Description: Sometimes, you can't run forever. Natsu's been trying, but finally someone is sent to bring her to the Atelier Group's revitalization tubes.
Nighttime volleyball practice is over, and most of the girls have gone back to their homes or dorm rooms for the evening. Of the Gorin High Girls' Volleyball team, only two members are out and about: the former team captain, and the current team captain.
"So... what I am trying to tell you is this..." The voice comes from the bespectacled Kayoko Miyazawa. Concern knits her brow, as she takes another sip of her taro bubble tea, considering her words.
The taller Natsu is quiet. Introspective. She knows what's going to be said, but still feels she needs to hear it as she pushes her third-year sempai around in a wheelchair. "Mmm...?" she prompts, hoping to clearly signal her interest.
Kayoko says quietly, "Stop for a moment?"
Natsu does so, stepping back and looking puzzled.
And then, former-Captain Miyazawa stands up and turns around to get a better look at the now-befuddled Natsu. "I... had to, you know. It was the only way I'd ever play again. I'm... sorry. I disobeyed your order." Kayoko lowers her head -- she's sorry, but not /really/ sorry, it's just the right thing to say. "But this is important to me, Natsu. Honor doesn't get me a scholarship, honor gives it to someone else."
Kayoko walks around the wheelchair, stepping close to rest her hand on Natsu's shoulder, as the taller girl seems to be losing a shade or two of color. "I appreciate what you've done for the team... but I also think you need to consider the -risk- you've been forcing them to accept. You can't hide behind the team forever, Natsu."
"K-kayoko... but... what did they do to you?" Natsu can't believe what she's hearing: vacillating between 'angry' and 'pleased', neither is strong enough to really win the battle of emotions, leaving her face currently blank. "How... I don't understand..." Ayuhara's been unusually paranoid the past couple weeks, but right now... explosions could be going off around her and she'd not even notice, so intently is she listening to Kayoko's response.
"Well, I--" starts Kayoko, looking hesitant. She looks down, unsure... but then she catches a glimpse of movement out of the corner of her eye...
COMBATSYS: Natsu has started a fight here.
Every student who showed potential at fighting had to be scanned and follow the procedure. Those who refused to do it out of their free will would be forced to in the most unpleasant way. One of the agents that tracked down the renegades was Eve -- and she had just acquired her new target.
Though this one had been particulary difficult to get her hands on. The blonde girl had been stalking her, lurking in the shadow for a long time, for a few days. It felt like those girls stood together all the time and it left Eve's frame window for action rather thin.
But at long last, an opportunity arose. Natsu was on her own with this other girl. That handicaped girl shouldn't prove to be a problem. Eve had no remorse to what would happen to her, so long as she knocked out the two girls.
Following by jumping(and gliding) from one building to the other with the help of the winds she generates with her chi, Eve finally soars down from above to attack the two girls, to break them both and seperate them. Nothing warns of her attack, though perhaps Kayoko or Natsu might see her last minute, or hear the crackling noise of electricity that runs through her limbs as Eve attempts to give Natsu a savage, electrified drop kick.
COMBATSYS: Eve has joined the fight here.
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Natsu 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Eve
COMBATSYS: Natsu fails to interrupt Strong Kick from Eve with Medium Throw.
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Natsu 0/-------/---====|======-\-------\0 Eve
Kayoko notices -something- happening. She may not be into fighting to the same degree as Natsu is, but she knows an attack when she sees it. "Natsu, watch out!" she cries, preemptively moving back and out of the way of the brutal sneak attack. It's a good thing she IS recovered, after all!
Natsu is a bit more sluggish to react than usual -- since Kayoko had dropped not just one, but -two- bombs on her in the previous moment. And that was -before- Eve's electrified drop kick. Natsu whirls about at Kayoko's warning, swinging her elbow wide with an attempt at snaring her attacker in a bodyslam -- but it's not in the cards, and Natsu's pummeled backwards, her Gorin uniform torn and shredded against the pavement as Eve's kick drives her back, leaving Natsu with a rather serious case of road rash.
Two thoughts go through her head right now. One: "Sempai, just... /run/. I... I've got this..."
And two, as Natsu tries to push herself back to her feet despite the debilitating sneak attack: "Who -are- you? Are you with that stupid Atelier group?" Shaky, unsteady, and still crackling with electricity, she doesn't seem to be in the mood to chat for long -- but the determined volleyball player does want answers.
The blonde girl that attacked Natsu was clad in dark magenta leather. Hands, arms, midsection, legs... The only part not covered was her face, showing off the her foreign features and the blonde hair with the blue and green locks. Her facial expression was ruthless, no emotions betraying her features. There was only focus.
A gust of wind beneath's Eve feet allows to soften her landing and she falls gracefully after the vicious drop kick she gave to Natsu, immediately getting into her combat stance. Her diminutive height and slender frame would have made her look totally harmless, especially in comparaison to Natsu's impressive height, but the arcs of lightning that can be seen jolting from one part of her body to another definately gives that threatening and imminent danger to her.
"There's no escape now, for either of you," Eve replies sternly after Natsu. She spares a quick glance to Kayoko, glaring at her a moment to dissuade her from trying to run, before she turns her attention back to Natsu.
"I'm here to bring you to them," Eve replies simply, "It matters not, you won't remember any of this once I'm through with you," Eve charges on Natsu, sending her small fist straight for her midsection. The blow in itself might not be all that powerful, but the discharge of electricity that comes with it is what truly makes it terrifying.
COMBATSYS: Natsu just-defends Eve's Fierce Punch!
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Natsu 0/-------/---====|======-\-------\0 Eve
"NO." The retort from the Gorin athlete is simple, direct, and forceful -- loud enough to be heard for pretty much the entire neighborhood outside the Gorin High gates. No escape, says the one diminutive girl when someone as large as Natsu bars her path? Ayuhara thinks that highly questionable. "Let her go!"
But when Eve practically acknowledges that she's to bring the two young women to the Atelier group, something snaps inside Natsu. Her brow knits together, a strong frown taking hold of her features. "She's got -nothing- to do with this..." she cries, reading Eve's intentions and slamming both of her palms into the path of the underhanded punch. Her hands flare with a brilliant orange as they meet Eve's electricity-laden fist, the fiery glow soon overpowering the crackling energy.
"And I won't =let= you take her!"
Kayoko, standing a fair distance away at this point, raises one finger, jaw hanging wide. "They... they already did, that's what I was trying to--"
Natsu's too lost in the heat of the moment at this point. Rushing forward, she swings both of her fiery orange palms forward, hoping to give Eve a mighty shove backwards -- one angled so as to blast her into the air. Should that connect as planned, Natsu would be following that up by leaping after her, slamming her fists down to spike Eve into the pavement. "Now. Leave! Us! ALONE!"
COMBATSYS: Eve blocks Natsu's Set and Spike.
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Natsu 0/-------/----===|=======\-------\1 Eve
A gasp of surprise betrays Eve's glacial expression when Natsu manages to block and stop her fist with her own chi. "Impressive," Eve replies, her lips curling into a thin smile, "I better understand why they're interested in you now," Eve says with a slow nod of her head. After all, she knew her organisation had no interest in pure brute and sought students who had potential.
The blonde haired girl reacts swiftly to Natsu's attack. She moves both of her arms to absorb the blow. Despite her effort to defend herself though, Natsu's physique and strength are enough to shove the featherweight girl in the air. Eve growls in pain from the impact, but doesn't let it get to her, shifting in the air, so Natsu's second strike ends up hitting her forearm.
Before Eve's body crashes back on the ground, the girl growls and gives a sudden sweep of both arms to her side, causing a blast of air to cancel out the kinetic force that dragged her down, allowing her to land softly on her feet.
She glares at Natsu and says, "You will be coming with me, whether you like it or not. The more you resist, the longer you'll suffer," Eve lifts her right arm up, causing a whirlpool of boiling water to emerge around of her, with Eve at its center. The waves rise up rapidly, a powerful torrent that might sweep her away, the heat of the water causing the snow nearby to melt and leaving a thin layer of steam around once after the waves burst out.
COMBATSYS: Natsu blocks Eve's Searing Maelstrom.
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Natsu 0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0 Eve
Natsu has been learning more about using her chi, but the thought of using it to blast air downwards is... well. That's a novel application. She's not really in the mood to properly appreciate what Eve just did, though -- nor is she really ready to fully embrace the fact that snow's just been transformed into rising steam. She'd landed in a low crouch from her leap, but when Eve's torrential outpouring of energy reaches Natsu, the volleyball captain raises her arms, searing her bare arm to a perfect shade of red. A high-pitched whine escapes her -- the best she can do to restrain herself, to keep from screaming at the intense heat.
"I'm... not giving up to you!" It may be the smart thing to do. But it's not the thing Natsu -wants- to do. She leaps towards Eve -- in fact, she leaps -past- her opponent, aiming for the service pole behind her.
Rebounding off that pole, she aims to bring her arm out like a lariat for the -back- of Eve's neck. And if she connects, Natsu would let momentum carry her feet forward -- and that ought to be enough force to leverage Eve forward, smashing the blonde agent's forehead into the pavement. "Hrnnngh!"
COMBATSYS: Eve interrupts Bulldog from Natsu with Electrifying Takedown EX.
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Natsu 1/------=/=======|=======\=------\1 Eve
The blonde girl narrows her eyes, "Futile," She says, shaking her head, "You will only suffer more, but so be it! All of you seem just equally stubborn and willing to suffer!" Eve lets her left leg slide back, preparing herself for Natsu's comeback.
Once Natsu leaps on the pole and bounces off of it, Eve leaps up to meet Natsu's soaring cascade. A blast of air allows her to give her the speed to match Natsu's own. The volleyball player manages to grip the back of Eve's neck, but the girl's body quickly goes up and coils around her arm like a serpent's death grip.
Eve twists in midair and hurls Natsu's body down to crash her against the pavement, sending along with it a powerful discharge of electricity into her to add on to the pain, to wear her down faster.
Eve recovers and lands not too far off from Natsu, panting softly. She winces and lifts one hand to rub her neck, the rough reversal she had to perform against Natsu having left a mark still even if she got the upper hand in the grapple.
Kayoko has been watching this unfold. Her wheelchair... yeah. It's been knocked over. She doesn't need it anyway, but she'd needed Natsu to witness that for herself. And Kayoko may be healed, but she doesn't expect to get very far from Eve.
But that won't stop her from hiding, just around the corner. She may have put on a brave face, but the fact remains -- she can see that Natsu is horribly mismatched here. She also knows exactly how powerful the Atelier regeneration tubes are.
Natsu, on the other hand... well, she's been whipped around so fast, the speed -alone- nearly knocked her out -- let alone the spiderweb cracks her body's left in the pavement.
Her eyes open -- when did they shut?! -- to find Eve panting off to the side. Ayuhara considers that she probably hurts way more than Eve does right now... but kips back up to her feet anyway. And turns and -glares- at Eve. "What.... is it -exactly- that you plan to do to me, if you have to -start- this with a kick? It doesn't exactly sound like a good thing!"
She doesn't give the NESTS agent much of an opportunity to answer, though, before launching into a sudden overhanded slap, aimed at smacking Eve in the back of the head with an aim to knock her squarely into the pavement. Perhaps she'd like a taste?! "HRAAAAAGH!"
COMBATSYS: Natsu successfully hits Eve with Aggressive Strike.
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Noticing Natsu rise up, Eve grits her teeth, "Tsss, you don't know when to give up, do you? All of you..." Eve whispers under her breath. Before she even has the chance to reply to Natsu, Eve is forced on the defensive. She attempts to slip away from Natsu's grasp but the tall girl's reach proves to be superior.
Natsu manages to get a solid hit on this one, smacking Eve right on the back of the head, the force of the impact forcing her face down against the pavement. The girl lets a scream of pain escape her throat, dazed momentarily from the impact. A trail of blood runs down her temple and the girl seems destabilized a moment, trying to recover from it.
"I'm bringing you with me! Unconscious if I must!" Eve shouts. Her scream is punctuated with a sudden gesyer of boiling water that erupts at Natsu's feet, meant to drench her and knock her back away from her.
Eve springs back up from the ground, her fist crackling with electricity as she attempts to hit Natsu with a rising uppercut to her midsection, unleashing a terrible discharge of electricity right after the blast of water.
Right after her punch to her guts, Eve moves her other hand to grasp one of Natsu's arm, her other hand reaching for her arm as she spins around and attempts to spin the taller girl over Eve's back to slam her against the pavement.
Panting, Eve's body crackles with electricity, drawing into her inner reserve to power herself up, "You wouldn't understand, what we'll do with you is beyond your comprehension... Now stop resisting it..."
COMBATSYS: Natsu interrupts Torrential Impulse from Eve with Knock It Off!.
-@- Dazing Hit! -@-
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Unconscious if I must, she said. That's not really the right way to go about things... is it? But then again, with as much resistance as Natsu is giving, it's probably about the only way that Natsu would even consent: Not consenting at -all-.
Ayuhara is more than enraged. Atelier and their private security contractor Bastion have been threatening her for weeks, and as Kayoko had told her before all this mess begain... it was all for nothing. It was threatening the security of her friends. It was threatening... -everything-.
Would it really be so bad if she just... let Eve win? Just went quietly?
It's hard to answer that question when Eve is hammering her with attacks. Her shoulders have already been rubbed raw against the pavement, her uniform is torn and ragged mess -- there's no way she can report to class like this tomorrow.
The geyser is met by a quick hop backwards -- she gets splashed with hot water, howling in pain as she brushes it off her hands. But when Eve comes in with the uppercut, Natsu is ready. The punch slams into her, but Natsu doesn't stagger back quite as hard as Eve may expect. And when Eve reaches for her arm, the seasoned volleyball player knocks Eve's hand aside.
"NO!" howls Natsu, making a grab of her own. She grabs Eve by the battle harness, hauling the diminutive girl back up to -her- height, lifting her by one hand.
"Let's get one thing straight!" With her right, she presents one slap to Eve's face! WHAP! "I'll go..." WHAM! comes out a backhand from Natsu.
But then Natsu pulls Eve's face back up to hers. Glaring her intent. "But this stops here. Whatever you want... I'll do it. But if you come after Kayoko, or -anyone- else on my team..."
Natsu delivers one more open-handed slap to Eve's face, letting go in the process so that Eve can be smacked to the ground. "That'll just be a taste." Her voice is icy cold... controlled as she stands over Eve.
Ayuhara's breath forms ice crystals in the cold air as she stares down at Eve. "Just remember, you started this fight. And I finished it."
She could submit. But she will rest her hands on her hips. Walking as -equals- with Eve. And she nods her head towards Kayoko -- go.
Perhaps she'd spent too much time in the shadow of Daigo Kazama.
The geyser and the initial electricified punch were meant to daze Natsu long enough to allow Eve to follow up... But when Eve bursts through the geyser to find Natsu waiting, the diminutive blond girl is left wide open and vulnerable for the incoming smack down.
Lifted up the ground by Natsu, Eve glares at her, her hair rising atop of her head as if she was about to counter with a powerful electric discharge but...
The girl receives a rather brutal slap to the face, causing her to lose her focus, the electricity discharging harmlessly into the air around them. Eve's body squirms in Natsu's grasp, and before she can readjust her head, there's another smack on Eve's other cheek.
Those two smacks seem to be enough to daze the girl. Eve's not quite seeing straight, her vision blurred from the pain, all of her senses numbed. She's not too sure she's heard Natsu's speech completely... Did she surrender? Hard to tell after she smacked her around like that.
The last smack causes the small girl to stagger back and fall on her back with a loud growl of pain. She rolls a bit and squirms, trying to get back to her feet painfully so. She looks in bad shape, or at least doesn't seem to be able to see straight.
When she rises back to her feet, she staggers a few steps and is about to fall, but she manages to hold herself against a nearby pole. She pants loudly from the exertion and swallows up, shaking her head as she attempts to get things straight, finally managing to focus her eyes on Natsu again.
"Wise decision..." Eve says through ragged breath, coughing out and spitting some blood near by, "The process will be painless... Much less than if you had decided to resist further..." Eve says.
She believes Natsu said she wanted to surrender... She's not sure... Might have imagined things while she smacked her about. Still the blonde girl seems unsure, remaining on the defensive.
COMBATSYS: Eve takes no action.
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Natsu 1/---====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Eve
"Let's go, then. You want this over with, I want this over with." Natsu frowns, glancing around for the wheelchair. Her ribcage expands with a slow intake of breath, as she finds the chair knocked over. Presumably... Kayoko can handle this. She'd already kind of done so, after all.
Breathing heavily, she's... well, she's better at pacing herself. She's in pain, she's still dealing with electrical burns and steam rushes, but pain is something that adrenaline can keep at bay... for now. Which is another reason the Gorin athlete wants to get moving. She walks over to Eve, holding up both hands in the universal gesture of innocence. "I'm done. We can get this done back in Gorin, right?" The suggestion seems to be for Eve to start walking.
And if they manage to do so, Natsu does spare a final glance back at Kayoko. The former captain has already done this process. Natsu can't... exactly blame her. And maybe... since Kayoko was fully healed, maybe it won't be as bad as she thought. If nothing else... maybe this will keep her team safe.
COMBATSYS: Natsu takes no action.
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Natsu 1/---====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Eve
The blonde girl lifts her gaze up and follows Natsu's own toward the wheelchair. Her mind seems to weight the consequences of the other woman knowing about this incident : minimal risk, at most. Eve manages to straighten herself up and walk more steadily now that her head is no longer spinning.
She gestures with one hand for Natsu to walk foward, "Yes.. Lead the way," She simply replies. That stern frown on her features show that she'll be keeping a close eye on Natsu and nothing indicates she might be tempted to go off after Kayoko now or after this encounter.
Willing or not, her orders were to bring the students to the Atelier Groupe pavillons... And if Natsu goes through the proceed this will all seem like a dream. Hopefully, this first willing victim Eve brings back there shouldn't cause trouble..
Log created on 18:04:01 01/13/2015 by Natsu, and last modified on 19:11:38 01/19/2015.