Neo League 570 - #592: Mizuki vs Zach

Description: Kamigawa vs. Glen! In the Auditorium of Justice High, Mizuki and Zach, each looking to test their skills, find that a Neo League match provides at least some of what they're looking for... (Winner: Mizuki)

Though the latest season of the Neo League's been under way for a while, Kamigawa Mizuki had, thus far, neglected her participation. Her reasons for this were many and varied--from schoolwork to helping Frei to being nearly slaughtered by Kataki. Needless to say, she's been busy. However... with a break in her schedule, she figured she could probably use the practice, if nothing else; the teenaged miko thus made the request through the usual channels and was told to show up at the Justice High auditorium after classes.

It was just enough time for her to change from her school uniform into her fighting outfit; as she waits, she's tugging at her clothing, making sure everything is place, from the top down, ending with making sure her zori are on firmly. Right then.

With the auditorium stage cleared, Mizuki seats herself in 'seiza' style, her legs folded under her, awaiting her opponent... a small gathering of Justice High students come to watch the fight are sitting in the theater-style seating, bringing a low murmur of sound to the proceedings.

Zach has been busy as well. Training mostly, and then there was that odd tournament on the boat, and now he is working to try and stop Hotaru from doing something she'd really regret. The main problem with that last one is that Zach highly doubts she'll listen to him so long as she can beat him aftless. And Zach won't be able to go toe-to-toe with Hotaru so long as he could not stand up to that wacky chi stuff.

So Zach is working down his list of serious chi-users, as best as he can figure, and Mizuki is on that list. Zach waves to the Shrine Maiden as walks onto the stage, stretching out a bit before relaxing into his jujitsu stance.

Ah... her opponent is here. And of course she recognizes him. Mizuki unfolds up out of her stance, stretching upwards to make sure her muscles are all loosened up properly--and then she nods. "Good afternoon, Glen-san," she says, with a quiet, but confident smile. She doesn't seem to be in any hurry... however, presently, her hands come up, fingers rippling as she flexes them, her right foot sliding back a little.

Clearing his throat, the NL official in charge of the fight recording makes his presence known. "You may be begin whenever you like," he says--and then practically disappears again. They're just like ninja... Mizuki nods in the direction of the official, then turns to Zach. "Very well... let's get this started," she says, still smiling.

And she's still smiling as she closes the distance in a swift shuffle--stopping around five feet away and spinning forward, planting her right foot and turning to her right to bring her left foot around in a hooking reverse heel kick, aimed for Zach's temple. "Kiii-yah!"

COMBATSYS: Mizuki has started a fight here.

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Mizuki           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Zach has joined the fight here.

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Mizuki           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

COMBATSYS: Zach dodges Mizuki's Heavy Kick.

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Mizuki           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

"Please. It's just Zach," Zach says as he ducks the kick. "Glen-san would be my father."

Zach brings a hand up, trying to grab Mizuki's kicking leg as it passes by. If he =does= grab the limb, Zach fires a short blast of that royal purple energy he known for at the point to launch Kamigawa further into the air.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki dodges Zach's Medium Throw.

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Mizuki           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

"Ah? But it wouldn't be polite to say that," she replies, as she accelerates her kicking leg just past Zach's grasp. The spin takes her around and down into a low crouch, her kicking sweeping around behind her as she rises to her feet just a moment later.

"Therefore, you are Glen-san to me..." Truly, Mizuki is almost always polite to a fault. She smiles, as she actually withdraws a few steps, resuming her stance, her fingers rippling again.

"I truly thank you for the opportunity to test my skills," she says, almost offhandedly, as she concentrates her attention upon her opponent.. it's a risky manuever, of course, but one she needs to try, at least once... trying to vary the pace of her fight.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki focuses on her next action.

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Mizuki           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

Zach thinks for a moment, "Then Zach-kun works too, I guess. The 'san' is just more formal than I care to be," Zach says off-handedly as he pulls himself up from his crouch.

"Especially when it is someone I've done first-aid on," Zach says as as he throws a punch in Mizuki's direction. The punch falls short, but the jagged lance of psycho-power that rips into existance continues to scream for the younger woman.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki dodges Zach's Zero Stance.

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Mizuki           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

A smile from the redhead. "I'll think about it." But really, she's just too traditional. Very few people are on first-name basis for her--Frei is one, Alma another, and Kentou... though he probably shouldn't be, she just can't help it with him. Anyways--she's got a fight to deal with.

Despite her words, she never takes her eyes off of Zach; when he comes lunging in, aiming that punch, she ducks, sliding her right leg out and back to enable her to duck under the attack--and then she comes back up, lunging forward to attempt to force an uppercut palm strike into Zach's chin. It seems, for now, she's simply focusing on her basic physical movements, for now--instead of trying to use the wellspring of chi that is her birthright...

COMBATSYS: Mizuki successfully hits Zach with Strong Punch.

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Mizuki           0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0             Zach

Zach is rocked by the uppercut, driving him back a step and keeping his mouth shut as he staggers back a couple of paces.

He pauses for a moment, shaking his head loose as he considers the situation. Zach's response is fairly simple as he steps back in close, and plants his feet as the drives a hard jab into Mizuki's midsection. Psycho-power flares around the striking arm as Zach leans into the punch...

COMBATSYS: Zach successfully hits Mizuki with Jab Punch.

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Mizuki           0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0             Zach

Mizuki staggers as she takes the punch straight to the midsection. Mmn. He sure can hit hard, that's for sure... Mizuki gasps in pain, but not for terribly long--instead, she straightens her stance, nodding to herself. And then she's lunging forward, closing with Zach again, snapping her hands out, seeking a grip on Zach's shoulders.

If successful, she'll step into and past Zach, then turn, forcing him to trip forward onto his face over her left leg. But instead of releasing him immediately, as she might otherwise, she'll follow him down, into a crouch, releasing a blast of her icy chi into his body directly, before releasing her grip.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki successfully hits Zach with Hyouryuu no Gari.

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Mizuki           0/-------/----===|======-\-------\0             Zach

Zach gives a short yell as he slams into the hardwood stagefloor. Zach throws his feet back, sending him into a roll across the stage before bringing him into a low crouch.

"Not bad Miss Kamigawa," Zach says with a slight chuckle. He pulls himself back into his stance, and tenses up as more of that purple energy spills forth from his body and onto the stage. It doesn't seem to cause damage to the area around him, it's just a light show for the moment...

COMBATSYS: Zach gathers his will.

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Mizuki           0/-------/----===|=======\==-----\1             Zach

Oh, a light show! Some of the audience oohs and applauds... especially when Mizuki brings her own light show to play. "Thank you," she says--as she sinks into her stance, tightening it, both hands out, palms facing outwards. It may be theatrical, but she does have a good reason for the low "Haaaaa..." that she intones... as blue-white energy rises in a flickering circle around her, the edges licking upwards like a sun flare.

Energy pours through her body, power building up around her as she concentrates, filling her body and soul with the power...

Yeah, this is something she can do, too.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki gathers her will.

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Mizuki           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1             Zach

Oh heck no. Zach remembers the last time Mizuki brought the chi to a boil. She did that crazy healing thing, and that complicated their last match considerably.

Zach dashes forward, dropping his shoulder in an good old-fashioned bull-charge. Energy flares to the fore, covering the shoulder and seeming to add to the forward momentum that the YFCC handyman brings to bear on Kamigawa.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki interrupts Blast Bash from Zach with Hyouryuu no Fuki.

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Mizuki           1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Zach

Oh, he'll reach her, that's for sure. Mizuki has guaranteed that--as she has no intention of moving out of the way. Instead, she's concentrating, making sure the power she's drawing on will be enough to get things started... or almost finished... as she waits until -almost- the last minute... then sweeps her arms up. The bull-charge rush impacts her and sends her flying--

But even so, a large flare of her own power bursts out at Zach--quite probably sending the young man flying the opposite direction, as Mizuki tumbles once before rising to her feet, wincing at the pain from impact... yes sir, Zach certainly does hit hard. Had he hit her clean with that... well... she doesn't like thinking about it... but it didn't, so she's happy with that.

Zach is sent flying across the stage, slamming through the podium that had been pulled off before the fight. He sits there for a moment, trying to figure out what exactly happened just then.

Zach shakes his head back and forth. "...good," Zach says, "That's what I was looking for." Zach seems to be wanting that burning sensation that races through him after shredding his shirts. "Though it's not the thing I envy about you, Miss Kamigawa."

Zach pulls his fist back, snapping that massive gauntlet into reality. He tenses for a moment, bringing forth a bit more energy before blasting forward, driving that hammerhand directly at Mizuki's chest!

COMBATSYS: Mizuki dodges Zach's Burst Strike.

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Mizuki           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0             Zach

"It... was?" Well, Mizuki is glad to help Zach along in his quest, then! However, she isn't sure whether he's being sarcastic or not... it doesn't seem so. Though... now she'll have to pay for the podium, sadly. Not that it'll make a dent in her finances persay, but she should have thought of moving it off the stage... ah well.

Here he comes again--Mizuki gets moving, bouncing lightly on the balls of her feet, almost like a boxer. And then he punches straight for her chest--a punch she avoids, if just barely, backstepping once and to her right, skipping almost in her effort to get out of the way of that massive strike--out of the way in a rather lucky manner, she thinks.

And then she lunges forward, seeking to help Zach continue moving forward--but probably not in a helpful way--as she fires a double palm strike for his back.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki successfully hits Zach with Strong Punch.

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Mizuki           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1             Zach

Zach face-plants on the stage, and makes no move to regain his footing. The energy around him vanishes into the ether as flops onto his back. He waves vaguely, a frown on his face.

"Okay... m'done now," Zach says tiredly. "Still not there yet, I guess." He does not seem angry at his loss, per se, just frustrated with himself.

COMBATSYS: Zach takes no action.

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Mizuki           1/------=/=======|

COMBATSYS: Zach can no longer fight.

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Mizuki           1/------=/=======|

She's expecting another attack; instead, Zach seems to faceplant. Out of nowhere, the NL official pops up to pronounce her the winner; she smiles at the cheering from the 'home school' crowd but instead walks over to Zach. "Well," she says, quietly, "I don't think anyone is ever 'there'... but that's no reason to be angry at yourself. One battle is a test of your abilities--the truth of them comes over years... or so my teachers always told me."

Kneeling down, she puts her hands over Zach's chest, not quite touching--and begins to flood him with a gentle healing energy. "I don't know what your training is like, or how much you've had, but there was one thing my teachers wanted me to learn above all--to never stop striving for excellence and to never let any one fight let you 'determine your skills'..."

It may sound patronizing, but she's delivering the speech with a firm honesty and desire to cheer him up. And then a group of girls waves to Mizuki. "Ah... I gotta go... my friends want to go to dinner... I'll see you later, Glen-san!" ... you may never break her of that habit, Zach.

COMBATSYS: Mizuki has ended the fight here.

Glen winces as the chi washes over him. Mizuki may find that she might have to work at it a bit harder to patch him up. Chi and Zach Glen have never really gotten along.

Zach snorts as 'his training' is mentioned. Zach is well and truely the fighting world's equivalent of a home-school student. "I have someone that I have to stop. Before she does something that she really..." Zach pauses. "Before she does something she'll really regret." Zach starts to pull himself upright, "And if I can't stop her, then at least slow her down. But I can't do that as I am now."

Glen glances at the gaggle of girls. "Go and have fun with your friends," Zach says as a grin creeps across his face, "I'll figure something out."

Log created on 17:40:20 02/18/2008 by Mizuki, and last modified on 19:36:54 02/18/2008.