The Bell Tolls - TBT Act 2 - Walking The Dog

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Description: Hyena has a tough life, being the bootlicker of the Syndicate brute Duke Burkoff. What's worse is that with the arrival of his new competent assistant, Nagase, Hyena has been left with the worst jobs. Such as walking Duke's prized St. Bernards. But Duke's furry gems have been targeted by the Black Dahlia, using a free agent known as Aranha to dispatch them....

"Don't you know who I am?"

The pompador'd gangster in the green suit -sneers- as he glares in the Southtown Park. It was in the daytime; not quite evening, but still questionably afternoon. He had his orders to make his rounds. And now, Hyena was standing right by the statue of the 'Second Place Champions' of the King of Fighters 2017. Underneath the trio of three figures, the statue bore the label of 'Runner Ups KOF 2017 - Syndicate Team.' Duke Burkoff, his boss, was crossing his arms in stone, looking grimly out. At his side, was the wiley ninja. And laying on the ground at their feet, was the standby of the team, Hyena himself. And there, the gangster tosses his head back to -his- place in the statue.

Sneering with his buck teeth.

"So I think a worthless little bitch like you should show me a little more respect!" The poor victim looks back at him, giving a dismissive snort. Shaking her head, Hyena chortles. "That's what I thought!" He coos, as the poor girl gives a short gruff huff.

Before crouching over, to relieve herself.

"Agh! No! No!" Hyena sputters out as he quickly reaches around for the black bag in his other hand. Hyena, of course, was making his rounds giving Duke's dogs a walk. Six St. Bernard, in fact, all pulling on the leashes with one hand. Hyena generally was the one being walked, sincerely; when all the dogs wanted to go somewhere, they would take Hyena along. But when they stopped, like right here, then it was very easy to catch your breath. As Hyena prepares the back, the large dog gives a 'wuff'.

The other five dogs begin to crouch as well, as Hyena screams.

Aranha's part in this moment started a couple weeks in advance. It started with research. Surveillance from a distance to pick up on the route the dogs usually dragged Hyena, whether or not there were people around when these walks took place, whether or not there were camera feeds from nearby businesses on the potential locations to perform this operation. That's how Aranha came up with this location, at this time to handle his mission.

The next part came the preparation. Last week, he'd furnish a couple of homeless Japanese men with squirt bottles and pay them some money for their help. Each squirt bottle was filled with St. Bernard urine. One with a female in heat. The other with male urine. At specific times each day, he'd have the two homeless men squirt the bottles near this area to encourage the dogs to take a moment to stop near the statue. Each day, Aranha would hang back to keep an eye on things from a distance and make sure they did their job.

This brings us today. Aranha hangs back from a distance wearing prosthetic make-up to make him look like he was bald and a long beard as he watches the men squirt the bottles filled with dog urine for the final time. He then watches as the dogs pulled Hyena into the trap he was setting up. He had no intention of making this a fair fight. Ideally, it wouldn't be a fight at all. He quietly makes his way over, using the stealth skills he obtained as a second story man as he approaches Hyena with a cloth filled with chloroform and some tranquilizer guns on his hip, loaded up with sedatives Honoka had given him to administer to the dogs.

Decision time. Does he go for the dog walker opt for the volatility of dealing with six large dogs that were still in the middle of doing their business or does he go after the dogs and deal with someone that was recruited onto one of the strongest teams of a tournament in which he had an early exit. He chooses to sneak up on Hyena. Worse comes to worst, he could tranquilize at least some of the dogs soon after if they became problematic.

Hyena might have a moment to react before a folded cloth covers his nose and mouth and is held to his face.

For once, there is a miracle to the science of Hyena's physique.

The lanky, hideous-faced man does in fact get a cloth over his face. But due to the extreme facial deformities, which have so long tormented Hyena, the cloth suddenly finds itself in an impossible situation. The cloth can cover the mouth, yes, but the nose was too distended and the nostrils too twisted to restrain it at the same time! At the same token, to cover the splayed nostrils, you would need to turn the cloth forward, where Hyena's deformed overbite prevented a secure cover. There is a moment of delay, for him to go 'WHAT?!' But a longer moment where he can resist, and struggle.

And struggle, he does.

Unable to break away, but unable to protect himself, Hyena gags and chokes, staggering in dramatic irony. "An assassin?! A kidnapper? I knew that my incredible value as a human being would be my undermining; gag! This is- is this the end of the lovable Hyena? Is this the fall of the greatest man of all of Southtown, even rivaling the legendary Ligh- "


Aranha and Hyena both suddenly get St. Benards underfoot. The dogs stampeded around, the leashes snapping and tangling underfoot. If Hyena was unable to break away from Aranha, it is the dogs are who can send the pair apart. Hyena, of course, hits the ground, as the dogs begin to boof and him angrily, and wag their tails. ONe of the dogs goes up to Aranha, and starts sniffing at him, mouth drooling. The element of surprise was gone, ish.But Hyena was on his back, flailing and crying as the dogs begin to chew on him... and as he tries to recover his senses.


And that is exactly why Aranha went with a disguise. Just in case things went spiralling out of control just like this. In hindsight Aranha would look at this moment as a learning experience. Next time, he'd put chloroform in a cloth bag over the head just in case someone was that freakishly deformed of face that it would make knocking someone out more difficult than it had to be. Not that he planned on taking jobs like this in the future.

While Hyena gets pried away from him and ends up falling down, Aranha merely gets tripped up and is forced to release his grip to keep from joining Hyena on the ground. What happens next is very educational for the capoeirista. The dogs angrily go after Hyena and it is at the moment that Aranha realizes he made the right decision for the wrong reasons. It seemed like the dogs would be helping him in subduing Hyena. Of course being sniffed by one of the dogs could possibly be problematic in the future.

Aranha knew he needed to act fast while the dogs had Hyena occupied so now the capoeirista dashes to garden area to grab a fist full of grass and dirt while still holding the chloroform cloth in the other hand. When he gets to Hyena, Aranha kneels down, pinning the arms down to the ground with his knees. He makes an attempt to jam the clumps of dirt and grass in his mouth as he covers the nose with the cloth. He wanted to force Hyena to pick his poison. He could endure the mouthful of dirt and grass or he inhale the chloroform and go to sleep.

COMBATSYS: Hyena has started a fight here.

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Aranha was making a good chain of decisions

It was all a series of wise details, when dealing with an unpredictable bootlicker well outside of the scope of his talents. The dogs, underfoot and snuffling, make no effort to protect Hyena as Aranha descends. "Jeeze, when the hell did I get so popular?" The hideous man groans as the cloth comes. He finds himself caught in a horrible choice; a mouthful of grass, or chloroform. He makes a choice for the grass, and all he gains for the effort is flailing facedown. At first, it seems acceptable... until he gets a mouthful of warm, soft dirt. That wouldn't be dirt, if it is warm.

Quickly, Hyena picks a third option.

"NYyyyyaaaaaa!" He whines loudly, as his lanky long limb draws back. Flailing around like a rabid hamster, the fighter unleashes a wild chain of panicked, horrified kicks as he spits and sputters. "What is this all about? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS!?" A dawning horror hits Hyena. "oh god, are you like, related to that girl at the idol bar? A BROTHER!?" Hyena gives a final, desperate stun of a kick, before attempting to force into a stand.

"I swear, I lost her phone number!"

COMBATSYS: Aranha has joined the fight here.

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Hyena            0/-------/-======|======-\-------\0           Aranha

COMBATSYS: Aranha fails to interrupt Strong Flailing from Hyena with Kick Combo.

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Hyena            0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0           Aranha

Aranha had did everything right. He prepped the location. He isolated the would be victim. He made sure that when he attempted to put him to sleep it was from an advantaged position. He was doing everything in his power to avoid a fight but everything just seems to go wrong for him. From the fact that Hyena's physiology stymied his attempts to put him to sleep, to the fact that he had the infuriating habit of doing the most illogical things at just the right moment that keep him from taking a breath through the cloth.

As Hyena flails and kicks, Aranha tries to readjust to control his movements and make him just take a breath so he could move on with the rest of his task already. What he had attempted to do was jam a knee into Hyena's kidney as he attempted to perform a quick choke to deny him some air and hopefully encourage the imperative of breathing just enough that he might actually breathe in the chloroform that he was attempting to use on him. What actually happened was as Aranha was shifting himself to jam the knee into the kidney, Hyena's heel connects with his face. However, as that was delivered while face down while mostly pinned down, combined with the fact that Aranha is at least somewhat durable, it doesn't do much more than piss him off.

He pockets the cloth as he rises to his feet. The attempt to do minimal harm is abandoned.

"Kya nya hwa!"

That was the laughter from Hyena, as he scrambles, standing up. "Yeah, you didn't think that I could fight? What a rube. Don't you see that over there?" Hyena points at the statue, as the dogs continue to pant. "That's me on a SECOND PLACE KING OF FIGHTERS team! I'm almost a championship fighter; and if you were following that tournament, you could count on both hands all the times I had to come in to clutch win it for my boss and his moll!" Hyena snaps his fingers. "So you just better watch your ass, and maybe I'll just forget this little incident. Come on, you mangy mutts!"

The dog do not run to Hyena.

Instead, they run over to Aranha, and snort and snuff at him. One of them has a leash in her mouth, trying to hand it over to Aranha willingly. Hyena slaps his own face. "oh, so, you're here to steal the DOGS then!? Clearly this is all a brilliant scheme from the Scarlet Dahlia to undermine him! Or a rival in the gang. Or, like, maybe from that Chinese restaurant? Whatever, the point is, if you are going to steal those dogs, then I have to defend my honor and self-respect, and stop you with the SECRET WEAPON!" And Hyena begins to flap his arms.


The martial artist (?) suddenly charges at Aranha, attempting to slam in with a staggering, flailing uppercut, demonstrating some actual physical talent in fighting. What's worst, is that he would chain into a second punch with the right, before launching himself up into the air, whirling like a top. It was incredible, it was stunning, it was....

Vaguely like Mignon's technique, for that matter.

COMBATSYS: Aranha parries Hyena's Hyena Gyro!

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Hyena            1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0           Aranha

Well... Things have certainly taken a turn for the weird... Aranha just wanted to put Hyena to sleep, tranquilize the dogs, and take pictures of them and claim their collars for his mission. His inner troll would have an influence on what some of the pictures would look like but most of it would be all business. Here was one of the dogs offering up the leash to him. It was almost enough to make him feel guilty for the trolling he would have done if the plan had worked out. Almost.

As for Hyena, Aranha wanted to call him out on /everything/ he was saying. Okay so while it was reasonable that he was there to kidnap the dogs, the dog was practically nudging his hand with leash. It was clear to him that the dogs were with him under duress. Taking them was a mercy that he was unable to give them due to his particular lifestyle. He wanted to so badly to call him out on his being clutch in the King of Fighters tourney. It was televised and anyone who paid attention could see it was Duke and Nagase doing the heavy lifting. The more he talked, the more he wanted to hurt Hyena.

The would be dogwalker starts flailing wildly with a wild uppercut and Aranha protectively shoves the dog trying to give him her leash so that she doesn't get caught up in Hyena's attempt to attack him while he moves in the other direction to slip the punch with slick head movement. The subsequent punch gets weaved and as Hyena rises into the air, Aranha ducks under it and gives one of his shoulders a shove. Aranha lets him descend back to the ground, though he doesn't believe Hyena will have ideal positioning when he lands.

Aranha wastes no time getting to him, delivering a closed back fist engulfed with chi the moment his feet touch the ground. It is quickly followed by a roundhouse kick to the jaw. Maybe if it hurts enough, he might stop talking.

COMBATSYS: Aranha successfully hits Hyena with Dead Man's Hand EX.
- Power hit! -

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Hyena            1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Aranha

"Nyan Han Han!"

Hyena's sneering laughter comes as he flails around. Aranha -was- awfully silent, which only gave Duke's minion more space to flaunt his wild personality. Of course, he was drawing heavy aggro from Aranha. So when he finally slips around the wild spinning? Aranha catches him -hard-, with absolute no way for Hyena to defend himself. As he is brought down, the poor man is -smashed- in his jaw, taking a full blast of energy point blank. Staggered, the final kick comes, and he comes crashing to the ground. As the dogs sit patiently, he lands face down, groaning. He reaches up to Aranha, face bruised and bloodied. And finally, he gasps.

"I AM.... DEAD!"

And he gasps, fainting out. There is a moment of silence. The dogs pant.


And suddenly, he front flips back off the ground, exploding into a drop-kick right for Aranha's head.

"I was only FAKING IT!"

COMBATSYS: Aranha blocks Hyena's This Century's Most Fearsome Acting!.

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Hyena            0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1           Aranha

Hyena is dead? Aranha doesn't buy it for one second. Not only did Aranha avoid any locations that could be fatal, he was just aiming to shut Hyena up. The fact that he was still talking meant he was still alive. That and Hyena's acting sucks.

As the minion rises from the ground, Aranha just waits for him come to him. When Hyena goes into his drop kick, the disguised capoeirista bats the kick aside and downward almost dismissively. It was as if he felt as though this was a waste of his time. Aranha was in no mood for Hyena's antics either.

Aranha immediately goes for the grounded Syndicate member with a kick to the body. If he was going to be forced to fight, he's going to end the engagement as quickly as possible. And besides, it looked like the dogs wanted Aranha to get him out of the way just as badly as he did.

COMBATSYS: Aranha successfully hits Hyena with Fierce Kick.

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Hyena            0/-------/---====|=======\==-----\1           Aranha

Hyena has the CENTURY'S MOST FEARSOME ACTING! in fact.

But such acting was a bit embellished, as he demonstrates. As the fake-out comes and is deflected, he is quick to ease on his feet. "Kya nya ha! You absolutely fell for that-"

Hyena is interrupted to the boot to the chest.

There is a sickening crunch mingled with a high-pitched whine as Hyena is sent hurtling backwards, landing back-down where he was face down. Flailing and kicking his legs like a pillbug, the whining does not stop. Finally, he sits up, jabbing an index finger at the man.

"You -ass!-"

"Don't you know who I am?! you think I don't have powerful friends?! If you wanted to settle this like gentleman, you should have just called. In fact..." He shakes the finger, drawing it in like a fist. That was the opening. That, and the dogs whining. When he sticks his finger out again, a -card- is there. With a sleight of hand, he chucks a razor-sharp card right for Aranha's chest, sneering as he does so.

"Take my card!"

COMBATSYS: Hyena successfully hits Aranha with Hyena's Deal.
- CRAZY Hit! -

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Hyena            0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1           Aranha

Aranha explicitly /didn't/ want to settle it like gentlemen. That was why he attempted to chloroform Hyena in the first place. As was proven earlier when Hyena was mouthing off about his non-existent accomplishments in the King of Fighters, the man was not the type to let facts get in the way of him mouthing off.

Of all the things Aranha wasn't expecting, it was not the sleight of hand. Aranha gets caught by surprise and the razor sharp blade catches him the chest eliciting a slight cringe of pain. That might have hurt him a little. After the initial cringe, the disguised martial artist plucks out and then pockets the card. He was not about to leave potential evidence that could be tracked back to him if he could avoid it.

Aranha decides to repackage yet another move for the sake of being harder to identify. The Joker's Wild, a series of flying kicks that use the environment as a launching point. The Showtime Kick is a roundhouse that generates momentum from a launching point. Essentially the same concept but different delivery. Aranha runs to the statue of the Syndicate team and kicks off the statue of Hyena as he bounds between statue and trees to deliver several blue chi enhanced Showtime kicks, all aimed towards the mouth and jaw so he can finally stop hearing Hyena run his mouth.

COMBATSYS: Aranha successfully hits Hyena with Joker's Wild.

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Hyena            0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Aranha

Hyena is imagining a lot here.

As a gentleman, well, he is at least defending the dog's honor. Which is more than what Hyena has done for himself. As he brags, he was setting up so many chips on his shoulder. All while daring Aranha to make his coup de grace. As he throws the razor sharp card in, he actually chortles at that. Kissing his finger tips, he gestures at Aranha. "That's the real deal baby!" He calls out. And in turn? Aranha opens up with a -massive- flying kick. The bootlicker's eyes go wide as he turns his back around... But instead, he takes a roundhouse hard. As he spins around, he takes a rapid chain of kicks, circling around the statue in tandem as Aranha launches off. And when the final kick comes into his jaw?

That is what it takes to make Hyena shut up.

Flying hard into the air, he comes crashing -right- into the statue. Specifically, into Nagase's arms. Held in mid air, he lifts his head up, ready to say something. But instead, he spits out a mouthful of teeth, before collapsing unconscious in Nagase's arms. There, he is as he lives:

Annoying pretty much anybody who has to deal with him regularly.

The dogs look up at Hyena, and then, over at Aranha. The St. Benards are panting. One of them is handing Aranha the leash. Another one looks him squarely in the eye, walking right up to him. Human intelligence in animals is absurd. But the dog, clearly the alpha of the 'pack', makes something clear to Aranha.


COMBATSYS: Hyena takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Hyena can no longer fight.

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Silence is golden. Hyena's silence is diamond.

The capoeirista takes a moment to check the minion's pulse. He wanted to shut him up and maybe release some rage. He wasn't out to kill him, though admittedly, he was a little bit more brutal than usual. After making sure that Hyena wasn't going to die he takes the leash from the dog and nods in acknowledgement of the alpha of the group. He proceeds to pick up where the previous dog walker left off.

This is where the route deviates from Hyena's usual route. Aranha goes to a thrift shop to make a quick purchase of a blanket and pillow. After that, he returns the statue with the still unconscious Hyena. Aranha takes a before picture and then takes an after picture with Hyena still unconscious under the blanket with a pillow under his head.

With that out of the way, he finishes the walk route before returning to Duke's abode. The ex(? )-cat burglar picks the locks so he can return the dogs and take a picture of them in Duke's home. And when he leaves the only evidence he was even there was that none of the six St. Bernards had their collars on.

He hoped that the dogs wouldn't be too mad for returning them. His living situation was not conducive to having pets.

COMBATSYS: Aranha has ended the fight here.

Log created on 19:23:00 08/12/2018 by Hyena, and last modified on 12:09:17 08/21/2018.