THE TIMELESS GIRL
The man was far more frantic than what Yuel expected. To be fair, it's not most anyone's immediate assumption that their greeting is reciprocated with mild hysteria--that would be unreasonable. At the same time, it really got her to question what their relationship was, that he would act this way after just seeing her. To the point that she felt a mixture of awkwardness and a bit of guilt; it seemed like they were close, yet Yuel couldn't recall a bit of it. Only the sensation of familiarity hit her, nothing substantial and concrete.
Her eyes followed his gesture to the chairs after the handshake, but she didn't move just yet. Partially from feeling awkward, mostly because Yuel tended not to be very responsive when lost in thought, and that occurred pretty often. The girl wracked her mind around the events she could remember, after a while conceding since for Yuel recalling memories wasn't a matter of remembering them, but whether those memories were even in her brain. Like the man said, temporal ambiguity can be confusing.
On that note, the girl gathered that the two of them had at least been close enough that her condition was known in some effect. Yuel evidently never made an effort to conceal the fact, but it wasn't well-known either. At most, the farthest person from Yuel relationship-wise that would know about it was some Vanguard personnel, specifically the Combine members. On that note, she suspected Steiner was in the Vanguard, but not the Combine. If he was, Yuel would definitely know him; ironically, Yuel had impeccable memory, so provided the memory was in her brain, she'd be able to resurface it. Yet, they seemed closer to that, given the "admiration he held for her" and "driving impact" she held on him.
The effort to find out who he was to her--and vice versa, sure--turned from an engaging puzzle in her head to a bit of an annoyance. Solving a puzzle without all the pieces was doable, but substantially harder and sometimes not as fun. So not having yet responded to any of his words, Yuel followed along to the set of chairs as Steiner proceeded.
It was only when Steiner talked about biscuits and tea, and beyond that pull the chair out for her, that Yuel's head came back to Earth. At first she felt awkward; now, it was more of a general discomfort. For Steiner, it was a reunion of friends. His excitement and kind actions were justifiable. Yuel acknowledged this, hence not responding adversely like she usually might; but from Yuel's perspective, this was basically a stranger having an overly friendly approach.
It was a bit frightening, in a sense, and because of this the girl meekly followed suit, sitting in the pulled out chair without making much of a sound. She didn't hide her frown and furrowed eyebrows as she put up some level of caution at this point. And, for anyone who knew Yuel well enough, her putting up a guard was tready very thin, volatile wire. The kind that sends islands into the ocean, so automatically this wasn't the best environment for her cautions.
Maintaining her frown, Yuel calmly put her hands on her lap and started getting more vocal with her approach. Before, Yuel may have continued with meekness, responding quietly if not maintaining silence as a whole. But the girl had grown; discounting the experiences from an unorthodox past or future, it was three years since she first came to Karakura and invested herself in the world of giants. A bit of her was steeled by now."I suppose it is a reunion of friends? But, well since you know a bit about my condition, you'd also understand that I'm still a bit confused on what there was between us. Do you think you could remind me? Maybe tell me what you're doing here? I guess just letting me know who you are in general would be an even better start. Vanguard, maybe? Or Yayjuu? Or... K-World?"
It was way too easy for Yuel to have an accurate guess of who Steiner could
be, she just needed something definite, and she at least narrowed it down to three orgs he could be. If it was the first two, maybe something amicable could be achieved here; if it were the latter? The King of these lands might find it in their best interest to return posthaste. For the sake of their nation's defense.