SNF 2014.12 - SNF: Dance Class

Description: A hockey player and a Kyokugen Karate fighter must settle their fight while dancing. Who is the real leader? (WINNER: Brett)

The world is crazy.

That's what crosses Brett Neuer's mind as he's in a changing room at Seijyun High, a place he's never set foot in before until tonight. And the reason he's here, getting dressed up in possibly the most stuffy tux he's ever worn before (mind, the number of times he's worn a tux can already be counted on a hand), dreading the moment he steps outside the door? A dance lesson. And a fight. Two seemingly incompatible things that somehow are the same event, due to someone's weird idea of good entertainment.

As he straightened the awkward silk bowtie, the young hockey star replayed the instructions for the 'lesson' given to him earlier: try to keep your hands in the proper places, both hands above the equator, stand close but not too close, and....try to maintain that position while still giving the audience that'll be watching a fight just like he had done before.

"How am I supposed to fight like that?" he fretted out loud, voice nearly breaking at the thought. Bad enough it was fighting a girl, something he's already been forced to do more than a few times. But while trying to actually learn how to slow dance? He's still too polite to call whoever thought of the idea 'crazy', but he's thinking it, all the way to the door as he took a deep breath....and walked out, feeling like his tux was about to rip somewhere any moment with every step he took.

Sometimes, when you sign up for a Saturday Night Fight, you get into the craziest of scenarios. Just ask Yuri, a long time fighter in them, who's no exception to the rule. And tonight she's finding herself engaged in a fight where she has to dance with her opponent. "Why couldn't I have learned Capoeira instead?" Yuri wondered to herself earlier as she was putting on the purple gown and matching high heeled shoes that Robert Garcia had sent to her.

Now Yuri was facing Brett, someone she'd never met before, who was supposed to be both her dance partner and fighting opponent. A bit of an unusual mix, but it had to be done.

"Look," Yuri replies to Brett, adjusting her dress a little, "I'll admit that this isn't going to be easy for either of us, but let's just try to do what we can, OK? As long as nobody else sees us on the internet or something like this, then there's really little to worry about." Yuri watched Brett approach, her body wobbling a little as she continued to get accustomed to wearing heels.

If the whole idea wasn't awkward enough for Brett, the hockey kid finds himself even more flabberghasted when he sees his dance partner. She's cute the way she's dressed, sure, but right now, that is about the least relevant thing possible.

"Um...I suppose...but you know..." He glances over to the side, seeing the audience ready, waiting to see one of the weirder concept fights to cross SNF to date. "....It's already bad enough people are watching us," he says. And as if to rush things along faster and let neither of them get properly settled with the situation, music starts to cue up, telling both of them that the practice is soon to start.

Swallowing nervously, Brett extends his arms out, expecting Yuri to do similar and get into the position they were instructed on. An intonation of 'Lesson 1', follows the music, as Brett mutters some unintelligible words to try and calm himself down.

Shrugging to herself as Brett makes those comments, Yuri listens to the music and then hears the intonation that the lesson is beginning. "Well, I guess this is where we begin," Yuri says with a slightly spunky smirk on her face as if to try to add a little lightheartedness to this whole thing. She wobbles a few more times but seems to get the hang of walking in heels finally, and she approaches Brett as well.

Yuri starts to say something else, but then she thinks better of it and closes her mouth. She mirror's Brett's extension as she assumes the position that they were instructed to do. On the outside, Yuri seems to have a rather neutral look on her face, but inside, she's wishing she could be doing this with Robert instead.

Brett has as neutral a look on his face as he's able to put on as well....of course, internally, he's freaking out, both about the dance as well as having to try and fight like this. As the song starts out, it's your standard slow dancing song, and the instructor voice tells the two how their steps should go, with the beat of the song. And Brett, to his credit, doesn't seem to have much problem following the steps. He's always been good at following instructions, after all.

It's after the song's been playing for about a minute or so that the song hits a needle scratch, followed by a different sounding instructor, sounding "Round 1", in the same impassive tone that the previous instructor said 'Lesson 1'. That's when Brett's stomach sinks. Welp, this is where the weird starts....

Yuri never fully grasped the concept of having rhythm within her step, but she decides to let Brett lead her slightly, and she moves along with him, eventually attuning herself to the rhythm of the song. Before she knows it, she's moving naturally alongside Brett, following the instructor's commands carefully. For a moment, Yuri thinks she's got the hang of this, but then she realizes she thought too soon.

When the needle scratch is heard, Yuri does a double-take, wondering what happened. Then she hears the voice stating that it's round one, and Yuri inwardly sighs. "Just when things were getting good," Yuri mutters to herself. "I guess this is where we get going..."

Definitely where things are going to go south, that's what Brett thinks. This is especially weird considering that, for one thing, he has no idea how to fight upclose like this. After all, most of his fighting is done with a stick in hand. But considering that they're expected to keep hands on each other like this and continue dancing....well....

It's clear that Brett doesn't really know where to start, and his own rhythm suffers as the original instructor returns with actual dance instructions. Finally, Brett just does his best to try and....trip Yuri over perhaps. It's what they're asking for after all, and both know it enough to follow the fight instructions.

Doens't mean it's going to look at all pretty though.

COMBATSYS: Brett has started a fight here.

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Brett            0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Yuri has joined the fight here.

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Brett            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Yuri

COMBATSYS: Yuri blocks Brett's Quick Throw.

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Brett            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Yuri

How are these two supposed to dance and fight at the same time? Is there really a first time for everything? Yuri doesn't know for sure, but she does know that she's gotten herself into this fight, and she has to finish it one way or another. Which is why she's slightly increased her adrenaline once the round announcement was made. She's watching Brett like a hawk and waiting to see what he might try.

When Brett attempts to trip Yuri, she thinks she's losing her balance because of her shoes, but then realizes what's happening. Without letting go of Brett, Yuri slightly crouches and twists to the side a little as if to keep her balance without falling over. She finds that now that she's gotten the hang of walking and dancing in heels, it's time to learn to fight with them on.

Normally, Yuri would be making a comment about her opponent's attack, but the main thing here is dancing, so Yuri does her best to keep the dance going without saying anything. Then, without warning, Yuri makes her move. She attempts to kick Brett in the shins, although it's more of a light, almost playful strike.

COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Brett with Light Kick.

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Brett            0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Yuri

There's a first time for everything, but some things just aren't meant to be done in the first place. But unfortunately for the both of them, there's precious little choice to be had now. ANd Brett's already tried to start things off. After all, he's good at following instructions. Past that though?....

Yuri managing to keep her balance forces Brett off of his in turn, as he tries to keep his hands in the same position as before. It's all a very strange idea, and one that makes him wonder a few things. LIke 'this better not be what the dance Sunday is like', knowing Southtown. Or 'maybe I really need to take judo lessons in the future'. Those stray thoughts mix in with the more panicked immediacy when Yuri tries to kick him in the shin.

Unfortunately, good at instructions as he is, he's as graceful as a moose, and the shin kick hits him before he had the chance to pivot away. Eyes narrowing as he winces at the strike, he ends up instinctively going for a kick of his own...though rather than the shins, his foot attempts to knock along the side of Yuri's ankle, an artifact of dealing with scrums along the boards in a hockey game.

COMBATSYS: Yuri blocks Brett's Light Kick.

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Brett            0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0             Yuri

Almost as if it's an instinct or something of that nature, Yuri senses something's coming, and she twists her foot while lifting it slightly. Meaning that when Brett kicks at her ankle, he gets her high heeled shoe instead. Unfortunately, that doesn't protect her foot from being hurt, and she winces a little at that. By now, though, Yuri's starting to smile at this whole thing. Both of them trying not to let go of each other, while trying to fight all the same. It's a definite challenge for them both. All the while, Yuri is hoping that the pain in her foot goes away soon.

Unfortunately, now Yuri's found herself drawing a blank slate as to what she should do next. She doesn't want to lose the fight, but she also doesn't want to let go of Brett either. She simply continues to dance while watching Brett to see what he'll do, and hopefully come up with an idea off of that.

COMBATSYS: Yuri focuses on her next action.

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Brett            0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0             Yuri

Brett can't quite seem to get a good hit at Yuri, but then again, this is not your usual fight. He's at a loss for what he should be really doing here as it is. The kick wasn't much as it was, and catching her heel only made the weird blow even less of an effective strike than it already was.

Looking down to Yuri, he spots her smiling, and simply looks confused at her. "You're ejoying this?" he asks curiously, almost shocked.

And when she doesn't make a move of her own, he's still at a loss of what to do. As the instructions come, and he tries to balance actually dancing along with the fighting, he simply...dances for now. Until his worries about what the promoters will thing, and he hastily tries another trip, this time trying to pull her along with his hand along with the clumsy attempt at a throw.

COMBATSYS: Brett successfully hits Yuri with Medium Throw.

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Brett            0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0             Yuri

Yuri finds herself being tripped again, and she tries to avoid it, but fails miserably. She goes down to the ground, yelping a little as she does so. But she finds she's holding on for dear life, and Brett goes down with her as well. The two dancers still remain holding onto one another. Yuri attempts to get up, but she's holding onto Brett, which makes it hard to do so. She struggles a little at this, then speaks.

"Look, one of us has to go first or something," She comments as she attepts to push Brett to the side with her shoulder, trying to get him to move sideways so they can lay on their sides and hopefully get back up.

COMBATSYS: Brett endures Yuri's Jab Punch.

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Brett            0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0             Yuri

The shoulder shove hits Brett in the chest, something he takes to help push him onto his side before trying to push himself up just by lower body strength alone. "I'm not sure how they expect us to...." he starts, cutting himself off before he says something too impolite. He does his best to help Yuri back up to her own feet before getting his own underneath him.

And then the lesson continues on....and this time, he sticks his foot out again. This time is completely by accident, his own body lumbering a little too much off balance as he tries to juggle keeping his hands in the proper 'slow dancing' position on Yuri and trying to do things better suited for someone with a base in Aikido, rather than ice hockey.

COMBATSYS: Yuri blocks Brett's Weapon Jab.

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Brett            0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0             Yuri

Accidental or not, Yuri twists her ankle to try to deflect the blow away. At the same time, she's grimacing a little as she realizes just how badly her feet hurt from all this fighting (and dancing) in high heeled shoes. Nevertheless, she grits her teeth through the pain as she continues to dance, feeling touched that Brett helped her up. "Well, let's just keep going," Yuri says after a moment in response to Brett's comment.

Yuri attempts to attack again, except this time she tries to step on Brett's foot. Using her high heeled shoe, Yuri attempts to step on Brett's foot rather hard!

COMBATSYS: Brett blocks Yuri's Medium Kick.

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Brett            0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0             Yuri

The stomp on his foot doesn't go all the way, as Brett is able to lift his foot up to meet the attempted spiking mid-way. It still hurts, sure, but it's better than having the girl's full weight slamming her heel into his foot the full way. "Nnghh....I just....I'm sorry, I just....yeah..." he mutters and stumbles a bit before finally deciding to be a bit He doesn't release Yuri completely, but he does end up lifting one hand off of her, enough to reel that hand back and give her a quick elbow strike along her shoulder. It's still an awkward blow, but people ARE expecting a fight....

COMBATSYS: Brett successfully hits Yuri with Medium Strike.

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Brett            0/-------/-======|=======\-------\0             Yuri

Yuri is hit by the elbow strike and almost falls down, but keeps one hand on Brett, and her shoes still remain on her feet too! She grabs back on with her other hand, although it's not before she rubs at her shoulder a little to ease the pain a little. "I don't know if I'm going to come out on top, but honestly I'd rather be dancing now!" She smirks a little, before attempting to elbow Brett in the side.

COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Brett with Medium Punch.

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Brett            1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Yuri

The elbow to his side wouldn't normally be that much of a problem for Brett, if not for the whole requirement to try and keep hands with Yuri while dancing. "Me too..." he mutters as he's unable to drop his elbow down enough to catch the strike, YUri's shot hitting him just under the ribs and causing him to lurch painfully to the side.

Gritting his teeth, he tries to find a way to do something while still following the fight instructions that isn't just short elbows or stops or kicks to the legs. Finally, he just decides to reel his arm back, the other hands stll along Yuri's waist. Striking out, he tries to give a quick blow to her side, that tries to hook her down onto the ground as well.. It's the same principle he'd normally use with his King's End technique, just without the stick...and perhaps even more awkward.

COMBATSYS: Yuri blocks Brett's King's End.

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Brett            1/-------/=======|=======\=------\1             Yuri

Still trying to dance while fight, Yuri does her best to assume a defensive stance against the incoming attack. She tightens herself up and absorbs the blow as best as she can, finding it a bit painful all the same. Gritting her teeth, Yuri tries not to cry out as she does her best not to let the pain affect her dancing with Brett. Normally, she'd be having the time of her life dancing with someone, but when you're fighting it's a different story altogether.

Unfortunately, Yuri doesn't think she'll be able to hold onto Brett if she tries any of her usual special moves, so she sticks with the simpler moves for now. She shuffles a little as if to keep her balance, then attempts to knee Brett in the stomach. All without losing her balance... or her shoe!

COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Brett with Medium Kick.
? Strange Hit! ?

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Brett            1/----===/=======|=======\=------\1             Yuri

The whole situation is just too messed up for Brett to really regain any sort of composure. It's worse when he hears calls from the crowd watching them as they try to dance and fight at the same time, still expected to hold onto each other.

The knee to his stomach hits, with no real way for Brett to stop the shot point-blank outside of turning his body. While the hit is lightly off, he still feels the blow enough as he lurches to the side, pained grunt as he tries to straighten back up. Still unable to really do any sort of special techniques of his thanks to the dancing, he simply resorts to much of the same, attempting a knee of his own to Yuri's stomach before trying to pull her down to the floor in yet another clumsy judo-esque throw.

COMBATSYS: Yuri dodges Brett's Armed Combo.

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Brett            1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1             Yuri

The technique is clumsy, and it's also easy to avoid because of that. Keeping her hands on Brett, Yuri simply sways to the side to keep him from hitting her. Apparently, Yuri's finally getting the hang of dancing while fighting, even if it's more complicated than your average fight. Still, Yuri would rather have a standard fight any day over this.

Yuri then shifts herself again, attempting to deliver a swift palm strike to Brett's shoulder. It's not much of an attack, but it's the best Yuri can do while she's trying to keep from focusing on the pain in her body... as well as in her feet since these shoes were not made for long periods of dancing!

COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Brett with Jab Punch.
-**- LUNATIC HIT!! -**-

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Brett            1/---====/=======|=======\==-----\1             Yuri

It's not too hard to see why his attempted combo failed, and honestly, unlike most fights that he's already had so far, Brett hasn't even been able to get into gameface mode like he usually does. The situation is so awkward, and unintuitive, that he can't even really get an idea where to go aside from little potshots and hits.

At least, until Yuri comes in with the palm strike. And unlike what she had aimed, the strike ends up smashing right underneath his jaw instead, sending his head reeling back. Those watching actually give an 'ooooh' at the shot as it's almost enough to send him stumbling far enough back that he's forced to let go. But he manages to somehow keep his hands set along Yuri's waist still. But when his head resets back to neutral? His expression is just a wee bit different. More focused.

Game time.

Without hesitation, he reels his arm back, his hand sliding up from Yuri's waist to just below her shoulder. His tuxedo creaks a bit as he nocks his arm back, before trying to let loose with an elbow to her face, one he actively tries to pull her into for extra impact.

COMBATSYS: Brett successfully hits Yuri with Sir Stanley's Crush.

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Brett            0/-------/----===|=======\=======\1             Yuri

Being pulled into an elbow like that really hurts. Especially since that meant that while they still held onto each other, Yuri took a huge blow to the face. She finds herself wanting to collapse into Brett's arms, but she doesn't want to go down just yet. She'd try to return the favor with a super move of her own, but she's too tired for that. Instead, she simply goes in for one final attack without caring how bad she hits.

Yuri attempts to take Brett down to the ground with her by holding him as tightly as she can, then collapsing onto the ground by letting her body go limp and letting gravity take over, taking both of them to the ground... hopefully.

COMBATSYS: Yuri can no longer fight.

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Brett            0/-------/----===|

COMBATSYS: Brett blocks Yuri's Medium Throw.

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Brett            0/-------/---====|

With his head in the game now, so to speak, Brett isn't about to let himself get taken down again too easily. When Yuri tries to fall to the ground and take him with her, he's able to hold on enough to keep on his feet, even if the strain clearly makes his muscles complain at the stress the unnatural twisting required to stay up causes. "NGhh...." Pulling Yuri back up, Brett seems ready to try again...until he realizes Yuri is about out of it enough that the lesson is quickly called, the neutral intonation of 'That concludes our lesson for today. You're on your way to a true command of the dance floor.'

Blinking, Brett quickly falls out of 'game face', shaking his head a bit before looking at Yuri. "...geez...I'm sorry I had" He doesn't let go of her yet, either. At least not until the medical staff can come in to take a look at her.

Log created on 21:27:35 12/05/2014 by Yuri, and last modified on 02:45:37 12/07/2014.