Description: After snooping around too much, Ashley decides that Namie deserves to finally get a taste of what she's been looking for! After a clever trap that leads Namie in the empty boy's locker room, Ashley shows her her true nature in an electrifying battle.
Rumors have been spreading around the campus that some students have been assaulted lately. It's been spreading like wildfire and the speculations tend to put the blame on some rival schools toward Taiyo High. With all that has been going around, it seemed like the logical conclusion to all of this, especially with the Interschool tournament.
Eve, though known as Ashley amongst the group of cheerleaders, was at the right spot to hear all those gossips. After her failure to get a date for the winter prom, she has been more or less an outcast but it allowed her to have a more laid back role and listen instead of taking an active role in the discussions.
It was much better that way.
It also allowed her to focus on her real purpose here : the testing of potential fighters, as well as the harvest of their DNAs. Instead of focusing on the hierachy of the cheerleading group that was in constant movement and adapt to real life, Eve was able to gather information and watch the students who seemed to have interest in fighting or who ended up being too noisy around her organsation's plans... And thanks to the cheerleaders, Eve had the golden seat for surveillance!
It came to her attention that one such student had been a little bit too curious about some of the events going on around the tournament. A potential security breach, she thought... Might as well deal with her before it's too late.
Ashley came up with a perfect master plan for all of this. She studied Namie's routine as well as her general behaviour and once she knew enough, she could set her trap for her.
----- Taiyo High : an hour or so after school ---
Ashley is in the hiding, waiting. She is lurking in a good hideout, waiting for Namie to come to her locker. She knows her Yearbook club meeting would keep her busy until after school hours. With little people around school to interfer with her plan. Ashley left an envelope on the ground, with little hearts drawn on it with the name Ayumi on it. It still had the letter inside...
Ayumi had to be, according to Ashley's studies, the Alpha Female (for now) of the cheerleading group. This ought to catch Namie's attention, she's sure... At least, if she's in the slightest as curious as the rumors around her goes.
It's true that Namie was very curious about what was happening with the students fighting in the Interschool tournament. She had talked to several people who had fought in the tournament, but so far hadn't gotten any real answers, only more questions. And to a girl like a girl like Namie Yamada that made it all the more interesting, surely there was something to be uncovered.
The truth was, however, that she knew little more about the situation than any others that listen to the rumors that abound. Her penchant for seeking out juicy details wasn't for nothing, and so Eve's worries that she may be a security issue are well founded on that alone. Certainly if she came across a chance to learn something she would take it.
That isn't at all on her mind as she heads to the Yearbook club, however. Her mind was on the fact that she had made no progress on her current project due to an attack at the school's records office the day before and she wasn't too thrilled to have to admit it even if she had the best of reasons. So when she sees the envelope on the floor it was a welcome distraction, especially as she picked it up and read the contents.
Scandalous! Could it be true that Ayumi was going to cheat on her boyfriend? She certainly never would have guessed it before, but if the words on this letter are true it's a distinct possibility. Sure, one might say it was thrown on the ground as ridiculous, but one might also think such evidence would be better placed in the nearest trash bin.
Namie falls for the bait hook, line, and sinker.
Ashley was spying on the scene unfolds from afar -- stealthed against a row of lockers. She used a simple mirror to keep an eye out on the envelope and spy on Namie while not showing she wasn't too far away. Her lips curl into a smile as Namie falls for it -- perfect! She can only hope she will fall for it.
The letter in the envelope was just about as mysterious as the envelope. It had the minimum information on it, but just enough to arouse curiousity even more.
It reads as follow : Dear Ayumi, this cannot go on like this any longer. We need to talk, please meet me at the usual place, in the gym's locker room, after school...
The only flaw, or what made it all perfect, is that the hand writting of the letter was clearly meticulous and more feminine. If Ayumi was cheating on her boyfriend, it might not be with another boy, or one that has a good penscraft!
Ashley waits, staring at her mirror to see in which direction Namie will go..
It's certainly a quandary. Why would you issue an ultimatum in an envelope covered in hearts? Why would a girl known for dating hunks be involved with someone with such girly handwriting? These are questions that need answering! Even if the answer is 'It's a load of hokum'.
Despite her love of secrets Namie is not, in fact, the most observant girl around, so the mirror around a corner trick is more than enough to keep eyes on her. Heck, watching her while standing in plain sight using a smart phone camera and pretending to be surfing the web would have worked, but this way she doesn't so much as know Ashley is around. For the curious, an actual physical newspaper would have drawn her attention enough to ask about it, completely blowing any cover!
An impish smile creeping onto her face, Namie sticks the letter into a pocket in her skirt, peeks around, and heads towards the locker rooms. As she goes, however, she starts to get a couple more doubts. Why would a girl go to meet -inside- the guys locker room? In fact, she doesn't even want to go in there! The thought occurs to her... maybe this is a trap! Yes, how scandalous would it be for one Namie Yamada to be found sneaking into the boys locker room? The damage to her reputation could be severe- she'll have to be careful.
This care amounts to her waiting outside and watching people come and go for fifteen minutes, making darn sure nobody has entered or left for a while before going inside herself. This time is also well spent coming up with some kind of excuse for why she should be there- for once Namie has a contingency plan.
After this careful wait she does go inside, dashing over to the door and going inside, peeking around corners and ready to bolt at the very first sign of any undressed boys. Carefully she explores the area, only to find... exactly nothing! Looking confused she looks at the letter again and- oh god. It never said which locker room. She merely assumed!
Her face turns beet red and she gets a little dizzy when she realizes- she's in the boys locker room for no reason at all.
The shame of it all.
Excellent! Ashley's lips curl into an evil rictus. Everything was going according to plan. She closes her pocket mirror and puts it back into the skirt. She allows Namie to take on the lead before following after her.
Once Namie waits near the locker rooms, so does Ashley, but from some distance. She leans on the wall and takes out a cellphone, using it for random texts, or so it would seem. She puts on some earphones, to make it look like she's day-dreaming and not paying attention while it was the opposite.
Suddenly, Namie makes her move and she disappears out of sight. Ashley grins and she quickly moves, putting her cellphone back into her jacket's pocket and putting the earphones into another pocket.
Shame doesn't seem to hold Ashley from pursuing Namie... And a minute after she entered the boy's locker room, so does she. Cornered like a rat, excellent! Never mind what two girls might be doing in the boy's locker room, this thought hardly crosses her mind.
The door bursts opens, and Ashley takes a step in, glancing around for Namie... And here she was! Ashley's lips curl into a malicious smile as she found out her prey, right where she wanted...
At this time of the day, Ashley had hoped they wouldn't get much interference and she'd be able to deal with Namie here as she pleases.
This is bad. This is so bad! This is really, really bad.
Sudden panic sets in and prevents her from immediately running out of there, delaying her precious seconds so that while she's still flustered, in comes her pursuer.
She shouts in surprise. "AAAAAAA-A-Ashley!"
Her shout turns into a name, a name of a girl who not only saw her come in here, but is a friend of the girl whose love letter is in her pocket. This is the worst possible development. If the Emperor of Japan had walked in it wouldn't have been worse. Another girl caught her going into the boys locker room, and a well connected one at that.
"I-I'm just here making sure all our facilities are in good repair and p-perfect working order." Pause. "For the yearbook."
Wow, that sounded even lamer than when she came up with it. "...lets get out of here before anyone else comes in, okay?" Before her Eve can see the cheerful and energetic Namie wilting like a flower in the desert.
The answer to her name being shout in surprise is a simple : "What are you doing here!?" Her intonation was inquisitive, borderline filled with anger.
The stern expression on Ashley's face, the way she glared dagger at Namie showed she meant business with her, and not the nice kind of business. Her legs were spread, ready to burst into action and her arms were spread in a wide cross as if to prevent Namie from trying to run pass her toward the exit.
Ashley's presence here definately was no good -- whatever Namie might see into it, she's probably aware that Ashley's been recently promoted into the disciplinary commitee in Taiyo High, after all... And considering she was also one of the newest recruits in the cheerleaders, who all love gossips and rumors, it might end up pretty badly!
"You're in for some trouble!" Ashley shouts at Namie, obviously not taking any of her excuses. Ashley lunges at Namie, attempting to tackle her further into the boy's locker room.
COMBATSYS: Eve has started a fight here.
COMBATSYS: Namie has joined the fight here.
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Eve 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Namie
COMBATSYS: Namie dodges Eve's Medium Punch.
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Eve 0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0 Namie
Namie voiced her ridiculous reasoning for being in the locker room, but it's clear that Ashley is having none of it. Her clever plan now up in smoke she tries to think of ways out of this, but with her exit barred she isn't sure what she can do.
That's when things get weird, and the cheerleader and disciplinarian charges her. Her eyes go wide, especially at how fast the seemingly frail girl is coming at her. Instinctively she drops down, lowering her posture and then throwing herself to the side. She rolls on the floor once before using the momentum to quickly get back up to her feet.
"Woah! This isn't bad enough for corporal punishment is it? I didn't think we even did that here!" She surveys her surroundings quickly and her heart sinks a bit- her evasion has moved her right into a corner, and now there's really no getting away. She might not have gotten tackled, but she's exactly where the other girl wanted her.
"Come on, let's talk about this! If I'm in trouble okay, but at least tell me what for and what my punishment is!"
COMBATSYS: Namie takes no action.
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Eve 0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0 Namie
When her charge fails and Namie slips by her side, Ashley skids and flails her arms to regain her balance. It seems rather ungraceful, but it's due to the slippery ground of the locker room.
Regaining her composure, Ashley turns on her heels to face Namie and she frowns at her. An expression of superiority crosses her features as she buffs her chest and rests her hands on her waist, "Ah! Trying to play innocent, but that won't do with me!" Ashley says as she waves her hand, "For stuffing your nose where it doesn't belong, what else! And I will take proper measure to make sure it doesn't happen again!"
Talking? No! There's no talking! Only fighting, to test Namie and to eventually get what she wants from her. Ashley slowly approaches her, like a cat who had cornered its mouse and then she lunges at her, attempting to grapple the girl. Unlike her previous assault though, this one shows a technique in the execution that is unlike what one would expect from Ashley : she reaches out for Namie's arm, using her hands to apply pressure on specific joints on her wrists and elbow, to give her excessively keen pain. If she succeeds, she'll use that hold to her advantage to twist her Namie's arm in her back and forcefully bend her over in submission.
COMBATSYS: Namie blocks Eve's Medium Throw EX.
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Eve 0/-------/=======|=------\-------\0 Namie
"Th-that's not fair! It's not specific enough and you know it. I can't not stick my nose somewhere if I don't know where that somewhere is." As the other girl stalks up to her Namie's face turns to one of worry, "What's gotten into you, Ashley? I always thought you were a nice, quiet girl, but now you're acting crazy!"
If she wasn't already suspicious of the cheerleader she is once her joints are twisted in an excruciating manner, causing her to let out a cry of pain before twisting around and slipping her arm out of the hold before it can be pinned behind her back. "That -hurt-! That really hurt, Ashley!"
She takes a step back, spinning and holding her left leg wide and to the side, bending down with her weight on her hind leg until her thigh is almost parallel to the ground. Her hands move up to her head and she grabs her ponytail and slips her scrunchy onto her wrist, twisting her hair into to form a quick bun before holding her hands out in front of herself, wrists angled downward. Her hands are kept slightly balled, with two fingers forming claws in classic Mantis style Kung Fu positioning. She may not have training but the sudden fluidness of her movements and change in her demeanor are obvious. She's getting serious about this, now.
"I won't be suppressed! You're not here for the disciplinary committee at all, are you?" She looks over Ashley for a moment, sizing her up for the first time, "Look, if you want to fight, I'll fight. I've never had a problem with that, but if you're here trying to send a message? Let's just walk away."
There are some people in this world that only respond to force, she knows, and the other girl is quickly starting to look like that type. If she's seriously under attack she can't afford to just sit back and wait, and she's not the type to do that, anyway.
She hops forward, pushing off with her coiled leg and bending her forward knee, quickly kicking down and forward at an angle, trying to plant her heel to the side of Ashley's ankle- a fast warning shot of an attack to put some stick behind her words.
COMBATSYS: Eve blocks Namie's Light Kick.
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Eve 0/-------/=======|=------\-------\0 Namie
Ashley releases the hold after Namie's squirming and she takes a step back defensively, not to give Namie a chance to counter right away. The blonde girl studies Namie as she prepares herself for battle, her expression of ice as she stares at her.
"Hurt?" Ashley says, moistening her lips, a sadistic smile spreading on them, "You have no idea what I am capable of..." A soft chuckle escape Ashley's throat and she tilts her head to one side, "Ashley's not here now..."
When Namie lunges foward, Ashley shifts her posture to brace for the blow, adjusting her leg to block the angled kick and feel less pain from the impact.
Ashley opens her arms up, palms open, "You've no idea what you've gotten yourself involved into!" Ashley shouts, staring intensely at Namie. The way her arms are open, it almost invites Namie to attack her, as if she was leaving herself open for another attack...
However, there was more to this posture than just her intense focus and concentration : water that seems to have appeared out of nowhere swirls around Ashley's feet, the waves growing wider, suddenly rising into a broad whirlpool of steaming hot water around of Ashley that surrounds and seems to engulf her whole in a matter of seconds. The maelstrom has a rather dangerous angular speed, with emotion motion and kinectic force to blast Namie away into a row of lockers if she gets caught in it... Not to mention the heat from the water.
The maelstrom finally bursts outward into millions of droplets. The heat of the water also causes a thin fog of steam into the locker. Ashley is still standing there, totally dry though.
COMBATSYS: Eve successfully hits Namie with Searing Maelstrom.
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Eve 1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0 Namie
"No I don't!" Comes the reply from Namie when she's told she doesn't know what she's involved in. "But if you know anything about me, you'd realize you just made me a heck of a lot more interested in figuring it out."
She looks ready to move in and take the attack, but the sudden water from out of nowhere catches her off guard. She aborts her attempt and instead tries to throw herself backwards, only to get caught by the whirl pool and whipped around until it flings her into the locker, sending her crashing to the ground.
She winces a little, pulling herself up and staring at 'Ashley' with surprise. "You don't just learn to do something like that out of nowhere- you're a fighter! I should have known when you came at me so fast the first time." She moves back into her fighting stance, looking concerned for a moment. But then, suddenly, a change.
"I guess that means I don't have to hold back against some silly cheerleader." She bounces back and forth on her legs and stretches them a bit, lips curling into a grin, "If you think I'm going to be intimidated by power, you're wrong. I have power too, and I'm going to give it every thing I have!"
She leaps into action quite literally, first hopping up and then kicking off the already dented lockers to launch herself forward. As she flies through the air she kicks one leg and then the other, a pair of thin and bright, sunny yellow shooting out at an angle towards her new rival. Their trajectory takes them right towards the water slingers chest, while her own would have her landing directly in front of Ashley in that same aggressive stance.
COMBATSYS: Eve dodges Namie's NOS.
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Eve 1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0 Namie
Ashley's lips curl into a smile as she shifts her stance and stares at Namie through the thin fog her previous attack caused, "You're no match against me, Namie..." Ashley says, standing ready for her next attack.
"If only you knew..." The girl teases, knowing full well the thicker the mystery of her speech is, the more Namie will want to find out.
The cheerleader quickly reacts to the incoming projectiles, narrowly avoiding the first blast, performing a sommersault to avoid the second one. The speed of her attacks so far makes her think she might have misjudged her, but it barely shows in her display of confidence.
After all, how can her puny kung-fu defeat the power of her chi?
Ashley straightens herself after her athletic stunt to avoid the projectiles. "It doesn't matter though, once I'm through with you though, you won't remember a thing of what happened here..." Her hands are curled into fists, the girl's hair slowly rises atop her head, charging up with static charges.
The neon lights in the locker room slowly seems to intensify, brightening. A few arcs of lightning poping from Ashley's body, as if they were dancing across her body. Her smile widens at the thought, "Don't resist," She offers, "I promise to be swift and not prolong your suffering,"
COMBATSYS: Eve gathers her will.
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Eve 1/---====/=======|======-\-------\0 Namie
Her energy blasts miss and crash into the floor where Ashley once stood, but that isn't the annoying part for Namie. The annoying part is that she moved, and is no longer in prime position to for a beatdown when she lands. "So what, I should just give up? I don't think so!"
As the energy in the room palpably increases Namie can feel her own hair starting to stand on end. For a moment she's awed, simply watching Ashley as the electrical energy sparks over her.
"I can see it," she speaks, sounding momentarily serene, "You enjoy what you do a great deal." The serenity leaves and a genuinely bright smile shows on her face, "I do too! I love it also, so even if you're doing it to teach me a lesson... let's have fun!" A moment later, she's a blur.
She dashes forward, running in while beaming radiantly, wind whistling past her as she crosses the small distance across the room in a single moment. Once she's near she plants her foot and twists around, using all that momentum and forcing it into rotation lowering her body while raising her leg and sending her heel directly towards Ashley's temple.
But she doesn't stop there, connect or miss she immediately follows up into a savage combo, jumping up for extra height and continuing the spin, bringing her other leg above Ashley's head before snapping it quickly down in a powerful axe kick, attempting to double her over. The spin stops and reverses as her foot nears the ground, her other leg coming up to try and hook her the crook of her knee around the other girl's neck, whipping her entire body to try and send her crashing into the lockers while releasing a loud, "Hyaaah!"
COMBATSYS: Namie blitzes into action and acts again!
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Eve 1/---====/=======|=====--\-------\0 Namie
COMBATSYS: Eve blocks Namie's Heel Kick.
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Eve 1/--=====/=======|=====--\-------\0 Namie
COMBATSYS: Eve interrupts Red Bull EX from Namie with Electrifying Takedown.
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The sudden change in Namie's expression unsettles Ashley. The girl blinks her eyes, confused by her sudden serenity and the bright smile, "Wh... What..?" She manages out of her throat. How can Namie take pleasure in any of this...? It was beyond her...
Ashley manages to regain her composure just when Namie's body blurs out of her view, quickly bracing for the hasty girl : both of her arms raise up defensively over her head to block the incoming drop kick.
It was frightening how fast Namie proves to be, barely offering Ashley an offering to counter her assault. Looks like she was serious when she meant she wouldn't hold back. If Ashley wants to attack her, she'll have to force the momentum of her rather than wait for an opportunity!
As Namie's other kick comes straight for Ashley, she positions her arms and hands to intercept her leg as it hits her collar bone. The moment her hands manage to grapple her though, she sends a powerful surge of electricity through Namie's body to stun her momentarily and interrupt her combo and she abruptly slams her down to the ground afterward, sending another last wave of electricity and pain before letting go.
"You might be good, Namie but you're no match... A shame you won't remember this lesson and not snoop your nose in other people's affair," Ashley comments.
The moment she goes for the grapple electricity courses through her, Namie's body jerking and spasming involuntarily so that the slam down is pathetically easy. She's a mere ragdoll on Ashley's arms as she is pounded into the floor, and when she starts to squirm a bit afterwards another blasts pulls a cry of pain from her, the chi flowing through her and into the ground directly below.
"Nngh..." she sounds, wincing as she twists enough to look up from her prone position. This is the only part of fighting she doesn't enjoy- the pain that is a natural companion to taking hits. By now she knows what Ashley says is true: she's outclassed.
The thing is? It simply doesn't matter.
"If you're... better," she replies, having to pause as pain shoots through her wrist as she starts pushing herself up, "then I'll just have to try that much harder than you." She squirms a bit more, both arms coming under herself now as she tucks her legs in slowly, "Even if you're faster, stronger, better... you'll never outshine me!"
Her voice strengthens as she speaks, ending with a defiant and lively shout. And all that squirming? It wasn't for nothing.
The angle is tricky; she's used to doing this from above not on the ground below. Improvisation will have to be made.
While one leg kicks off the ground, the other shoots backwards, a mule kick flying towards Ashley's shoulder with Namie intending to kick through and sail right past. She'd 'land' on the wall before kicking off of it, using it to impart a twisting through the air in order to deliver a wickedly angled overhead spinning hook kick towards the side of Ashley's head. Using the momentum of the fall as leverage, she grab's for the blonde's arm to try to flip and slam her bodily to the ground, only to flip forward off the floor the moment she lands, bringing the heel of her foot down on her attacker's stomach in a sudden burst of intense effort that might just crack the cement floor should it miss.
And all the while despite the pain and effort it's there: her smile.
She's moving fast, wind on her face and whistling in her ears, muscles straining as she exerts herself beyond that which she should be capable of.
Even if she's going to be hurt, even if she may not remember it later... In this moment, what could be better than that? So she smiles.
COMBATSYS: Namie successfully hits Eve with Full Throttle.
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Eve 1/--<<<<</<<<<<<<|==-----\-------\0 Namie
Nothing of this was a game to Ashley. The way Namie seemed to take it all so light-heartedly was enervating, considering what was at stakes here for the blonde haired girl. Everything in Namie's expression showed how the outcome of this battle did not seem to matter to her.
It was obvious by the way Ashley grits her teeth that her opponent's behavior was affected her. Unlike her, she felt the burden of potential failure on her shoulders, how she didn't want to disappoint those who entrusted this simple task to her. "Sh.. Shut up!" Ashley replies in a shout to Namie, attempting to silence her by screaming louder than her.
Her hands clench into fists from the anger she feels. It was an awkward feeling, like many she has grown to have around this school. She didn't like it, obviously, and wished she could not feel it, it would have been so much simpler that way.
It was simply envy. Envy at how the life of some other girls seemed so simple, yet it was not something she understood.
When Namie bursts into movement once again, so does Ashley. Just a moment too late though as she attempts to escape the onslaught of kicks, but her reflexes are just a little off, hitting the blows right one one after the other. The blows to her head have left her dazed momentarily, at least enough to allow Namie to get a hold of her arm and slams her down to the ground.
The crash landing on Ashley's stomach makes her squirm and wince painful, knocking the wind out of her for a moment. She growls in pain, taking a moment to recover her senses...
The moment she seems to regain her senses, a laughter escape her throat, as if Ashley had snapped out of it. She suddenly lunges her arms at Namie's leg, trying to get a good leg lock out of her, "I won't let you get away with this!!" She shouts in anger as she lets a loud scream escape her throat, unleashing a massive discharge of energy, so powerful that the rush of electricity through Ashley's forearms even burn some of her skin, leaving red welts and marks.
While the joint lock might hurt, the sudden discharge will last only a few seconds and once it's through, Ashley will use her arms and legs to knock Namie off from her.
COMBATSYS: Eve successfully hits Namie with Excessive Discharge.
# Disabling hit! #
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Even as Ashley fails to understand Namie, the opposite is also true. "Shut... up?" She's expressing joy through words and action, showing how in a moment of danger and stress she can overcome it and shine through. Why is that taken as an affront, an insult? She needs to find out.
After her all-in attack there is no time for the Taiyo student to avoid the grapple, her leg pulled quickly into the lock. Before she can kick out the discharge of electricity comes, the chi energy coursing through her and eliciting more cries of pain, the welts that form on her making Ashley's look like nothing in comparison.
If it weren't for the fog blown into the air by the blonde's first discharge of energy one might even see a bit of steam rising from her- the cheerful girl now partially cooked. She's tossed away, rolling on the ground limply. A moment later, however, there is movement.
She can't keep the pain off of her face- it's as much as she can bear, unused to so much of it coming so quickly. She's had difficult fights before, but nothing compared to this. "I... was wrong." Her words come slower now, having to focus some of her attention on getting them out. "I thought you enjoyed unleashing your power, but maybe it was only for a moment."
With extreme effort she picks herself off of the ground, moving back into her usual fighting posture, "I'm sorry if fighting isn't fun for you." Her hands snap back into mantis claws position, and she shakes her head. "But I can not, will not EVER apologize or feel bad for doing what I love! If it my attitude hurts you more than my kicks you're just going to have to deal with that- you brought it on yourself when you attacked me!"
As she speaks she draws more willpower, more strength from within herself. She has something to prove now. Somehow she's convinced herself this is now a fight to defend her very way of life, and that's not something she's going to give in on so easily.
"I may not get away with it, but you've still got me to deal with! Are you ready? Here I come!"
Once more she takes to the air, so often leaping skyward when she fights. This time she aims a kick at Ashley's midsection, and should she land it she'll twist around in classic Kung Fu fashion, a trio of scissor kicks all told meant to batter the blonde about the head and torso.
COMBATSYS: Eve blocks Namie's Vault.
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Once Namie is off from her, Ashley rolls and slowly rises to her feet. The blonde girl pants softly from the fatigue and strain she feels from the discharge of electricity she's done so far, her gaze finally finds Namie's squirming form, "You... You're still moving!?" She shouts in surprise. She was a tenacious one...
"It's... Complicated. You can't understand," Ashley replies dismissingly. If Ashley manages to defeat her, she won't remember much of anything from this fight. "Come! No need to prolong your suffering," Ashley says, gritting her teeth.
The blonde girl braces for Namie's next attack. She rises her forearms to block one kick, lifting her leg to block another blow and prevent it from hitting her midsection or head. Namie's attack forces Ashley on the defensive, causing her to take a few steps back.
When the flurry of kicks finally end though, Ashely brings both of her hands behind her, powering up a massive ball of cackling electricity. She trusts both hands foward into Namie's direction, unleashing a powerful lightning bolt in Namie's direction : a broad arc of lightning that moves in a chaotic, sinusoidal pattern, filled with smaller arcs of lightning that causes lots of sparks whenevr they hit any metal lockers.
COMBATSYS: Eve successfully hits Namie with Lightning Bolt EX.
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She was still moving- and while that in itself might not be too surprising given the resiliency of those who choose to fight, the fact Namie stays up after her assault is what's at the heart of the matter. Though she normally could not, today she's been pushed into giving just a little bit more.
Her attack is expertly handled, her kicks not breaking past Ashley's defense. She wants to do more, move faster and take advantage of those defending arms swung back, but right now she's just too hurt. She's really feeling it now, her bursts of energy from earlier having seriously drained her. She's panting heavily and sweating, especially with all the energy that's been pumped into her.
While thoughts of offense are rescinded and replaced with defense, there's very little chance that Namie can escape the wide arcs of lightning. They're strong enough to blow her backwards and pin her to the lockers while they persist, drawing now outright screams of pain from the schoolgirl as sparks fly from the metal behind her.
When it's finally over she's fading in and out, only on her feet by the fluke of staying vertical while pinned to the lockers. "Maybe not but... I could try." Her last words for now, accompanied by another of her smiles, genuine, though pained due to her physical state.
Maybe it's because she's a little loopy from being about to pass out, but she even laughs. "If you told why, you know I'd keep your secret. Let me prove it to you," she says, pushing off of the lockers, so unsteady on her feet, "My dedication... to what I believe in!"
Throwing herself forward with everything she has left, Namie launches herself back towards Ashley, and though she staggers her feet carry her true to her destination- though not nearly as quickly as she'd like. Her vision blurs but still she comes, fighting for every last ounce of strength her body has left. She kicks hard for Ashley's leg, trying to knock her off balance before what might be a surprise- actual attacks with her hands! Though she hadn't demonstrated techniques thus far she does use them, swiping claw attacks with her two fingers extended fingers digging painfully. As she goes her entire body heaves from side to side, unable to correct her movements properly. Finally the final moment comes, and she leaps into the air, shouting as loudly as she still can to whip her body around while brining her leg up, sending a spinning kick with her heel towards the back of Ashley's head. "Hrrrrugh!"
Whatever may happen, the sheer exertion of it puts her out cold, the once lively girl now nothing more than a helpless figure lying on the floor.
COMBATSYS: Namie can no longer fight.
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COMBATSYS: Eve dodges Namie's No Fear.
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Namie says, "Luck: Sucktastic"
That finally discharges of energy must have left Namie sluggish. Her last assault lacked the speed and agility she possessed when they first started the fight. Ashley reacts swiftly to every assault, stepping back to avoid the kick, and side-stepping to avoid the finger shove. When Namie jumps up for the final blow, Ashley leaps backward, cornered against a locker, but fortunately for her, Namie seems to be out of energy to continue her combo any further as she collapses to the ground.
Ashely strides toward Namie and she kneels by her side. She stares at her thoughtfully. Namie was a nice, cheerful girl -- alas, her carefree nature got to Ashley's nerves for some reason that Ashley can't explain.
The blonde girl grasps Namie's unconscious form and she lifts it up. She takes her phone and presses a few numbers on them : a simple code to order the retrival of a new subject. She closes the phone and puts it back into her pocket.
She whispers to Namie's ears, "You'll experience first hand what you were wanting..." Ashley closes her eyes for a moment and slowly drags Namie deeper into the boy's locker room, "I wish I had the luck to lead a simple life like you do... It seems so much easier..." Ashley admits.
Namie's words echo in her mind... An offer maybe she could take, Namie was an interesting girl. She'd have to see how the Atelier's process will affect her...
COMBATSYS: Eve has ended the fight here.
Log created on 11:13:57 01/12/2015 by Eve, and last modified on 19:39:30 01/12/2015.