Neo League 651 - #657: Batsu vs Kyo

Description: At the Taiyo Dome, Kyo Kusanagi and Batsu Ichimonji face off for one of the last Neo League fights of the season! Kyo's commanding presence has been felt throughout the League in past months, but what can he do when it seems the son of Raizo has his number?! Someone should buy Batsu a cake for this, it's his special day. (Winner: Batsu)

Not a shining day for Taiyo High School lately, is it? NESTS jerks show up, beat up poor Iincyo, make a mess of things... never mind that this is on top of all sorts of other miscellaneous student-related stuff that's just the everyday nonsense of Southtown's schools. Batsu, who interestingly enough was not around the previous day because he was locked in his room studying, of all things -- at Iincyo's behest, the last time they saw each other -- and thus he missed out on a chance to defend his school. Add that to his finding out his bear of a father has been approaching people about trouble in the schools lately *except him*... Batsu's feeling a little guilty.

Thus he signed up for after-school cleanup duty to at least repair some of the damage, and more to the point to be visible. For a lot of the student body, Batsu's role in the schools incident of the past elevates him to the status of protector, almost a folk hero... not an image he always lives up to, but he tries. The early afternoon finds him helping to re-plant a tree with some underclassmen, chatting with them. It's then that his cel phone rings (and of course his ringtone is "All Star" by Smashmouth) with the Neo League people on the other line. They want to line something up at Taiyo Dome for the early evening, is he available? Having been out of the public fighting eye for a few weeks, the Burning Fighter said 'yes' right off the bat.

Thus the soccer field in the immense Taiyo Dome *now* finds Batsu, freshly showered from the locker rooms to get off the dirt and sweat of manual labor, ready to work himself into an entirely different type of lather. They didn't say who he'd be fighting, but rather than worried, he's excited by the anticipation. Lately his fights have been really exciting, if not always good for his public record. Hopefully, this one will be too.

Guilt is for suckers.

Kyo Kusanagi doesn't bother with things like 'guilt', or for that matter 'school spirit' either - technically, he /is/ a Taiyo High student, still. In fact, he doesn't really bother with a lot of things, except when the mood strikes him. And today, the mood strikes him to fight... Which is why he shrugged and said 'sure, why not?' when he too was called about a Neo League fight.

Which is what brings the Kusanagi heir to actually use a school facility, though the look he gives the interior of the Dome suggests he's not overly familiar with it. He doesn't attend school stuff much, you see... Which is part of the reason why he still hasn't graduated despite being in his early 20s.

Regardless, Kyo is wearing his Taiyo uniform, the sleeves of the black jacket rolled up above his elbows, baring his forearms save for the long, fingerless gloves he wears, tight against his skin with the Kusanagi emblem etched on the backs... The same sigil, a stylised many-rayed sun, as is visible on the back of his jacket. A white headband is wound around his forehead, keeping his hair out of his face, and he looks a bit bored as he makes his way out to where Batsu is waiting on the soccer field, covering a yawn with one hand.

His bored expression doesn't change as he gets closer.

"Oh, hey, it's you," Kyo says, snapping his fingers as he regards Batsu from about ten feet away, mild recognition dawning... However fleetingly. "Um... Whoever you are." Hey, he's the reigning World Warrior champ, he doesn't need to remember plebes!

As soon as Kyo makes his appearance and introduction, Batsu's head tilts up and to the side a bit, the gesture somewhere between haughty disdain and genuine curiosity. Shouldn't he know this guy? That uniform says he should... yet the Burning Fighter, who prides himself on knowing most of Taiyo's students who are genuine fighters... and the face and voice don't exactly register. One arched eyebrow goes up, brushing against the bottom of Batsu's pseudo-widow's peak, and he's about to say something when he sees the back of Kyo's glove, and hmphs.

Now he knows who this guy is.

The face splits into an amused grin as his head drops back into normal position and he brings his fists in, slamming one fist into an open palm and cracking his knuckles a little bit. "Heheh... well, well. What have we here." Stepping closer a bit, Batsu keeps his eyes on Kyo. Bad attitude? Maybe, but an excellent fighter... and exactly the kind of challenge he's looking for in participating in this league in the first place. "The 'World Warrior' in the flesh." The fingerquotes in that statement are audible. Relaxing his body, Batsu gets into the loose brawler's stance that characterizes his self-taught style. "Damn, this oughtta be fun."

Glancing to the side, the Imawano scion checks only to make sure that he can see Neo League people set up... and when he does, he doesn't waste any time getting started. "The name's Batsu Ichimonji, by the way..." he says at a low growl, before ducking forward and looking to give Kyo a ferocious right cross to the jaw. "REMEMBER IT!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu has started a fight here.

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Batsu            0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kyo has joined the fight here.

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Batsu

COMBATSYS: Kyo blocks Batsu's Fierce Punch.

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Batsu

"Hey... At least one of us will have fun," Kyo says, with a dismissive shrug. Of course, in truth he hopes Batsu /does/ prove able to put up some kind of a decent fight, otherwise he really would get bored... And wouldn't that be a terrible thing to have happen? But the Kusanagi heir can't really get any other words in, edgewise or otherwise, what with Batsu trying to punch his friggin' face off.

But rather than hitting Kyo in the jaw, Batsu's ferocious fist instead impacts with the taller youth's upraised hand, smacking hard into the palm of his hand... Hard enough to send a stinging numbness down Kyo's arm, though the former King of Fighters doesn't acknowledge it overmuch. "Sure thing," Kyo agrees, afterwards. "Just do something memorable first, okay?"

And then what does Kyo do? Well, he simply lunges forward, trying to slam his shoulder and part of his back into Batsu to send the poor guy /flying/. "Tch--!!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu fails to interrupt Hatsugane from Kyo with German Suplex.

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0            Batsu

Something memorable, huh? Well, he can do that. Even as Kyo counterattacks, Batsu's lunging at him... probably not the smartest thing to do, but Batsu's fighting style is all about personal risk sometimes garnering big rewards. In this case, however, the risk doesn't pay off. He'd intended to get Kyo around the waist, but he wasn't 100% clear on Kusanagi's angle of attack. The result is that he's still reaching even as the shoulder check smacks into his chest full-force, making his intended counterattack more a dream than a reality.

It's a pretty impressive blow, too; Batsu slams into the ground in a catlike crouch a good few feet away, skidding across the field and kicking up troughs of dirt as he skids to a stop. A pretty impressive strike... but the harder you hit him, the happier Batsu gets, in a perverse sort of way. Grinning, he wipes a hand across his mouth as he stands up. "Not bad, not bad... not what I expected given the title, but it's alright." Trash talk? Yes please. You don't get a longtime association with Sakura Kasugano without getting an aprpeciation for trash talk. "You got anything else, or did you wanna stop and have naptime?"

Yeah... Kyo's had some experience with weirdos like that before, Sakura Kasugano among them. Frankly, he can't really understand that point of view... Sure, he enjoys a challenge, but some of these people seem to get off on getting smacked around, and that's just messed up. Batsu clearly needs therapy.

"Why, are you up past your bedtime? Should've worn your jammies then," Kyo sasses, gesturing vaguely with one hand. "'Cause you'll be out cold in no time."

It's at this point, then, that Kyo breaks into a sprint, aiming to close with Batsu before the younger fighter can think of something clever to do. Skidding his leading foot a bit over the soccer field's neatly trimmed turf, Kyo swings his right fist in a quick hooking punch aimed right for Batsu's own jaw... As those orange-crimson Kusanagi flames, Kyo's birthright, flare to life with dismissive ease. The flames trail after Kyo's fist, adding a certain BBQ element to his otherwise straightforward punch, as Kyo calls out: "Your defense... IS WEAK!!" Which might just be pure trash talk, as well. If he lands the first blow, then he follows it up, stepping in close to Batsu to swing a second fiery punch with his left hand, and then finishing the combination by driving an elbow down on the other young man's head, with a last eruption of fire.

COMBATSYS: Batsu endures Kyo's Aragami.

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Kyo              0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\0            Batsu

It'd probably be smarter to get out of the way of that. Certainly, if that first blow's any indicator, a good strong defensive effort would be way smarter. Kyo's a good sprinter, he's got the speed and power befitting someone of his talent. So what does Batsu do?

He stays right where he is.

Even if he had a clever vocal rejoinder, there's no time to deliver it, as that fiery punch slams into his jaw. However, while Kyo's got the opening for his followup combination, he might notice that the second blow lands a little too easy, considering Batsu didn't even flinch from the first one... and the final elbow slams right into his shoulder with a last second adjustment, rather than his head. He grins at Kyo, right arm starting to glow with his own energy... not the sacred flame of the Kusanagi clan, but a blazing red-orange inferno that packs a considerable wallop nonetheless. "You know what they say," he grinds out. "Best defense is... A GOOD OFFENSE!"

Lashing out hopefully before Kyo can get away, Batsu looks to hook a fiery punch forward and down, smacking Kyo toward the ground... before twisting and bringing that blazing fist up in a massive uppercut, accompanied by a geyser-like burst of chi flame to send Kyo skyward like a rocket blast. "GUTS... UPPER!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu successfully hits Kyo with Maximum Guts Upper.

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

Indeed, Kyo is canny enough to realise that something is up in this situation, and that whatever it is probably is not in his best interests. The problem, though, is reaction time: Even as talented as he is, as experienced as he is, the Kusanagi prodigy can't completely flip off physics and do whatever he wants... So when Batsu rides out his combination and waits for the moment immediately /after/, when Kyo's defense is at its weakest, the reigning World Warrior champion is a tiiiiny bit screwed.

Which doesn't mean he doesn't try, of course; laying down and dying is not the Kusanagi way. No, he tries to get his guard up, tries to deflect at least some of the damage, but he simply can't manage it in time, instead getting helluva uppercutted, and blasted up by the surging chi...

And finally, Kyo lands, smashing in a bit of a heap, and laying there for a moment, blinking up at the distant ceiling. That... Was kind of embarassing.

Getting to his feet with a faint laugh, Kyo dusts off the seat of his pants, rolling his neck a bit as he regards Batsu from a distance. "Hey, that wasn't half bad," Kyo admits, almost sounding... Like a nice guy?! "Too bad you had to throw everything you had at me just to hit me once, huh? Don't worry, I'm sure back in the bush leagues they're all wetting their pants in fright at that one!" Aww, Kyo you ass.

Naturally, Kyo's next move is to rush right at Batsu, not even bothering to try getting fancy: He simply aims to close the distance between the two of them, and then swing his right fist in a vicious punch, apparently trying to send Batsu's head clear to Justice High.

COMBATSYS: Batsu dodges Kyo's Strong Punch.

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

Normally, after that technique Batsu has to stop and collect himself; the startup is overcomitted thanks to the leadoff and the power of it leaves him a bit dazed afterwards. It's not exactly the kind of elegant technique the other Imawano-inspired fighters use, but it usually makes up for it in raw force. And indeed, even as Kyo makes his jibe and starts at Batsu, the Burning Fighter is hunched forward a bit at the waist, trying to get his bearings back.

Whether due to skill or, more likely, sheer stupid luck, Batsu sees the punch at the last second and dives to the right in a short, tumbling roll, coming up off to Kyo's side. Yeah, he doesn't like being living proof of Kyo's point... but if you gotta breathe, you gotta breathe. Pride's one thing, stupidity another. "You think that's everything I had? No wonder you been in school so damn long," he says with a wolfish grin. Finally, someone with a worse academic record than Batsu!

Still, he felt the speed of that punch even if it didn't connect, and he's not going to get anywhere sitting around tossing out jibes. Pushing off the ground, Batsu drives at Kyo, looking to snag him around the collar and rather inelegantly drive him right into the ground. It's pretty basic, like all of Batsu's brawling-inspired techniques... but that doesn't make it any weaker.

COMBATSYS: Batsu successfully hits Kyo with Medium Throw.

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

Hey, that's not fair.

You have to /attend classes/ to graduate, you know.

Kyo looks briefly surprised as Batsu manages to avoid his punch somehow, perhaps though the graces of the mysterious and faceless Ninja Gods. Kyo is already twisting as Batsu ends up behind him, just in time to get caught by the collar and flung around rather inelegantly, indeed. He tries to roll with the impact, but can't quite manage to diffuse the damage, grunting as he almost sprawls out...

Almost, but not quite.

"At least you're not all talk like I was worrying," Kyo breathes out. "You baldie." And with that childish insult hurled, proving that he is a man of wit and education if ever there was one in the world, what does Kyo Kusanagi do next? I'm glad you asked. Instead of going on the offensive, Kyo stands his ground, gritting his teeth and gathering power. The turf of the soccer field stirs in a sudden breeze as the Kusanagi heir marshals his strength, his eyes focused right on Batsu, flames beginning to rage all around Kyo.

Something bad is probably coming.

COMBATSYS: Kyo gathers his will.

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

"What's next?" Batsu asks with a smirk as he pulls himself up and dusts off his knees a bit, watching Kyo carefully. Jibes are one thing, but the guy's good. Of course, that just means Batsu's enjoying this way more than he should be, since strong opponents like Kyo don't come every day. Of course, they usually come with better dialogue. "Gonna say I have cooties? Maybe threaten to take my lunch money?"

Alright, so the fire's offputting, a little bit. To say Batsu looks *scared* is a little overboard, but he's a little nervous. You would be too, facing the fire down, especially since that punch proved that Kyo's fire is a leetle bit different than normal. Is something bad coming to Oz? Should we be heading for the storm cellar? Of course we should. This is almost certainly why Batsu does nothing of the sort.

That said, he's got two options: rush to his doom, or try to out-DBZ Kyo. He opts for the latter, hands balled into fists, arms brought to his side. He's good and pumped already... and with his total lack of understanding about the nuances of chi, that's all Batsu can work from. Blazes of orange and a deep cobalt blue swirl about as Batsu imitates Kyo a bit. "BRING IT ON, SLACKER!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu gathers his will.

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

Snorting faintly, Kyo tilts his head to one side, considering. "You probably do," he says, on the subject of cooties vis-a-vis Batsu Ichimonji. But stealing lunch money? That's a hurtful, terrible accusation. As if he would stoop so low as to take someone else's lunch money against their will!

That's why he has Shingo, who buys him lunch /willingly/. Geez.

With Batsu deciding to join him in the gathering of power, Kyo contents himself with a second snort, this one louder and more contemptuous. His reply to Batsu's loud declaration that he should 'bring it on' is a rolling 'get on with it' hand gesture, before the flames around him start to flicker out, and he rushes directly at Batsu again. What could he be planning /this/ time?

As he gets closer to the currently power-gathering Ichimonji, Kyo ducks low and twists, before throwing himself into the air... And possibly taking Batsu with him as he whirls around, flames trailing from either hand to create a rising double helix of Kusanagi flames, with an echoing battlecry of: "/BURN/!!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu endures Kyo's Oniyaki.

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Kyo              1/-======/=======|=======\=------\1            Batsu

Oh yes. Into the air we go. In fact, Batsu was counting on that, to some extent. Unlike Kyo's flames, once the Kusanagi scion makes contact with Batsu's body, the dual-tinted energy around the Burning Fighter's body doesn't flicker out. If anything, it gets stronger even as the painful helix of fire sends both fighters skyward. A part of Batsu is regretting this decision, because it hurts like a bitch and that's no mistake... he's going to be spending a lot of time later putting salve on nasty burns. But it's a proven tactic against Kyo so far, perhaps because of Kyo's self-confidence. After all, if you think you're a badass, do you expect anyone to WANT to get hit?

However, at the apex of the rising strike, things change. The orange in the glow fades even as Kyo's flames fade away, leaving only the coursing rich blue of Batsu's typical energy attacks, most of which is gathered in his forearms. At first he sails upwards from the kinetic force of Kyo's attack... but at the last second, and hopefully before Kyo can gather his wits, Batsu inverts himself and, pointing both fists toward the ground (and the Kusanagi fighter between him and it), bellows "ZENKAI... KIAI DAN!"

Pouring from his hands is a massive spherical burst of blazing blue, looking to hammer Kyo into the ground with extreme prejudice. In a perfect world, Batsu will simply tumble to the ground in an ungainly sprawl... but Kyo might have other tricks up his sleeve yet too...

COMBATSYS: Kyo fails to slow Maximum Guts Bullet from Batsu with Orochinagi'.

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Kyo              0/-------/--=====|=------\-------\0            Batsu

It's true, Kyo has a totally awesome ace up his sleeve. Just watch. As he starts towards the ground ahead of Batsu, who thus far has been doing a pretty good job of turning the Kusanagi heir's hits to his own advantage, Kyo sees what's coming. There's a faint snicker of amusement from the arrogant young fighter, who before he even hits the ground has his hand up, flames raging in his palm. As gravity does its thing, Batsu's helluva chi blast heads towards him, and then Kyo swings his--

Actually what happens is that he hits the ground, looking /very/ shocked that the earth dared to be that close to him, having been too distracted by what he was trying to do to actually pay any attention to his descent.

And /then/ he gets hit by Batsu's attack. Hard. The net result of this is that an enormous cloud of dust is kicked up where Kyo landed, probably doing some damage to the poor, defenseless soccer field.

But surely, nobody could survive so much dust.

Sadly the dust means that Kyo does not get the moment of brief schadenfreude of seeing Batsu smack the ground like an eggdrop contest container, bouncing off the soccer field and rolling to a stop. A combination of injury and that highly risky midair maneuver did not make for a potential three point landing. It didn't even make for a one point landing. There are no points to be had. Rolling to a stop, it's probably a good thing that he has a second to drag himself to his feet, covered in bruises and burn marks, wiping a small trickle of blood from under his nose.

Oh hey, a dust cloud.

"Trash talk aside, man, you're pretty good," Batsu says in a strained tone. He doesn't wanna say it, but he'll say it. "This is the best trainin' I've had in weeks!" It's true, too. He's probably exercised his mental and physical muscles here than he has since the four-man competition for the warrior's belt, another issue he plans to address shortly. "A bit messed up in the head, but a good fighter." Well, nobody's perfect. Look at Raizo.

Batsu's not a total fool; he's not going to charge into a cloud of dust he can't see through just to take another swing at Kyo. It means he's gotta let the other come to him... probably not the best plan, as Batsu's wobbly stance attests, but hey. "Let's give 'em a big finish," he says with a wolfish grin, waiting for the climactic clash.

COMBATSYS: Batsu focuses on his next action.

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Kyo              0/-------/--=====|=------\-------\0            Batsu

As the dust clears, Kyo is still in the process of standing up. That actually /hurt/. He levels something of a glare at Batsu, though his irritation is really directed at himself: It's his own fault, in Kyo's mind, that Batsu managed to hit him with two powerful attacks... His own carelessness that prevented him from sealing the deal just now. "Hmph," mutters Kyo at Batsu's admission, brushing his hair back out of his face, trying to recapture some sense of arrangement. "I guess you're not quite as crappy as I thought you'd be," he allows, high praise indeed.

But Kyo doesn't go rushing at Batsu again, not just yet. He's disappointed by his own performance thus far... So he's just going to have to ensure that he gets the chance to demonstrate just /how good he is/. But first, he needs to catch his breath. All that dust made it hard to breathe!

COMBATSYS: Kyo gains composure.

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0            Batsu

Oh, there he is. Normally Batsu might be pissed off by Kyo's cavalier version of a compliment, but in spite of himself he shakes his head helplessly and even laughs a bit. You gotta have a thick skin with all the nutbars in the fighting world, he's finding out. People with seriously messed up priorities... or people who are, well, just jerks. "Don't let up even a second, do ya?" Batsu asks, amused. Amused... but still smiling a somewhat feral grin. Taking a second to breathe is one thing, but hey, there's a fight going on.

"You might find, tho'..." the Burning Fighter starts... and then he's off like a shot, driving at Kyo, his right fist dragging low as he runs and bursting with a corona of blazing chi flame. When he gets close to Kyo -- IF he gets close to Kyo -- he shouts "I'm FULL OF SURPRISES!" With one upward sweep he tries to slam his fist into Kyo's chin from below, a weaker and slower version of the technique he gave before, but not so weak that it can be easily ignored. "GUTS UPPER!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu successfully hits Kyo with Guts Upper.

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Kyo              0/-------/-======|==-----\-------\0            Batsu

Kyo is, in fact, finding that Batsu is full of surprises... Though, of course, he mostly blames this on himself, even as Batsu's rising uppercut powers through his guard - and normally, Kyo's defense is quite strong; today, though, apparently not so much. The uppercut blasts Kyo up and away, from both main physical force and the added boost of Batsu's chi, sending the Kusanagi heir sprawling for the moment it takes him to roll and get his feet back under him. Well, Kusanagi. Now what?

Now, Kyo rushes right at Batsu again, swinging his left fist out in a wide, wild haymaker... Trailing an arc of raging Kusanagi fire, trying to catch Batsu right in the side of the face. "Still not finished," Kyo points out, referring both to the fight in general and also his /attack/... If the first punch lands, then Kyo steps in, swinging his right fist up in a fiery backfist, aimed at the underside of Batsu's jaw, the movement continuing as Kyo twists around and then throws himself at Batsu shoulder first, a rising shoulder tackle with a third and final gout of crimson flames. "...BUT YOU ARE!!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu fails to interrupt Dokugami from Kyo with Random Weapon.

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

COMBATSYS: Batsu has reached second wind!

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

Batsu's plan to just rocket Kyo into the stratosphere was two-layered. The first layer was the hope that the punch would just lay the son of a bitch out flat and bring the fight to something approximating a close so he could take his bruised, beaten, burned ass home and spend some quality time with a first aid kit. But since he's not COMPLETELY stupid, he also knows that he's got to have a backup plan just in case that doesn't work out.

The backup plan is a bench.

Sitting off to the side of where Kyo was standing, his previous blow gave him time to get in range of it... and even as Kyo comes swinging at him, Batsu has the thing with two hands. Muscles straining, veins standing out, he lets out an inarticulate bellow and swings the stupid thing in a wide arc like a club, looking to knock the fight out of Kyo with extreme prejudice. He's tough, he can take it.

Batsu notices that his swing didn't connect just as Kyo's first blow sails over it. "Oh, f--" The rest is drowned out by a vicious, flame-empowered beating... but even as Batsu gets laid out on the ground a good distance away thanks to the tackle, he gets right the hell back up. In defiance of logic, common sense, and possibly biology, mind; he looks BAD OFF with the capital letters included, but he's not done yet. "That makes... two of us..." he bites out.

Tenacity, at least, is something Kyo has a grudging respect for... It's something he too possesses in spades, an unusual trait for someone with such a high opinion of himself; usually the truly arrogant types are awfully brittle, aren't they? Puffed up self-importance with nothing to back it up? Breathing raggedly, and not looking too great his own self, the Kusanagi heir watches Batsu get back up with a certain amount of 'oh, you've got to be kidding me' on his face.

Right then.

"You don't know when to give up, do you?" Kyo wonders, semi-rhetorically, before steeling himself and running right at Batsu again, past the probably remains of that defenseless bench, swinging his right arm back for what is clearly going to be another huge, destructive and rather telegraphed punch...

Until Kyo switches his weight, and switches gears, at the last moment, his left fist snapping up to try and pop Batsu one right in the nose. "Hua-!!"

COMBATSYS: Batsu blocks Kyo's Quick Punch.

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

Swaying as he is with ataxic uncertainty, it doesn't seem like Batsu should have any ability to deal with Kyo's strike whatsoever. However, at the last second he squints, focusing, and all but slaps the punch out of the way with a ragged sweep of the arm. Not a smart move; he still winces at the bruising pain of the blow being deflected inexpertly, but it IS a little bit better than getting decked in the jaw. With a grin, he simply nods. "Yeah, I'm pretty dumb that way," Batsu admits. Not the best way to say it, but as far as Batsu's concerned, 'give up' is not in his dictionary (neither is 'ataxic', probably). He doesn't have a problem with Kyo knocking him the fuggout; until then, he's gonna keep swinging.

Sort of. His repertoire of moves is already not that subtle, but Batsu opts for one of the *least* subtle moves in his arsenal: he lurches forward, looking to headbutt Kyo right in the chest to knock him over. If he can accomplish that much, the Burning Fighter drops down and, briefly straddling his opponent, delivers three fierce punches right to the jaw, right-left-right, before rolling off with a groan.

COMBATSYS: Kyo fails to counter Headbutt Beat Up from Batsu with Nue Tsumi.

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

COMBATSYS: Kyo can no longer fight.

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Batsu            0/-------/=======|

Wow... Batsu actually tried to defend against an attack. And it worked, too! Kyo snorts ruefully as his punch is blocked, staggering back half a step. It's all going to come down to this, though, to one last exchange... Kyo's pretty certain of that. When the headbutt comes in, Kyo actually tries to stop it bare handed, but... He just can't manage it now, his hand sort of glancing harmlessly off of Batsu's forehead, leaving Kyo to get knocked over and then punched, punched, punched, before Batsu flops off of him.

Kyo's had it, that much is clear. And ultimately, he blames himself rather than putting responsibility on Batsu's abilities... Because, hey, he IS incredibly arrogant, come on.

"Hah," Kyo laughs a little, not bothering to even sit up. He doesn't really feel like it, right now. "Go and celebrate with all your buddies, Ichimonji," the World Warrior champ says, glancing over at the other underachieving Taiyo student. "You win. ...This time." His tone clearly implies that there WILL be a next time. And that it will go differenty, oh yes.

Celebrate? Yeah, maybe once he can get off the ground himself. Rolling off to the side after his attack, the Imawano scion drops onto his back as well. That was a gamble, one that paid off... in fact, a lot of Batsu's high-risk maneuvers in this fight paid off, but it's beginning to dawn on Batsu the price he paid for them to succeed... and just how this might have gone down if he'd failed. Yeah, it feels good to have won, and it didn't come out of *nowhere*... but this coulda been pretty different.

Lazily, he waves an arm into the air, hand moving dismissively on his wrist. "Yeah, maybe after a nap," he concedes. The arm drops, and Batsu stares blank-eyed up at the massive top of the dome arena, blinking a few times. "I got pretty lucky. But lightning might strike twice, Kusanagi," he says, bringing his arms behind his head, elbows pointed out. "You better keep up."

Log created on 19:11:21 04/29/2008 by Kyo, and last modified on 23:40:15 04/29/2008.