Description: The Venue: The Lazer Tag Arena in Metro City. The Players: The cowgirl known as "Lightning Spangles" and an up-and-coming fighter from Taiyo High, Sakura Kasugano. The Fight: A battle of laser tag guns and flying fists. (Winner: Sakura)
It was every guy's dream.
The R-TACTIX Gun N' Gun Ladies Lazer Tag Shack was the hottest joint for women (and women only! No boys allowed!) to dress up in brightly-colored plastic armor, run around with a wide selection of high-quality light guns to shoot at each other for points. The indoor arena was trisected by three corridors, intersect with an upper floor and a lower floor perfect for ambushes from both sides. A smoke machine constantly runs in the midsts of each match, giving not only visual concealment, but allows a deflective screen against all but only the brightest lasers. All of this and more, constantly filmed by several well-concealed cameras, for ladies to keep for their own personal records as well as for other purposes. It was finally time to celebrate its 6 month anniversary of business.
And what better way to celebrate than for a G-King vs SNF fight?
Representing G-King was the one and only Lightning Spangles. The high-kicking All-American cowgirl was dressed in full plastic cowgirl regalia. The armor itself was a dull grey, as well as her jeans, and her vest, and even her cowboy hat. In fact, it almost seemed like the Red White and Blues had faded away into the dullest of colors. As she works her way through the dimly lit interior to the center of the arena, though, the signs of the truth were only soon obvious: The outfit was covered in neon-LED lights, unlit at the moment, as technically, the laser tag match had not started. There was only one additional feature of the smiling, armored actress.
The Western Pro Belt.
Lightning Spangles wore the belt around her hips, the bright stars of the illuminated by small lights. And she wore it with the brightest, fullest smile she had ever mustered. Every step, every stride was with the wag of the hips. This was a fight for the teenagers, the older woman keeping her figure strict and secure. After all, an unattractive actress was a worthless actress. And Lightning Spangles, though family friendly, had to make sure she was friendly for the whole family. Confidence was just overflowing from her as she reaches the center of the arena. Surrounded by a ring of giant foam pyramids, there was a rack of countless laser tag weapons about 30 feet in the middle of the ring. And there, the smiling champion just waits, hands on her hips, for her counterpart to arrive. The winner of the fight, would get to hold her honor.
The winner of the laser tag match, however, would get free Slurpees for a year.
One of the things Sakura loves the most about being a professional fighter--she gets to travel around the world on someone else's dime. Granted American cities aren't always the -best- places to go, and Sakura kind of wanted an armed escort just to get from the airport to the arena, but it was still exciting.
When she arrives to the arena--a lazer tag arena--she's taken off to one side, fitted with a special-order web harness that can hold two oversized, plastic laser gun pistols, one on each thigh. She looks at these things, then kind of shrugs. This is gonna be... weird, thinks Sakura. Not that Laser Tag is weird, but combining this and a fight...?
In any case, now that she's ready for the fight, so to speak, she's let into the arena, wearing her traditional sailor fuku and the guns. She doesn't exactly make the most tactical of figures, but she makes a credible attempt at looking like one, sneaking from corner to corner in that sort of overexaggerated way that one sees on TV. As she approaches, she draws first one gun, then the other. She's ready for this. Or at least...
... she thinks she is.
Lighting Spangles knew she was ready.
"Howdy pardner!" The woman pipes up as she waits for Sakura to come out, to come out into the open the center arena. But she was lurking, waiting for her chance. Lightning Spangles just starts waving into the darkness with bright eyes. "I'm Lightning Spangles, the high-kicking, All-American cowgirl, and the Champion of the Western Region Pro Belt!" As if to highlight this fact, she motions at her belt with her palm. Smoke begins to fill the center ring, as the lights go low. She reaches at the side of her armor, and pushes a button. Suddenly, her entire outfit lights up in long, Tron lines of Red, White, and Blue. Gone was the rhinestone cowgirl, and in its place, was a neon cowgirl. Her outline was well highlighted by the LED lights, giving her an almost unearthly feel. Even her smile was glowing in the ultraviolet lights, both in lipstick and teeth. The klaxon rings out throughout the arena, as pulsating dubstep begins to drone.
The match had begun.
Striding to the rack, Lightning Spangles deftly picks out a pair of laser pistols. Given a hard zeerust edge, they bear large discs and bulbous attachments around the center laser. Clutching each one in her hands, she gives a salute with one of the hands. "Boy howdy! Well, I'm ready to begin. I hope you know your way with a rifle, greenhorn! If you're slow on the draw, you might find yourself missing out on a whole mess a slurpies, fresh from countless participating 7-11 stores!" Lightning Spangles shoots an arm up, winking at...
She just ahead, and winks. Tucking each laser pistol into her hip holsters, she turns her back on the gun rack, and begins to advance through the mists. And there, she struts through the corridors... right into the line of sight of the awaiting Sakura. Sakura looked like she could have a free shot now....
Or maybe, she had another kind of attack in mind?
COMBATSYS: Jezebel has started a fight here.
Sakura isn't -terribly- concerned about a year's worth of free Slurpies (at participating 7-11 stores). But, you know, it'd be pretty cool regardless. But... guns really aren't her thing. It's a Japanese thing--guns are outlawed in Japan and so the typical citizen doesn't really 'get' them. It's a stark contrast to America.
Sakura's voice comes from the mists as she puts her guns away. "I don't have Slurpies that much," she says, offhandedly, "but I bet Hinata-chan would -love- to have them... maybe I'll give them to her so she can have 'me on my behalf!" Maybe Sakura is thinking--if she can subdue Jezebel physically, then winning the laser tag part will be easy.
Sakura darts in, going low, emerging from the mists near Jezebel as she plants her arms and, stealing a move she saw Karin Kanzuki do once, kicks outwards with her paired feet, the intent to take Jezebel's legs out from under her. It's a simple lunge, but one that might take Lightning Spangles by surprise...
COMBATSYS: Sakura has joined the fight here.
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Sakura 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Jezebel
COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Jezebel with Medium Kick.
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Sakura 0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0 Jezebel
So she was in the mists.
Lightning Spangles was watching warily, cautiously, carefully. Not that her stride would show it. Her stride was the full John Wayne confident swagger, in spite of the tron-like appearance. As Sakura calls right back out, the actress just nods along. "Then you can give them all to her! The only thing better than a Slurpie, is sharing a Slurpie with a friend!"
Suddenly, she is jumped from the shadows!
Lightning Spangles loudly -gasps- as Sakura suddenly bursts from the smoke. "Oh no!" She cries out, as she brings her hand to her hip. And... holds it there. As Sakura comes firing in, she was waiting, waiting to evade at the last moment. That, in a way, almost works: She turns her body as Sakura comes firing in low, trying to hop over her. Instead of jumping, though, she just gets her legs knocked right out. Falling to the side in a forced tumble, she gasps, falling on her side with a clatter of the plastic armor. Glancing up through the dim lights, she stares at her attacker. And there, she answers.
"You are but a child!"
Getting back up was... clumsy for the actress. She surges up fast enough, that was clear. But her rise up showed NOTHING in a combat stance. She hadn't even fallen into her Tae Kwon Do stance. She quickly struggles with her guns, trying to get them out of her hostler as she remains stuck in place. Swiftly, she hurls out her own kick, a mere straight kick, to try and knock her back.
Hopefully, she didn't get TOO many potshots while she was recovering.
COMBATSYS: Sakura parries Jezebel's Thrust Kick!
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Sakura 0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0 Jezebel
Sakura is recovering herself from her sliding kick even as Jezebel goes down; using the grip of her palms as a fulcrum to reverse her momentum, rolling back and up to her feet. It gets her up a few moments before Jezebel does, and that turns out to be just enough time. Just as Sakura attains her position, Jezebel rises--and flows straight from a non-stance into a kick. That takes some doing.
Sakura is impressed, even as she's reacting instinctively, twisting her body and popping an open palm against Jezebel's thrusting leg, throwing the kick off-axis from her. The little Ansatsuken girl is a blur of motion, sweeping one gun from a holster--as if she just remembered them--and taking several potshots at Jezebel, hastily aimed. But that's just the laser tag gun.
Almost at the same time Sakura is building her chi into her other hand; it starts to glow brightly, lighting the smoke cloud in an eerie manner. It doesn't take more than a second or so for Sakura to build up enough power to hurl an attack--a small one, to be sure, as she thrusts her hand forward, throwing a mass of blue-white energy, really no bigger than a softball, straight for Jezebel's chest.
It looks, oddly, very similar to one Dan Hibiki's infamous 'Gadouken'... though Sakura's hadouken has a bit more lasting power than Dan's.
COMBATSYS: Jezebel blocks Sakura's Small Hadouken EX.
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Sakura 0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0 Jezebel
Lightning Spangles makes a show of not having proper style, sometimes.
That show ends up making a dangerous mistake, as the thrusting kick ends up not just missing, but leaving her wide open for the followup. Sakura was fast, a blur of neon armor, and as she lunges in... she suddenly lights up, alarms sounding on her body. She was hit. Only lights and lasers, of course, but she was hit. Lightning Spangles gasps, stumbling back as she pulls free the twin pistols. "Bow howdy! What a kick!" She gasps, as she readies the two laser pistols.
But it looked like Sakura had something else up her sleeves.
The blast of energy that comes out was too close, coming right from the other hand. Lightning Spangles sweeps her left hand around, smashing her armed limb into the small hadouken. The blast splashes across her body as her momentum hurls into it, the energy dispersing across her neon armor. "Ooo!" She exclaims, as she tumbles forward, the hot energy flowing over her body. Rolling hard forward, she bounds up.
And lashes both of her arms out.
Lightning Spangles couldn't grab her with her hands. But she could wrap them around Sakura, to embrace her against her armor. If she was successful, the woman would fall backwards, rolling on her back, to perk Sakura up on her legs. And there, she would carefully, gently brace her in place. And there, she would launch her straight up into the air, with a small chi ball with her. And at the apex of the throw, the ball would explode into a blast of fireworks...
And Lightning Spangles would take HER two shots into Sakura.
COMBATSYS: Jezebel successfully hits Sakura with Good Bad and Ugly.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~
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Sakura 0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0 Jezebel
Luck doesn't hold out forever. Sakura's had some good luck in this fight so far, but fortune changes in an instant. Jezebel's grab and subsequent throw leave Sakura unable to defend against the fireworks the follow--or the two shots from the 'laser' guns. When she lands, she lands hard, the sensors flashing on her vest--two hits registered. Sakura hardly notices, flipping back to her feet. She should probably back off, think about this fight...
... but she's not that kind of girl.
Lunging forward, Sakura drops low halfway through her lunge, planting her feet, then pushing off, throws herself into a spinning whirlwind kick, rising then falling in an arc. As she goes, she isn't just kicking--she has the guns out and is spraying shots wildly around her as she goes.
tReally, she isn't aiming even.. at all, but she'll make the effort, even if it's a token effort. She's really more interested in the 'actual' fight. She needs... to get more fights! She needs to go out and challenge the world! She'll never reach the potential she can feel within her--that she knows exists.
COMBATSYS: Jezebel interrupts Shunpuu Kyaku from Sakura with High Noon EX.
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Sakura 1/------</<<<<<<<|=======\-------\1 Jezebel
"Whew! That's some straight shooting!"
That was the cry from Lightning Spangles as she rockets Sakura straight to the sky with those long, poweful legs. Rolling to her side, she sweeps one of her guns across her body, starting from her shoulders, to the belt. "That's how a real champion handles!" She states to the nothingness, as she begins to perk herself right back up to a stand.
RJust in time, it seemed, as Sakura comes spinning in.
The actress doesn't waste time. There was no opening shots this time. As she comes sweeping her legs in, she suddenly taps a button on her armor with her thumb. A flash of light comes out behind her, with a loud wooshing sound. Was that... was that supposed to be a jetpack. In tandem, the actress fires straight up into the air, chi trailing her leg. She doesn't take it easy, catching the whirling kick hard across her armored chest. Grunting in pain, she rips her own leg hard into Sakura in a rising kick, and explosion of fireworks bursting out. Whipping her other leg around into an overhead kick, she slams the limb down hard into Sakura's back, rocketing both herself and her victim straight back down to the arena ground.
For the second time in what feels like seconds, Sakura gets slammed into the harsh flooring of the arena. This time, she's a little slower to get up, but, gamely, get up she does. She's got that look in her eyes--a look that says 'Now I'm ready to fight'. The Ansatsuken prodigy has almost entirely dismissed the thought of winning the 'laser tag' game, now--a strike like the one she just took shifts her mind straight to 'win this fight'. Or at least, survive this fight.
Sakura aches to charge in again, but she resists that urge. Instinct and reflex are important, but so is measured action--this is something she's learned from watching Ryu. So instead of obeying her first thought, to race in and hurl herself at the cowgirl again, she stops. And waits.
Well, not just waiting--concentrating. Blue-white energy starts lapping up around her feet in an undulating circle, a cyclonic breeze ruffling her skirt, her blouse, her short hair as she raises her hands up, holding them in her stance.
COMBATSYS: Sakura taps into her inner strength!
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Sakura 1/--<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\-------\1 Jezebel
It was making Lightning Spangles so glad for Sakura to be living it.
Her iron resolve was pouring into the actress, as she eases her footing. For Sakura, this was a fight of fights, a thing to hurl into. But for Lightning Spangles? This was life. As Sakura restrains herself from rolling in, focusing hard, the cyber cowgirl smiles wide in the blacklights.
It was time to meet in like.
"That's the spirit!" She exclaims, as she begins to spin the guns around her fingers. Faster and faster she whirls, spinning them into a blur. "Looks like you are setting up something real tough there, partner! Well don't you worry, I believe that you got it! I couldn't have been a champion without people believing in me. So you aren't alone here, kid! I believe in you! And if I believe in you..." She suddenly grips the guns by the handles, stopping there spin as she levels them both at her opponent, red, white, and blue energy cascading over her form in like.
"Then I sure shootin' believe in me!"
COMBATSYS: Jezebel burns with the AMERICAN SPIRIT!
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Sakura 1/--<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\====---\1 Jezebel
The energy around Sakura fades, the wind dying down. Honestly? She doesn't know how to take this American's constant patter. Sakura is fond of a witty phrase, but this girl just talks and talks. Saku definitely isn't there yet. But she has to hold all that energy inside her for now. She's not quite ready to just let fly.
But she can't just wait either--she needs to get moving. So she does so--she runs in, fearlessly, but in a controlled pacing--with her arms up.
She tries a basic feint--closing into range and throwing a pair of left jabs--easily blocked jabs--before snapping out a quick low kick, twisting her hip to put a little more snap into it.
It isn't an 'Ansatsuken' kick--it's a Muay Thai technique, for sure, in execution--but Sakura is all about being adaptable and learning from everything she sees.
COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Jezebel with Light Kick.
- Power hit! -
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Sakura 1/--<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\======-\1 Jezebel
Lightning Spangles DID talk a lot, that was true.
"Whew!" She exhales, as the energy dies down for a moment, just in time for Sakura to start her charge at her. As Sakura hurls out those jabs, Lightning Spangles easily blocks them, her arms being able to stand against the punches. "Not so fast!" She begins, as the last of the energy flows out from her.
And then she takes a boot to the gut.
Lightning Spangles grunts as she falls on her bottom right against a wall. Immediately, a surge of smoke bursts out; she must have hit one of the smoke machines. Both Lightning Spangles and Sakura are soon consumed by the thick crowd, the form of the actress fading into the mists... but not the neon lights. The bright neon lights of the armor and outfit are soon rising, rising up to a standstill. "Great kick, pardner! What's your martial art?" Was the kind drawl that cuts through the mist. The neon lights are on the move now, surging right for Sakura.
And the kicks come.
A blur of kicks come, a swift low kick, followed by a blur of a high kick. The only sign of the kicks came from the shifting lights of the kicks. Another straight kick comes, thrusting in harsh into the mists as the smoke begins to clear.
But was it over...?
COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Jezebel's Quick and the Dead.
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Sakura 1/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\=------\1 Jezebel
Sakura doesn't act on instinct--her instinct being to get the hell out of Dodge. She stands her ground--concentrating. The lights are a definite problem, bringing more motion for her to track, deceptive and misleading--but she manages to catch each of those kicks. She takes them in order--blocking low, then high, and then, barely, that last straight kick, taking it on closed forearms.
That last impact rocks her back a little, and a bit belatedly she replies, "I fight with Ansatsuken!.. mostly..."
That last comes out a bit sheepishly, a blue light flashing across Sakura's face and showing the matching grin. But it's as true as it gets--she *does* fight using Ansatsuken, mostly. In fact, what she pulls out now is the essence of Ansatsuken.
Actually Jezebel saw this earlier--or a variant--but instead of a small sphere of chi, Sakura concentrates more power between both hands. The area is lit by that harsh, blue-white light--like a spherical fluorescent bulb--as the crackling energy expands to the size of a beach ball before Sakura hurls it at Jezebel, her voice ringing out proudly: "HADOOOOOUKEN!"
COMBATSYS: Jezebel endures Sakura's Medium Hadouken.
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Sakura 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\=====--\1 Jezebel
"Good for you, then!"
That was the sound as Lightning Spangles, in her full neon cowgirl glory, breaks out of the fog. The actress doesn't lose her momentum, however, continuing to hold her ground as she keeps her advance. As another ball of energy is shots, Lightning Spangles just doesn't give up. Clutching both guns in each hand, she manages to hurl herself right into the ball of energy, ducking down low on impact. Energy cascades over her body as the impact comes, the actress falling into a crouch. "You are a very talented fighter, and I am proud to be fighting someone like you!" She states, optimism pouring out from her heart. "But I need you to do something for me, pardner."
"I need you to not hold back!"
"Give me what you got! Give me that 100%!" That was the cry as she suddenly explodes forward, whirling like a football as she tries to fire right into Sakura. Spiralling, she would attempt to simply scoop up the schoolgirl in her infused body, and carry her across all the way up to the second floor of the arena, high above the smoke and fog. And if Sakura wasn't coming in for the ride...
Then Lightning Spangles would find herself with the high ground.
COMBATSYS: Jezebel issues a challenge!!
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Sakura 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\=====--\1 Jezebel
COMBATSYS: Sakura parries Jezebel's Pale Rider!
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Sakura 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|====---\-------\0 Jezebel
Whoa! That's a hell of a technique to be sure, and Sakura adapts beautifully. As Jezebel comes in spiralling, Sakura waits until the last moment--the =very= last moment--to throw herself down onto her back, her hands positioned to keep Jezebel from grasping her. As she falls, she pushes upwards--helping Jezebel with that upwards curve. The cowgirl's moving really fast--so it's only moments later that she's out of range of Sakura's grasp--even if she were standing.
But, on her back, Sakura isn't just waiting. She's concentrating, and for yet another outwelling of energy. But this one--this one is big. Bigger than the last one. But not just big--it's more -solid-, too, somehow. More tangible, more substantial. Whereas the other looked like energy, this one looks like Sakura's poured her soul into it.
"You want my one hundred percent--then -take it-!!" she cries, hurling that bolt of power after the rising Jezebel.
Even then, she's not resting on her back--as much as she'd like to. She flips back up to her feet and starts scrambling, looking for a quick way up to the second level. The last phase of the fight might be an aerial battle, so Sakura takes shortcuts, leaping and climbing with a reckless disregard for the fragility of the arena.
COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Jezebel with Shinkuu Hadouken EX.
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Sakura 1/-------/<<<<<<<|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Jezebel
A trailing shot.
Lightning Spangles riots over the downed Sakura. A clean miss, the school girl passing under her as the cowgirl keeps flying. But as a parting shot is unleashed, Lightning Spangles is caught in the air without cover or protection. The best she has is the swirling aura of energy around her, but that is not enough. Lightning Spangles takes the blast hard into her chest, sending her spin into a death spiral, as she crashes hard into a large foam rectangle on the second floor.
There is silence from her, as Sakura hurries to the top floor.
Lightning Spangles barely manages to pull herself free from the damaged barrier. While it did break her fall, the blast -hurt-. She picks up one of her guns from her hand, the muzzle dangling off from a snapped point. The other gun, however, was intact. Groaning, she pulls herself from the foam wreckage. She was too old for this stuff. But as the sounds of Sakura approaching reaches her ears, she puts that smile back on her face. She was on her feet, body sore. Sakura rises up the walkway to where Lightning Spangles had been shot down, as Lightning Spangles herself throws herself ronud the corner.
Just in time to meet the school girl with kicks flying.
"That was some smart shootin' pardner!" She coos as she fires off a straight kick with her right leg. A roundhouse with her left comes, which chains into a sharp upwards straight with her right leg. The combo of kicks just keeps coming out as she brings the right leg down into a heel kick, before hurling out a jumping roundhouse with her left leg, and finishes with a strong back swing with the left. A rapid assault, riding off the pure power of Sakura's incredible dodge and counter attack. For all the pain Jezebel was feeling in her chest...
She really admired Sakura's talent here.
COMBATSYS: Sakura interrupts True Grit from Jezebel with Shou'ou Ken.
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Sakura 0/-------/----<<<|>>>>>>>\>>>----\1 Jezebel
Sakura is definitely fired up right now. Maybe Jezebel's speechiness had the effect she intended--to get her to give that 100%. The smart move is to defend, fade back, find an opening. That's the conservative thing to do--and defending served her well earlier. But--but Sakura thinks she's -found- an opening. Right there. Right--*now*.
That now is not with the first kick Jezebel throws--she actually avoids that one, taking a slight sidestep to the left--and as she goes that way she's throwing a hard block. It isn't meant to just defend against that roundhouse that's coming in, but to stop Lightning Spangles' momentum just long enough for Sakura to shift hers.
In a smooth motion, she half-crouches, turns further to her left, and brings her right fist up in a sharp, short uppercut, her feet briefly leaving the catwalk grating as she makes flush contact with Spangles' chin. Coming down just as Jezebel likely does, Sakura resumes her stance, bouncing on the balls of her feet.
Proudly, she tells Jezebel, with a grin, "I -always- give everything I've got to every fight! It's the only way to break my boundaries!"
The kicking assault is cut short as Sakura breaks through.
The uppercut comes, knocking Lightning Spangles clean out of her kicking frenzy. The older woman is knocked right into the air, hurled back by the impact. She breaks into a tumble as she lands, rolling hard on the lazer tag ground. That tumble is what probably keeps her going, as by the time she rises up.
She is pointing that gun right at Sakura.
"What a great thing to count on, pardner!" She exclaims through what actually looks like missing teeth. That uppercut came in pretty hard, it looked like. Smiling hard in spite of those gaps, you could hardly see the bruises in the blacklights, as she aims that laser pistol at her. "I broke boundaries with my belt victory; maybe you should challenge for it sometime! Especially if you beat me in this!" The words that come out... weren't Jezebel's. In fact, Jezebel kind of wanted Lightning Spangles to shut up there. She didn't need anybody to challenge her.
She wanted to always remain a winner.
Squeezing the trigger of the gun, it fires blindly, as Lightning Spangles whips a kick around. A small ball of white energy is launched out, aimed for Sakura's chest, though whether or not it hits her or a nearby foam barrier did not matter. It would just be absorbed in, without any sign of effect. The actress repeats the same sequence. Fire, kick, and another ball energy; the second one being blue, the third being red. As the last one comes, she stands on her two legs, and finally aims with two hands. "I got you now, though!" She exclaims, as she squeezes that trigger, aimed dead at Sakura.
And in a surge of energy, the three orbs erupt into a flare of fireworks, into the shape of one of the helmeted artists from Daft Punk!
COMBATSYS: Jezebel successfully hits Sakura with Unforgiven.
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Sakura 0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0 Jezebel
Sakura is fooled by the non-impacts of the initial projectiles. By the time she realizes what's happening--by the time she figures it out--it's too late. The explosion? She doesn't even know what the shape of it is, because she's inside it, and even though it looks like fireworks, chi-powered fireworks are pretty damn painful. Sakura flies out of the explosion out back, landing -on- her back.
She gets to her feet, but with a little less verve and style than she did before--instead of flipping up to her feet energetically, she just rises. Her school uniform is tattered now, showing the wear the fight's put on it, and her body is showing that too--but the light in her eyes is still burning.
There's a distance to cover--but Sakura finds the energy to do it. Crouching low for a brief moment, Sakura throws herself into a headlong lunge, making up the distance, in what is essentially a long, low leap. One that finds her planting her feet a moment later and using that momentum to swing her right leg up and over, intending to bring the top of it down on Jezebel's head--or shoulders. There's a little lack of accuracy to the attack but on the narrowish catwalk that's less of a concern.
COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Jezebel with Flower Kick EX.
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Sakura 0/-------/=======|======-\-------\0 Jezebel
Lightning Spangles pulls back her gun, blowing a puff at the muzzle, as the blast disperses. She waits, though, as Sakura lays on her back. "You okay, pardner?" She calls out, keeping her gun ready. As she finally rises, however, the actress pumps a fist in the air. "Dang! You are tougher than a set of leather pant made in Houston Texas!" Her tattered clothing, however, does make the cowgirl worried. "Hey now, you aren't too cold are you?" She asks, as Sakura takes towards her... fast.
Too fast, as it turned out.
As she flies low, Lightning Spangles attempts to leap over whatever low blow that came in. That was a good idea. The bad part was when she stopped short, and frontflipped into a nasty kick straight down on her helmeted head. Lightning Spangles gasps, as she stumbles, stumbles back and down into a crouch, clutching her head. "It looks like... It looks like..." She begins, her voice soft.
And then she explodes through the air.
Red, white, and blue energy surge around her body as she spins again, this time with the intent to scoop up Sakura with a round house kick in the air. Two more kicks would follow, and each one would come with a fireworks explosion of red, white and blue. But as the last one would come out, as she would land on the ground, she would not on her feet, but her knees. Holding her laser pistol, eyes weak...
COMBATSYS: Jezebel can no longer fight.
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Before falling facefirst, into unconsciousness.
COMBATSYS: Jezebel successfully hits Sakura with Where Eagles Dare EX.
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COMBATSYS: Sakura has reached second wind!
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Sakura is... is -tired-. She's beaten up and it took a lot more out of her to throw that final attack than she thought it would. She thought it would take her opponent down. So she's caught flat-footed when Jezebel doesn't just crumple to the deck. Her body betrays her--legs trying to go one way, upper body another--and she gets caught by those exploding kicks, one, two, three.
It makes for a picturesque finish, for sure, as Sakura crashes back down to the catwalk after the series of kicks--and stays down for a couple of seconds before stirring, getting up, rubbing her head with one hand. She sounds... well... she sounds kind of drunk. Punch-drunk. Or kick-drunk.
"Tha' was good... but 'm still up," she says, raising her arms up into a sloppy, loose semblance of her normal stance, weaving back and forth on her feet in a way completely unlike the way she usually does. Only then does the announcer's voice cut through the fog enough for her to hear: "--the winner, Sakura Kasugano! Folks, our participants look pretty beat up so pardon us while we get the medical teams up there to get them back into fighting shape!" Sakura blurrily raises a fist in triumph, then grips the handrail of the catwalk and leans into it as she waits for the medics to arrive.
The announcer continues, after a moment, "After looking at the record of the fight, we've determined that Miss Jezebel has won the laser tag contest! She will most certainly enjoy those Slurpees--and we're sure 7-11 will be contacting her for some of her famous sponsorship in the future!"
COMBATSYS: Sakura has ended the fight here.
Log created on 21:14:00 01/24/2015 by Sakura, and last modified on 07:50:56 01/27/2015.