Yanmei S Wounds

[07:49] * Yanmei woke suddenly. The mangled dream she'd been having involved her trying to learn to breathe fire in an attempt to ward off something terrible, and setting herself ablaze in the process. -
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[07:55] <Yanmei> But now the haze began to clear slowly, bit by bit, and the horror of that dream began to seem quaint.
[07:57] <AdEvaGM> [She could feel coolness on her skin, now, confusingly felt alongside a sense of warmth and still air… The muddled, distant beeping of a hospital device.]
[08:01] <Yanmei> She made an attempt to open her eyes.
[08:04] <AdEvaGM> [She was in a hospital room, and as her senses slowly began to clear away the fog she felt cold compresses- icy gel packs- attached to her skin. Parts of her body ached and stung, clearly still burned; a flimsy hospital chemise had been placed on her, loose so as to not aggravate her bandages or her injuries. A hospital blanket had been placed over her, nevertheless.-
[08:05] <AdEvaGM> [She wasn't alone; sitting next to her in a straight-backed hospital chair, head back, fast asleep, was Frederic Gosselin, arms dangling at his side.]
[08:11] * Yanmei stared at him, surprised, until she remembered that Isaiah was away in Boston. There were things in her memory that she didn't want there, but the icepack setup brought them back whether she liked it or not. She raised an arm and ran a hand over one of the compresses lethargically.
[08:16] <AdEvaGM> [Frederic stirred at her movements, no matter how asleep he was or appeared to be; he slouched forward, bringing his back back to facing her, raising an arm to rub it stiffly. "Oh. You're awake."]
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[08:20] <Yanmei> "Mm." She took her time talking. Her hand moved to another ice pack and her brow wrinkled slightly. "Morning?"
[08:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I guess. I dunno what time it is." He looked at his watch.-
[08:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, it's 3 AM."]
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[08:24] <Yanmei> Yanmei decided to try sitting up, but that was enough of a mistake to send her back down, hissing. "…Marianne asked you to…?"
[08:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. The damage crews have most things under control. William wanted to do it, but the kid's bleeding from his eyeballs, so he gets to stay in bed."]
[08:29] <Yanmei> "…?!" That earned an unsettled glance. "He's hurt?"
[08:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Nothing serious. He had a bit of temporary blindness, like you did."]
[08:31] * Yanmei nodded slowly, but she still didn't look all that relieved. "The others?"
[08:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Sera's fine, Aline's pretty shaken up, though. Looks like you got the worst of it, although that's not surprising…"]
[08:36] * Yanmei nodded again, although her shoulder sagged a little at that last part. "This sucks," she mumbled.
[08:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I know." Said Fred sympathetically. "You did -really- well, though. Don't be so down. You showed you had a hell of a lot of guts."]
[08:42] * Yanmei gave him a tired half-grin. It was a minute or two before she tried talking again. Her throat was really raw. And her chest ached a lot too. -
[08:42] <Yanmei> "Can I go home?"
[08:48] <AdEvaGM> ["… Sorry. Not for a little while."]
[08:53] <Yanmei> "Hmph." She didn't seem particularly shocked. It was worth a try, though? "HQ got wrecked, didn't it?"
[08:53] <AdEvaGM> ["… Yeah. Pretty bad. A fair few people are in hospital. Or… Y'know." He coughed.]
[08:56] <Yanmei> "…" A grim look settled on her face. "How's Marianne?"
[09:00] <AdEvaGM> ["… Stressed." Said Frederic. "After we relocated to the emergency command centre, we started to receive battle reports. It looks like the Angels attacked other NERV bases as well."]
[09:01] <Yanmei> "What?!"
[09:09] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded slowly. "All of them, although we didn't lose anyone."]
[09:12] <Yanmei> "… a test, maybe? Or a probe?"
[09:13] <AdEvaGM> ["One hell of a probe, but that's what it looks like. Marianne's bothered- they were all what you fought. Lots of small Gazardiel clones with controllers. No Angels. Not even the one you guys saw on Skald."]
[09:19] <Yanmei> "Don't like it either," Yanmei grumbled. "Stupid Metatron…"
[09:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, think of it this way: we still won."]
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[09:27] <Yanmei> "Only superficially. She still gained information on us."
[09:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, but it works both ways. We now know she's capable of throwing huge numbers of enemies at us. And we know to shoot the commanders first. We won't be so bloodied by this sort of attack again."]
[09:33] <Yanmei> "True?" she said slowly, and nodded, letting it sink in. "Yeah. It'll be different!"
[09:37] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right. We'll know what to do next time…"-
[09:37] <AdEvaGM> ["… Ah, I guess you might want a full report or something on what happened?"]
[09:39] * Yanmei nodded eagerly, eyes intense on him.
[09:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, they breached the HQ- ah…" He coughed. "Dr. Riel and James…"]
[09:42] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei's eyes widened. "Not James…"
[09:44] <AdEvaGM> ["He's alive." Said Fred. "But it was close. He lost an entire arm, a shoulder, a lung, ribs- the damage is… But he's alive."]
[09:47] <Yanmei> "He…" That anxiety didn't leave her. "Is he awake? How is he?"
[09:48] <AdEvaGM> ["He's not. We're gonna have to do transplants…"]
[09:49] <Yanmei> "Transplants," she echoed. He'd lost a lung, so… "Cybernetic ones?"
[09:50] <AdEvaGM> ["From his sister."]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "…"
[09:53] <AdEvaGM> ["She's alive." Said Fred hastily. "But a girder crushed her spine, neck- she's paralysed from the waist down…"]
[09:54] <Yanmei> "A-ah… At least she made it. I'm glad…"
[09:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. She's pretty torn up, but her main worry was James…" Fred stared down at the ground, frowning, clearly disturbed.]
[10:01] <Yanmei> This was probably a good time to change the subject away from sibling loss. So Yanmei tried. "What about the other higher-ups? I'm guessing they're all still intact?"
[10:06] <AdEvaGM> ["They're fine, yeah. Marianne's decided to make power armour mandatory during duty hours for bridge crew, though."]
[10:07] <Yanmei> "Wise idea?" Yanmei nodded gingerly. "And the other branches?"
[10:12] <AdEvaGM> ["They… Were alright, mostly. Some casualties. I can give you reports individually- what do you wanna hear about first?"]
[10:15] <Yanmei> "Beijing."
[10:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Beijing came out just fine. The Tiger of Jinan knows all about dealing with that sort of enemy…"]
[10:19] <Yanmei> "What about civilians?" Yanmei shifted, troubled, and tried to ignore the burning from her wounds. "Those refugee camps…"
[10:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Most of the fighting took place a fair ways away from them- they were shifted to the city outskirts shortly after we got Beijing HQ fixed up. There were a few casualties, but there always are…"]
[10:23] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "What about Boston and Kenya?"
[10:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Boston… Hm." He frowned. "Well, it was going poorly- Rei was taken down and broke her arm- but then Metatron knocked Isaiah out, and you know what happens next, right?"]
[10:27] * Yanmei winced. "08. Did it wander off afterward again?"
[10:28] <AdEvaGM> ["No, this time it was satisfied to, er, clean the battlefield…"]
[10:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked a little green. "I see."
[10:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Your boy's unharmed, though. He's awake and already sending us messages."]
[10:31] <Yanmei> "Good." Yanmei exhaled. She'd have to talk to him soon. "And Lizz- ah, Kenya?"
[10:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Fine. They were down an Eva, and will be until the Simonides girls are activated, but you know, the Synfront is a really hard nut to crack. There's plenty of spare weapons just lying around…"]
[10:35] <Yanmei> "Not suprising?" She murmured. "They made that ship after all? Isabelle's OK too?"
[10:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, no one was harmed…"]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "What about Berlin?"
[10:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Go took a nasty head injury, but they prevailed in the end. It was a pretty destructive battle, though."]
[10:39] <Yanmei> "Did it wipe out the countryside?"
[10:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Not really. Just localised damage around Berlin. Heavy, but their bunkers are amongst the best in the world…"]
[10:43] <Yanmei> "Bet Tokyo came out okay too."
[10:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Mostly. Metatron really went for Tsubaki for some reason. The poor girl broke down mid-battle…"]
[10:45] <Yanmei> Ugh. Yanmei made a sympathetic expression. "That's rough."
[10:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah…"]
[10:56] <Yanmei> "What about Leningrad? All good over there?"
[10:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. Natasha's good with the big guns, so she had fun sniping their commanders…"]
[11:00] <Yanmei> "We should've done that too," Yanmei muttered. She closed her eyes for a little while. "What should we do now? To prepare?"
[11:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Marianne will analyse tactics, and she'll start telling you guys what you need to do. I anticipate more use of F-Type armour, though- and those big bolters they have."]
[11:08] * Yanmei resisted the urge to make a slight face at the word F-type. Why couldn't the technicians have made that armor set look cooler? "I'll be around to help as soon as I can?"
[11:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, don't push yourself too hard."]
[11:12] <Yanmei> "I know, I know."
[11:12] <AdEvaGM> ["You're lucky you're not dead. An Angel cross ripped open your plug…"]
[08:10] <Yanmei> "Again," she muttered. She could suddenly recall what she had been trying to ward off in her dream… and that the fire-breathing had been an involuntary side effect of her failure, among other things. "Like the Sixth."
[08:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, although this time you came out with a few burns and grogginess. You don't remember it, I bet, but you were still awake when we got you. You were woozy, and you were saying things that didn't make sense, but yeah…"]
[08:18] * Yanmei shook her head and started to rub her face - only to stop abruptly, wincing, because that stung. "I don't remember… but it sounds embarrassing?"
[08:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Embarrassing, huh." He mulled this over. "Why do you think that?"]
[08:27] <Yanmei> "Because…" She actually had to stop and think about it. "I shouldn't have been shot down? Or I should have gone down with more dignity. What was I saying, exactly?"
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[08:31] <AdEvaGM> ["You were crying for help. Crying out for your mother, Isaiah, Marianne… You started sobbing when we took you out."]
[08:34] * Yanmei flushed red. Awkwardly, she rubbed at one of the ice packs. "Like I said? No dignity," she muttered.
[08:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, I should tell you a story."]
[08:39] <Yanmei> "Ah…?"
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[08:50] <AdEvaGM> ["You know who I was before I joined NERV, right?"]
[08:52] * Yanmei nodded. "You were a soldier, right?"
[08:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. Well." He winked. "I was a Naval Commando."]
[08:56] * Yanmei nodded again, thinking back to the long-ago paintball game. "…that sheds some light on things," she muttered.
[08:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh really?"]
[08:58] <Yanmei> "You're a really good shot?"
[09:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I'm glad you pay attention." He smiled. "In any case, I've been to a lot of places to do dirty work. Have you ever heard about the Dniepr Death Cults?"]
[09:11] * Yanmei shook her head.
[09:17] <AdEvaGM> ["They were Ukrainian rebels who popped up in 2010, striking at Soviet bases and protesting the UN. They were called Death Cults because of how extreme they were- stating that the Soviets were poisoning people, mentally, spiritually… And the only response was extermination. Very bloody, very merciless."]
[09:19] * Yanmei frowned. "You were sent in to stop them?"
[09:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. Death Cultists, well, they were famous for not being afraid of death, either. Sometimes it got 'em killed, you'd get psychos who wouldn't take cover or anything… But they'd never retreat, which, again, made things easy for us."]
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[09:23] <Yanmei> "Wouldn't that make them -harder- to deal with? They sound unpredictable."
[09:24] <AdEvaGM> ["They didn't run, they didn't hide. If you found 'em, you could remove them then and there." Said Fred. "No matter how tough they were, ultimately there was only one way combat between Naval Commandos and fanatic guerillas is going to go."]
[09:27] <Yanmei> "Hm. So you cleared them out, just like that, no problem."
[09:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. There was something that stuck with me, though."]
[09:29] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[09:37] <AdEvaGM> ["In one skirmish, we found a survivor. Barely- he'd been shot, and instead of wanting to be captured he tried to plunge a knife into his heart. But he just… Didn't have the courage. He botched it, and now he had a steel blade in his own ribs. I was the one to found him, and this fanatic, this murderous killer- a Death Cultist who'd no doubt wiped out a Soviet patrol, or helped destroy
[09:37] <AdEvaGM> a Russian plantation village… He was just, babbling, crying. Heh. I didn't speak his language, but I knew he was calling out for help. Maybe he was calling to his mother, too."]
[09:40] * Yanmei smiled a little, but there was a hint of discomfort there. "Hey… you're not comparing me to a Death Cultist, are you?"
[09:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh. Don't worry." He smiled. "It isn't just Death Cultists who cry out when they're hurt and frightened. It could be anyone, I've seen it before. Soldiers, innocents, Death Cultists, you, me- when we're sitting there, dying or we think we're dying, scared out of our minds, all we want to do is see that special someone and run to them for help, so they can make it all better."-
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["You shouldn't be ashamed of that. People can talk about facing death with dignity, but as far as I'm concerned, I think it's better if we get scared."]
[09:53] <Yanmei> "…" The discomfort died away, but only gradually as she thought this over. "Maybe," she relented, and her shoulders sagged tiredly.
[09:54] <AdEvaGM> [He reached out and put a hand on Yanmei's shoulder. "No one thinks any less of you."]
[09:56] <Yanmei> "I kind of do," she muttered. "But I'll try to be less hard on myself?"
[09:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Attagirl."]
[10:00] <Yanmei> "Do me a favor, though?"
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> ["What's that?"]
[10:01] <Yanmei> "If you're seeing Marianne later, tell her that I wouldn't mind a visit…"
[10:04] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll tell her." Fred grinned. "Oh, Isaiah sent me a message for you…"]
[10:05] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[10:06] <AdEvaGM> ["He told me to tell you that he wishes he could be by your side…"]
[10:09] <Yanmei> "I know he does. He already kind of is, in a way? Thanks. I'll call him as soon as I can."
[10:10] <AdEvaGM> ["There's more." Fred winked. "He said he'll try to send you 'lovely dreams' soon… Whatever that means."]
[10:11] <Yanmei> "That, uh… t-that's totally not what you're thinking?"
[10:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, what do you know what I'm thinking?"]
[10:15] <Yanmei> "I can guess at it? I don't have sexy dreams about him!"
[10:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh, is -that- what it's about?" He looked genuinely surprised.]
[10:23] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face burned. And it wasn't from her wounds, either. "Just forget about all that. I'm gonna lie down for a little bit longer…"
[10:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Aw, come on. Here I was thinking, 'Man, I bet you and Sophie could spend hours talking about sexy dreams'. Are you -sure- you don't want me to speak to her?"]
[10:25] <Yanmei> "I'm -sure-. Don't you dare!"
[10:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh heh." He stands up. "You need anything, though, before I go?"]
[10:27] <Yanmei> "I'm OK. I could use my cell phone…"
[10:28] <AdEvaGM> ["What, in a hospital?"]
[10:28] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah." She grumbled. "Never mind."
[10:30] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll see you around. Heal up."]
[10:31] <Yanmei> "Right. I'll be out of here soon. See you!"
[10:33] <AdEvaGM> ["See you." He gave her a friendly smile, then he was gone.]
[10:35] * Yanmei sagged against her mattress, and frowned up at the ceiling, glancing around for visible cameras. Of course, there were none. "Better if we get scared, huh…?" She let her eyes droop, and it wasn't long before they shut completely.

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