KOF 2017 - Act 3, Mission 32 - The Tragic School Rush, Pt 2

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Description: Afflicted with tear gas, a blinded Touji Matsubara accidentally attacks Yuri Sakazaki -- who -had- been allied with Miko in her group's march to locate the Command Gear. But as long as Touji is more than willing to keep swinging, well, that might be a bit of a problem -- especially when Kazuki Kirigana, fresh from his convalescence in Southtown General Hospital, leaps to his friend's aid!

Touji just got decked by Iincyo -- and just inhaled a whole ton of tear gas. He leaps to his feet, eyes still shut from the pain. His uniform shirt hangs open, his bare chest dripping with chemically-induced sweat as he pitches forward. "RRRRRYAAAAH! What the hell was that, -JUDO?-" He whirls around with his fists balled and his eyes shut, akin to a wild animal searching for its prey. "Get back here, I'm not finished with you!"

The blinded beast hears the sound of sneakers shifting about in the grass.
And he lunges for the sound, swiveling his right fist and then the left in two wild hooks aimed at knocking out his prey.
The person he heard was not Iincyo, though -- but another Taiyo student: Yuri Sakazaki.
His fists won't know the difference.
But if he hits, his very next motion will be to slam his shoulder into Yuri, lifting her right off her feet -- and then arc about so that when Sakazaki lands flat upon her back, his shoulder will be right there driving into her abdomen. "ORYAAAAA!"

Meanwhile, at practically the same moment, Iincyo seemed like she was all set to take revenge out on Yuri! "Are you the one leading these students, then? They're just going to get themselves killed this way!" It's true -- if the Gedo and Pacific High students continue following their V-Gage-conditioned behavior, they will be marching straight into harm's path, straight into the radius of a gamma-ray blast if the Gear decides to unleash it. Is that really a good place for kids to be?

... But Yuri won't have to worry about that right away, as her good buddy Miko Kobayashi is there to soak up the hits from Iincyo, so that she can focus on the bull-rushing Touji!

"What are you talking about?" Yuri asks in shock. "I'm not in on this... I just..." She shakes her head. "No, I don't know what's going on for real." She slaps herself a few times. "Yuri, you're supposed to be tough! Get with it!" She finds herself in a bit of a confusion and shock as she tries to put everything into place again. Once that happens, though, she's got a bit of a problem of her own, and it's not entirely about figuring out whose side she's really on or who's behind all of this for real.

Instead, there's someone coming at her fast, almost like a raging bull. Sometimes, though, you have to grab the bull by the horns. Yuri gets into her fighting stance and narrows her eyes. "You're gonna regret taking on Yuri Sakazaki!"

COMBATSYS: Yuri blocks Touji's Gamble Rumble.

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Yuri             0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0            Touji

Sometimes the bull gets the better of you. In cases like that, you're lucky if you're removed from the ring in one piece. Fortunately, though, this isn't an actual bullfight, but just a facsimile thereof. And if you can't get the best of the bull, the next best thing is to try to stop the bull if you can. Yuri's defense comes up and she manages to push Touji aside just as he collides with her. She winces a little but manages to get Touji off to the side a little.

"OK, that's it," Yuri says, her face starting to turn a bit crimson. "Now I'm REALLY mad!" She cracks her knuckles a few times and points at Touji. "You've picked the wrong girl to mess with and now you're gonna regret it!" She brings her hand back a little and focuses her chi into it. "Have a taste of this!" Yuri yells as she throws a small fireball at Touji.

COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Touji with Ko'ou Ken.

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Yuri             0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0            Touji

It was an accident! As Touji lurches back away from Yuri, he realizes... he kind of has no clue whatsoever as to what he's actually -doing- right now. And to top it all off, Miko is yelling at him to stand dow... stand... stand -up?- It's so hard to concentrate...

While Miko is keeping herself in the path of Ryuko and Iincyo -- a fact he notes through thoroughly waterlogged eyes -- he starts to get a vague sense of bearing as to what's actually happening here.
Fortunately for him, he has Yuri to snap things into crystal clarity. She's really mad now? Maybe... well, good!

"I'll take care of it!" he shouts back in Miko's direction, before whirling back with balled fists in the direction of the shouting Sakazaki. "I'm gonna knock you flat on your ass, girl!"

WHAM! .. Despite his partially-regained sight, he still doesn't have a good way of dealing with the fireball that slams into him, knocking him backwards a good meter or so.

"Nngh!" he exclaims, shaking out the newfound dizziness. "Man, I didn't taste -nothin!'- You better go back to the kitchen and make me s'more!" He's still having trouble seeing through teary eyes, but he still has a general sense of where Yuri is -- and that's where he leaps, hoping to leap in close and pummel her with one-two punch -- and then an uppercut aimed right into the bottom of her chin! "HRRRAH!"

COMBATSYS: Yuri interrupts Fierce Punch from Touji with Yuri Chou Upper.

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Yuri             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0            Touji

"Back to the kitchen?!" Yuri scowls more now. "Is that some kind of jab because I'm a girl?!" Whether or not it's related to that doesn't matter. Yuri's still pretty peeved, and she's not about to let this guy get away with any more crap. She raises her fists to try to punch at Touji again, only to find he's trying to throw a punch himself, and Yuri decides that if he wants to go at it some more, she'll gladly oblige. In fact, she's willing to raise the stakes a little and show him what happens when you punch a girl like Yuri.

"Here we go!" Yuri yells just as the fist connects with her as she drops down and rushes a couple steps forwards before delivering a swift variation of the infamous Dragon Punch, spinning around as she does this. She connects with Touji despite the pain from the punch connecting with her. Hopefully, it will teach Touji not to make comments like that again.

Once Yuri's back on the ground, she drops to one knee and rubs at the spot where she got punched and groans a little before looking towards Touji again. "I love opportunities when I can utilize my favorite move, but I hate it when it hurts me more than it does them..." A pause as Yuri smirks a little. "Wait a minute, I think it's the other way around!"

Yes. Gasp. Touji made a -get back to the kitchen- joke. He may be more tactful than his friend Saya, but that's still not saying a whole heck of a lot.

Despite his fists connecting, the Sakazaki dojo's prized martial art has gifted Yuri with the ability to not only shove the boy back -- but launch him into the air with an uppercut of her own! Touji's eyes go wide at the strike, particularly at the painful way in which Yuri's knuckles drive right into his breastbone and send him sailing higher and higher!

But, as he falls back to the field, landing with a whump -- he looks around in a bit of a daze. His nose wrinkles -- and his watery eyes are turned towards the patrol tanks far off in the distance. Something's not right with those -- and he's not sure he likes the sound of that -- or the fact that his brethren from Gedo and Pacific are continuing to rally -towards- the sound of the not-right thing.

Shaking his head, he springs back to his feet. "I have no idea what you're goin' on about, weirdo. You're with that dumb Sazakaki Dojo, right? Saikyo-ryu eats you chumps for -lunch-, haha!"

Determined to make good on his promise to keep Yuri occupied, he charges forward once again -- putting all his power into one solid, committed punch as he plans to knock Yuri into next week!

COMBATSYS: Yuri auto-guards Touji's Knock'em Out.

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Yuri             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0            Touji

Yuri could be knocked into next week. If that were to happen, it would be rather bizarre. But she's still in the present day and still alive. All because of her defensive skills allowing her to effortlessly knock away that attack. "Your violent techniques aren't going to work on me!" Yuri says, giving her opponent an eyeball and a raspberry. "Because Kyokugen is as awesome as it gets!" She smiles a little. "Too bad you can't grasp that!"

Cracking her knuckles again and tilting her head from side to side, Yuri then adds, "But, it seems you aren't going to respond to my words, so we have to do this the hard way!" She attempts to trip up Touji with a quick kick to his ankles.

COMBATSYS: Touji endures Yuri's Light Kick.

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Yuri             0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0            Touji

Touji's supremely overcommitted punch is gently guided away by Yuri's delicate touch, but that just serves to make him more aggravated! And to add insult to injury, he's corrected -- not that he isn't used to Miko correcting him. "Ahh, Sakizaka, Kyokugen, whatever, man..." He'd gotten the general idea across, anyway!

He, too, takes a moment to crack his knuckles, glad that he can finally -see- for a bit now. But then he narrows his eyes as Yuri swings in close and tries to wheel a piddly little kick at his ankles.

"Hahaha, is that Kyukogen?" He doesn't even make an attempt to move out of the way, even as Yuri's sneaker slams into his ankles, forcing one to buckle out of his way -- as he steps forward to try and wrap an arm around Yuri! "C'mere, babe, I'll show you some real martial arts!"

If he manages to get a solid grip on Yuri's shoulder, he'll sweep her head in close to his chest. His bare, well-muscled chest, exposed by an unbuttoned Gedo uniform shirt. She'd be able to smell his manly musk - and she'd -undoubtedly- fall under his spell. It'd almost be a romantic gesture, of a sort.
Y'know, if he wasn't also trying to grab hold of Yuri's arm, stretching her out in a submission hold.
It'd be sweet, y'know, if not for that.
Because it'd be kind of painful, too.

COMBATSYS: Yuri endures Touji's Over Drive.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Yuri             0/-------/=======|======-\-------\0            Touji

Stretching the arm? Ouch, that sounds painful. Especially for Yuri, who's not quite a pro wrestler and not used to having her arm stretched like that. She begins to cry out in pain, trying to break free from the painful hold. It's worse than being forced to do fingertip push-ups to Yuri. But there's a catch to this whole thing.

You see, Yuri got herself into this on purpose because she had a plan. She had a plan to surprise Touji with a swift punch when he least expects it in hopes of breaking free while leaving him reeling from an unexpected attack.

COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Touji with Medium Punch.

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Yuri             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0            Touji

Yes! Touji manages to get Yuri into a submission hold! ... It's just that, while he'd managed to press his chest against her back, he wasn't able to completely stop Yuri from lurching sharply and rappit-punching him in the nose.

"Ow, dammit!" he snaps, momentarily dropping his guard -- and allowing a -second- punch to slam into him as Yuri breaks herself free. "Hey, get back here! I wasn't done with--

Clonk? That's the sound of a metal canister slamming into the side of Touji's head.

Hiss? That's the sound of -pepper gas- streaming out of both sides of the canister.

Whump? That's the sound of a suddenly-unconscious Touji slumping to the ground -- followed by the steady release of cough-cough gas spewing out. With Touji at practically ground zero for the stuff, not just once, but -twice-... well. He'll feel that in the morning, for sure.

So that means Yuri could get away, right? Heh -- if only things were that easy...!

COMBATSYS: Touji takes no action.

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Yuri             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0            Touji

Kazuki Kirigana had had a rough time of things since his fight with Jezebel Faiblesse. Months of physical therapy, combined with an offer that he'd have never seen coming, had met the young Aikidoka in the form of his maternal grandfather. An offer of training, a chance at freedom from the seeming shackles placed on him by the expectations of his own parents. Kazuki had leapt at the chance, learning not just further hand-to-hand skills to refine his own, but also some of the art of the sword.

Then the Gears attacked. Kazuki had left his grandfather's residence, not for some grand purpose. Not to end the impending war, or save Southtown. Kazuki wanted only two things: to help his friends and to get his headphones back.

The trail of music, oddly, had brought him to Pacific. Just in time, in fact, to see Touji take that first canister of tear gas. Gripping the sheath of what could only be a katana at his hip, Kirigana had picked his pace up just a bit. He'd help Touji and, from the sounds of it, Kobayashi.

Then Touji took the second canister to the head. No time for subtle, then. No time to de-escalate the situation. He had to stop the young woman from making this worse. A quick dash gets Kazuki in place to punt the tear gas canister clear of the fray, followed by a smooth but swift draw of the sword. The weapon blurs, a green haze sliding along the length of the blade before whipping off towards Yuri in a crescent shape.

"Step away from my friend," Kazuki says evenly, oddly polite despite the situation. "This will be your only warning."

COMBATSYS: Kazuki has joined the fight here.

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Kazuki           0/-------/-======|=======\-------\0            Touji
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Yuri             0/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Yuri fails to reflect Fugue from Kazuki with Saiha.

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Kazuki           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\0            Touji
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Yuri             1/-------/=======|

As Yuri is regaining her senses from everything that's happened and getting her mind back on things, she hears a new voice, and she turns to see what appears to be another opponent. Some might expect her to be surprised or shocked, but that's not what happens here. Instead, while she's dusting herself off a little and regaining her composure, Yuri can only shake her head and roll her eyes. "Just what I need to see, another person looking for a fight!" She doesn't recognize Kazuki at all, but from the way he's approached her and given her this warning, it's obvious he's not here to make conversation.

"Your 'friend' here just tried to beat the crap out of me!" Yuri exclaims. "He doesn't know what he's up against, and honestly you don't either." She smiles a little, albeit in an evil manner. "For I am Yuri Sakazaki of the Kyokugen Karate style! The most awesomest style in the whole wide world!" Yuri chuckles a little. "And I'm afraid I'm going to have to give you a Kyokugen smackdown if you don't back off right this minute!"

At least, that's what Yuri would like to do, but it seems Kazuki has sent a projectile her way, and Yuri's top priority right now is to deal with it. "No problem for me! Sai--"

Yuri's cry is cut off before she can even finish her attack. The projectile knocks her back a little and down onto one knee. "Unngh, that wasn't fair at all! That was totally uncool!" She looks up, glaring at Kazuki. "Just you wait! I'm gonna pay you back for that!"

COMBATSYS: Touji has left the fight here.

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Kazuki           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Yuri

Kazuki grins a bit as the chi blast slips Yuri's guard and strikes home. The sword is sheathed as quickly as it was drawn, the young man still in a ready stance, left hand on the sheath of the weapon with his right hovering just off of the hilt. "I do not particularly care who you are, or what your style is," Kazuki says. There's no rancor in the speech, no anger, no hate. Just a statement of fact. "But you are obviously not going to leave," he says.

There is... a certain relaxation in the young man's posture. His eyes half close, as if he is only kind of paying attention to what his eyes are telling him. "He is out of this fight now," Kazuki says, making sure Touji is not going to die just yet. "I will not allow you to continue your apparent rampage."

Kazuki is not budging either, apparently.

COMBATSYS: Kazuki focuses on his next action.

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Kazuki           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Yuri

"Of course I'm not leaving!" Yuri says as she gets herself back into the fight, which isn't entirely easy once you've been hit by a projectile attack that knocks you back a little. "There's trouble going on here and I'm trying to stop it! Namely because they're trying to take away Japan, my home country! And I'm not going to let that happen!" The brunette fighter grits her teeth a little. "And you made a huge mistake trying to take me on. Because I'm not in the mood for any interference!"

As Yuri finishes dusting herself off from that last attack, she also adds, "Oh, and I don't care if you don't care about me. We're not here to get to know each other you know!" She cracks her knuckles again. "I'm here to take out any adversity which gets in my way!" Yuri then lets out a yell of 'Ko'ou Ken!' as she shoots a fireball at Kazuki. "See how you like one of my personal projectile attacks!"

COMBATSYS: Kazuki parries Yuri's Ko'ou Ken!

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Kazuki           1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Yuri

Kazuki's right hand takes on a faint green glow, his fingers twitching to an unheard tune as he reaches for the incoming projectile. He grasps it lightly, sweeping his hand towards the ground, casting the blast into the dirt away from Touji. He shakes his hand loose, the wisps of energy fading into the ether.

"So you are fighting Japanese people to save Japan?" Kazuki asks dryly. "That makes sense."

The pause is over, and Kirigana blitzes in before simply driving the blunt end of the weapon directly at Yuri's diaphragm before attempting to grab her by the front of the gi with his right hand to shove her roughly to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Kazuki successfully hits Yuri with Combo Throw EX.

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Kazuki           1/-----==/=======|=======\==-----\1             Yuri

Yuri scowls a little as she tenses up a little. "Makes sense? NOTHING makes sense right now! Nobody understands it at all!" She grits her teeth, anticipating the moment to move in, but that moment passes before Yuri even realizes it. She finds herself getting hit by Kazuki and then thrown to the ground. As she falls, she lets out a cry of, "Dammit, not again!" Once she hits the ground, she holds her leg in pain as she tries to get back up. "Ooh, you're a cheap hitter, I'll give you that!"

Once Yuri finally gets back up and dusts herself off, she rubs at the leg she hurt after falling down before looking at Kazuki again. "You've made me real mad!" Yuri says, wiping her forehead of sweat. "When you make me mad, you pay the price!" She gathers her chi into her fists, staring at the them intently. "You're gonna wish you never met me once I'm done with you, mark my words!" The chi glows more and more as Yuri focuses. "I'm gonna teach you a lesson you'll never forget!"

And then, Yuri shoots forth several large fireballs in succession. "It's all over, you might as well just give it up!" She cries out as she throws her fireballs. "Because I'm not going down without a fight!"

COMBATSYS: Kazuki slows Denjin Haoh Sho Ko Ken from Yuri with Sforzando.
Glancing Hit

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Kazuki           0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0             Yuri

"Nope," is Kazuki's only verbal response, his hand flying toward the katana again, the blade clearing the sheath and flinging out another of those crescent shaped blasts of wind to ward off the incoming blast.

The fireball is cleaved in twain, but not completely dispersed. Some of the errant energy slams into Kirigana, driving him back several feet. He looks, well, not frustrated so much as he is curious as to why that did not work as planned. Oh well. Something to think about later.

A slight smirk forms on Yuri's face as she finds her attack finally lands... a little anyway. "I told you that you were gonna regret messing with me! Your sword is nice, but it ain't got nothing on my skills!" She adjusts the bandana around her forehead a little as if trying to keep the sweat on her head from getting into it. After that, she shakes her head. "I may look like I'm down and out, but you know what they say about a cornered foe."

Yuri doesn't know if Kazuki knows what she means, nor does she care. "I think you'd best keep an eye on me, because I'm rather dangerous when I'm weakened!" As if attempting to capitalize on the moment Kazuki had been hit, she attempts to run in and grab him with her hands. With one foot, she'll trip him while she throws him to the ground at the same time!

COMBATSYS: Kazuki endures Yuri's Quick Throw.

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Kazuki           0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0             Yuri

Kazuki knows what is coming. He actually throws himself back, slapping the ground as he lands to mitigate the impact somewhat. He springs to his feet, the motions ingrained with hours of training.

"Who..." Kazuki asks incredulously, "Who writes like script? You sound like a corny video game." And then he promptly punches Yuri in the face with his empty hand.

COMBATSYS: Yuri blocks Kazuki's Fierce Punch.

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Kazuki           0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0             Yuri

"A video game?" Yuri hmmphs. "I... I just tend to... well, ad lib a bit when I'm under stress..." Yuri does sound a bit strained as she speaks. "Or... well, I dunno..." She raises her hands to catch the punch, and while she does succeed in catching it, her hands don't quite like it, and she finds herself reeling back and shaking the pain out of them. "Dammit, that wasn't supposed to happen...."

Then what was supposed to happen?

"Ungh... gotta keep going..." Yuri's self-dialoguing is mostly whispered to herself as she stares at Kazuki. "I'm sorry if I sound corny, but you're the one with the smart mouth, I'll give you that!" She narrows her eyes, still breathing heavily albeit as she starts to find herself running out of air in her lungs. "And I don't like smart mouthed people like you!" Yuri steps in quickly and then attempts to lift her knee to Kazuki's stomach.

COMBATSYS: Kazuki counters Medium Kick from Yuri with Cambiare.

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Kazuki           0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0             Yuri

Kazuki's free hand lashes out, grasping underneath the upraised knee. "You are one to talk," Kazuki says, and then heaves upward. Yuri is launched skyward, and the Aikidoka calls to the wind.

A funnel of wind erupts as Kazuki throws the woman, adding height to the toss as he takes a couple of steps backward. He watches Yuri crash to the earth, watching and waiting. She's not done yet. She said so herself.

Yuri finds herself going a long ways across the area and landing hard on the ground. Unfortunately, the toughest of the toughest sometimes just have to call it quits, and that's what Yuri does here. She looks up weakly and shakes a fist. "You'll.... oooh... you'll regret this..."

Yuri would say more, but then she collapses and closes her eyes as she passes out.

COMBATSYS: Yuri takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Yuri can no longer fight.

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Kazuki           0/-------/=======|

Touji, for his part, has stopped coughing. And not long after Yuri collapses, he starts to stir -- rubbing his head from where the riot-control canister slammed into it.

"Ow, dammit... owwww..." The redhead coughs a few times. His nose is running, his eyes are still watery -- forcing him to rub at them. But it won't take long for him to notice that the stampede of Gedo and Pacific kids has largely charged past -- and only Kazuki is standing.

"Oh... hey, Kaz! What's..." He glances around, squinting at the sight to the east. Easily half of the rallying students has made it to the APC at the east gate, with a good portion of their prior number fallen -- succumbed to riot-control gas much as himself.

And of the three other combatants, only Miko is standing -- with reddened flesh visible through a rather large tear in the back of her uniform shirt.

"What's... what's goin' on, man...?" he concludes, trying to figure out what his own answer to that query would be.

Kazuki takes one moment to make sure Yuri is not getting back up before letting his hand drift away from the sword at his hip. He turns to offer a hand to Touji, a chagrined grin on his face. "I have no clue," he admits. "I just followed the music." Whether or not Touji takes the hand, Kazuki helps the student to his feet. It's a fairly bold move for the young man to make, admittedly.

He walks with Touji towards where Miko is standing. He glances around, before shrugging out of his uniform jacket. "Kobayashi-sempai," Kazuki says by way of greeting, the jacket now draped over one arm. He looks around for a moment. "What exactly is going on around here?"

A golden, ephemeral spirit seems to be surrounding Miko as Kazuki approaches. A similar, honey yellow glow suffuses through Ryuko and Iincyo -- fallen not far from the military APC.

With a brief smile of thanks, Miko plucks the jacket from Kazuki's arm, beginning to drape it about her shoulders. "It's a lot to explain. Right now... we have to stabilize the fallen students."

Miko looks back to the east, a determined look in her eye.
"And then we move."

Kazuki looks around, a slight frown on his face. There are more than a few injured here. "My skills at first aid are not all that great," Kazuki finally says. "And I am in decent shape. Yuri Sakazaki did not present much of a challenge. I'll stand watch." Kazuki pauses for a moment to reflect on some things. "After that, where are we going?"

COMBATSYS: Kazuki has ended the fight here.

As Miko settles into Kazuki's jacket -- no longer in fear of her freshly-cut back being left wide open, she raises an eyebrow at Kazuki.

And then she looks back to Touji, who raises his hands in a guilty expression.

"... She meant well, I'm sure of it."

Turning, she starts to jog towards the nearest injured student who -wasn't- attacking her. Touji follows along at a fair distance, as Miko explains to Kazuki, "We'll be flushing the Gear out of hiding. And then we'll... have to play it by ear. Because if we play this wrong, there's no telling how much of Japan will be left afterwards."

She pauses, adding with a smirk, "No pressure, right?"

Kazuki stares at Miko for a long moment. Then lets out a short bark of laughter before jogging to catch up to her. "Yeah," he says dryly. "No pressure at all."

Log created on 19:41:14 12/06/2017 by Natsu, and last modified on 14:00:21 12/11/2017.