a lot to deal with. He lost family too." Said Marianne.]
[13:52] <Yanmei> "W-whatever," Yanmei muttered, in the sort of tone that suggested that she wasn't happy about giving him a break. "But yeah. That's pretty much all we wanted to say?"
[13:53] <@Firgrim> ["Alright. Dismissed."]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "Thanks." Yanmei bobbed her head respectfully, and then disembarked, glancing to Asuka to show that she should follow.
[13:54] <@Firgrim> [Asuka followed out. "Well, that didn't do much."]
[13:56] <Yanmei> "No, it didn't. But at least we know that guy's around here somewhere. Why don't you head back to the Princess. If he's like how Marianne said, then he'll show up around her soon enough?"
[13:56] <@Firgrim> ["Heh, fair enough. Maybe we just need to buy her a puppy?"]
[13:57] <Yanmei> "Or a lion cub," Yanmei smirked. "But yeah. Let me drop by my room for now. Isaiah wants something."
[13:57] <@Firgrim> ["Oh really~?"]
[13:58] <Yanmei> "…" She gave Asuka an extra frown. "I'll thank you to stop thinking crude thoughts? We're probably just going to talk."
[13:59] <@Firgrim> ["What a waste." Asuka shook her head and headed off. "If it were me…~"]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "So if Jerkface was here, you'd be all over each other, huh?" Yanmei smirked, but she was starting to head her own way too. "Bye, Asuka~"
[14:02] <@Firgrim> ["Sure would. Seeya, Yanny~" And Asuka was off, smirking to herself.]
[14:03] <Yanmei> And so Yanmei was heading to her and Isaiah's room now, still mulling over the things that had happened today.
[14:05] <@Firgrim> [Isaiah was sitting up in bed, clearly waiting for her. When she came in he grinned at her- but blinked in surprise instead.]
[14:06] <Yanmei> She couldn't blame him. The cape -was- rather flashy, and she hadn't been wearing the Captain's jacket the last time he'd seen her either. "I, ah… got a promotion while you were sleeping."
[14:06] <@Firgrim> [This seemed even more surprising. "Y-you what?!"]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "Yeah! I'm a Captain now! And Marianne loaned me this stuff for the day." Yanmei did a little twirl.
[14:08] <@Firgrim> ["-Wow-." He stared, then grinned. "That's amazing! Captain Zhang Yanmei… Wow…"]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Hehe, I know, right? You should have seen Asuka when she heard the news. She was totally in awe."
[14:11] <@Firgrim> ["… Uh-huh." He smirked.]
[14:12] * Yanmei unhooked the cape and draped it on a bedpost. "So~ Was there something you were calling me for?"
[14:12] <@Firgrim> ["Well." He held out his mobile phone. "I saw this and figured…"]
[14:15] * Yanmei sucked in a breath. That Asuka! She took a peek at it.
[14:19] <Yanmei> "… I see," she said levelly. "I hope you're not disappointed about the lack of plugsuit."
[14:19] <@Firgrim> ["You look much better in a captain's uniform." Said Isaiah glowingly.]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "I'm glad." She gave him a little kiss. "You know, they're bringing Lizzie here pretty soon. For safekeeping?"
[14:22] <@Firgrim> ["Oh really?" He grinned. "… Hm. This ship's going into a battle, but… I guess it -is- the safest place to be." He chewed his lip thoughtfully.]
[14:27] <Yanmei> "I bugs me too? But maybe we could think of it as incentive for beating up that Angel as soon as humanly possible. The faster as we do, the less danger she'll be in?"
[14:28] <@Firgrim> ["Yeah, you're right…" He nodded firmly. "I'll take that on board."]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "They also brought the newest pilot and her dumb cousin here. We're having a big dinner, and they're going to attend as well."
[14:33] <@Firgrim> ["Oh yeah? When's the dinner on?"]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "In two hours. It'll give everyone plenty of time to get ready."
[14:37] <@Firgrim> [Isaiah nodded slowly…-
[14:37] <@Firgrim> [He shyly patted the bed. "I kept it warm for you, as promised."]
[14:40] <Yanmei> "I knew you would," she smiled, and casually joined him there.
[14:45] <@Firgrim> [He wrapped his arms around her, nestling against her cheek and planting kisses on her neck.-
[14:45] <@Firgrim> ["So you'll be leading us into battle then, my Captain~?"]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Naturally?" She snuggled against him. "Hope you can keep up~"
[14:50] <@Firgrim> ["Oh? You'll leave me behind if I don't~?"]
[14:50] <Yanmei> "Like I could ever do that?"
[14:52] <@Firgrim> ["But I wouldn't want to slow you down…"]
[14:56] * Yanmei mussed cheerfully with his hair. "We all know you can handle yourself~"
[14:56] <@Firgrim> ["Oh, do you, now~? Are you sure you don't need me to prove it?"]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "Well, a little demonstration would be nice~"
[15:00] <@Firgrim> ["Well, as you command…"-
[15:00] <@Firgrim> [And… Time passed.-
[15:09] <@Firgrim> [And after it passed, they lay there, Yanmei in his arms, neither of them moving much. He simply enjoyed having her there, his eyes half-closed…]
[15:15] * Yanmei didn't say anything for a very long time. It would have ruined the moment, and she was sluggishly sorting through her thoughts, aside from that. Finally… "Did you… feel that?"
[15:15] <@Firgrim> ["… Yeah."]
[15:19] <Yanmei> "Later, we should talk. I mean…" How much was there to even say, really? She trailed off into silence.
[15:22] <@Firgrim> [He entwined his fingers through her own. "… I…" But did he even have anything to say, either?]
[15:28] <Yanmei> The time for the dinner approached slowly. Yanmei tried to relax again, confusion slowly sliding away in her contentment.
[15:28] <@Firgrim> ["… That dinner. Are we…?"]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "Of course? I guess that means we have to get ready?"
[15:29] <@Firgrim> ["Yeah…" But he didn't make a move.]
[15:34] * Yanmei was the one who rose first, going for the cape and then stopping and pondering on something more appropriate to wear. "Let's get to it? A shower and a change, and then…"
[15:35] <@Firgrim> [Isaiah rose a few seconds after, stretching out and yawning extravagantly. He affectionately put his hands on Yanmei's waist. "You know, I actually am pretty hungry. Food here any good?"]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "It's passable. It's the dining hall itself that's the impressive thing."
[15:36] <@Firgrim> ["Oh really…?"]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "You really haven't seen it yet? Tsk. Grab your pants! There's a lot to see in this place."
[15:45] <@Firgrim> ["Oh yeah, did I tell you this place came with its own set of clothes?"]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "Huh?
[15:47] <@Firgrim> ["Yeah, check this out." He opened the wardrobe and pulled out a pair of pants. They looked as though they cost more than Yanmei's car. "They feel really nice, too. This place is awesome."]
[15:50] <Yanmei> "I'm not, er, sure you should try those on for kicks, Isaiah."
[15:50] <@Firgrim> ["Eh? Why not?"]
[15:51] <Yanmei> "I mean, it's not like anyone else
[15:52] <Yanmei> ^will be dressed up? The stuff you had on before should be okay."
[15:52] <@Firgrim> ["Oh." He reluctantly puts them back and grabs up his old clothes, putting them on quickly.]
[15:57] * Yanmei was dressed before long as well. She left off the awesome new jacket and cape so that he wouldn't wouldn't get self-conscious about it, and waited for him at the door, holding her hand out to him.
[15:58] <@Firgrim> [He took it, expertly twirling her around, dipping her, giving her a kiss before standing her upright again. "Lead on, my Captain~"]

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