Neo League 570 - #587: Kyo vs Sakura

Description: More Neo League hijinx from Kyo Kusanagi! Facing off with Sakura Kasugano on the Boardwalk, he does end up passing 'Go' and collecting $200; but Sakura? DIRECTLY TO JAIL. (Winner: Kyo)

Even in the middle of winter, Southtown's boardwalk is a popular hang-out place for the youth-type peoples on a Friday afternoon! Today, there's even more reason to congregate and lollygag, as a section of the boardwalk has been cordoned off for a Neo League fight! Camera crews run the length of the tension barriers demarking the fight area, printed sandwichboards proclaiming the combatants in brightly colored block letters: KYO KUSANAGI VS SAKURA KASUGANO

A small crowd has started to gather about the fight zone, but the second participant is late, as per her usual style. Where =is= that girl, anyway? The fight officials glance back at each other nervously -- did she, uh, get the memo?

Yes, where IS Sakura? Even Kyo got here before she did! The reigning World Warrior champion is leaning carelessly against a section of the boardwalk railing that's inside the cordoned-off fight area, looking mildly impatient. Of course, there's the fans to be catered to, but Kyo has already had more than enough of that for one day, thanks bunches, and instead he's just loitering, looking less like one of the strongest fighters in the world and more like a mildly disreputable young man wasting his time doing not much of anything at all.

Of course, can't both these be true?

"Where the hell is she anyway, did she see another fighter with the same outfit on as her or something?" Kyo grouses aloud, managing to be simultaneously just generally a jerk, and also a little bit sexist. "Guess I shoulda known better than to expect much from somebody who follows that Ryu loser around..."

COMBATSYS: Sakura has started a fight here.

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Sakura           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kyo has joined the fight here.

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Sakura

Nine days out of ten, the wind is blowing like crazy down here near the beach. Them's the breaks of a coastal town, really. Sometimes it makes things hard to hear... sometimes it makes things =easier= to hear, carrying words along the breeze as easily as grains of sand.

The breeze happens to carry Kyo's words to Sakura, despite her being several rows of people away. "I HEARD THAT, KUSANAGI!" she barks, the sea of onlookers parting (some clamping hands to their ears in pain) as the tomboy dashes through to the fight zone. "How could I miss an 80's throwback right in the middle of the most rockin' town in Japan, anyway? Geez, just go all the way: grow yourself a mullet!"

Kasugano may be talking like a fashionista, but she sure isn't improving much on the formula, with blue jeans and a decently snug hoodie. And her headband and fighting gloves, of course, but her tried-and-true Chuck Taylors will be the most obvious parts of her wardrobe ... at least the right one will, considering she's leaping right over the tension barrier and scything it down at Kyo's face -- all part of her entrance into the fight ring! At least the fight officials know to shout "FIGHT!" before they're totally pre-empted by the showoff! "HRIII-HAAA!!"

COMBATSYS: Kyo just-defends Sakura's Flower Kick!

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Sakura

Hey, look. A foot.

With nowhere much to go owing as to how his back is to the railing, Kyo snorts derisively at Sakura's dynamic entry, and moves /forward/ as the kick comes down, twisting so that the foot smacks against his upraised forearm rather than anything more vulnerable, and rides the extra momentum to put more distance between himself and the descending Fighting (no longer a) Schoolgirl. "Y'know, Sakura, if you're gonna wear a hoodie like that... You should really choose one that's got a bit more, y'know, mystery to it."

And why do you say that, Kyo?

But the explanation of his somewhat cryptic statement is delayed, because Kyo is busy charging at Sakura, swinging his right fist at her in a hooking, fiery punch. If that first hit lands, then the Kusanagi heir's next step is to drive his elbow into the top of Sakura's head to drive her to the ground, and then swing his other fist down in another flame-imbued punch to really rub it in. "...'cause a little baggier, and people might think you actually have a chest!!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Kyo's Aragami.

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Kyo              0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0           Sakura

Sakura blanches as she finds her foot deflected so easily, but that's the price she pays for such a dynamic entrance! Springing backwards, she lands in a low crouch, ready to uncoil back onto Kyo.

At least until she hears his reply! Hey, that was a low blow! But Sakura seems to do better when she can keep up a steady flow of trash talk, and that's one of the things Kyo Kusanagi is really good at! She raises her forearms, taking the flaming hook punch on one arm, then sidesteps sharply to one side so she can meet the elbow with upraised, sheathed palms. But when the third punch comes in, she springs back again, cautious to keep herself as far from flames' reach as possible.

"Hmm, what's that my psych prof called it?" she muses aloud, shaking the flames off of her sleeves and palms with a cocky smirk. "Oh, right, =projection=. You're overcompensating for a lack of ..." Kasugano grins broadly, dashing in as she tries to throw her shoulder into Kyo's arm, and pull him by the wrist into an aikido throw as she finishes with the word, "... Something!"

COMBATSYS: Kyo counters Medium Throw from Sakura with Nue Tsumi.

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

It's true, trash talk is a key element of... Well... Pretty much everything Kyo does. That's probably the real reason he's never graduated from highschool; he just couldn't feel welcome in class anymore after those times he spent heckling other students. And teachers.

Anyway, as Sakura manages to guard against his attacks, a faint impressed noise escapes the Kusanagi heir, his brows raising faintly. "Guess you've been practicing, huh? Though with your schedule that wide-open, what else are you gonna do?" But then, Sakura brings her /own/ smack talk, and it's apparently /college educated/ smack talk. Nobody likes a showoff, Sakura.

Well, unless it's Kyo, then they love him.

"Yeah, you're right," Kyo admits, with a heaving sigh. Sakura comes in close, with her shoulder towards his arm, but Kyo slips to one side and gives the girl a bit of a shove with the arm she was going after. His other hand is, of course, on fire, and on a collision course with the back of Kasugano's head! "...I'm really depressed 'cause my breasts are even smaller than yours!" And then, well, Sakura gets pinched in the head with Kusanagi flames! Ouch.

Practicing? Yyyyeah just a bit. Though she's left mystified as to why Kusanagi says she has an open schedule -- university courses are tough work! She finds herself a bit more confused when she isn't able to latch onto Kusanagi's arm like she'd wanted to -- and doubly confused when she hears resignation in Kyo's voice. Luckily order is restored when he counters both her attack =and= her psychobabble insult with the grace of someone who, uh, y'know, practices their martial arts from time to time.

Kasugano's blasted away from Kyo by the sudden attack, falling to her hands upon the boards. Luckily for her, she's used to recovering quickly, and manages to twist to one side, turning the momentum from the attack into a hasty escape as she springs back to her feet. Fanning the flames off her boyish hair, it's pretty obvious her smirk has been dialed down a few notches. "Heh, y'sure know how to treat a lady!"

But it's not long before Kasugano's sweeping her hands to her sides, gritting her teeth as a sudden flash of light heralds the globules of energy materializing in her hands. She's seen first-hand how Kyo's able to rebuff her attacks, so perhaps a different tactic is in order -- one that doesn't require her to get so bloody close to the Kusanagi scion. Flicking her wrists forward, she unleashes the ever-growing torrent of energy at Kyo, with a cry of "HADOOOOOOOOOUKEN!" Her snappy comeback will have to wait!

COMBATSYS: Kyo blocks Sakura's Large Hadouken EX.

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Kyo              0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0           Sakura

"There's a lady here?!" Kyo says immediately, looking comically confused and looking around at the audience. One wonders if he actually sees anyone he might identify as a lady, but that factoid will never come to light, as Sakura has offered up quite the distraction. A big, shiny, compressed chi blast of a distraction. The feel of it, and the initial lightshow, gets Kyo's attention immediately, before even the familiar cry of goddamn hadouken. So the impressive blast bears down on the Kusanagi heir, and he just sort of...

...Rides it out. His arms come up, and he crouches a bit behind his guard, bracing himself to deflect the worst of the attack and bear the rest of it. The chi energy washes over him, but Kyo withstands it, like a stone in the middle of a river. A hurty, stingy river. "That it?" Kyo wonders afterwards, shaking his arms to get the feeling back. And then he raises his right hand, flames raging in his palm.

"C'mon, Sakura... You're gonna make me feel bad here," the arrogant young man continues, as a palpable sensation of pressure builds around him; energy doubling and redoubling on itself, growing. Kyo smirks at the Ansatsuken fighter, shaking his head a little. "Give me your best shot, already!"

COMBATSYS: Kyo gathers his will.

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Kyo              1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Sakura

Kasugano's eyes are narrowed just so, as she throws that Hadouken -- in only one fight was she able to do much more than scratch the Kusanagi scion, even after all her training. It might just have to do with the fact that she keeps forgetting the =lessons= in that training: calm, dedication, and focus. By letting herself get wrapped up in the trash-talk she enjoys, she subsequently lets her temper get the best of her.

With that in mind, she exhales slowly, letting her frustration subside as her energy splashes across Kyo's arms. She draws in a slow breath, slowing her heartbeat as she concentrates on the ebb and flow of chi as it circles about Kyo. She knows his flames well, and she knows how powerful they can be.

And she also knows just how much of a jerk he can be from time to time. A call to action... is only a sign for her to indulge in her weakness just once more. It's a pretty obvious setup, she considers with a broad, patient smile, brushing her hair out of her eyes. "Nah, I'm good. You want it, come get it!"

And for once, she =doesn't= charge into the fray.

COMBATSYS: Sakura focuses on her next action.

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Kyo              1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0           Sakura

What's this? Sakura's cooler head has prevailed? How bizarre! Kyo actually looks taken aback for a moment, before snorting a laugh. "Scared, huh?" the Kusanagi heir wonders, tilting his head to one side, before giving it a slight, rueful shake. "Ahh, that's okay. I won't hold it against you." Nah... He's lying, he totally will.

But with Sakura just standing there, Kyo only has a few viable options. He could sit down and wait for her to come to him, but that would be boring. He could throw something at her in revenge for her previous blast of chi, but she's probably expecting that. Which leaves door number three.

Once again, Kyo rushes right at Sakura, headlong and seemingly heedless of any openings he might be leaving, any danger he might be putting himself in! But if he manages to get close enough to the girl to attack, then he suddenly ducks low, pulling back a fist for what is surely to be some kind of mighty uppercut!

Sucking in a breath, Kyo then bellows in his best carrying 'shouting my attack name' voice: "SHORYUKEN!!"

And then he swings his fist up at Sakura's jaw, comparatively lightly.

He also hops like an inch off the boardwalk.

COMBATSYS: Sakura interrupts Jab Punch from Kyo with Shou'ou Ken.

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Kyo              1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1           Sakura

Scared? Kasugano nods, grinning like mad. "Yeah, somethin' like that!" Kasugano sees the wisdom in waiting for a moment; even against weaker opponents she's managed to unhinge herself by rushing headlong into an obvious setup. And though she'd =like= to rush into it, if for no reason than to skip to the funnest part of the fight, Kyo seems to be doing a little rushing of his own.

Thus, as she suggested, he's coming to get it. Kasugano smiles with a nod, taking a half-step backwards as Kyo swings his fist up in an uppercut.

A really =sad= uppercut, she considers, as it doesn't look to be a very powerful one at that. Having spent those few moments collecting herself, she can see the attack for what it is -- another of Kyo's attempts at mocking her! Bracing herself, she raises her left forearm in line with the rising uppercut, withdrawing in time so as to brush the attack away from her chin. While her left fist notes the impact with an abrupt jolt to the side, Kasugano lunges in with her own uppercut -- a significantly more focused one, intended to hit Kyo just as he rises, that little inch of hangtime placing his solar plexus right in the path of her fist. "SHOOOOOOOOOOURYUKEN!" she cries, uncoiling herself into a more powerful blow. One wouldn't think a 5'2" Japanese girl could harness that much power, but she can do anything she sets her mind and her chi to!

Mind, after she spins back to land, her smirk will have grown significantly! "Hm-hmmmm..." she hums, pacing backwards to steady herself. Cocky? ... Well, yes, but she also seems to =know= she's still got a lot further to go yet.

Sometimes, it doesn't pay to be a jerk. Kyo's mocking, pretend Shoryuken doesn't even work out how he planned - as a pure taunt attack - and worse than that, he totally gets hit with a legit one for his troubles, forceful enough that he doubles over the tiny girl's punching fist somewhat, lifted into the air and tossed back and away, landing flat on his back on the boardwalk.

Is that all it took?!

Nah, don't be silly. Kyo laughs quietly as he rises to his feet; mentally, even he admits that he kind of deserved that. Of course, he'd never, you know, actually say so aloud. "At least that loser Ryu taught you how to go for a gimme," is what he says instead, rolling his shoulders. And then, the Kusanagi heir lunges for Sakura, trying to catch her by the front of her hoodie.

Not like that, pervs.

Should he manage to get ahold of the other fighter, then Kyo's next step is a pretty simple one. He unleashes a sudden, vicious explosion of crimson Kusanagi flames, punctuated with the loud command: "BURN!!"

COMBATSYS: Kyo successfully hits Sakura with Koto Moon Positive.

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Kyo              1/---====/=======|=======\=====--\1           Sakura

Kasugano nods slowly in response to Kyo. Her psych professor would probably tell her that his continual use of the word 'loser' underscores Kyo's need for acceptance, to which she'd probably note that, no, Ryu actually lost to him once. EVEN THOUGH THAT WAS JUST A FLUKE. But it's really secondary to the fact that Kyo just =kinda= admitted she got him good on an attack. "Heh," she offers good-naturedly.

Mind, the quickest way to get her to drop her guard is to compliment her, even when it isn't =really= a compliment... and that one moment is all it takes for the front of her hoodie to be snared. Startled as she's suddenly hoisted off her feet, she windmills her hands and feet for balance... which is soon unnecessary considering the explosive gout of flames that erupts from his hands, blasting her further... and slamming her back into the wooden railing of the boardwalk! Fwoosh! Thump! Arms flail for a moment as the charred tomboy stumbles forward in apparent loss of control... but she manages to recover what she can of the momentum and transforms it into a straight punch for the collarbone! "Hyaaa!" Just... try not to mind the smell of singed fabric and hair.

COMBATSYS: Kyo fails to interrupt Fierce Punch from Sakura with Orochinagi'.
- Power fail! -

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1           Sakura

Rearing back in the aftermath of the explosion, Kyo chuckles a bit as Sakura slams into the railing of the boardwalk. "Hey... Do I smell something burning?" he wonders, and as Sakura goes on the offensive again, rushing towards him in a rather out of control charge, Kyo raises his right hand, flames springing to life there once again. Beyond that, something else is clear... Kyo himself is /on fire/, his form almost obscured by the raging Kusanagi flames, wisps of fiery energy rising off of him as he faces down Sakura's charge. There's a weight to the situation. A sense of inevitability.

And as Sakura gets closer, starting to punch in earnest, Kyo shifts his weight, raises his hand a bit higher, and says: "EAT--"

And /then/, Kyo gets socked right in the face, the blow sending him reeling back as all that energy, all those flames, all that potential doom for Sakura Kasunago, paff off into nothingness. Bogus.

Fire, fire, fire! Geez, sometimes Sakura just wants to wipe that smug grin right off Kyo's face! Here she is, having to put =effort= into making her chi-flames burn, and yet he's up there whipping 'em out like it's nothing at all! ... So that's exactly what she does.

Really, she's as surprised as Kyo is. If that'd hit she really =would= be unconscious by now! As it is, though... the flames disperse in a literal puff of smoke.

Kasugano's eyes cross at her singed bangs -- she probably could use a haircut soon anyway though, really. Waving the smoke away with a few passes of her hand, she coughs lightly. Despite the gains she's made through the fight, she's still starting to show her fatigue -- getting torched a few times isn't pleasant no matter how upbeat and focused one's attitude. She -wants- to haul off and smack Kyo but good while he's still reeling, to finish him off... but at the same time, it's dishonorable and stuff! That, and she knows her good luck won't last forever.

So she hops back, taking a deep breath of the smell of... uh, smoke. Dangit. Coughing once again, she settles her fists into the defensive Ansatsuken stance, eyes narrowing as she adopts a faint smirk: "... Eat, huh? You askin' me out to dinner or somethin', Kyo?"

COMBATSYS: Sakura focuses on her next action.

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1           Sakura

Nobody gets /everything/ going their way, not even Kyo Kusanagi. It's just a little hard to stomach that fact when it's happening to you directly. Staggering until he gets his footing, with Sakura insulting him even further by not pressing the attack, Kyo straightens up and frowns at the Ansatsuken girl, covering up the expression by rubbing the back of his gloved fist against his mouth. His lip is split, Sakura! That's not. Cool.

"Sure, next time I'm feelin' up to charity work," Kyo agrees after a moment or two, in response to Sakura's taunt. "Some of that 'Make a Wish Foundation' stuff." But he keeps a close eye on Sakura's next moves, raising his fists loosely in his casual stance, looking for an opening. Feel all that tension? It's almost like Kyo's getting serious, here!

COMBATSYS: Kyo focuses on his next action.

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1           Sakura

Sakura's... insulting him by -not- attacking? She hadn't considered that, really... and if she had, you =know= she'd be playing it up more than she really is. Truth is, she knows she's prone to fits of temper, and the only way to counteract that is by keeping her cool.

... It's so very very hard to keep her cool once she sees Kyo rubbing his lip, though, his frown clear in his body language, if not the expression itself. ... Accordingly, she draws a hand to her own mouth to cover a brief and nearly inaudible snicker.

So Kyo's getting serious? Good! Sakura's =been= serious here! Her master's World Warrior defeat is still fresh on her mind, and really... she's still blaming herself for it, indirectly. Since then she'd resolved to be more vigilant and more focused, to not lose sight of the big picture.

Drawing in her breath once more, she nods back to Kyo, grinning faintly. "Yeah, I hear they're always in need of interns." As she speaks, she's not raising her voice, or really trying to be bubbly... just calmly focusing on summoning a mass of energy into her palms, lightning crackling from the surrounding air as the vortex grows larger and larger. "It'll be a good step up for you, y'know... volunteer work looks good on a resume!" Oh, the college student's showing off again, is she? Her hair and headband blow about in the breeze created by the air currents swirling into the blue-white void between her hands.

Nah, she's not even =attempting= to disguise her power now -- largely because she feels she's able to "read" Kyo enough to lead his motions and aim where he =will= be, not where he =is=. With enforced calm, she braces herself against the immense energies rushing out in one sudden, massive displacement towards Kyo, nearly bowling -herself- over from the recoil. "SHINKUUU HADOOOOUKEN!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Kyo with Shinkuu Hadouken.

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Kyo              0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

Alas, it might be too late for Kyo to go getting serious, huh? With everything that's happened, it seems like Sakura has gained control of the momentum of the match, though who can say whether or not that will last? Isn't that the best thing about a fight, really, the way things can change completely in a heartbeat?

As the enormous Hadouken comes his way, Kyo tries to get his guard up in the way of the blast, but he just can't quite hold it; the chi attack overwhelms his defenses, driving him backwards and very nearly off of his footing entirely, forcing the Kusanagi heir to strain to keep himself upright. "Tch..." Kyo mutters, and it seems like he doesn't have any smack to talk now, huh?

"Glad to see I finally got your best out of you," Kyo says instead, rushing right at Sakura once again. Why, you might ask? Why, so he can twist at the last moment, and try to slam shoulders-first into the Ansatsuken fighter, and drive her right off her feet. "HYAA-!!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura fails to interrupt Fierce Punch from Kyo with Shou'ou Ken.

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Kyo              0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Sakura

Kasugano smiles warmly, knowing this is the most thrilling part of a battle. She can't be so lucky in all battles; some just end up being a one-way trip of pain and suffering, even when they should be pretty cut and dried. But the fights like this are the ones Sakura lives for, the thrilling see-saw between advantage and near-defeat, the times that words can be put aside, as they're no longer necessary. Communication is accomplished through the tiniest movements, the subtle tells that indicate one motion as opposed to another, and subconsciously suggest a particular reaction.

She knows that, at one moment, she'd had the momentum. She'd started rushing into an uppercut, to capitalize on her advantage and finish Kyo off. But she also realizes -- a bit late -- that the momentum can revert to its original direction just as quickly. Kyo's twist to the side wasn't a show of weakness, but rather an intended application of strength... one quick and powerful enough to knock Sakura's fist to the wayside as rugged shoulder is plowed right into her sternum with enough force to not only expel the wind out of her lungs, but also knock her back a good dozen feet.

Her sneakers scrabble for footing on the boardwalk as she pitches forward, panting breathlessly as her fingertips brush along the planks for support. For an instant, her spine remains arched like a frightened cat's, one hand to the ground... but she just as quickly rises back to her full height, curling her fists back into defensive posture. She realizes, now more than ever, she's got to remain in control here.

A long, ragged breath is drawn, yet Sakura nods her head in the affirmative, smile diminished slightly, but her eyes showing fierce determination just the same. That was awesome... let's finish this.

Nothing like a good solid hit on your opponent to make you feel better about yourself, is there? Especially when it comes paired with such a near miss of your own certain doom; it's two great tastes that taste better together! Recovering from the shoulder block, Kyo watches Sakura carefully as she too regains control of herself, getting herself back to her footing. Of course, you see, where when the situation was reversed, Sakura chose not to press the attack...

That's just not how Kyo Kusanagi rolls.

Instead, the World Warrior champion charges at Sakura again, stepping in when he gets close enough to her to swing his fist in a big, powerful punch, packing a trailing burst of Kusanagi flames behind it. "You're DONE!!" Kyo bellows, perhaps putting the horse before the cart, following the first punch with a thunderous uppercut, aimed to strike Sakura on the chin with another, larger explosion of flames!

COMBATSYS: Sakura fails to interrupt Dokugami from Kyo with Shou'ou Ken EX.

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COMBATSYS: Sakura can no longer fight.

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Kyo              1/------=/=======|

Hey, it's not about =honor= or anything like that... Sakura just didn't think it was wise to try and follow up at the time! ... But she also =expects= Kyo to be a little hotheaded and come right back at her. She's... planning on it, even! In this case, she'd realized early on that she shouldn't be driving the offense, but responding to it.

But, as she'd proven before with her Shinkuu Hadouken, knowing what needs to be done isn't the same as actually doing it. Bobbing lightly from one foot to the other, she =prepares= to get out of that uppercut and stick him with one of her own -- albeit from a different vector than the last exchange -- but in the end, Kyo's just a bit quicker than she's able to respond to. Clocked on the chin, she's knocked backwards, but taking a second explosive blast to the face is enough to finish the tomboy off. Knocked into the railing by the flames, her back scrapes along it for a bit, before gravity takes her in its grasp and slams her to the boards. She'd been pushing herself harder than she'd wanted to admit, and it shows -- for a good ten seconds, she's totally, completely unmoving.

The thunderous applause from the crowd is enough to bring her back to the world of the living though. It's a bit loud! Sakura's eyelids flutter open as she slowly pushes her head up. Dazed at first, she realizes what happened a few moments later. "... Heh. Good one, there... thanks." Yeah, her response was kinda weak... but that tends to happen when one gets the stuffing knocked out of 'em!

See, now that's what Kyo is talking about. The Kusanagi heir stands triumphant - barely, but shh - over his opponent, and the crowd goes totally nuts, because he IS super awesome like that. He raises his fist in a salute of victory to the crowd... But the bulk of his attention remains fixed on the fallen tomboy, especially when she wakes up enough to speak. "Hmph..." the arrogant young man says, rolling his neck and turning away from Sakura. "I just hope you learned something. Probably pretty hard for somebody of your caliber to follow what I was doing, but..." He shrugs, helplessly, a 'what can you do?' lift of his hands.

"Keep practicing, Sakura," Kyo offers at last, starting to walk away. "Maybe you'll get good enough to fight me to a draw... In about a hundred years." He's such a charmer.

Log created on 18:59:18 02/08/2008 by Kyo, and last modified on 11:41:20 02/10/2008.