Neo League 0087 - NL#0092: Rochelle vs Mimi

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Description: In the Floating Garden Observatory, the aspiring Southtown Syndicate assassin Rochelle faces off against a student from Seijyun High. It's a battle between staff and blade, between ruthlessness and tradition--which wins out in the end?

Rochelle continues to test her mettle in the Neo-League, to prove herself to Southtown Syndicate as a martial artist, and, more importantly, a warrior. A small host of cameras have been set up around the Floating Garden Observatory atop the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Rochelle's losses compensated for by her intentional sex appeal and her genetic gifts as a beautiful young woman. Despite the status of the Neo-League as a premier professional fighting league, there is some flexibility within the system for viewer revenue, along with merchandise sold of fights. Rochelle does not care what kind of fan she attracts, as long as she is appreciated. But the issue is, she craves the attention of Geese Howard, not of fight fans.

Rochelle waits atop the rooftop terrace, the high winds of Osaka buffeting her neon red ponytail about, holding her titanium staff in her right hand. She's in her standard fighting gear, a leather jacket, revealing t-shirt, leather pants, and motorcycle boots, all black, contrasting her pale ivory skin and willfully sensually painted red lips. She faces out over the city, her back to the entrance to the terrace she arrived from, as she waits for her opponent. She feels as if the view should give her a peace that eludes her, and she does not quite understand why, but is planning on filling the aching pain inside her with the violence of the upcoming battle. Inspiration is important to her, to take the shape she seeks.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle has started a fight here.

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Mimi, too, has put herself into the Neo League for the same purpose as Rochelle--to test herself--though her motives are not the same. She doesn't seek audience with the Syndicate, for example. Making this fight meant leaving school early; she didn't want to bring her traditional outfit, so when Mimi shows up at the Observatory, it's in her Seijyun school uniform, augmented by the red, braided cord that serves as a swordbelt for her, the polished black stalk of her bokuto thrust through it securely. She's looking around as she enters the place, having never been to Osaka before, but quickly snaps her attention to where the fight is being set up, as informal as that is.

Her eyes flick upwards as she recalls the name she was given and the brief description, then settles her gaze on her opponent. She is pleasant enough, not overly friendly, as she steps crisply into the 'arena', her left hand steadying the wooden blade at her waist. Mimi judges her opponent to not be one for small talk, and so the girl simply nods to the woman before taking up her stance, smoothly drawing that weapon with her right hand and taking up a kenjutsu stance, leading with her right side, knees bent to lower her center of gravity somewhat.

Though eager, Mimi holds herself to a strict standard, so she settles in and watches her opponent with bright, clear eyes.

COMBATSYS: Mimi has joined the fight here.

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Mimi             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0         Rochelle

COMBATSYS: Mimi focuses on her next action.

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Mimi             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0         Rochelle

Rochelle turns her head to the left slightly, as she hears the movement of Mimi's feet beneath the wind fluttering along her cheek. She turns about, her eyes looking at Mimi's stomach and up to her chest as the Jago slowly mimics Mimi's breathing style, before Rochelle's eyes slide closed, a deep meditative state coming over her. Her eyes lid open slowly as her hand shifts her bo about into both hands with a quick flip from cross to cross position. Her mouth slowly curls into a smile, her eyes moving up towards Mimi's. Her lips part, into a slim grin, not a friendly one.

"Perhaps I will prepare you for the live blade you may need one day."

Rochelle takes a step forward and then tumbles forward into a roll, somersaulting at Mimi with her bo staff held horizontal amid the roll. She comes to a halt as she shifts her arms so the staff is up in the air, shifting to point at Mimi as she comes to the end of the roll. She brings it up and around from behind her, a far extension of the staff aimed at slamming down on Mimi from above with the fore half foot of the staff in a quick blow aimed at Mimi's right shoulder. She remains in a crouch, poised to evade as she probes her foe's defenses and style.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Mimi with Blooming Lily.

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Mimi             0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0         Rochelle

Mimi has some small experience with bojutsuka, though not much; this is largely a new experience for her. The grin is met with a similar one, as Mimi acknowledges Rochelle's words with a solemn, "Every time I draw my blade is preparation for that day, far off as it is." Her stance settles a touch more, sensing that Rochelle intends to make the first strike, as is her right; Mimi tacitly conceded the opening to her. The approach is flashy, as is the strike, but flashiness doesn't necessarily disguise weakness or strength; Mimi is cautious.

The strike flashes past her defenses and smashes into her shoulder; the impact unbalances her briefly, but her lowered stance keeps her from falling as she fades back a pair of steps, her mouth twisting into a grimace of pain for a moment.

A metal staff hurts, but Mimi is confident she'll be able to place as much damage with her polished wooden sword.

From her low position she shifts her weapon back to her left hip, curled in her left hand. A shift of weight, and then Mimi is blurring forward, a burst of speed carrying her back into range as she whips the blade around in a slashing attack from her lunge.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle wards against Mimi's Kouryuu no Kari Yaiba.

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Mimi             0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0         Rochelle

Rochelle withdraws the rod with a slide along her palm after it makes contact, and remains in her semi-kneeling position, tendons taut and muscles charged. Then, Mimi charges into battle, and Rochelle shifts the staff about to partially deflect the wooden sword, the slash managing to find purchase in her shoulder, as opposed to the side of her head, where it was likely going. Her evasion-prone position came close to giving Mimi a superior vantage for a strike, but luckily, Rochelle's motor cortex mechanics have been honed to perfection in the jungles of Indonesia. As her shoulder echoes a dull throb, her leather jacket courteously allowing the sword to slide off instead of unbalancing her further, Rochelle rises and twists away from Mimi, not leaving close quarters.

"Not bad!" she shouts as she whips about, her bo spinning as a distraction in her hands as her back is briefly turned to Mimi.

Rochelle spins about as she turns to face Mimi again, stepping to the side in graceful ballet atop her sturdy boots, the movement too natural to be rehearsed, yet too precise to be luck. Her bo's upper surface behind her shoulder and the lower length to the side, she swings about with a glide of her outer leg before Mimi, her bo snapping upwards with a quick, harsh snap towards the Seiyjun girl's ribs beneath her arm, before the staff retreats. Rochelle, however, is left with her side to Mimi, as opposed to her front, diminishing her guard.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Mimi with Power Strike.

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Mimi             0/-------/---====|==-----\-------\0         Rochelle

The staff crunches into Mimi's ribs and drives her off her line; she gasps, feeling at least one rib give way, a greenstick fracture at the very least. The pain is sharp, allowing her to keep some clarity of thought; she moves with the impact, to allow herself time to deal with a followup, though none seems to come, and takes another two steps to the side to regain her composure and stance.

Mimi is not used to bantering during fights, and it shows, primarily in the lack of her saying anything, as she regroups herself.

Her grip on the bokuto switches to a two-handed grip as she resolves to remain strong, shuffling forward into range with a quick snapping cut at chest level--a feint of sorts, though it is intended to hit, to provide the kinetic energy for the intended attack, a sweeping cut at Rochelle's legs.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle endures Mimi's Medium Strike.

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Mimi             0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0         Rochelle

Rochelle allows the strike to hit her in the chest, arching her back and letting it hit her less than modest bosom, with a clench of her teeth that indicates she's become something less than a woman in her training, and something more like a machine. Despite the pain, she twists about with the blow intentionally, reading Mimi's intent from the subtle gestures of Mimi's eyes and the arms within her field of vision, the dips of her shoulders for the sweep downwards warning her of a blow to her legs. She is already moving off one leg, as the other is slashed out from under her with a yank away. But instead of falling, she lands on her outstretched hand, bo in the other hand, and does a legs-outstretched roll across her back into a three point position, bo in hand. Her head snaps, looking at Mimi with narrowed eyes and a frown.

"One into two? Let me show you two into one."

Rochelle bursts off the ground with a spring that sends her twisting through the air, her body torquing about with her upper body and lower body pivoting into a twist, before it straightens out midair into a spin kick aimed at Mimi's head, crimson chi exploding from the boot as it sails along, bo staff held tight across her chest.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Mimi with Moonlight Butterfly.

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Mimi             0/-------/-======|======-\-------\0         Rochelle

When Mimi reviews this fight with herself--with her sensei--she'll be able to identify what she needs to work on. In the -moment-, however, it feels like that is: everything. It isn't that she can't see what Rochelle is doing, just that Rochelle's spinkick blows through her guard, smashing into her head and again throwing her to the side.

This is not a good showing for Mimi by any account; she's bruising and bleeding, and it really feels as though she's outmatched. It is, she might reflect upon in a small corner of her mind, very much like when she has training matches against her brother, who specializes in a similar style of overwhelming power.

The Seijyun swordgirl steadies herself, then fades back a bit, breathing out slowly, calming herself. She is a kenjutsuka, for sure, but her speciality is not just the sword. In fact, the spiritual might be -more- her thing, at least by a little degree.

Shifting her weapon to a middle guard, she breathes out again, then >pulls<, drawing power, chi flaring around her in a glowing white mist that seems to shift in towards her, suffusing her body.

COMBATSYS: Mimi draws power into herself!

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Mimi             1/-----==/=======|======-\-------\0         Rochelle

Rochelle lands on the ground with her head down, left hand flat on the tiled surface of the rooftop terrace high above Osaka. As the setting sun sets over the city, Rochelle slowly stands and turns around with an ambling strut, placing her left hand on her hip and narrowing her eyes at the chi flare. Her own chi flares up, the crimson chi flickering up and down from her feet and hands along her body, her hair fluttering about in the tight confines of her tight ponytail. It is not quite as pronounced as Mimi's, but it is still there.

"So you too know the ways of the unseen heart."

Rochelle tosses her staff into the air with her right hand, giving it a spin, and after two revolutions above her, it does a half moon and she catches it in her left hand. Her right hand slips into her jacket, and she withdraws a three-pronged star, with blunt edges. She leans backwards, still glowing with fading chi, and hurls it at Mimi, the spinning disc arcing outwards in a path at Mimi's throat.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Mimi with Thrown Weapon.

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Mimi             1/---====/=======|=======\-------\0         Rochelle

Mimi gets her arm up just in time--even a blunt weapon to the throat can be fatal. But the impact is just as bad, just shy of crushing her windpipe; she chokes, and shakes her head. Definitely no words now; she needs to focus. That momentary breather didn't lessen her pain any; she wasn't focused on that. She slumps slightly, breathing raggedly, trying to patch her frayed concentration back together.

It takes her a moment but she manages, at best as she can. Her response to Rochelle comes in the form of a white glow that suffuses her weapon as she cocks it back behind her right hip, then sweeps it upwards, slashing a crescent moon into the air, a crescent of white energy gathering from nearly down to the floor up to about Mimi's height before it cuts through the air, hissing towards the staff-wielding assassin.

Given the distances involved, it's quite likely to be avoidable, but Mimi... Mimi doesn't want to close back in with her opponent, not just yet. She needs a moment still to clear her windpipe, still coughing from that thrown disc.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle dodges Mimi's Hangetsuzan.

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Mimi             1/---====/=======|=======\-------\0         Rochelle

Rochelle smirks as she withdraws the hand from the air that just threw the star, moving back to a prepared posture right after it hits. A compromise for her vanity, as it were. Watching Mimi closely, the enforcer's eyes on Mimi's choking throat for her rhythm, Rochelle throws herself to the side as the crescent of white energy flies at her. She lands on her shoulder and then rolls to a standing posture with an unusually nimble bounce, as if she'd practiced the move since childhood. The wave of chi flies past, and Rochelle loosens her posture, before she comes to mimic Mimi's on, save that she holds a bo instead of a bokken. Her eyes half-lid, and she smiles darkly.

"It appears we are at the beginning of the second act, aren't we," she says huskily. She suddenly bursts to life with energy as she summons crimson chi, the power fluxing and roiling around her, thick waves of energy flashing up from her boots and all the way to her hair, her chin jutting forward and up as she inhales smoothly, closing her eyes, before she opens them again and presses her lips together in a tight, impish smirk, staring at Mimi and moving into a ready posture with her left hand forward, right hand on her polearm, held behind her to strike or snap or respond.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle focuses on her next action.

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Mimi             1/---====/=======|=======\-------\0         Rochelle

Second act? This has all been part of the same act for Mimi. The second act will only come if her fortunes change. However... given a chance to recover her wits, she takes it--not long enough to allow Rochelle the initative again, but enough to collect herself. To scold herself, mentally. And then she moves. Not as graceful as before; damage accumulated has seen to that. But with enough to still be herself, still be assured that the training she's endured isn't all for naught.

She drives forward, suddenly, bringing her weapon up to her left shoulder and, as she closes within striking range, slashing outwards, from left to right. Smoothly she reverses her blade and strikes again, this time right to left, and again, a chopping overhead attack, and then finally, as she takes her final step forward, slashing upwards nearly from the floor, ending with her arms extended upwards at a 45 degree angle momentarily.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle blocks Mimi's Kouryuu Kenbu.

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Mimi             1/---====/=======|=======\-------\1         Rochelle

Rochelle takes a step forward to meet Mimi partially, swinging her bo staff to knock the first slash back, before she steps backwards at the reversal and gives up ground, leaning back on a leg to block the bokken solidly with bojutsu, the titanium rod resonating up her arm. She smirks as she brings the bo above her head to stop the chopping overhead attack, tenuous tone making itself evident beneath her clothing with jaguar grace. But then, as the final step comes forward, Rochelle is forced back thanks to the miscalculating she made with using a bilateral block, and she's caught underneath the chin by the upward slash. She stumbles backwards as her jaw slides sideways and her head snaps outwards and back, a moan of pain emerging as she nearly falls. She catches herself at the edge of the terrace, well aware that a fall here could send her hundreds of feet to a lethal fall. She touches her jaw, feeling it sting, before she pushes off the terrace and ambles sidelong, getting away from the dangerous edge and setting the pair parallel to the edge.

"Confidence is the sign of a healthy fighter, but not a healthy soul," she says, sounding deliberately wise, with an edge of uncertainty as she looks in Mimi's eyes.

Rochelle's resolve returns as she matches Mimi's breathing again, before she takes two rapid steps forwards. Then, she leaps off the ground, with a front kick lashing out forwards with her leg lighting up bright red as the chi flaming along her body concentrates itself in a blurring explosion of force. Her bo, meanwhile, is held across her chest, for a defensive posture after the move is unleashed.

COMBATSYS: Mimi blocks Rochelle's Rapids Beneath Bridge.

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Mimi             1/--=====/=======|=======\=------\1         Rochelle

The statement from Rochelle confuses Mimi. She'll have to unpack it later--right now she doesn't have the bandwidth to devote to untangling that string of words, particularly not with Rochelle coming right at her. Mimi swaps to a one-handed grip on her weapon, shifting back slightly, using her left forearm to absorb that blow, pushing it away from her.

She waits a beat, for Rochelle to land, then lunges forward, seeking to press in before she can fully recover, that left hand raised to grab Rochelle by the shirt, Mimi's legs churning as she seeks to push the staff-wielder off balance, flipping her weapon around to a reversed grip, bringing the weapon up and hammering it down, butt-end, for Rochelle's collarbone, to end that with a strong push to throw Rochelle to the ground. That, of course, all predicates on her being able to open Rochelle's defenses up and get inside them.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle dodges Mimi's Armed Combo.

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Mimi             1/--=====/=======|=======\=------\1         Rochelle

Rochelle emits a soft grunt as the kick is blocked, the Jago buffeted backwards and landing at a slight disadvantage. As her shirt is grabbed, her left hand snaps up to grasp Mimi's forearm, and she shifts with the leg churning, moving like a lilypad atop a babbling creek, before she curls forward to let the weapon jab to her collarbone slide down into the flesh of her bosom rather than her bone, turning her back to Mimi rather than her side. As the push comes, Rochelle releases the arm and stops her calculate squirm, rolling forward with a hand spring and landing with a quick, low sweep turn to face Mimi again. She emits a smooth sigh, her breathing pattern slightly off from Mimi's, that particular manuever having drained some of her reservoirs.

"Getting friendly, aren't we?" she says with a breathless grin, giggling, before she slips forwards with her bo at her side.

Rochelle sweeps her bo upwards as she moves her left leg forward with her knee bent and her right leg behind her, toe trailing along the ground. The bo flies in from an underhanded position, exploding forward and upwards at Mimi's jaw in an uppercut that is somewhat disrupted by the distance between them, and Rochelle's slight sense of disrupted breathing, from the stress of that last move upon her meditative focus.

COMBATSYS: Mimi dodges Rochelle's Medium Strike.

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Mimi             1/--=====/=======|=======\=------\1         Rochelle

Mimi shifts her forward momentum just as Rochelle initiates the uppercut, pivoting away from the upward sweep of the staff. She seems to be getting into the rhythm of the fight, finally, but she can't fool herself into thinking everything is hunky-dory--anyways, her abused body won't let her take that notion onboard.

Mimi turns the pivot into a backhop, changing her line of attack on Rochelle, and actually even takes another step back before reversing her momentum and lunging forward with a classic overhead strike, the kind of 'final blow' that's so popular in all those period samurai movies and anime.

Even if it hits, Mimi knows that won't be the final blow, of course--she isn't going to waste time with an after-strike pose, but would wheel around to remain squared up against her opponent.

Even as she's been beaten up and taken a lot of painful hits, Mimi is, in her own way, exulting in this, this clash of styles and philosophies and personalities--so different from the training she went through at home, even in the full-contact bouts with her older siblings.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle blocks Mimi's Power Strike.

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Mimi             1/--=====/=======|=======\==-----\1         Rochelle

Rochelle's staff sweeps upwards and around as she turns and withdraws from the bend forward, a pirouette dancing juke to Mimi's left as she rights herself from the failed attack. The overhead strike is responded to by a sweep of her left arm, her wrist bent upwards to enhance a common Silat move used to break metal bars for demonstration and conditioning. She grunts as she feels her bone shriek with pain inside her forearm, no tears coming but instead a burning sensation of anger as she boils from pain, teeth clenched as she absorbs it.

Rochelle hisses, her eyes psychotic with fury as she stares at Mimi in close range, the pain from the block fueling the next hit. Her left wrist snaps forward, and using the rigid clench of her muscles after the blow, she thrusts her recently struck arm forward, using the pain and the shaking agonizing lockup to send her straightened two forefingers into the side of Mimi's throat, jamming them directly into the base of her jugular.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Mimi with Finger Dagger Harmony.

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Mimi             1/-======/=======|=======\====---\1         Rochelle


Well... Rochelle finally got something vocal out of Mimi. Of course it's the sound of her almost choking on her own tongue from the vicious strike laid upon her. Mimi wrenches her head back and stumbles backwards, her left hand going to her throat reflexively as she coughs and gags. She brings her left hand down, the bruising and damage to her throat immediately visible, and the pain is evident in her eyes as well.

And finally, maybe, she's just... had enough, or at least realizes that she's near the end of her rope, not much left to go. So she starts gathering her strength, physical and spiritual, and power flares into her blade, once again limning it in a white glow. No crescent this time, though, as Mimi cocks her blade back, then steps forward and sweeps it up and around in an uppercut slash.

Should that hit, the strike will lift Rochelle off her feet as Mimi cranks her upper body and arms around and throws another chi-enhanced upper slash, this time leaping into the air to follow her target, to throw her back down with a final overhand slash.

COMBATSYS: Mimi successfully hits Rochelle with Tenchuuwari Zan.

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Mimi             0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2         Rochelle

Rochelle grits her teeth and squints at the flare of chi, before the close quarters make it impossible for Rochelle to dodge the incoming assault. The uppercut slash lifts her off her feet, her staff flying from her hands as her chin flies upwards and her body goes limp for a moment, chin directly up as she emits a stifled shout of pain. Then, as Mimi takes to the air, Rochelle is driven down into the ground beneath Mimi, thrust down into the ground beneath her and sent flying across the garden terrace into the divider between the building and the skyclad dusk beyond and the city below. She coughs, weakly shaking as she attempts to gather her wits, eyes squeezed shut as she feels her jaw refusing to cooperate as she attempts to center herself. Her eyes hesitantly open, feeling the pain, and through reflexively teary eyes, she sees her bo staff laying across the arena, with Mimi between her and her essential weapon.

Rochelle remains against the rail, looking up at Mimi briefly, as chi flares about her. Blood dripping from her mouth, down the side of her chin, she manages a devilish grin, the blood smeared across her pearly whites. Feeling the energy of a demon about to rise from Hell itself, she bursts from her sitting position, scrambling low at Mimi like a jungle cat. But before she is within sword range, she jerks to the side and thrusts herself with a dive past the flank, then skids to a halt and springs behind Mimi towards her staff. She catches it with a hand down and a roll to her feet, standing. She tosses her ponytail, turning her head to the side and spitting blood.

Rochelle closes in on Mimi with her staff, chi flowing around her as she begins swinging her staff in diagonal strikes with both hands manipulating it, slowly walking towards her with each blunt slash, before she jams the staff forwards at Mimi's sternum with a jam, and then swings around in a torquing kick with her leg out to assist in the inertia, swinging her bo about along her tricep and elbow, before she bends her elbow and the staff departs her upper arm and then cranks away from her forearm, the hand causing it to slice out at Mimi's ear, just behind the jaw, for a painful move.

Rochelle then performs a handless flip backwards, landing on her legs, breathing heavily and placing the fingertips of her left hand on the tiled roof, bo at her side opposite.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Mimi with Fibonacci Sequence.

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Mimi             1/------=/=======|>>>>---\-------\0         Rochelle

Truth is, Mimi almost completely spent herself in that blazing attack. She mounts an attempt at a defense, but the windmill of staff strikes crushes her guard, leaving her open for the rest of the deadly dance. That pole lands just behind Mimi's ear and shocks her brain; time stutters for her, and she's fighting to retain consciousness for just a second more, just a little longer, the edges of her vision alternating red and black.

But if her spirit is willing, her body is failing, and the best she can manage is a thrusting strike for Rochelle's torso as she goes down. Her body just finally had enough. So she'll have to work on physical toughness, on defense... on many, many things. But she's still a student, so it's only to be expected. A student, no matter how good, always has things to learn.

She doesn't consider that, for many -masters-, they also believe that they have many things to learn. By the time she reaches mastery of her art, she may feel the same way... but that's far in the future.

COMBATSYS: Mimi can no longer fight.

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Rochelle         0/-------/---<<<<|

COMBATSYS: Rochelle dodges Mimi's Random Strike.

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Rochelle remains in position, breathing heavily and slowly, her body aching and stinging, watching as Mimi makes her final effort. She casually swings her staff around from her upper right, and knocks the thrusted blade down into her ground, letting Mimi collapse at her feet. She lets her head hang, stepping backwards, and sliding her thumb over the center of the titanium bo staff. It telescopes down into a rod, and she slides it into a holder slung across her back. She breaks the breathing mimicry, and slowly turns around, moving to a bench and collapsing into it. She leans back, staring up at the sky, as the sun sets in the background.

COMBATSYS: Rochelle has ended the fight here.

Log created on 22:48:27 10/21/2016 by Mimi, and last modified on 10:29:15 10/24/2016.