SNF 2005.07 - Megumi vs Jihads and Stray Dog

Description: SNF with Megumi vs Jiro, Nassir, and Gabriel under special rules: Two at a time. Can the three (especially Nassir and Gabriel) work together?

Ahh, early afternoon on summer. Lots of sunlight, and not a small amount of heat that is rendered manageable by a 'less is more' trend in fashion, and sales of bottled water are on the way up. As occasionally happens with sanctioned street-fights, the roads of some of the northwestern part of Southtown have been barricaded off, only allowing foot traffic off to the sides; you can walk through, or you can pay up to watch the fight, but you can't drive through. There's plenty of room for everyone, though.

Megumi didn't even have to get a taxi to this fight. It's close enough to her apartment that she can just walk here, and she does so. Getting past SNF staff, checking in to make sure they know she's here, Megumi makes her way onto the paved roads and looks around, taking stock of the area. Crowds, check. Vending machines, pay-phones, and streetlight posts? Check. This is mostly an 'out in the open' fight, but there's enough here that she's thinking about possibilities while waiting...and this thinking seems to distract her from the 'people world' at large; is she even aware of if any of her opponents are already here?

Shingo has arrived.

One of the fighters has been waiting the entire time, yes. After getting the call in regards to the upcoming match, Jiro knew that he would have to work with some people. One of the people, he didn't mind much. The other one will get chokeslammed when the match is over. But for now, Jiro is currently staring at the gathered crowds while wearing his brown duster and tightening the gloves. The Stray Dog has his eyes shut, basking in the light. His sister did tell him that he would need to see the sun more.
A snort is given, then he looks over towards the arrival of the fighter. "Hrm." His expression draws to a blank while looking back, "Alright. Our opponent is here." He unwraps the jacket, tossing it high into the air.
He has a tight bandage wrapped around his stomach, possibly thanks to the fight with Kurow/Hiroshi. The young brawlwer heaves a sigh, "Eh... Alright. Time to get this over with." He slides his right foot out, keeping his eyes darted at Megumi.
"Let's go, Nassir."

Kai Gabriel had taken a spot further away from the group. She didn't want to get near Nassir who in turn probably didn't mind Jiro. Therefore the obvious answer was Jiro and Nassir make a cute couple and Gabriel is the third wheel . She unlike the other waves to Megumi and cups a hand to her face to shout, "Do your best Megumi-San! May the Goddess bless you." She gives a thumbs up and stays on the side. Hopefully Nassir will get himself killed/owned before it's her turn to go out there. The ominous phone call, and the death threats from Nassir did little to prevent her from making any show of hiding how she felt about him. She even made a sign to cheer with. 'Nassir = Teh Suck'. She didn't know what it meant, she had a young boy help her with the words. The child assured her it would be effective. But she waits until Jiro and Nassir move out onto the ring to hold said sign up, toward his back.

Likewise, Nassir doesn't arrive with the help of a taxi, though his is a considerably longer walk...coming back from a conversation with Geese Howard gave him all the time in the world to stew over the developments he'd delivered. They would have to work together as a team, regardless of the forewarning and petition...or Geese would hunt them down himself. A great time for the whole family, there.
Even with that conversation, there was enough time to make it over in time to meet with Jiro beforehand, enough time to ensure he wouldn't be late, enough time to stew. Thoughts kept returning to the elder Howard's words, no matter how much he tried to shove them to the side. Nassir could keep up his end of things, but could Gabriel? Would she? At least in the beginning, it would be irrelevent--Nassir and Jiro would go first. Maybe things could be resolved well before it would be an issue. Maybe.
Stepping forward, Nassir's hands ran over his various accessories--self consciously ensuring that everything is in place. Looking across the street to Megumi, Nassir tried to focus in on her...she was important in the here and now, she was the primary target.

Southtown Village also happens to be in the neighbourhood of where teenaged hero, fighter, and all around occasional doofus, Shingo Yabuki. His match started an hour and a half before this one and so he's home taking a nap after being involved in one of the biggest fights he's been in for a while. And by home taking a nap, he means standing in the crowd waiting for this Saturday Night Fight to get started. Shingo decided that his nap could wait. He wanted to go cheer on his friends. Which would be kind of odd seeing that they're opposing each other today. Either way really. He's here mostly to be a Megumi fanboy. He's known her the longest and well...they also go to the same school. Good enough for him. Having some sort of status as well as being a fighter recognized by the event staff, it isn't especially difficult for him to get a front row seat. In other words, any of the fighters involved in the match can easily spot him in front of the crowd and he can easily see them. Makes it that much easier to be a goofy cheering section, "Woooooo! Go Megumi!"

COMBATSYS: Nassir has started a fight here on the right meter side.

COMBATSYS: Megumi has joined the fight here on the left meter side.

COMBATSYS: Jiro has joined the fight here.

COMBATSYS: Jiro has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  //////////////////////////////]
                                 |-------\-------\0           Nassir

Megumi gets brought back to the here-and-now by a lot of things. Such as hearing her name. ...Someone's talking to her. Gabriel? Megumi looks over towards her, and just looks confused. "Ah....right. Thanks."Then there's Jiro inspecting her, and Shingo cheering her on very vocally. Well, that...gets a little something. Megumi turns towards Shingo, and pulls off her wristband before tossing it his way. If he gets it, cool. If someone in the audience near him gets it, that works too. "Thanks," followed by a wave, are her other ways of saying that she notices the cheering.

Then Megumi sees Nassir stepping up as well. Nassir gets a very scrutinizing look, and then a few seconds into it...Megumi tenses up. The same sort of tension that might appear for someone who had a gun pointed at their head. Tense and worried. Her hands cup together in front of her, and she's going to get this fight started. A ball of sparkling red energy forms, hovering in place for a moment until Megumi's hands push it. The push is forceful, and it's somehow sufficient to get this not quite solid sphere moving, sailing towards Nassir's chest. For now, that's all she does; send the red projectile at him. No point charging into a two on one...

No fans for the underdogs. Whatever. This match needs to be overwith. Jiro knows that he has to make sure his little sister is alright.
Sigh. Lovely, a person who can throw balls of energy as projectiles. Jiro shakes his head, "Whatever..." He clenches his fist, sprinting over towards Megumi when she pushes the ball of energy out towards his ally. The street punk that is the Stray Dog is charging towards Megumi.
Bobbing his head towards the other direction, Jiro brings his right hand out toards her cheek, aiming to get her attention while her attention is occupied with Nassir.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Nassir with Crimson Comet.
- Power hit! -

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Megumi           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ////////////////////          ]
                                 |======-\-------\0           Nassir

Thanks to the few tapes he was able to find involving the Psychopowered warrior, Nassir knew about her array of projectiles and other assorted tricks...or at least, he belived he did. It seemed to hardly matter once the fight began in earnest--attempting to duck low beneath something that wasn't to be ducked, Nassir instead caught the comet in the face...flying backwards under the impact, partially on fire until he hit the ground.
Eyes wide, Nassir's first reaction was to panic...but that would be going against all of his training, all of his hopes and desires. He was still conscious, which meant he still had a chance.
Just not much of one. Ow. Oh, god, ow.
Pulling a knife free from it's holster, Nassir rolled onto his knees before loosing it towards her...steel glinting under the afternoon sun, bluish grey afterimages followed behind it, energy marking the flight as it seeks a home in Megumi's shoulder.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jiro's Strong Punch.

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Megumi           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  //////////////////            ]
                                 |======-\-------\0           Nassir

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Nassir's Horrors of War.

So cool. Shingo does get the wristband when it's tossed over in his direction. He slides it onto one of his hands over the gloves he normally wears. This pair being black instead of blue. The blue ones are in the wash. That done he gives a thumbs-up to the lone fighter and allows her to get her match started. His cheering substituted for a wince when he sees Nassir eat some tasty psycho power right in the face. Bet that was tasty. Shingo does get concerned slightly for his friend. That Nassir kid is the one that uses the military hardware. He remembers that much. Grenades, knives, and guns. Then he remembers that Megumi is an awesome fighter. And she could heal herself from any injuries if they get too much. Pretty much nothing for him to worry about. So he gets back to being male cheerleader, "Oh yeah Megumi! Watch out for that guy! He uses grenades!" Why not give her the heads up just so she's prepared?

Megumi is not worried about grenades. No, she's got more immediate concerns like Jiro running up to try and punch her. That part goes just fine...for Megumi. She swings a hand upward to catch Jiro's punch at the wrist, moving it upward to go harmlessly over her head as she spins away from him. The knife not something she deals so gracefully with. She sees the knife and its blue trail, and...Megumi acts like it was a speeding 18-wheeler aiming for her, she /dives/ out of the way as hard as she can, rolling to rise out of that. Right out of that, Megumi leaps towards him, planning to go over Nassir's head and invert herself. Hands thrust down at his collarbone region, and if she gets it...she'll use the momentum to descend and slam him down to the road's surface, feet bridging down to let her land. That's the ideal version, anyway.

"You can do it Jiro-San!" Cries Gabriel, actually rooting for her team sort of while at the same time holding up the sign that reads, 'Nassir = teh suck'. She still doesn't know what it means and likely she'll never learn. Okay, so they weren't doing so hot yet, but at this rate at least they would probably wear her down so she didn't have as much energy to fling later on.. right right? That was maybe the hope anyway. But this match had only really just begun. Watching it does give Gabriel one good protip though: Don't get hit by the glowy stuff.

When the fist is aiming towards Megumi's face, Jiro grunts when she quickly catches the fist in mid-air. "Damnit...." He snarls at Megumi when she avoids the incoming strike. "Lovely." He shakes his head, "Whatever..." Jiro quickly changes paces over to the other side. "Alright then..." Jiro shuts his eyes, drawing both of his hands to his side as he remains standing still. May as well try to focus on his opponent and what he's doing.

COMBATSYS: Jiro focuses on his next action.

[  \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////////////////]
Megumi           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  //////////////////            ]
                                 |=======\-------\0           Nassir

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Nassir with Flood Reversal.

Alright, so it was official. That...sucked. Nassir just started to stand up as Megumi goes overhead, arms going up to merely deflect the offending hands but moving just a little too slow. Going up, over, around, and down with Megumi's momentum, the mercenary slams rather soundly into the ground...and for a moment, looks like he just isn't going to be moving anymore. Rolling over onto his back, his response comes quick and silent--another knife flying upwards for his assailant, bluish grey glow trailing after it oncemore.

COMBATSYS: Nassir successfully hits Megumi with Horrors of War.

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Megumi           0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ///////////                   ]
                                 |=======\===----\1           Nassir

Megumi's luck does not hold twice against blades. She lands, and starts to twirl away from Nassir to get some distance as she expects an immediate counter-attack. She's right about that. The problem in her idea is that Nassir does not go for a hand-to-hand attack. Instead, he's hucking a knife. Backing up would have avoided the former, it does little against a long-range attack. The blade goes into her stomach as she completes her spin, and it has a very real effect as she cries out, hurt.

Her left hand reaches down to yank the knife out of her, gasping and wincing as she does. At the same time, her right hand goes up, palm towards Nassir. A smaller red orb forms from that hand, flying towards him...and when she thinks it's close enough, that hand clenches into a fist, making the ball explode.

After putting his mind at ease, Jiro is now focusing his gaze on Megumi while she is trying to take out Nassir. Huh. This should be interesting. Jiro decides not to wait too long as he is sprinting towards Megumi from the side.
While he makes his sprint, the young man gathers up his energy to lift up ito the air. Drawing his right leg up, he has the heel pointed in the sky. With a shining glint, the young man is aiming to have the axe kick come down at her head. This is his way of saying, 'Hi, I'm still here.'

COMBATSYS: Nassir reflects Burst Orb from Megumi with Depravity.

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Megumi           0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  //////////                    ]
                                 |===----\-------\0           Nassir

<Faith preserve me, stay in control...>
Nassir mumbled something to himself, unintelligible to those who don't understand Arabian, but due to the language's...distinctiveness, it's easy enough to know what he was saying it in. Rolling up to his feet, Nassir's eyes widened as the orb of psychopower threatened to overwhelm him a second time. He could've panicked, he could've forgotten about his training and run screaming from the projectile, but then he wouldn't have the discipline it took to become the youngest member of the Shank Squad.
Rather than pull out another knife, Nassir remains weaponless, eyes settling back to their normal state as the orb moves in. Curling his fingers to that only index and middle are extended, Nassir thrusts the extended fingers at the orb and into it...body giving off those same afterimages that the knives did. Rather than explode on his hand(and likely take the appendage off with it, ow!) the orb bounces back the way it bearing his trademark energy emission on top of it.
"Keep her pressed!" Nassir yells out to his teammate, this time in english. "Strike cleanly, and quickly!"

Or Japanese, or whatever the heck we speak here. Yeah.

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Megumi with Guillotine Kick.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  //////////                    ]
                                 |===----\-------\0           Nassir

COMBATSYS: Megumi endures Nassir's Reflected Burst Orb.

Megumi flinches suddenly as Nassir...reaches into her attack? Something feels very strange, very WRONG. It's enough to distract her from noticing Jiro until he's pretty much on top of her, and his kick slams her to the ground hard. Megumi's quick to get up, but her own attack is coming back at her too, and she slams her shoulder into it, taking it head hurts, but she keeps her footing.

And that's when her arms go wide apart, then high and low as she creates a paper-thin energy wall. It flies out ahead of her, off towards Nassir...and stops halfway between him and Megumi. She's charging towards it, planning to go right through it...

And... after having the foot plant the young woman to the ground, Jiro snarls at the lady, then he clenches his fist together. "Now then." Taking a few deep breaths, the young man pauses his further approach when he sees her energy come back at her. "Hrm..." He looks at Nassir, giving the young man a thumbs up. Jiro does, however, notice the paper-thin wall coming out between the two. Whatever it is, it's not good.
Jiro, however, plans to stop her from getting to that wall. So instead, the young man charges her way, snarling while he makes an attempt to intercept her by having his right arm out, ready to clothesline her towards the ground.

Nassir's smile appears, albeit briefly--what appeared to be a pair of successful hits, one of them taking their opponent down, was call for a brief celebration...especially when everything else seemed to be going awry. When she pops back up and threatens to overtake him anyways, the smile disappears almost as quickly as it came. Naturally, the cry for aid meant he was in a vulnerable state, and his opponent sought to take advantage. If only she weren't so successful at pursuit.
<Faith preserve us in this, Our hour of need!>
Rather than maneuver away from Megumi, Nassir drops down to both knees, hands and head going skywards with index fingers pointed upwards. The smallest bead of chi energy emerges in the space between Nassir and Megumi, the briefest forewarning to the sudden explosion at the site...a stormcloud of chi called into existence, grey streaks crackling through blue oceans, looking to lash out at the Akido specialist. Should it happen to be successful, it ought have enough power behind it to knock the girl clear...but that was a particularly large 'if'.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Restoration Aura.

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Megumi with Strong Punch.

[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ////////                      ]
                                 |====---\-------\0           Nassir

COMBATSYS: Nassir successfully hits Megumi with Clarity of Purpose.

[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|=------\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ////////                      ]
                                 |=====--\-------\0           Nassir

Megumi is...really fast. Jiro's going to have to get moving early to overtake her before she reaches her 'wall', and he does. Just barely. Megumi tries to duck the good. It clonks her in the head and sends her tripping, but she has enough momentum to crash through the wall anyway. It helps, immediately causing her knife-wound to vanish. And then Nassir's upon her too, and while she's still trying to get up, boom. Very good timing on both their parts, and it leaves her no better off than she started, really. Megumi's sent flying back, landing roughly...and pushing herself up.

"Spiral..." Bright red surrounds her right hand as it clenches into a fist, then she makes a very long dive at Nassir, body twirling as she goes towards him, "Knuckle!" Destination: Her fist, aiming for his stomach. She wants to drop him with a telling strike.

COMBATSYS: Jiro fails to interrupt Crimson Spiral Knuckle from Megumi with Bull Fist.

[               \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////////         ]
Megumi           0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ////////                      ]
                                 |=====--\-------\0           Nassir

After clotheslining Megumi towards the ground, Jiro sees her stumble towards the wall and the wound fades away. "...****." He sighs, then he shakes his head, "Whatever..." But then, Jiro looks over towards the ma in a prayer, blinking as the youth pulls in existance his own chi. "...Ugh..." He rubs his forehead. So many people filled with these special powers. Maybe out of jealousy or out of annoyance, either way, Jiro has a dull look on his face. "Whatever..." Jiro isn't too pleased with what is going to happen. So he'll have to act as the scape goat and get in the way of the incoming strike.
Drawing himself into fray, drawing himself infront of Nassir. "Oh no you don't..." He leans his headback, getting in front of the young man while hissing out, "Sei...."
And unfortunately, he the Crimson Spiral Knuckle towards his stomach. "Eghn...." The bull-fist is quite unsuccessful with it's act, so Jiro collapses towards the groud, knocked back by the powerful dive.

Off to the side, Shingo is wincing at all the hits being exchanged between the three active fighters. You'd think he was in the fight himself with all the flinching he's doing. "Come on Megumi! You can do it!" He's tired from his fight, but never too tired to cheer on a friend. Regardless if she is taking hits like a drug addict. Even if there is no one else in the crowd (though there probably are) cheering her on, he is. But seeing that she is a well enough known fighter, he is joined by her fans. They should get closer together to make the effect more...impressionable.

Nassir rises back to his feet once the last the the sparks and crackles of chi have dissipated--almost as quickly as it came, the cloud is gone. When his eyes open, there's a flaming Megumi headed his way, one all likelyhood promised all kinds of awful stuff. Thankfully, Jiro was able to hop in the way before Nassir found himself staring into the backs of his own eyes. It wasn't as...ideal as he could've hoped for, but at least Nassir was still conscious, still capable of fighting.
It would just be a defensive fight, is all. She seemed hell-bent on taking him out specifically, so he'd make it as difficult a task as he could. Springing backwards and off to one side, Nassir pulled one of his smaller blades free from his bandolier, chucking it with a flick of the wrist at Megumi. Unlike the others, there is no flare of chi...but that doesn't make the blade any less imposing.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Nassir's Large Thrown Object.

[               \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////////         ]
Megumi           0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  /////////                     ]
                                 |=====--\-------\0           Nassir

Megumi finds her path intercepted by Jiro /again./ Seems he's the 'in your face' sort of person, but she presses on anyway and is okay with striking him out of his attempt to knock her down. She lands on her left hand, cartwheeling sideways from there to get back to her feet. With Jiro driven back and Nassir fairly close by, she...

...Knife. Again, Megumi reacts to it more strongly than she probably should; she leaps up high, letting it go past where she was, and she jumped far higher than she probably needed to. On her way down, her right hand once again thrusts out, creating another red sphere that shoots down towards them. Megumi's aiming this one to try and get it between Nassir and Jiro, and then balls her hand into a fist to make the orb explode. Trying to catch both of them in it.

Regardless of the outcome, she will land in a deep crouch, breathing heavily. Megumi is very stressed out, despite the cheering Shingo's stirred up...

COMBATSYS: Jiro blocks Megumi's Burst Orb.

[                \\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////          ]
Megumi           0/-------/-======|=======\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  /////////                     ]
                                 |=====--\-------\0           Nassir

Ugh... Jiro is in pain. Royal pain. No matter. The Stray Dog won't let things go lying down. He has to try to beat her for some money. Besides, he wants a new motorcycle. Jiro takes a few deep breaths, the he shuts his eyes softly. "Hrm..." He lowers his head, finding himself staring at the ground for as long as he can, before he looks over to see Megumi and Nassir's state. He gives a thumbs up towards his ally, looking back towards Megumi, the young man sees that she is in the air. A grunt is given by Jiro as she shoots a red sphere down his direction. "What the....?" He hisses out, then he brings both of his arms up, trying to block against the energy. Fortunately, The Stray Dog does block against the orb, but it leaves him with a funny feeling.
"...What...what the hell...?" He stares at Megumi. What the hell was that? It felt kind of odd. He heaves a huge sigh, then he shakes his head, "...Whatever...." He starts to walk towards Megumi while she's kneeling, then he sprints her way.
Drawing his right fist back, Jiro immediately has his hand coming down in an uppercutting motion towards her chi. To help him in position, he leans down with his other leg bent enough to where he can come up with the fist, spiralling into the air. With that, he plans to follow up with a diving punch to her face.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Nassir with Burst Orb.

[                \\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////            ]
Megumi           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ////                          ]
                                 |=======\=------\1           Nassir

Gabriel is there, she's just not cheering anymore. The moves that have been displayed are all being carefully watched and recorded in her memory banks of 'what to do when it's my turn'. Her eyes narrow and her head tries to follow everything. Very down to earth, though occasionally when something heavy hits she clasps her holy symbol around her neck with dismay. Except when Nassir gets hit, then she just watches on with the indifference thing going.

Damnit. Wasn't that why he was fighting defensively? Nassir began to break into a forward roll, hoping to shift himself the full distance away from the blast radius...or at least most of it. Instead, Nassir more or less catches the blast /directly/ atop his head. Again. Ow. Roll Cancelled, Nassir sprawls and flies a few feet forward...and stays where he was. No attack seems to be forthcoming, no...nothing at all, beyond rolling over just far enough to not breathe in street debris.
What the particularly perceptive might notice, however, is that Nassir's bandolier is missing one of those small grey orbs. The spectacularly perceptive might notice that when he started the roll, he had them all. Roughly two people in the house might've noticed both points, /and/ the current whereabouts of the orb. Right where he got hit, dangerously close to Megumi. Now, hopefully she didn't notice.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Nassir's Scorch the Earth.

[                \\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////            ]
Megumi           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ///                           ]
                                 |=======\=------\1           Nassir

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jiro's Heaven's Diminisher.

Megumi does notice. She's got only a little bit of time to work in, with Jiro bearing down on her as she stands up. Uppercut; she swings her arms out to deflect it. Diving follow-up punch, Megumi rolls sideways, beneath and away from it. And then...Nassir's up to something. Just standing there. Megumi gets all of a second to think on this before she realizes he's up to something. There's a surprised gasp, then she /runs./ Runs at Nassir, away from his grenade. Good timing; in true Hollywood fashion, she gets clear of it just before it detonates, though the effect is apparently concussive, as opposed to spraying metal shards everywhere. The crowd'll probably appreciate that consideration on Nassir's part.

But now she's chasing Nassir down, looking very alarmed about something as she tries to get his hand, and open it up at the fingers. The fingers are what she wants; grab, bend them down and in towards his body while elevating the arm. A basic submission hold, one she hopes will suffice. Or at least prevent him from using that hand.

There's one of those grenades he warned her about. Shingo explodes with excitement when Megumi evades both attacks from Jiro and Nassir. Hooting and hollaring he shouts out, "Yeah! That's the way, Megumi! You got this in the bag!" A smidge overconfident on Miss Andou's abilities? Yep. But that's what cheerleaders are all about. Motivating the heck out of whoever their target is. Shingo doesn't know if he's doing a good job at it; it doesn't matter to him if he is or not. Any cheering is good cheering, right? To him she's the underdog in this match. How could it be the other way around when she's being ganged up on by a team of 3? He goes on to shout out as she attacks, "Go for broke!"

One can assume that Jiro is not too happy whe she manages to deflect the incoming uppercut and rolling away from the last part of it. Growling under his breath, the young man quickly notices the grenade, then he leaps back into a backflip away from the upcoming strike. Jiro snarls, gathering his thoughts and putting himself into focus. He knows Nassir is going to have a hell of a time, but he has to do something. So, Jiro clutches his chest, gathering his thoughts for as long as he can so he can try to help his ally win the battle.

COMBATSYS: Jiro focuses on his next action.

[                \\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////            ]
Megumi           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0             Jiro
                                  >  ///                           ]
                                 |=======\=------\1           Nassir

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Nassir with Fast Throw.

When the team of three are virtual unknowns, and the team of one has placed victories in unbelievable odds. That's probably a likely answer, at least if the question was verbalized to begin with. Nassir's attention shifts towards Shingo for a brief moment, entertaining thoughts of emptying a clip--it wouldn't likely kill him, but it could ruin his day signifigantly. Shingo's incessant cheering did it's job, though...distracting the mercenary long enough for what amounted to a standing half-keylock, half-game of Mercy. Gritting his teeth, Nassir's eyes widen as /something/ in there pops in a way it wasn't supposed to, pain flooding into his body. He was done here, that much he knew, but perhaps...
Nassir's other hand is free, and he's standing point blank with her while she's concentrating on scoring a submission. It was a can't-lose proposition...internal organs and other squidgey bits were /right there/. Extending his fingers oncemore, Nassir stabs up and in with the knife-hand fingerstrike, hooking in and pressing at a point in there unless there's a display of acrobatics on Megumi's part to avoid it. Greyish blue afterimages follow behind it, pressing in on their own accord if given a chance.

COMBATSYS: Nassir can no longer fight.

COMBATSYS: Megumi blocks Nassir's Stockholm Syndrome.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

[                 \\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////////////////]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  //////////////////            ]
                                 |=======\-------\0             Jiro

Megumi is left alone momentarily, and it's enough for her to get in close with Nassir. She gets her hold, but Nassir gets his counter-attack while she's doing so. When his hand thrusts in, it strikes...but in the fraction of a second between pinch and energy-shot, Megumi knows exactly what he's trying to do, and swings her free hand down to knock his away. The energy still hits her, but glancingly so. From there, she steps in and sets her shoulder against Nassir's chest, then turns and throws him to the ground to take him out.

One down. Two to go. Megumi's arms spread apart, then go high and low to spawn another of her thin, tall restorative 'walls.' It goes out a few feet, then begins floating back to her as she focuses on...simply breathing. Breathing, and saying something to Nassir. "Don't you ever.... ...ever use those again..."

With the crowd cheering Megumi on, the young man is taking a few deep breaths while he finishes collecting his thoughts. Shifting his head towards Nassir, the youth frowns to see his ally collapse before him. "****." He grunts, then he clutches his stomach. There is the feel remaining bits of pain left on his stomach from last night's fight with Kurow. Damn attack left him bleeding worse than a Kill Bill movie. "Grrr..." Baring his teeth, the youth clenches his fist, tightening his stance.
Damnit. Another one of those walls. Jiro growls and he sprints towards Megumi once more, this time, he is trying to reach over her arm to keep her away from the wall. Although he won't reach there in time, he is going to make sure that she doesn't -enjoy- it.

When Nassir goes down it's Gabriel's turn and she doesn't waste a moment jumping in. Her introduction to the fight, unlike most whom might wave to the crowd or bow, is to clasp the symbol around her throat and murmur a short prayer. Really that sort of entrance is still fairly stock. She then takes a moment to smile toward Megumi and say, "Megumi-San, that was an excellent display of skill, I had no idea you were so amazing, watching you dodge and weave between stuff with explosions happening, it was all very exciting. I am honored to be your opponent today."
Then she observes what is clearly some sort of healing. How does she know? Well she's seen that sort of thing before. Not exactly the same, but she also remembers Alma doing something like that with her. No point in waiting for a go ahead to move, instead Gabriel goes for it.
"Aaaayyyyyyyyy!" she exclaims while leaps spinning into the air, her arms twirling behind her in an attempt to hit Megumi bodily.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Restoration Aura.

[               \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////// ]
Megumi           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  ////////////////              ]
                                 |=======\-------\0             Jiro

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Gabriel's Tenshin Shou.

[               \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////// ]
Megumi           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  ////////////////              ]
                                 |=======\-------\0             Jiro

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Megumi with Helldrive.
- Power hit! -

[                   \\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////// ]
Megumi           0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  ////////////////              ]
                                 |=======\-------\1             Jiro

While grabbing towards her arm, Jiro makes it a point to have the young girl be flipped over his shoulders. While having the young woman flipping over to his point. Almost like a hip-toss. However, Jiro isn't that nice about it, for he leaps into the air to make a double-snap kick out to her stomach to send her back into the air and back to the ground.

Shingo does the cheering thing. Not only for Megumi. For Nassir too, "Not a bad fight!" He has to cheer the kid on. Even if he does use grenades, knives, and guns. Oh my. Then again, what are those compared to the type of power the top-tier fighters wield? Flames at the fingertips. Geez, come on. So Nassir's out and Gabriel comes in fresh. In his opinion, Megumi's in a bind now. Or she would be if he didn't think she could still do it. Which he does. Despite watching her get hit hard by Jiro. "You got this, Megumi! It's all you!"

Megumi seems to have done something wrong. As her wall begins to float to her, it loses a lot of its form. What's left is perhaps a third of what it started as, and it does very little to help her as it goes over her body and then vanishes. As that finishes, Gabriel's leaping attack is dealt with by Megumi backflipping away a few steps. Not far. Should have gone much further, because Jiro is in position for a perfect grab. She's flipped, and struck right in the gut as planned. He could barely have done it better if he got to do all this in slow-motion. She hits the street with a hurt cry, and starts to push herself back up and stagger away from Jiro. "Now that he's dealt with...okay. You two seem okay..." Odd assessment, but she's starting to ease up some. Not as 'hyper-reactive' and tense as she was. Her hands come together in front of her once again, creating a sparkling red ball that hovers in place for a moment, before she shoves it with both her hands. It doesn't have too far to travel, as it streaks towards Jiro.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Jiro with Crimson Comet.

[                    \\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////// ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  //////////                    ]
                                 |=======\=====--\1             Jiro

How lovely. Jiro is not too happy with the turn of events as he finds himself put in the position of dealig with the incoming Crimson Comet. As the sparkling red ball strikes against his stomach, Jiro is forced to suck down the powerful essence of it isn't chi. It feels different and funny. Nevertheless, Jiro releases a writhing scream. "Arrgggghhhh!!!" Leaning his head back, the young man is shot straight towards the air. He is saulted towards the sky, then he growls while he aims to land on his feet.
The pants are now tattered with the energy-worn burns. Burn marks and blood drips from the young man. The once sealed woud slightly re-opens up to reveal its tint of redness along the stomach. Growling like a dog, Jiro draws his fist towards Megumi. He sprints towards her direction, aimig to have the fist drive itself towards her face. He had enough of this.
Motiviating himself to bring the woman dow, Jiro immediately sprints her way while he draws the fist back, ready to have the fist slam towards her gut heavily. But he doesn't plan to stop there.

"Beautiful, you're not just okay, Megumi-san, you're great! Please allow me the honor of treating you to a restaurant sometime after the match, you may bring a friend," Gabriel says while the streak of the crimson commit shines in her eyes. Not toward her, a fact she should be happy about.
"But I'm not going to just let you win either, lets both do our best cause here I come.."
She starts to dart toward Megumi and draws back an opened hand, giving a little shout of, "Iiiii-ya!" almost playfully, but the palm strike that accompanies it with the bite of energy at the end is not playful by any means.

Nassir, for all of his efforts, was defeated, yes...and as thus, he wouldn't be fighting anymore. Giving his arm a vigorous shake, Nassir winced--she didn't /break/ anything in there, at least as far as he could tell, but it still hurt bad enough to be a sprain. That wouldn't be a good sign, but it became considerably worse if they couldn't beat the girl. Ignoring Megumi's warning at least initially, Nassir directs his attention towards the remaining fighters, throwing in his expert analysis(tm).
"She's trying to fight each of you individually! Do not allow this manipulation to pass! Weave with one another, and strike true!"

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Megumi with Serpent Snap.
- Power hit! -

[                      \\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////   ]
Megumi           0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  /////////                     ]
                                 |=------\-------\0             Jiro

COMBATSYS: Megumi counters Rhino Ravager from Jiro with Gentle Redirection.

[                       \\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////   ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  /////////                     ]
                                 |=------\-------\0             Jiro

Megumi, despite Jiro's rage, stays where she is. She's tired, and taking on multiple opponents is one of those ways to make it worse. As Gabriel moves in, Megumi begins to spin away. No good, Gabriel's move is very clean, and the palm hits her in the ribs, with the following energy-shot doing even more to drive her back. "Ugh..." And then Jiro's falling, screaming...and Megumi brings her hands together again, thumbs and index fingers touching to create a triangle-shape between them.

Then her hands swing up to go just underneath Jiro's fist and knock it up and away...she does well enough at it to knock /Jiro/ away, albeit harmlessly. While she makes it look perfect and graceful, it took a lot of concentration to do. Concentration that leaves her momentarily gasping for air, as she looks at Gabriel and makes a single-word reply: "...Thanks."

While Jiro is trying to come at her, the young man is aiming to drive himself into the Rhino Ravager, taking up after the hard-hitting beast that doesn't relent for anything in a series of onslaught. Unfortunately for Jiro, it is put to an end as she knocks the hand away and she pushes him away. It has the youth alarmed as he's knocked back to his position. "Eghn... what the...?"
Calming down, the young man grunts, then he shrugs, "Alright... Nice." He looks at Megumi, then he immediately comes towards the young woman, extending his right leg out towards her knee quickly.

"Here I come again Megumi-san," Gabriel says and jumps into the air, getting a great deal of height and rather than kicking, extends her heel and attempts to stomp on Megumi's head with what would look like a hop from one rock to another in a creep. Either way she carefully arranges herself to come twirling down in a flip to hopefully land nicely, assuming Megumi doesn't have other plans for her up her sleeves.
"Glorious Goddess, this is a lot of fun..." she begins to say but then hears Nassir talking about stuff and gives him a dark glare, "Silence heretic, your time will come, I will get you for all the evil you've sown!" Pity he's already down, she seems to have half a mind to run over and kick him a few times.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Gabriel's Light Kick.

[                       \\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  //////////                    ]
                                 |=------\-------\0             Jiro

COMBATSYS: Jiro successfully hits Megumi with Light Kick.

Megumi recovers from her fatigue in time to deal with Gabriel's strike. ...Heretic? Are they having a religious argument? Strange. In any case, Gabriel's effort to land on Megumi's head is met with a quick jump forward, letting Gabriel land behind her. And then Jiro's in, and kicks her knee /quite/ well, immediately causing her balance to buckle. She goes down to one knee, but reaches out to shove Jiro back and get some space for another restorative effort. Same deal as before; arms wide apart, then high and low, to create a tall, thin wall that goes out, then glides back to her...

Grunting towards the young woman when she pushes him back, Jiro makes his way towards Megumi as she makes -another- wall to come her way. Okay, this is going to end now. While Jiro is still at a good distance from Megumi, Jiro growls as he crouches low. Gathering his chi together, Jiro brings himself into a powerful low stance. While in the stance, the young Stray Dog immediately brings himself over towards Megumi from the side.
The good thing is that Jiro is actually -near- the girl this time.
What did Jiro just do? He sprang himself with a boost of energy, extending his right glowing fist invertedly towards Megumi's side. If the attack lands, the impact will deliver an explosion to send her far.

Gabriel meanwhile runs to make up the extra distance toward Megumi, still looking quite happy just now. This might be the first fight she's had that has been purely fun for her. When she reaches Megumi she simple extends a chop with the side of her hand, aimed at the pink haired girl's shoulder where it connects to the arm. Wouldn't be pleasant if she could hit, probably not. She gives a little "Ayi!" while doing it.
Jiro is nearby too, so Gabriel gives him a wink and a little smile. Tee-hee. Someone gave her caffeine or something before this fight, she was just down right giddy today.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Restoration Aura.

[                    \\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >  ////////                      ]
                                 |==-----\-------\0             Jiro

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Gabriel's Quick Punch.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jiro's Exploder Knuckle.

Megumi gets back to her feet as her wall arrives, letting it go over her...and it does a great deal for her stamina. She's moving much more sharply now. First, Jiro's flanking, crouching punch. She makes another backwards hop, letting his fist hit nothing but air. Then Gabriel's coming up behind, with a chop at the shoulder. Megumi rolls forward to get away from this, meaning she's basically back where she started.

As she gets out of her roll though, she has an idea very similar to Jiro's own, energy wrapping her right fist. With a sudden yell, that fist swings forth in a straight punch at his chest. The hand itself will not make contact with Jiro, but if the energy-envelope around it does, it bursts out to do what he planned for her; to use the burst to launch him away.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Jiro with Crimson Blast.

[                     \\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0          Gabriel
                                  >                                ]
                                 |=======\-------\1             Jiro

Seeking to expand both of his arms over to his chest, the young man is growling under his breath as he feels the energy coming up closer than he expected. Jiro growls under his breath as he fails to stop the incoming attack from coming at his form. When it strikes down at Jiro, he is seen flying towards the ground. Collapsing, the young man groans in pain.
However, a foot plants firmly to the ground, grinding itself as the youth tries to prod himself up. Using the momentum in his body together, the young man is aiming to give it his very all before he collapses towards the ground. He immediately sprints towards Megumi, drawing his fist back once more. He is preparing to have the fist strike towards her stomach. But that isn't all...
At least... if he doesn't collapse beforehand.

COMBATSYS: Jiro can no longer fight.

[                     \\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0          Gabriel

Pop.. or whatever sound a burst makes. It stalls Gabriel and she just stands there watching. She watches Jiro get nailed, she watches him fall back and she watches whatever other interesting things will happen from it. Most importantly she watches Megumi. A moment is taken to bow respectfully and then she falls into her fighting stands, two opened hands, one in front over her leg, the other over her shoulder.
"Megumi-san, the final leg for you, but for me the match is only now just beginning. Lets make it a competition to remember." She gives her last smile and then as if she were a professional mime, her expression goes stoic and her eyes follow Megumi.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel focuses on her next action.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jiro's Public Execution.

Megumi plants her hands on her knees after striking Jiro, as she's starting to rapidly become exhausted. But he's not going to give her long to rest, it seems. He's moving in, and Megumi runs to meet him. His fist swings at her stomach, but she was expecting this and spins right beside and behind Jiro, grabbing at his shoulders and sweeping a leg at one of his shins, sending him crashing to the ground. It's enough to get him out of this fight. "You shouldn't do that if you were bleeding..." She's not too happy about contributing to whatever damages Jiro took before this fight, no.

And then there's Gabriel, getting ready to finish this. "...Yeah," Megumi gets out, trying to back away and gather herself. "Last one...I guess you want to win too, but..." She shakes her head a few times, not completing her sentence.

COMBATSYS: Megumi takes a breather.

[                 \\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Megumi           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0          Gabriel

As Jiro attempts to brig the fist towards Megumi, the youg man growls as he's grabbed by the shoulder, and he is sweeped towards the ground. After he collapses, Jiro stares up at the sky. "I fight all of my fights... until my last breath..." He grits his teeth. The Stray Dog tilts his head over, falling into unconsciousness.

"I know.. Megumi-San, you will do your best to defeat me. Please don't hold back." Gabriel says in almost a whisper, somewhere in the sentence it seems as if the wind stole the finishing words of, 'because I won't.' Maybe she thinks it would be an empty victory if she did hold back.
"Haaaaaaa-!" Exclaims Gabriel.
When she reaches her intended she ducks low and swings a low roundhouse intending to score Megumi on the knees and knock her down to the ground.
She's all business now, but even so she could of probably done something to hit Megumi harder. Maybe used something heavy laying around like a brick. Wanting to win maybe, but she doesn't seem willing to resort to that.

COMBATSYS: Megumi blocks Gabriel's Heavy Kick.

[                   \\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////////////// ]
Megumi           0/-------/--=====|=------\-------\0          Gabriel

The knees again. Smart move. Megumi's too tired to do anything about Gabriel's offense other than defend herself, and she crouches when Gabriel's kick comes. Her arms move to be a shield, letting Gabriel's foot hurt her arm rather than her legs; she needs the latter to keep moving, that's more important. But striking Megumi's forearms doesn't cripple them, and she rises, reaching up to grab at Gabriel's arm and raise it up. If she gets this, she will bend the arm backwards, back past Gabriel's head and down, down towards the ground. Not quite a throw, but a rapid takedown.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel fails to interrupt Medium Throw from Megumi with Serpent Snap.

[                   \\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////////        ]
Megumi           0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0          Gabriel

When Megumi makes the grab, Gabriel's reaction seems to be to try twisting away, or at least in such a manner as to get her herself in a position to strike Megumi. As the dancing pair continue it becomes apparent that she isn't going to be able to get the footing she needs and can't seem to reach Megumi to hit her with a blow in response and ends up thrown onto the ground. Her breath is exhaled in a gasp and looks wide eyed upward for a moment in disbelief, stunned on the ground.

Megumi takes Gabriel down, but does nothing to press her advantage. Instead, she breaks off from Gabriel, backflipping away. It takes a moment for her to focus, but she brings her arms apart again to spawn another 'wall', this one only half as tall as the ones she's been making. It goes out, and Megumi runs to meet it, hoping to get through cleanly before Gabriel can completely recover...

Gabriel then springs back to her feet and takes only a moment to realize what Megumi is doing. She charges ahead and gives a "Oh no you don't," sort of thing as if Gabriel can really stop her. She'll try though, and as she nears another of the same attack, her hand whipping out to palm strike her before snapping with a burst of energy.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Aura Mend.

[               \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////////         ]
Megumi           0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0          Gabriel

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Megumi with Serpent Snap.

[                 \\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////////         ]
Megumi           0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0          Gabriel

Megumi does, even if Gabriel wants 'no you do not'. She gets past her wall cleanly, as it speeds up to meet Megumi before Gabriel can close in. That part works fine, it's Gabriel's palm-thrust that's there to meet Megumi anyway. Try as she might to roll beneath it, all this does is mean she gets palmed-and-burst in the shoulder, sent tumbling away. Could've been worse, like a head-hit. Megumi gets up fairly quickly though, and lunges back in at Gabriel to grab at the arm that just struck. If she gets it, she'll lean in and plant her shoulder against Gabriel, then turn around and fling her away.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel interrupts Medium Throw from Megumi with Serpent Coil.

[                    \\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////             ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

This time when Megumi twists to throw her, Gabriel twists too and when she's flung to the ground she uses the momentum to carry herself into back handed chop.
"Yah!" Exclaims Gabriel
Then with another step she passes Megumi, letting her momentum carry her, potentially into a rather sticky situation as her back is relatively wide opened.

Megumi is hit, but she keeps her grapple and successfully tosses Gabriel...just nowhere near as well as she would have normally. "Urk!" is the sound of her being struck, and she backs off to...once again bring her arms apart, high and low. Another of those tall walls, same deal as before. It flies ahead and then hovers in place, Megumi sprints to catch up with it and try to go through.

Turning around, Gabriel notices perhaps too late what Megumi is up to. She does her best to launch herself into the air high and looks down on Megumi trying to aim her step right onto the top of her head.
She's seen this move before but can she get out of the way when she's pre-occupied?
"I won't let you!" exclaims Gabriel.
Futile.. Perhaps, but not even trying is more futile.
If she misses she'll land on the ground harmlessly. If she hits she'll hop to the ground.. If Megumi grabs her foot.. ouch

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Restoration Aura.

[             \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////             ]
Megumi           0/-------/------=|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Megumi with Light Kick.

[                \\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////             ]
Megumi           0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

Not futile. Megumi goes right through her wall just fine, but this time the 'step/stomp' by Gabriel works perfectly fine, even as Megumi tries to cartwheel backwards away from it...this just lets Gabriel strike her chest instead of her head. Still a case of the Ouchies as she's struck down to the street. Very good timing by Gabriel.

Megumi rolls sideways, then pushes herself back up. Her palm thrusts out, creating a small, red ball that flies towards Gabriel, then...misses. Goes past Gabriel, /then/ explodes, trying to hit her from behind.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel dodges Megumi's Burst Orb.

[                 \\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////             ]
Megumi           0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

She manages to land the blow, and when she turns to see the orb she gets out of the way.. That much is good, but she regards Megumi a moment. She's probably tired.. But her physical condition is increasing much faster than she can make it decrease. Suddenly Gabriel seems to get the impression she doesn't stand a chance of winning. You can tell in the way her expression goes from stern to hopeless resolve. The sort of thing someone looks like when they're on a crashing plane, but they assume the position anyway. Even that motion she just makes seems to be a hair's breath from disaster.
Okay.. might as well give it your all. She digs her foot into the ground, charges megumi and gives another cry of "Aaaye!" coming spinning toward the pink haired girl at a diagonal path.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Gabriel's Tenshin Shou.

[                 \\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////////             ]
Megumi           0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

Megumi blinks a couple times as Gabriel evades her little trick...not bad, certainly far different from what Megumi expected to happen. As for Gabriel's spinning attacks, Megumi keeps up with them well, juking, ducking, spinning...she avoids all but one, and it barely even makes contact with her ribs; nothing significant. Finally, Megumi thinks she sees an opening in Gabriel's assault and reaches to grab at a hand, hoping to twist it sideways and flip Gabriel over to the ground, where she can apply a better wrist-lock.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel dodges Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

Two can play at the game of not getting hit with anything, as Gabriel shows by stepping back out of range of the throw. She needs to land SOMETHING though, so the moment that she gets out of the way she steps forward again and says to Megumi, "This is how I throw, Megumi-san, it is a little different than your style, perhaps we can compare later."
Gabriel steps in, tries to put her foot behind Megumi's ankle and simply push her over it.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Megumi with Quick Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

Embarassing. Megumi usually prides herself at doing better on grapple-exchanges, or their equivalents. And yet, Megumi over-reaches, making a mistake in /keeping on/ trying to get that wrist. Gabriel takes advantage, and Gabriel's foot is in place...Megumi tries to move forward to prevent it, but too late. The shove works, and sends her to the pavement. Her arms go out wide, actually slapping out in a breakfall...something that hurts her palms, but makes the rest of her body feel this impact a bit less. Good defense in light of a bad, bad choice.

"Who knows," Megumi replies back to the offer as she handsprings back up, then begins to backpedal away from Gabriel, trying to get her bearings. This fight's been going on for several minutes now, and it's really starting to tire her out...

COMBATSYS: Megumi takes a breather.

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Megumi           0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

This time.. Gabriel can't afford to be as careless as the last time. When Megumi lowers herself down she turns away from Megumi and runs the other way and then gives her strongest attack against a high standing sign with a wooden post. There are sounds of cracking and splintering as the sign slowly topples toward Megumi. Gabriel turns to face her.
There is so much time for Megumi to get out of the way that there is arguably no reason this should ever hit her.
"Megumi-san, please move, I'm not trying to kill you.. I just wish for you to not stay in one place so long.."
Her words would ring true by simply how slow the pole falls.

COMBATSYS: Megumi endures Gabriel's Random Weapon.

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Megumi           0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1          Gabriel

Megumi actually chases after Gabriel, and keeps on going even when Gabriel creates an improvised wooden weapon. ...Pity it's falling towards her. It crashes down on her, and yet she does not fall, despite how hard it hit; she's not built to have things fall on her. But she still stays up, still presses on. Her hands cup together once again, a larger red sphere forming, and even as she charges she shoves it forward, letting it race towards Gabriel and try to blast her away. Gabriel got what she wanted, anyway; Megumi's moving.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel endures Megumi's Crimson Comet.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\===----\1          Gabriel

Instead of moving away from the attack, Gabriel actually moves toward it, for whatever good that does her though. She's closer to Megumi now sure, but she's still in a sorry state to work with that. Tsch.. her expression is a touch on the dark side but she doesn't attack, not this time.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel focuses on her next action.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\===----\1          Gabriel

Megumi is very surprised when her shot hardly even budges Gabriel. That was very unexpected...and she's anticipating an immediate counter-attack. One that does not come, as Megumi turns and dashes away, letting the post fall to the ground in the process. She's getting some room, preparing herself...and doing something about how nasty that post-fall was to her. You guessed it: Arms wide apart, another wall...

Gabriel hadn't expected that. She stares for a moment then exhales a breath of exasperation. This was getting rather too much for her to handle. She had to do something and it had to be big.
"Megumi-san.." She says in a breathless voice then charges and tries to twist Megumi's arm behind her back.
If she can do that she'll charge a ball of energy and press it into the back of Megumi's back and allow her to be flung headlong from it.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Aura Mend.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0          Gabriel

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Megumi with Deliverance.

Megumi is slowing down a bit at a time. Gabriel's doing a good job of keeping up with her, pressing in even as Megumi's wall fixes herself up a little. When Gabriel's in, she tries to meet twist with deflection...and again loses this grappling exchange, finding herself held. That on its own wouldn't hurt too much, she has ways out of that. It's the follow-up, the charge-and-blast that sends her flying away, that does it. "Ooogh..." She stops just short of wrecking into a barricade, pushing herself up...and yelling, charging back in to try and overtake Gabriel, and try to get a hold of her own going. This one's another wrist-lock, try to get Gabriel's hand, and twist it sideways hard enough to flip her over, and keep up the pressure from there, ideally.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel blocks Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Megumi           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0          Gabriel

Megumi manages to grab her, that much is certain, but Gabriel holds her own fairly well, twisting when she hits the ground and rolling as best she can to avoid getting further hurt. *sniff sniff* She rubs her nose with the back of her hand as she finds herself to her feet. There is some distance between them, not a great deal, but just enough and with it Gabriel reaches into her pocket and pulls out a small book. It seems to be a pocket edition of her own holy book and hefting over her head she says, "HAH!" and throws it.
The expression on her face isn't one of strength and power. It's a face of someone who is flabbergasted and almost out of ideas what to do next.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Gabriel's Thrown Object.

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Megumi           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0          Gabriel

Well, it's something. Megumi is starting to regain some momentum here, even if she is having to work against it a piece at a time. It may not be the most exciting thing, but she seems to have settled into a strategy; make a little progress, back off.

When the pocket-sized book is tossed, Megumi simply ducks it. And continues the next item in her cycle-driven strategy...arms apart, arms high, another wall. It's the only way sheer attrition won't bring her down, and she's going with it...

Benimaru heads toward the outskirts of town.

Meanwhile, Gabriel keeps up with the same sort of game. She doesn't know what to do with Megumi anymore. So she runs up to her and tries to kick her in the shin.
It's a skillful kick, normally, but today it's sloppy. Her leg lifts up and sends out her heel to impact low on the pink haired girl. This is mostly due to how Gabriel looks, her forehead is beaded with sweat, she is breathing with difficulty. Every move seems to hurt. She's getting tired.
"You're.. Amazing Megumi-san." She manages out through a breath.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Restoration Aura.

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Megumi           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0          Gabriel

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Megumi with Heavy Kick.

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Megumi           0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0          Gabriel

The kick will be ample. Megumi's only got a little bit of time between wall-arrival, and Gabriel-arrival. She tries to twirl away from the kick, but it hits the side of her leg as a result of this, sending her stumbling a few steps and almost tripping. "What makes you say that? I'm nothing all that special." Despite downplaying herself, Megumi makes her move. She launches herself at Gabriel, body turned sideways to try and tackle her down. If she gets it, it'll be a simple matter to get an arm-bar going on the surface of the street, lying down beside Gabriel and bending that limb...

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Gabriel with Storm Hold.

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Megumi           0/-------/--=====|=======\===----\1          Gabriel

Well.. Her luck wasn't going to last forever. This time she is hurled well and strong and finds the ground quite disagreeable.
"Ii.. Ita!" she exclaims in pain, looking like the girl doesn't bend so well. After a moment she rips her arm free and stares at Megumi then closes her eyes. .. That hurt.
She was going to try something desperate. Even if it hit.. this wasn't likely to do nearly enough, but it was a leap of faith.
Kneeling on the spot where she managed to get her arm free she clasps her symbol, closes her eyes and begins to murmur a soft prayer.
A gold light begins to grow around her, slowly but surely. It gets bigger and bigger and bigger until finally it's a bright searing brilliant ray. At the apex of the glimmer she says, opening her eyes, "For the future, I make this promise.."

It doesn't take Jiro too much longer to get back to his feet. How long has he been out from the fight? Ugh. Either way, the young man isn't too happy with how the turnout is ending up. He watches the fight between the two ladies persist on. "...Feh." Jiro immediately stands up to his feet, exiting through the crowd of people. Picking his jacket back up, the Stray Dog makes his exit. He'll 'speak' with Gabriel later. At least Geese won't have to Reppuken him.

COMBATSYS: Megumi blocks Gabriel's Mirai e no Yakusoku.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0          Gabriel

Praying? Megumi's very surprised, and then she sees an energy field building around Gabriel. Strange. Strange, very odd. It's enough to convince Megumi to break her hold, scrambling to her feet and corssing her arms to brace for this. It drives her back some, but she remains on her feet. "That reminds me of..." Of what? She's not certain, and doesn't finish saying it as a result. But once the ray fades, Megumi makes her move to get in and try to take Gabriel back down to the ground. Another arm-bar attempt, she wants to keep working that limb and make Gabriel give up...

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Gabriel with Medium Throw.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0          Gabriel

It works too, she gives a cry of pain and falls to her knees. "Please.. stop.. " Gabriel exhales trying to pull her arm back. She's at most able to get to her knees to cradle her arm which has been twisted in a cruel fashion much like a pretzel.
For a moment she just sits there, sniffing and rocking her arm back and fourth in a almost loving sort of embrace. Tears stream in her eyes from the pain, it looks like it might be dislocated at this point, enough to make almost anyone tear in the eyes.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel takes no action.

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Megumi           0/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Gabriel can no longer fight.

Megumi lets go, having no real interest at all in continuing to hurt Gabriel after the submission. She releases the arm, and gets up, waiting... ...It's called. She's won. And right after that, Megumi offers a hand down to Gabriel, trying to help her up. "...Hey. I...know how that feels. Look, later on tonight...stop by? I can set it if you want." There's no celebration just yet; she sympathizes with how that hold had to feel.

COMBATSYS: Megumi has ended the fight here.

"O.. okay," Gabriel replies, still a little shaken by the hold. "You had some great moves.." She manages and nurses her arm some more before finally asking, "Where.. am I stopping by tonight?"

"You've got my number, right? I'd fix it now, but..." Megumi holds out an empty palm, as just a few tiny red particles come out. "I'm...tired, don't think I could get any more of this out if I had to. Or at worst, I'll call you..." And then she staggers off, over to the sidewalks where people are watching. Where Shingo is. Shingo and one other spectator beside him. She's tired, and quiet...but pleased. "Thank you," she gets out before grabbing a hand on each, and raising them above their heads. Try to get the crowd cheering them on a bit too. It's only fair, after the moral support...

Log created by Jiro, and last modified on 20:04:55 07/02/2005.