Rumble In The Streets - [Rumble W1] Zach Glenn vs Maki

Description: Zach Glenn and Maki duke it out atop a parking garage, sponsored by LG. (Winner: Maki)

So there's a new app out that's talking about fights that are happening around Japan or something like that. It goes to your smartphone or whatever and is nicknamed '#rits.' It's becoming pretty popular amongst the crowds for some reason, including one Maki Genryuusai, who just happens to have a thing for street fighting. Or, in this case, it's not exactly street fighting, but for Maki it has hints of it for some reason. Nevertheless, when she found the app, she just had to check it out, and was lured into this whole fighting tournament thing. After all, for someone like Maki, how could she resist something that's called a 'rumble in the streets?'

Apparently, you could if you learned that you had to wear strange devices during the match for streaming purposes and things of that nature. Not to mention you're fighting on behalf of advertisers who will pay you good money for doing this, but for Maki, money isn't everything. Getting the main camera on is a bit of a challenge somewhat due to her thick blonde hair, but they manage to get it on eventually, albeit without Maki undoing her hair. "It takes me a long time to get it to look like that, so give me a break!" She comments to one technician who argues with her about doing it this way. She then finds herself wearing wristbands and anklebands too. "What is this, some kind of new technology we're testing out?" Maki asks.

"I'm sorry, Miss Genryuusai," The tech replies, "But the money will be forfeited if you don't wear them. It's the organizers' rules."

Sighing to herself, Maki accepts her fate to be wearing them, then she stands up and picks up her tonfa. She stares at it for a moment, the familiar feeling of gripping it in her hand making her smile a little bit. "Hey, I'll get to be showing off my style of martial arts. Maybe this won't be so bad after all?" She says, almost like she's talking to her tonfa.

Zach Glenn was in what could charitably be called a bad mood, and simply working out to vent it was not happening. This Rumble in the Streets event seemed a perfect way to do something a little more intense, and maybe make some strictly legal money while he was at it. This was clearly all Daniel Little's fault, somehow.

Zach made no protest at all to the odd gear strapped to him; the psion figured is was a sales gimmick. He walks into the cordoned area, testing the fit of the straps as he did so. Opening and closing his hands, bouncing lightly on the balls of his feet. Finally, he settled into a more... resolute stance before pulling a wooden claymore free from the straps holding it to his back. Giving the weapon a single whirl before holding it one-handedly low and to his right, pointed away from the younger woman, Zach locks eyes, and waves her on. "Let's go," he invites as gold and violet lightning flickers across Zach's frame!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn has started a fight here.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn gathers his will.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/---====|

Staring at her opponent, Maki recognizes him from previous fights, and smiles a little. "Nice to see a familiar face for my first fight, hmm?" She takes her tonfa and twirls it around, doing a few tricks with it before putting it back into her hand. "Looks like I won't be meeting any new friends this time?" She chuckles a little at her bad joke, but then the smile fades. "OK, enough chatter, it's time to get this show on the road!" She then calls out to those who might be watching, "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you are about to see the true power of the Bushin-ryuu style of martial arts done by the mistress herself!"

It seems a bit weird that Maki's showing off, but more than likely it's because she wants to make this streaming match look and sound as good as possible. "And as for you," She says to Zach, pointing her tonfa at him, "We both have weapons, but it's the skill of using them properly that will determine the winner of this match!" She rushes in quickly while Zach is engulfed with lightning and attempts to strike him with her tonfa using a horizontal strike, aimed at his midsection.

COMBATSYS: Maki has joined the fight here.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0             Maki

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Zach Glenn with Weapon Jab.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0             Maki

Zach recoils from the strike, taking two steps back as he does so. Zach realizes that if he lets Maki stay in close, the claymore will just get in his way. He looks at the woman, confusion evident on his face.

"I don't think we've /ever/ fought," Zach says, the statement /technically/ true. The psion has memories of this person, of fights those two people had had before... whatever had happened to that other Zach.

Zach spins the sword once, bringing high as that intertwining gold and violet races along the blade. Zach lets out a sharp yell as he brings the sword down on Maki's collarbone with enough force to possible break something of the woman's!

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Zach Glenn's Heavy Strike.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0             Maki

"Maybe we have," Maki comments, tensing herself as Zach comes at her with his weapon drawn. "And maybe we haven't! I can't keep track of every single fighter I meet during my travels!" As Zach gets closer, her eyes narrow a little. "Still, after this fight, we can say we've fought each other at least once." And as soon as she says that, Maki twists her upper body to the side. At the same time, she takes a step back, moving out of the way of Zach's incoming attack. When she sees how it was aimed, Maki breathes a sigh of relief internally, knowing that REALLY could've hurt! "Looks like you need to focus more on your speed!"

Maki makes that sound more like a piece of advice rather than sarcasm. At the same time, Maki's taking advantage of her opponent being in a disadvantageous position to come in quickly. She sticks out her foot and attempts to sweep Zach off his feet with the heel of her foot, almost like a standing foot sweep if you will.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Maki's Light Kick.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0             Maki

Zach brings the weapon back with a touch of speed, bringing the blade of the weapon vertical to intercept the kick. He grunts with effort, but does not budge from where he stands.

"Maybe," he concedes.

An eyeblink later, a vertical curving slash of psychic sweeping upward at Maki's face from the blade just above where it holds Maki's ankle away from him!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn successfully hits Maki with Claw Flare.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0             Maki

Being intercepted by that weapon isn't too bad, all things considered. But when that weapon is coming up at you quickly, you best get out of the way! Unfortunately, Maki is a little too slow and finds herself getting caught by the attack. "OWWW!" She yelps, the stinging sensation catching her slightly off guard and causing her to rub at the spot where she was hit with her free hand. "Damn it, where'd I go wrong?" She comments under her breath before staring at Zach with a sour look this time. "Pretty good, but there's a lot more than just that, you know!"

By now, it's obvious Maki's a bit pissed off by getting hit by such a hard blow, especially when she feels like it was unfair in some sense. "In fact, I got a little something I'm sure you're bound to enjoy!" She then drops onto the ground and, while balancing on her tonfa, begins to spin around swiftly with her leg outstretched in what could easily be a whirlwind kick on the ground! "Look out!" She adds during the spin.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Maki's Bushin Senpuu Kyaku.

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Zach Glenn       1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0             Maki

Zach braces his feet, utilizing powered knowledge and perhaps a faint whisper of will to sheathe his frame, and blocks each kick as it comes in. He slides back a little under each strike before the barrage stops.

Zach then brings his weapon up, the blade aimed at the woman's chest. He takes a half a second to aim, another half second to send another jolt of violet and sunlight down the blade before taking a quick step and a half, thrusting the blade directly at the center of Maki's chest!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn successfully hits Maki with Fierce Strike.
- Power hit! -

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Zach Glenn       1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1             Maki

It's not the fact that she messed up with her defense again that's got Maki really riled up. Nor is it the fact that, after being hit hard, she's struggling to catch her breath. It's the fact that she was hit directly in the chest, albeit in the center, but still! This really makes Maki mad. "You pervert!" She shouts, gripping her tonfa even harder. "You think that's any way to treat a lady?" Ironic, considering Maki doesn't even think of herself as a lady.

"All right, I'm done being nice to you!" She steps one foot towards Zach, still gritting her teeth. "I'm gonna show you what I do to jerks like you!" With a yell, she swings her tonfa while stepping forwards with the motion to add more force to it.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn fails to interrupt Genkou from Maki with Claw Spiker.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/---====|=======\===----\1             Maki

%Zach frowns slightly at Maki's comments, not knowing what or how to respond to something like that. He takes a page from so many of his Drill Instructors, and just shuts up and fights.

Allowing the blade of his weapon to bounce up and away from Maki Zach uses the motion of the weapon to speed up his next swing, a wide looping slash augmented by a veritble storm of energy around the weapon...

...that sails right over Maki's head. Zach's timing was just off enough to miss the woman completely, and takes the tonfa to the side of the head, causing stars to swim before his eyes. The psion staggers under the weight of the strike, trying to get his bearings.

Maki steps back as she recovers from the motion of her attack. She rolls her neck around and wipes the sweat off of her forehead, sighing a little. "I can't believe this guy has gotten the better of me. I have to make up for this!" She comments to herself, although those watching the stream might hear it as well. "Then again, who gives a damn?" She adds for no reason.

Zach is seeing stars, but Maki's not going to let him stargaze for much longer. She's about to call out 'heads up,' when she realizes announcing her intention might not be such a smart idea. She looks for a nearby object to leap onto briefly, and once she finds it, she jumps off of it and then attempts to fly directly at Zach with her leg outstretched. Zach is gonna feel the agony of 'de-feet' if he doesn't do something!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Maki's Hassou Kyaku.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/--=====|=======\===----\1             Maki

Zach plants his feet, bringing the flat of his weapon between himself and Maki, catching the flying quick squarely. Glenn twists slightly to redirect the woman off to one side. He grins slightly, as the particolored lightning flickering around him dies down.

The parry gives Zach an open shot at Maki's back, which he is more than willing to take as brings an empty left hand towards the small of Maki's back. Glenn /then/ looses a bolt of pure telekinetic force at the young woman before stepping away from her.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Zach Glenn's Blast Punch.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/--=====|=======\===----\1             Maki

A good parry is a good method of defense, but it also can leave you open to counterattack if you're not careful. Of course, in Zach's case, he's aiming right for Maki after doing his parry. So Maki's going into defensive mode again, and jumping over that projectile as it comes at her. "Good try, but you'll have to do better than that!" Maki comments as she does a brief somersault in the air, then attempts to land on Zach's shoulders hands first.

If she does land, she's not just going to do a handstand on his shoulders. Instead, she's going to try to flip him upside down while being right-side up herself. And then she'll try to throw him to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn fails to interrupt Tengu Daoshi from Maki with Intercepting Strike EX.
- Power fail! -

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/=======|=======\====---\1             Maki

Maki succeeds with her throw. She flips over and tosses Zach to the ground from the air. "How do you like THAT?" Maki yells as she drops to the ground. "That's one I use in certain times!"

Zach bounces awkwardly once, then twice, before rolling over his shoulders and getting back on his feet. The crowd around Zach parts to give him space to land and regain his stance. He simply keeps his eyes on Maki as he brings himself back to standing upright. He brings his weapon to a ready position, pointed at Maki with the blade running parallel to the line between his shoulders and gripped comfortably in both hands.

Zach starts circling the woman carefully, and seems entirely nonplussed by the fact that he just thrown. He simply waits for his opponent's next move.

Watching and waiting, checking her opponent carefully, Maki looks more like a predator circling its prey, ready to fight back. Her eyes are narrowed and her tonfa remains strongly gripped. "This can go either way. It's up to how we play it..."

Maki steps towards Zach carefully, each step deliberate and carefully calculated. She watches him, looking for any hints of possible movement or something similar. She steps closer and closer, then attempts to spin around and deliver a swift spinning strike with her tonfa.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Maki's Medium Strike.

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Zach Glenn       1/-------/=======|=======\====---\1             Maki

Zach intercepts the tonfa strike with his sword, before pushing the woman off of him. He decides he does not want to allow her too much breathing room, though. That'd be bad.

Zach launches towards Maki, lashing out with a roundhouse kick, followed by a back kick. He has not even landed when the drops a scything axe kick aimed squarely at the top of Maki's head with a loud kiai!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn successfully hits Maki with Storm Kick.

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Zach Glenn       1/-----==/=======|=======\=======\1             Maki

That loud kiai is what distracts Maki enough to make her mistime her dodge attempt. She gets hit on the head by Zach's kick, causing her to drop to the ground and hold her head in pain. At the same time she lets fly with a few four letter words that we'd best not repeat here. Anyone who objects to her language will have to go through her tonfa personally. Because when she's in pain, Maki lets everyone know how she feels about it. And she's mighty angry now!

"I'm done playing games for real," Maki comments as she stands up and regains her composure. "It's time to finish this once and for all!" Maki takes a large, deep breath, almost as if she's trying to focus all of her power into her body, then dashes at Zach, attempting to strike him with her tonfa. If successful, Maki plans to launch into a series of tonfa strikes, followed by a rising kick attack, and then an aerial throw light before... all strung together in one fluid motion!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn endures Maki's Bushin Gou Rai Ha.

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Zach Glenn       1/-----==/=======|===----\-------\0             Maki

Zach smirks a bit as a golden fog slides over his body. Violet lightning flickers through the aura of yellow, as Zach takes a step foward. Then the first strike lands, and Zach... keeps approaching. He does not flinch or recoil from any of the strikes, using his aura to mute some of the damage from the attack as Zach continues to press in.

The wooden claymore sweeps low and away from Maki, and Zach tenses slightly before leaping skyward. As he does so, the psion unleashes a massive uppercut with the weapon, turning once before landing. However, Zach then follows up with a /second/ leaping uppercut. A real sword would probably eviscerate someone with the dual slashes. This won't hurt any less, though.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn successfully hits Maki with Raging Dragon.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/------=|======-\-------\0             Maki

That's a pretty good trick with the sword. Unfortunately, even if it's not a real sword, it still hurts like the dickens. Maki finds this out the hard way when her defensive attempt to brace for impact fails miserably. She drops to the ground like a sack of potatoes after the second hit lands, but somehow she's not finished yet. She groans and attempts to push herself up back onto her feet, which is not easy given how battered her body is. "This is... an embarassment... to Bushin-ryuu..." Maki groans.

Once she's on her feet, Maki slaps her face a few times to try to focus again. But when your body is racked with pain and you're out of breath, your body looks more like a hunchback rather than an actual fighter's. Still, Maki's determined to win this fight!" It's not over yet!" Maki groans as she attempts to 'stagger' in a little and grab Zach to administer an over the shoulder throw. It might be hard with her weakened, but she's giving her all.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Maki's Quick Throw.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/-----==|======-\-------\0             Maki

Zach shoves hard against Maki, pushing her away by simple expedient of bulling in with his shoulder before springing back. Zach takes a long breath before letting it out slowly.

He keeps the blade of weapon on a diagonal angle between himself and Maki as he slowly circles her. He considers carefully and has come to the conclusion that a longer fight is in his favor in the face of Maki's blistering, but not all that damaging, offensive blitz.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn gains composure.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/------=|======-\-------\0             Maki

Maki stares down Zach, after being pushed away by her opponent, and finding her air being expended a little more in this time frame. She struggles to catch her breath once again, watching Zach and expecting him to attack. She knows that this could easily be the end of the fight if she were to be attacked by him at this spot. But surprisingly, the attack doesn't come. Is Zach procrastinating perhaps? Or is he just trying to test Maki's patience?

Maki looks up and stares at Zach. "If you wish to... prolong this fight..." Maki says weakly, "I won't disappoint you!" She begins to breathe deeply, trying to remember she still has a chance if she puts her best effort into this.

COMBATSYS: Maki gains composure.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/------=|=====--\-------\0             Maki

Zach smirks; he highly doubts Maki has the ability to butress stamina with sheer willpower that Zach can bring to bear. Zach sets himself for a moment, considering his lines and angles.

A half second later, and Zach is charging in. He skids to a halt surprisingly close to Maki, considering that he was trying to keep some the entire fight, his left leg leading as he drops his weight into an astride stance. Zach sets his weight even as he lashes out with a left handed three-quarters uppercut that comes flickering in at an unusual angle given his stance and the motion of the punch!

COMBATSYS: Maki interrupts Dynamite Punch from Zach Glenn with Bushin Senpuu Kyaku.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Maki

As Zach comes running in, Maki's mind begins to process the incoming attack. Or rather, what it could be. In her weakened state, Maki tries to think in terms of the most desperate situation possible, since she could go down easily at this rate. So she does what she's been trained to do in a desperate situation. That is, deliver her spinning kick on the ground again. Even in her weakened state, she still spins like a top!

Unfortunately, the uppercut still hits her just as she hits Zach, so she's knocked to the ground again. Grunting a little, Maki rubs at her side, making sure her kidney is still there before she struggles to get up. "Looks like it went both ways..." She mutters.

/Again/ that kick move. Zach should have seen it coming. Zach staggers under the kicks before regaining his balance. And then he pulls a move he would /never/ do with an actual claymore by flipping the weapon in his hand and grabbing it by the end of the blade. He swings it once, scything the weapon at one of Maki's ankles to try and catch it with the large cross hilt.

If he gets the hook, he pulls up hard to send Maki to the pavement that covers the top of the parking garage the pair are fighting at the top of.

And /then/ Zach will deliver a swift and vicious stomp on the woman's neck.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Zach Glenn's Armed Combo.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1             Maki

That would be quite painful if Zach were to hit Maki. Especially given that Maki's in enough pain as it stands. But Maki's still got a bit of energy left within her, and she's not about to let it go to waste. She stumbles out of the way, avoiding being caught by Zach entirely, and turns to face him. "You can do... what you want... I'll just... keep dodging!" She sneers a little at that, but the contorted look on her face indicates she's still in a bit of pain. "Still, one of us has to be finished..."

Maki takes a big breath and blows it out. Then she does it again. Finally, she takes a few running steps(!) at Zach, then proceeds to launch herself at Zach with her leg outstretched. Only this time, she's going even faster than before!

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Zach Glenn with Tesshin Hou.

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Zach Glenn       1/-======/=======|-------\-------\0             Maki

Zach takes the kick across the jaw, and wobbles for a moment as the sword clatters out of his hands. He shakes his head once, and chambers a punch with his right hand. His arm, shoulder, and torso all torque and build up potential energy as Zach takes a single breath, and fires a corkscrew punch with his right, aimed directly at the center of Maki's chest.

He finishes the follow-through on the punch, and then falls flat on his face.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Maki avoids Zach Glenn's Heartbreak Shot EX.

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It's one last ditch effort on Zach's behalf, but sometimes even the best of the best fail to make it. Maki steps out of the way of Zach's final attack attempt, and then drops to one knee as she gasps for air. She watches as Zach falls to the ground and gives a weak thumbs up. "You were a tough challenger... I like that... in a street fight..." Maki says with a slight smirk. After that, she's helped out of the arena where the devices are removed and she's promised her payment in exchange for her services.

"Don't worry... about payment... Just... a good fight... Is all I needed..." Maki says while she attempts to catch her breath. She finished one fight, but who knows what else is coming?

COMBATSYS: Maki has ended the fight here.

This has been a good day, reflects Hu Seong Jin, vice-president of the Southtown division of LG Electronics. For a minimal investment in this low-budget tournament, he's managed to get his products plastered all over the internet. Here on the top floor of a five-story parking garage, nestled in the shadow of the LG Electronics tower in the heart of the Southtown business district, hundreds of people have gathered to watch two blonde westerners duke it out -- with banners proclaiming "Life's Great" and showing the circular LG logo prominent in the background. And when the onlookers -haven't- been participating in their own predictions of the fight progress on the LG-provided kiosks, or their own personal phones, they've been happily checking out brochures and other sales paraphernelia, on their wide selection of LG televisions, LG cellphones. It's been a pretty good day.

And the applause is pretty intense. There is no question that the audience was totally loving the tete-a-tete between the two fighters. It's been a great fight, right down to the very last punch.

Hu Seong Jin claps cheerfully. Especially at the mention Maki makes about 'don't worry about payment'. It's a noble gesture, but a business agreement is something that needs to be honored, lest later litigation present itself. He smiles cheerfully.
And then he drops to his knees, the expression on his face running the gamut from happiness to confusion, to sinking disappointment, as the sound from a high-powered shotgun bullet fired from an adjacent tower finally catches up with the shell that's embedded itself within the vice-president's torso.
He collapses to the parking deck with a thud, one moment later, blood spattered all across his back.

The assassin is a good quarter mile away; job complete, he disappears back into the building with no one else the wiser.

It was a good day.

Log created on 19:40:41 01/23/2016 by Zach Glenn, and last modified on 00:47:17 01/24/2016.