Neo League 0001 - NL#0049: Miki vs Scratch

Description: The League hits Russia, as the mysterious Hero of Justice, Tiger Mask, faces relative newcomer Scratch. Will the skater bring the heat in the sweltering foundry, or will the fires of justice burn brighter? And will either be the same afterward? (Winner: Scratch)

The foundry keeps on running, workers cheerfully going about their jobs despite the imminent fight that's going to happen amongst all this machinery. Judging from the condition of the place, fight contracts might be the only reason it's still afloat. Or perhaps that's the reason it's not in great shape?

Tiger Mask adjusts her karate robes again. The sweat is already making them uncomfortable. Perhaps she should have worn slightly less, in retrospect.

But that doesn't seem precisely heroic.

Then again, neither does having to lift her mask slightly off her face to wipe a handkerchief borrowed from a nearby worker against her face.

Showing up to this match a bit early may not have been a good idea, however polite.

Well...this is probably the sanest place that Scratch has had a fight so far (outside of just Southtown proper). That probably says something about the kind of fights that the skater girl has been in since starting on this path. And truth be told....well, she probably wouldn't want to live here over Metro City, and that says a bit considering.

At least she's dressed light enough that she isn't about to suffocate terribly. It still makes her sweat uncomfortably though, wiping off her forehead with her arm, letting her arm-stockings soak most of it. "Ugh...what the hell is this place," she mutters.

And then she looks at her opponent and blinks. "....right..." She's not going to bother asking. She really isn't. She just covers her face with her hand, shaking it before looking over to 'Tiger Mask'. "Just...yeah, lets get this over with, before we both dry out in this sauna."

'Tiger Mask' blinks, straightens up, and points a finger at Scratch dramatically. "My opponent has arrived! Well met!" She points her thumb at herself. "I'm Tiger Mask. This heat may be sweltering, but that just makes it that much better training! As to what the place is: It's a foundry! It makes various kinds of metal goods!"

She's not going to hold back her energy just because it happens to be way too fricking hot. She jumps up, does a flip midair, and lands a few feet in front of Scratch.

"Are you in this for training? Or do you have some other purpose? Publicity? Seeking a wish? The two hundred and fifty dollars?"

A pause. "Personally, I'm here to try to understand why people lead this sort of lifestyle. But while it might be simpler to ask questions, it wouldn't fully expose their true fighting spirit to my eyes!" She raises her right hand, spread out, then clutches her fingers down dramatically into a fist.

"That said, if you wish to simply join this battle without further speech..." She pauses, but it might be more a pause for word choice than her actually being done talking.

Continuing to facepalm, the cyan-haired rebel just sighs at 'Tiger Mask's' answer. "I know what it is. I just don't know what those people are doing making a fight in someplace like this," she says, shaking her head again. Removing her hand from her face, she looks up...just in time to see Tiger Mask suddenly in front of her, causing her to jolt back enough that she rolls a few feet.

"Hey, whatever I want out of this is my own, geez. Besides, it's not like this is the time to pick someone's brain," she says, shaking her head again.

And when Tiger Mask suggests just that....well, the skater takes the invitation. The signal for the match had already been given, she's just willing to take the first go, charging forward with a rush before dropping into a slide. One skated foot tucked under a slightly extended crooked leg, she tries to slide herself directly into 'Tiger Mask's waiting ankle and trip her up to claim the early momentum.

COMBATSYS: Scratch has started a fight here.

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Scratch          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Miki has joined the fight here.

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Scratch          0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0             Miki

COMBATSYS: Miki blocks Scratch's Acid Soul Slide.

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Scratch          0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0             Miki

Tiger Mask crouches down to block the bottom of Scratch's shoe with the palm of both of her hands, and continues to talk as she's slide back slightly by the impact.

"I don't get that part either, quite honestly! It seems a little dangerous. Is it to promote the foundry or something? With each new piece of information, more questions grow. However!" She pauses. "...I'm not honestly sure they're questions I /care/ about."

She tries to place her hands on Scratch's leg, vault up using it, and aim a knee at the skate punk's face.

"I have already determined you are not on this path to meet people or make friends! Or at least, you already judge myself unworthy of such friendship the moment you saw the mask. Perhaps you thought 'someone who hides their face can't possible be up to any good'. If so, let me be the first to assure you, I wear this mask explicitly to do good!"

COMBATSYS: Scratch blocks Miki's Light Kick.

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Scratch          0/-------/------<|======-\-------\0             Miki

Stopped and caught by her foot as she tries to slide through and past, Scratch recovers, pushing away and getting back to her feet quickly. As the knee flies toward her face, she manages to get her hands up and in front of the strike, pushing away to get some space. Her hands tingle at the block, but she tries to ignore that for now, despite knowing her hands will go rather numb if she keeps trying to that.

"I don't know what you're doing trying to psychoanalyze me during the fight, but that's missing the point, isn't it?" she snaps before trying to get some momentum with her skates. Trying to settle into a rhythm, she builds up more and more speed before sweeping in. An arm extends outward, trying to hook onto one of 'Tiger Mask's'. Her hands glow with a faint green sheen as she tries to use that built momentum before trying to bodily fling her opponent away like a hammer throw.

COMBATSYS: Miki counters Rewind Whip from Scratch with Savage Grace.

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Scratch          0/-------/---<<<<|======-\-------\0             Miki

"When I heard I'd be fighting a 'Scratch', I was of course worried they'd have a devil gimmick and be some sort of evil person. But you just seem like a normal girl."

Tiger Mask grabs back onto Scratch's arms as she's grabbed, and spreads her legs to slow down the momentum as she starts to get spun, a manuever that is only somewhat effective. Before that throw can actually take place, however, the head of a large pink tiger made out of energy with darker pink emerges from her stomach, and sinks it's fangs into Scratch's stomach. She uses this moment to spin her arms outwards and disengage from Scratch, and the head of the tiger pulls back into her body.

She raises her right hand in a palm gesture towards her opponent, clutches it into a fist dramatically. "What's the point that I'm missing?"

To say that was unexpected was a bit of a understatement. Most people don't interject by causing a energy tiger head to erupt from their stomach. That's definitely a new one. Then again, Scratch has only just been facing people outside of your common low level street thugs rather recently. So such tricks are still a stranger to her.

Falling back after her attempted hammer swing was stalled and stopped, the skater groans and shoves herself back up to her feet. "That trying to talk in a fight is a bad idea?" is her response to the pointed question. Not that she has the experience to make such a statement, but it makes sense to her. Just as it makes sense for her to rush in again for the attack. Trying to pour on more speed, she quickly takees to the air, backflipping wth one foot held at the ankle. The other slashes out and upward as she flips backward while sailing forward. The other foot lashes out, like a bent branch released, a faster slashing kick unleashed, wheels of both causing streaks of energy through the air.

COMBATSYS: Miki blocks Scratch's Method Slicer EX.

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Scratch          0/-------/--<<<<<|======-\-------\0             Miki

Tiger Mask takes a step back, and blocks those skates with her palms again, but the addition of energy and the repetition of blocking a skate kicking at her hurts. She stumbles back a little, wriggles her hands, snaps them up into kung fu tiger claws for a moment, then returns to flat hands.

"Like anything else, it's a skill to be practiced! Without it, you can't try to talk someone into not doing evil when you're fighting them for doing said evil! Among other uses!"

She clenches her right hand into a fist in the dramatic gesture she seems to like so very much, leaps up into the air, jumping over Scratch, and flips backwards, aiming her heel at the back of the skater's head.

"Tiiiger HEEL!"

COMBATSYS: Scratch dodges Miki's Heavy Kick.

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Scratch          0/-------/--<<<<<|=======\-------\1             Miki

Well, this is going to be an annoying encounter. He's really not sure what's in the 'Tiger Mask's' head, trying to do a therapy session in the middle of a fight, but it's not something Scratch is terribly receptive to, it seems. Especially when it's punctuated by a flying kick that she's barely able to wheel away from before a hard heel drops onto the back of her head.

"That's...." She starts to comment, before shaking her head. This is getting into her head. Clamming up for now, she instead just goes in for it...but rather than the full momentum sweep-ins like she'd been doing, she comes to a near hard stop before pitching forward onto her hands. Her legs whip over her head, trying her own variation on the heel drop as she tries to slam skated feet down like a scorpion's tail whipping down.

COMBATSYS: Scratch successfully hits Miki with Handplant Hammer.

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Scratch          0/-------/--<<<<<|=======\-------\1             Miki

Tiger Mask is knocked to the ground by the kick to her head and chest, sprawling backwards.

After a moment, she rolls over onto all fours, and springs back up to her feet in one smooth movement.

"Excellent! I didn't see that one coming. Still, I have to wonder...!"

She rushes back towards Scratch, and tries to hit her in the shoulder with a palm strike while she's on her skates to spin her direction slightly, then shove hard with a shoulder rush to knock her back into the metal wall of a machine that would then be behind her if she sets this up right.

COMBATSYS: Scratch dodges Miki's Random Weapon.

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Scratch          0/-------/--<<<<<|=======\=------\1             Miki

Dropping back onto her skates, Scratch doesn't stop moving once she's on the ground again. She has to keep her momentum and her movement up lest she drop out of her own personal rhythm. "Wonder what?" she asks, depsite herself, before the charge comes in. Eyes widen, throwing her hands forward and pushing herself away from Tiger Mask can strike her shoulder, the push away moving her away from the wall and from her opponent before she can get pinned down.

Realizing she was about to get cornered, she pivots away and back to the center of the cordoned off fighting area they have, before sweeping in again. This time, she tries to glide in low, wheeling forward in a crouch before a hand snaps at Tiger Mask's ankle. "Don't make me bring the noise!" she shouts, before trying to yank hard on the leg and hopefully trip the mask-wearing weirdo up and onto her back.

COMBATSYS: Miki blocks Scratch's Quick Throw.

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Scratch          0/-------/--<<<<<|=======\=------\1             Miki

"I was wondering how much you had practiced with those skates. Strapping weapons to yourself is innately dangerous if they can be used against you, but it seems you are past that level!"

Tiger Mask is thrown onto her back, but hits the ground on her palms, rolls backwards and is back up to her feet in a moment. She rubs her hands together, shakes them out a bit.

"...The noise?" A pause. "I'm not afraid of the noise! Clearly, the noise is something you should bring!"

She runs in towards Scratch, closing the distance, then attempts to stomp on her foot and momentarily immobilize or at least catch a ride with her, aiming a palm up at her chin.

COMBATSYS: Scratch blocks Miki's Hard Stuff.

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Scratch          0/-------/<<<<<<<|=======\-------\1             Miki

Scratch snorts at Tiger Mask's continued prodding, even as the skater forces her into a roll to avoid the hard drop on the floor. Wheeling around again, the Metro City native wipes her forehead again, heat still making it a little harder to keep up a full pace. "I've practically lived on these skates, alright?" she snaps, getting more and more annoyed with the prodding.

Spotting 'Tiger Mask' running toward her just as she starts to pivot in, Scratch is forced to brake, and take up a defensive crouch. The foot stomp is...terribly unorthodox, and trying to use it to immobilize someone on skates is questionable, but it does keep her distracted enough that she's forced to catch the following palm strike on her forearms. Just when her hands were finished stinging from catching the knee earlier too.

Letting out almost like an annoyed whine through her nose, Scratch pushes away to get room again, before picking up speed. "You have no idea how much noise I can bring!" she shouts before leaping toward one of the walls. Picking up her feet, she twists and plants her wheels against the wall, almost rolling along it before pushing away again, and straight toward Tiger Mask.

As she flies, she tries to twist and drive herself shoulder=first toward Tiger Mask, hopefully able to slam into her and then twist the masked weirdo away before she herself hits ground.

COMBATSYS: Miki fails to counter Aggressive Air from Scratch with Paper Tiger.

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Scratch          0/-------/-----<<|=======\-------\0             Miki

The head and forelegs of the pink energy tiger emerges from Tiger Mask's shoulder, it's energy starting to solidify - but before it can, Scratch's elbow breaks through it, shattering it, and knocks the masked girl to the ground with a powerful impact.

The girl lies there for a moment, the shattered pink energy seeping back into her, then slowly struggles up to all fours. From there, she manages to get into a somewhat upright position, turns her head towards Scratch, stares at her in an almost predatory fashion from behind that mask.

"...Was that The Noise?"

She straightens up the rest of the way, and that brief impression is gone - she looks just like a normal masked heroic wierdo.

"I have to admit, I don't entirely know what 'The Noise' means, but Justice isn't afraid of anything, and neither am I... so my statement was still accurate! I just wanted you to know you don't have to hold back when fighting me! Whatever it is, I can take it!"

Pushing herself back up after that reckless dive, Scratch gets back to her wheels and pushes off the ground, much the same way a rower would swing his paddles back into the water. It's inefficient, but quicker in a pinch so she doesn't have to get upright before moving again. The benefit of wheels.

This means that the predatory look is missed, as she's more worried about making space than watching her foe that closely.

"You're really weird, you know that, right?" she responds, rather than trying to educate her on what the figurative 'noise' is. Much better to simply let her figure it out on her own later. "Don't hold back, huh?" Not that she has been, which is....actually worrying to hear something like that, but it just makes the skater that much more intent on making an impression, charging in with another hard sprint for another hard shoulder tackle, this time upright rather than an unorthodox diving, twisting...thing.

COMBATSYS: Miki blocks Scratch's Medium Punch.

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Scratch          0/-------/----<<<|=======\-------\1             Miki

Tiger Mask places her hands on her hips and laughs as she's called wierd. Like it's a compliment.

"It's certainly true that someone as obsessed Good or Justice as I am can't be called normal! But that is only because we live in a corrupt world!"

She steps forwards, lowers her stance, and catches onto Scratch's arm, redirects her to the side. Takes a bit of a hit on her arms and shoulder from that, but much less than if it had hit straight on.

"...Well, mostly corrupt! There's definitely some Good and Justice in this world other than myself!"

She crouches, leaps up into the air over Scratch. "Your skates give you an advantage over me, but only in a lateral playing field. Let's see how you do when things aren't so straightforwards!" Her eyes glow with pink energy from behind the mask.

Out of her, her energy tiger emerges entirely, connected to her only by it's oversized tail, and flies straight towards Scratch. It aims both of it's claws to stab /through/ her, albeit at different angles.

COMBATSYS: Scratch blocks Miki's Saber Tiger.

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Scratch          0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0             Miki

Scratch rolls her eyes as the word 'corrupt' comes out, at least once she comes to a stop after her shoulder charge was pushed aside. "Trust me, you have no idea about what 'corrupt' is," she mutters, a little more of an edge to her voice as she speaks this time. Not that she has much time to be irritated this way, when Tiger Mask leaps into the air.

The energy that flies out from the weirdo is no joke, and she's forced to come to another dead stop and buckle down. Grimacing as the energy nearly blows her over and the claws stab into her huddled form, it's only her skates converting the force into radial movement that keeps her from being knocked onto her ass. And even then, she's forced to catch herself before she goes full timber.

"You want to take it to the air?" she asks, a little cockiness entering her voice...before she frowns. Aside from her wall jump stunt, she realizes the current arena is not so spectacularly designed for her brand of aerial movement. "..." Realizing her problem, she pushes back again, taking the chance to look around and get a sense of the foundry and any possible lines she can use to take to the air HER way, if Tiger Mask really is so intent on making this a battle in 3 dimensions.

COMBATSYS: Scratch focuses on her next action.

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Scratch          0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0             Miki

Tiger Mask lands on the ground right in front of Scratch, and points a finger at her nose suddenly. "If I don't know what 'corrupt' is... teach me! If there is injustice in the world... I must know! I can only fight what I can see, and I have to admit... my vision isn't perfect!"

She moves that finger up and back towards the tiger mask's mouth. "...Not during a televised match, certainly. I do understand descretion can be important at times."

She turns that hand into a fist, rushing back in towards Scratch if she's moved during this rather long speech, and aims a punch at her stomach.

COMBATSYS: Scratch dodges Miki's Medium Punch.

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Scratch          0/-------/--=====|=------\-------\0             Miki

Still scanning, Scratch scowls a bit more...and nearly jumps when Tiger Mask drops down in front of her enough to poke at her nose. "Wah!" she shouts, scrambling away out of the weirdo in the karate gi's reach. However, as she continues to speak, she scowls even more. "PFft. I don't care who hears it. Metro City is a rotten cesspool thanks to Mad Gear and everyone knows it," she says.

And as the fist rushes out toward her, Scratch is...already gone, turning to skate a near 90 degrees from where she had been standing and facing. Making speed, she leaps up, catching the top of a nearby railing around the foundry. Using the higher perch, she leaps off and back toward Miki, both feet flung out and hands reaching toward themn in a flying pike. Or as skaters might call it, a Rocket Air.

COMBATSYS: Scratch successfully hits Miki with Rocket Booster EX.

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Scratch          0/-------/-======|=------\-------\0             Miki

Tiger Mask raises her arms, but too slow - she's hit in the chest by those skates, and hurled back into the side of a huge heavy metal barrel, leaving a slight dent. Why was that even in the ring?

She stumbles forwards into a impromptu kneeling position, head hanging.

"It seems... you might also have me beat horizontally."

She slowly wobbles back up to her feet, and turns towards Scratch.

"Let's work on cleaning up Metro City together. Getting rid of Mad Gear." Her normal jovial over the top tokusatsu tone isn't entirely gone, but it's faded. More importantly, she sounds absolutely serious.

T"Perhaps I have yet to convince you that I'd be a worthy ally?" She spreads the fingers of both hands out, then clenches them into fists.

COMBATSYS: Miki focuses on her next action.

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Scratch          0/-------/-======|=------\-------\0             Miki

Landing after her big double-footed flying kick, Scratch continues to take the fast roll, even faster than before...but the way she's sweating, it's clear it's not going to last long. She seems mostly agitated now and this restless pace is a direct consequence. "Maybe...I'm not sure if I've seen anything serious out of you yet." Beat. "Not what you've been throwing at me, that's been serious but...whatever!"

Agitated as she is, it's clear she's not sure how serious the offer really is. Not to mention that there's still the scheduled fight to worry about, one that Scratch is still intent on winning if she can. Charging in, she slides in, just as she had done at the beginning of the fight....but rather than try a slide kick, a can flashes into her hand, the familiar rattle of spraypaint before said paint is sprayed directly onto...Tiger Mask's stomach? To be fair, that HAS been where those weird pink tigers have been erupting from...and the same general glow of green seems to reinforce that spraypaint enough to feel like a heavy weight being pushed into the tokusatsu heroine's abdomen. If she gets tagged that is.

COMBATSYS: Scratch successfully hits Miki with Taggin' It.

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Scratch          1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0             Miki

"If you think that this mask and these words are simply for my own amusement, you've missed something important, Scratch!" Her voice doesn't sound as serious as it did a moment ago.

Tiger Mask raises a foot to stomp down on Scratch's ankle when she goes in for that kick, pin her momentarily to the floor - but the skater stops a bit short of that. She starts to go for a backflip, but not quick enough to avoid getting tagged by that green spraypaint with the green glowing haze adheres itself to her Karate Uniform, and the impact messes up her backflip, and has her land messily on the ground.

She places her hands behind her on the floor, and rolls up backwards up to her feet, swaying from side to side a bit. She stamps a foot in the ground and making a series of elaborate gestures that seem to be more to look cool than anything else.

"Fighting as a... Hero for Justice may seem old-fashioned.. but that doesn't make it any less effective! You can't win against Mad Gear until you believe things like Good and Justice are possible! Even if you do, you won't stop something just as bad from replacing it, because it's beyond your comprehension! The possibility of things stem from the belief that they're possible, and I, Tiger Mask... am the living incarnation of that belief! Someone who can't imagine the future can only see what's right before their eyes!"

She turns away, and the tiger leaps out of her back towards Scratch, it's legs not entirely out of her body, and aims a barrage of claw scratches at the skater's face.

"Tiiiiger FANG!"

COMBATSYS: Miki successfully hits Scratch with Handsome Beast.

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Scratch          1/--=====/=======|=====--\-------\0             Miki

Rolling herself back up to her feet in what looks more like a breakdance move than a skate trick, Scratch, starts on her roll again, but it's clear she's reaching her straining point, sweating profusely (and seriously not helped by the sweltering conditions of the's good she's wearing something underneath that tank...).

"Show me justice when cops on the dole can kill their partners for getting too suspicious and get off scott fr-" she starts to snap...until the tiger comes out again, the paint not doing a very good job of blocking it was worth a shot, she thinks, as she flies back from the scratching energy claws of the mighty tiger projection. "GUHGNNNN...."

Falling hard onto the ground, red searing marks all over her face and chest (not to mention a few rips in her clothing that weren't there for fashion's sake), she's barely able to keep her adrenaline up to roll back to her feet. "Show me some kind of justice then!" she shouts, leaping to another rail and kissing it with her skates before taking higher into the air toward Tiger Mask. As he sails, her body turns, rotating and somersaulting all at the same time, legs flashing out once she gets near enough in a whirlwind of energy-charged skate wheels trying to do some carving of their own in the general airspace Tiger Mask occupies. It's a crazy attack, and one that is sure to have a reckless landing for the cyan-haired skater, but it's clear she's not above risks.

COMBATSYS: Miki fails to counter McTwister from Scratch with Iron Claw.

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COMBATSYS: Miki can no longer fight.

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Scratch          0/-------/-----==|

"What happened then was Evil, and it must be punished. If Evil and Injustice didn't exist, Good and Justice wouldn't need to exist. That might be a better world, but it's not the one we live in. We never know if any single fight will end in victory or failure: Tiger Mask can lose, Tiger Mask can die." She looks up, watching Scratch's acrobatics as she builds up speed. "But in the end, I believe Justice will prevail!"

Tiger Mask watches Scratch's spin as she comes down her, and leaps up into that air, attempting to perfectly follow that turn and rotation for just a second, enough to catch onto skater's shoulders and follow the rest of her momentum.

She slightly underestimates the range of those kicks, and the first one throws her off her path, and then the rest of that barrage comes down, knocking her this way and that way, until she falls to the ground on all fours.

"I just... need to... be... a little... stronger...!" That cheerful Tokusatsu tone is almost gone from her voice, and it sounds more like grim determination. Her arm muscles strain a bit, and she pushes herself up just a bit, getting ready to keep fighting despite her unreactive body...!

...Then her arms give out, and she collapses face first onto the ground.

Scratch's landing, despite being the one initially spinning like she was, is...not quite as graceful as Tiger Mask's. In fact, she barely avoids landing in a heap and yardsaling herself all over the foundry floor, and even then, that's mostly due to her rolling like a football tossed sidelong along the floor. When she's able to finally get back to something resembling upright, it's clear she's not going to be sprinting around the area anytime soon.

And yet, as she looks on, she sees Tiger Mask push herself up, before flopping back down to the ground. Grunting as she pulls herself back up onto her skates, she rolls over toward Tiger Mask. She hears the Russian announcement over the Foundry PA, perplexed a bit. "I guess that means I won?" she asks, before the League Officials repeat the announcement in English. "Guess so...." Looking back to Tiger Mask, she frowns a bit more...

Then reaches down to try and help Tiger Mask up. Medical officials are on their way as well, but she may as well get things going too. "Trust me. I wish life were all as justice and hopey as you were saying," she says, sounding a little less like a rough Metro City skate punk and more like a sad little girl at this point.

Strength seems to already being coming back to Tiger Mask... albeit slowly. With Scratch's help, she manages to struggle up to her feet after a little bit.

She places a hand on Scratch's shoulder, and looks up to meet her eyes - and this close, it's not hard to make out her eyes through the mask. Her eyes don't exactly look /heroic/ right now, more determined and in pain.

"The first step to making a wish come true is /believing/ in that wish. If you don't believe that Good and Justice have a hope at success, what exactly are you fighting for? To get revenge, not caring if you become just as dirty and corrupt as those you get revenge on?" Her legs wobble a bit, and she places her other hand on the skater's shoulder as well.

"Fight for your dreams. The people who make changes in this world, for good or for evil, have always been ones who believed change is possible. That doesn't mean you have to wear a mask, or sing your own theme song."

"But believe in your heart that it's possible, and we just might be able to make it happen."

COMBATSYS: Scratch takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Scratch has ended the fight here.

Log created on 23:02:32 01/16/2015 by Scratch, and last modified on 15:25:39 01/18/2015.