IHST - Inter-High School Tournament: Kyo vs Kensou

Description: Kyo vs. Kensou! Kusanagi scion vs. Psycho Soldier! Can Kensou's passion overcome the Kusanagi flame? (Winner: Kyo)

Kensou should have felt something more, when he heard the news.

Athena vs Daigo. Justice High versus Gedo High. The most important person in Kensou's life, versus the brutish don of the delinquent school. The battle of the Phoenixes. But when the time came, in a close battle that came down to the wire... Athena fell. Daigo had risen above her. Kensou should have felt something. He should have felt rage.

But he just had something more important to care about.

Sie Kensou stood outside the gritty Gedo High, the aging building standing high above the fighting arena that had been set up. It was the semi-finals now, for the Inter-High tournament. And countless uniformed students were lounging around the marked rectangle. The Justice High student was stretching his legs, leaning on his right knee as he stretches the left leg. His expression was grim, his eyes distracted. Because he was willing to do anything to win for Justice High, to glorify it for all to see. And if Athena couldn't make it... then maybe she wasn't worthy to represent the school. That was the thought that kept passing in his head, in mere glimpses.

And every time, Kensou remembered the vision he had when fighting Hitomi.

Kyo doesn't really... go to Gedo. He doesn't really go to school at -all-, it's something for him to skip. But he got suckered into this thing and he's had to endure getting sliced up by a pompous ninja, and then he had to beat up a little pirate girl. After getting jumped by a bunch of overeager Gorin students. To say that he's invested at this point is an understatement. So he's waiting. Waiting for his next opponent.

Truly Kyo probably fits in pretty well at Gedo, with his nonstandard uniform, with his motorcycle, just chilling and relaxing. He's not really chill or relaxed, but he looks it, leaning against a tree near to his bike. "Hope this guy gets here soon. I gotta get home before Yuki calls," he mutters, to himself. Of course he's getting stares from the Gedo kids--they're not gonna be cheering him on--but he looks rough enough that they're not about to test him.

He's been hearing things about the schools. Worrisome things. So he has a reason to fight, at least. A reason to win. He might be a lazy, arrogant asshole who's running from his destiny... but he isn't, to borrow a phrase, one hundred percent dick.

Eventually, he does get here.

Several of the Atelier trucks come on the move, including a medvac, and are accompanied by a single van. As the van pulls up in front of the school, the judging panel unloads, armed with the film equipment to record the fight. In turn, the Atelier vehicles spread out... and an armed guard emerges from each one. It seems that Gedo's reputation preceded it. As the additional support comes out, Sie Kensou finishes up his stretching.

And fixes his eyes over to the tree where Kyo was sulking. As the judges and medical staff continue to set up, the teenager rushes towards his opponent, running. "Hey! Hey! What's the matter with you, huh?!" The Psycho Soldier roars out. "You think this is a game? Some of us actually have a school worth fighting for! Come on! You aren't even warmed up!" Kensou was frustrated that someone wasn't treating Justice High with the utmost. Just like Athena, probably. The dark image passes over him again. What was troubling wasn't how frequently the image of Kensou dropping Athena in the abyss was coming back to him. No, it was that it was happening so often now...

That the feeling of terror was beginning to fade.

Kyo looks up. Oh. That's the guy, huh? Doesn't look like much, huh? So, he's here. Pushing off the tree, Kyo walks towards Kensou slowly, tightening his prized fighting gloves. His expression is not friendly but he is smiling.

Ignoring the Atelier trucks, Kyo just fixes his gaze on Kensou. "I never thought of school as something worth fighting for. After all..." He gestures behind him.

"It's just a building. Doesn't mean anything to me. But there -are- things worth fighting for..." Kyo stops, and regards Kensou for a moment.

"You're right. I'm not warmed up. Let me correct that." And without any visible effort, Kyo's arms light on fire from the elbows to his fists, a bright, blazing flame. Slowly the flame on his left arm goes out; the right doesn't until he flicks a gout of fire forward, licking out ten yards away from him before dying out.

"Alright. Now I'm warmed up. So... come get me."

COMBATSYS: Kyo has started a fight here.

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|

Was this guy serious?

Kensou crosses his arms, face fuming. "You never thought school was worth fighting for? That's the kind of thinking for losers! I mean, maybe YOUR school isn't worth fighting for! Maybe it is just a building!" The teenager's nationalism for Justice High continues to pour out of him, as he glares at Kyo.

That glare fades when he sees the gout of flame.

Sie Kensou steps back, eyes wide as he looks at the blast of fire. He could... he could feel that heat from there. Hell, as he looks at the sheer distance of it... he could see scorch marks on the ground in the path of the flame. Any arrogance on Kensou's face was gone. Kyo might not care about the school fight, but right now?

Kensou made sure he had respect for his opponent.

Kensou gives a nervous gulp, swallowing his awe. The judges had now been set up; and technically, both he and Kyo WERE in the ring. The ring of the bell comes, as the fight begins. The Psycho Soldier watches his opponent warily, as he beckons Kensou to approach. Tightening his fists for a moment, he opens them as he sweeps them around, falling into his combat stance. "Alright! But don't get underestimate me!" He declares, as he gives a quick glance to the scorch marks that Kyo's flame had left.

And the boy charges.

Leaping through the air, Kensou hurls himself right at the other teenager. Flinging through the air, he unleashes a flying elbow straight for Kyo's face. In the same leap, he would quickly fling out a quick knee to Kyo's chest, before finishing the assault with an aerial roundhouse, straight for Kyo's shoulder. All before landing on the ground.

Looks like the kid was pretty fast.

COMBATSYS: Kensou has joined the fight here.

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Kyo              0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Kensou

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Kyo with Ryuu Renga.

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Kyo              0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Kensou

Is Kyo serious? Not yet. And he looks downright casual when it comes to Kensou's fast attack. That...

... is to his detriment. He takes the knee to the chest and the kick to the head--and it rocks him back. It doesn't take him down--but it wakes Kyo up.

"Heh. Alright. I won't underestimate you," he says, though he's smirking as he says it. It was a good hit, of course. But Kyo? He doesn't say things like that. Reaching up, he touches the side of his head, acknowledging the kick. Then...

It's his turn to charge. And charge he does, flowing across the ground as if hovering, leading with a pinpoint left elbow to the chest. That's only meant to open Kensou up--if the elbow strikes, then Kyo will grab Kensou with his right hand--right around the throat--and hold him up for a moment before literally blowing him away with an explosion of flame.

COMBATSYS: Kyo successfully hits Kensou with 212 Shiki - Kototsuki You.
- Power hit! -

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

As Kensou lands, he was in a bad place for a normal attack.

The martial artist hand his hands ready, for Kyo. Such a bold offensive was risky, but staggering. He had landed all three blows on Kyo. All he had to do is handle whatever he threw back.

He doesn't.

As Kyo charges right back into him, he aims that elbow right into the Psycho Soldier's chest. The blow lands true, as Kensou tries to catch it. As the grab comes, the boy doesn't stop trying to resist, grabbing Kyo by the wrist as he snatches him up by his neck. But the flames come.

My god, the flames come.

The explosion knocks Kensou back, stunning him. The fire was more painful than any flame; it even rivaled the energy that Krizalid had poured into him. The boy lands on the ground head first, cracking his skull. As he staggers back up into a stand, blood pours down his face as his jean jacket top falls off his body, in ashes. A white undershirt is all the remains underneath, as he gingerly touches the top of his scalp. Pulling it before his eyes, he looks at the blood.

And he glowers across at his opponent.

Picking up speed, he surges right back at his opponent, fire in his eyes. "Incredible!" He comments, sincerely in awe by his opponent's power. "Where did you learn that technique?" He asks as he finally takes to the air. He leads in with another flying elbow... but one that does not lead into any further combo. Instead, the boy's elbow begins to flow with violet energy, as Kensou focuses. Psionic energy courses over his form as he fires like a bullet straight for Kyo's chest again, hitting like a hammer for the same point again and again.

More cutthroat tactics from Kensou, just like last time.

COMBATSYS: Kyo just-defends Kensou's Ryuu Sohgeki!

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

"Ancient Chinese secret," replies Kyo, with a smirk. Not really. Ancient Japanese secret really, or more specifically, Kusanagi secret... but he's not about to tell Kensou -that-. He's got to *earn* the truth. Kensou doesn't hesitate to get back into the action, which Kyo can appreciate--but he's also ready. That violet glow might worry some, but Kyo handles the pounding attack with... well...

... with ease, settling his feet, reaching out, and very precisely stopping Kensou's lunging attack, absorbing the momentum and preventing contact. It's almost gentle, really, the way Kyo deals with the young Psycho Warrior.

Not so much his followup--which comes as he shoves the Psycho Warrior back. He draws his right hand back, more of that fire gathering, and as he clears Kensou from his personal space, he flings that fire forward, throwing it into the ground, to hiss forward to meet Kensou when he lands.

COMBATSYS: Kyo successfully hits Kensou with 108 Shiki - Yami Barai.

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Kyo              0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Kensou

Ancient Chinese Secret?!

For a moment, Kensou believes him. But as his flying elbow is neatly caught, the chinese teenager's eyes go wide. It wasn't even a proper block, it was more like... a catch. As if Kyo was going to let him down softly, and give him a piece of candy. But what Kyo gives Kensou wasn't candy.

It wasn't candy at all.

Kensou tries to block the surging blast of flame. But as the fire comes roaring out, he... can't. He can't deflect the fire, which quickly ignite his undershirt. Kensou is sent rolling away, the fires burning his skin violently. Deep, enduring burns cut into his flesh, as the teenager chokes back a sob of pain. It was pain, pure pain.

This was a hell of a Chinese secret.

Kensou manages to stagger back up, gasping for air. "I'll show you a REAL chinese secret, if you show me yours!" Sie Kensou blares out. "I won't lose for Justice High! I won't lose like... like how Athena lost!" The words come out of Kensou's mouth, and he immediately regrets them. The tears intensify in his eyes as he sweeps his hands around, one clockwise, the other anti-clockwise. Inhaling deeply, violet energy pours out from his hands into a massive ball in the center. And then, larger. And then, even larger, bigger than Kensou himself. Spinning around, he steps forward, letting the ball orbit around him once before he hurls it forward. The massive ball of energy sails over the grounds swiftly, aiming squarely to smash hard into his opponent...

Lets see how he enjoyed Psycho Power!

COMBATSYS: Kensou successfully hits Kyo with Shinryuu Choukyuu Dan EX.

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Kyo              1/---====/=======|>>>>---\-------\0           Kensou

*BAM* There's absolutely nothing Kyo's going to do against that massive blast. The explosion of Psycho Power flings Kyo back tumbling along the courtyard ground, fetching up against the tree he started from. For a moment, he's still... then he rises, slowly, and dusts himself off.

"Not bad, kid. Not bad..." says Kyo, as he slides forward, out from under the tree. Not too far--just far enough to clear it. And then he settles his stance once more. Drawing upon his energy as it surges within him, limning Kyo in an orange glow that pulses and grows as he sinks down into his stance.

"I think you've earned once more chance," he says, conversationally, as the aura starts to transform into actual flames. Probably why he moved out from under the tree.

"Come get me."

COMBATSYS: Kyo burns with the flames of the Kusanagi!

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Kyo              2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|>>>>---\-------\0           Kensou

He was still standing.

Sie Kensou stands steady, breathing heavily, as he hurls out one of his strongest moves. And in the wake of it, Kyo was still standing. That hurt, for sure. But as he just leans against the tree... no. Kensou was frowning hard, as he gasps to stay standing. This was it. He could feel that he was on borrowed time.

He was going to use it for whatever he could.

As the flame ignite around Kyo, Kensou repeats the same gesture he did before. Both arms spin, another forced, rapid clockwise/counter-clockwise spin. Kensou was desperate. He wasn't going to lose like Athena. He wasn't going to lose this one for Justice High! Violet energy flows back into his center, but he does not spend time to build it into another huge ball. The smaller orb is flung out, to try and bring the boy down this time. He could feel the flames, from all the way from here.

He wasn't going to stand up against those flames a third time.

COMBATSYS: Kyo fails to slow Choukyuu Dan EX from Kensou with Ura 108 Shiki - Orochinagi EX+.
- Power fail! -

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Kyo              0/-------/--<<<<<|>>>>>>-\-------\0           Kensou

And... All that buildup is for naught! Kyo still isn't treating Kensou with the respect he should, and he pays for it. The surge of power builds and builds--but doesn't break Kyo's way. That ball of energy surges past Kyo and into him and all that power he had?

It's released harmlessly into the air as Kyo staggers backwards again. He rights himself...

But he's starting to look seriously annoyed. Not to say pissed off. But definitely annoyed. "Kid," growls Kyo, "You've got some good stuff. But I'm getting tired of this game..." Nevermind that it was Kyo's own arrogance that brought this on. Had he just not showboated... he might've won already. Instead it has to be closer than it probably should be. But Kyo isn't worried yet. Not that he'd admit.

Desperation was paying off for Kensou again.

The low tactics were shameful, the projectile spam being disgusting. But it won against Hitomi. And in a single, lucky push, he manages to slip the psionic orb past the flames, past his guard... as he chokes the flame with the blast. The horrible, horrible fires fade as Kensou stands, staring down at Kyo with wide eyes.

He could FEEL the death roaring towards him.

The chinese student begins to run towards Kyo, following his heart as he makes for the move. He knew that Kyo was not going to hold back anymore. He was running out of time. Kensou continues to make his last ditch push, struggling to win. It was not close enough for Kensou. He had to win it.

He had to win it for Justice High.

Dipping low, Kensou doesn't take to the air this time. Instead, he rolls forward, tumbling towards Kyo. As he rolls back up, he attempts to stop dead in front of Kyo, to grab him by the knees as he stops his roll. And should he make it there? He would ease back, and with a shove, unleash a burst of psionic energy point blank, to send Kyo flying backwards.

Right into the tree he was once leaning on.

COMBATSYS: Kyo counters Sunda from Kensou with Ge Shiki - Tora Fuse EX.

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Kyo              1/-------/=======|=======\===----\1           Kensou

Kyo is hurting. Kensou's done a better job of fighting Kyo than the arrogant young Kusanagi expected. He was too lax, too carefree. He didn't respect his opponent and he paid for it.

Not this time.

Kyo sets himself as Kensou runs towards him. Readies himself. When Kensou reaches out--Kyo is ready. The Kusanagi scion sweeps an arm out, deflecting Kensou's grab to the side--and in the same motion?

He drives his other elbow into the top of Kensou's head. That alone might be enough to take the young man down--but Kyo is taking no chances now. That impact is aided with another explosion of that flaming chi.

After the counterattack, Kyo fades back a couple of steps, waiting. Was it enough? He isn't sure that was enough to take this tenacious young man down. And he's not going to let his confidence turn into overconfidence again. Not this time, at least. "Sorry kid. But I got things I fight for, too."

So close, but so far.

As Kensou tumbles forward, he thought he could slip under anything that Kyo could throw out. But when he was expecting another flame blast... his hands are deflected aside. Then, an elbow comes smashing against his face. When the final blast of flame comes, he collapses down on the ground, his body now blackened by the raging Kusanagi flames. There is a silence, as the judges prepare to call it for Kyo. Kensou breathes hard, writhing on the ground, before stopping suddenly.

"... And so do I!"

Kensou breaks from his collapse, rolling forward again. Stopping dead in front of Kyo again, violet energy surges over him. Reaching out to grab Kyo, he gives another attempt, a final, desperate attempt. Should he manage to get grips on Kyo this time, he will simply pour his whole soul into the teenager. He will flood the boy with psionic energy, unloading it straight into him point blank.

Before finally collapsing, finally broken by the effort.

COMBATSYS: Kensou can no longer fight.

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Kyo              1/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Kyo blocks Kensou's Senki Hakki.

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Kyo              0/-------/----===|

Is it out of respect for this young fighter, borne anew within the Kusanagi son? Or is it that Kensou's taxed Kyo almost to the limit of his abilities? Kyo's defensing of the last, desperate attack is not a guarantee by any means--he weathers that last burst of energy with his own willpower, gritting his teeth.

He disappears into that storm of energy--but when it clears...

Kyo is still standing. Residual energy is wisping off his body, and he's... worn. Tired. But he's still on his feet. He gazes down at the fallen Psycho Soldier.

"Come back sometime," he says, sounding as jaunty as he can, which... isn't as jaunty as he'd like. As the Atelier crew rush in to administer to Kensou, Kyo walks over to his bike and starts it up. The deep thrum of the engine fills the yard.

"Gotta get home, Yuki's gonna call..."

COMBATSYS: Kyo has ended the fight here.

Log created on 19:54:14 01/12/2015 by Kyo, and last modified on 19:09:32 01/13/2015.