Description: Mai and King agreed to a small gift exchange this year for the Christmas holidays... but also a friendly spar. Silver bells ring and shoppers rush home with their treasures... and get to witness a lovely classy street fight!
Mai sometimes gets busy with seemingly random stuff and lets things get away from her, but she didn't forget that she promised a sparring session with King some time before Christmas day. She invited King to meet with her this evening in the outdoor parking area of a shopping center in Southtown Village.
It's officially the darkest day of the year, but the lot is lit up bright: with brilliant snowflakes, glittering blue icicies, and a walkway lined with glowing candy canes. Mai has sectioned out an area in that walkway for her and King to meet. It's a busy time, with late shoppers still wandering around, but being seen is part of what makes it fun! Mai did find some Christmas garland to drape to create a sort of safety rope for their eventual spar, keeping it careful for any onlookers.
Mai is also dressed appropriately... well, in one sense of appropriate. She's got a Christmas version of her favorite combat outfit. Though it's still red of course, there's white fur trim lining the edges of the skirt, and the top. She's also wearing a festive hat.
Ominously, she has a silver-wrapped box, which she is holding tightly, awaiting King's arrival.
While King may lack the raw feminity of Mai, one can hardly argue that the woman doesn't have a sense of style. Tonight she's dressed in her usual dressy slacks like she weights at the Illusion Bar, but her typical white button-up and burgundy vest has been covered by a wooly dark winter coat with a furry collar. Matching black gloves cover her hands, but they mostly stay in her pockets regardless. Black globe earrings rest in each ear, and her black Oxfords tap along the sidewalk.
When King approaches, she runs a hand through her short blonde hair. "Bonsoir, Mai. I hope you haven't been waiting long."
"No way, not at all! Just enough time to set things up."
Mai immediately holds out the box that she was holding. "I got you a present! Like I promised...."
Uh-oh. Did Mai, in fact, make good on her outfit of picking a new combat outfit for King?
"I love your coat," she says, as King assumedly goes for the wrapping.
Inside there is a folded... sweater, but it's a fairly tasteful one, a button-up with a V-neck opening that is designed to go over top of a dress shirt. The sweater has a pattern of reindeer grazing along the bottom, with a row of little green trees above it.
Sitting atop the sweater is a "matching" bow tie - it's decorated with red sequins.
King does indeed take the box, working her way through the wrapping with measured enthusiasm. "You really didn't need to, Mai," King says quietly, working her way into the package and unfolding the sweater. She holds up it the lighting and a smile slowly spreads across her face.
"Oh, this is cute," King says, "Oh!" she pulls the tie out as well, lifting it up in place with the sweater. "Adorable." She sets the box down, then flips both around to hold them up to her chest. "What do you think? It's not gaudy, is it?"
"Nope! If you've gotta work this weekend, you may as well do it in a festive way, right?"
Mai pulls out a fan, and tips it almost in a salute. Then she unfolds it... it has a holly design on it! "I told you I wouldn't pick out a total disaster. You've got your own style!"
"It's very sweet," King says, giving Mai a closed-eye smile. "I'll be sure to wear it this weekend. I always close early on Christmas Eve, but there's usually a lot of business right before the holiday." King takes the sweater and folds it gingerly, and sets it back in the box. The bowtie follows it.
"I got you something as well," King says, "but I didn't want it to get broken, so I'll give it to later, if that's okay." King gently replaces the lid of the box, setting it aside on a nearby bench.
"A little Christmas cheer, maybe. I think you'll enjoy it."
"Oh, yeah!" King knows how much Mai loves cheer, in all its various forms. A perfect gift, really.
She claps her hands against her fan.
Then she takes just a couple steps back, getting into the right distance for the start of a spar.
"Ready when you are to get started with our training!"
"Okay," King gives the box a pat and then stands upright, taking a moment to undo her buttons. She slides the coat off her back, folds it over her arm, and sets it atop the box. She takes off her gloves as well, switching them for fingerless ones more suited for a spar as she checks her shoes. Underneath her coat is simply the white button-up with no vest today.
"All right," King spreads her feet further apart, bending her knees slightly as she raises her arms in front of her in her Muay Thai stance. "I may be a little rusty, but I'm far from soft. Don't take it too easy on me. There's no getting back into shape with kid gloves." King smiles with confidence. "And besides, I want to see how you've improved."
King stands on her toes then springs forward, launching at Mai. She swings her leg high and over, bringing it down into an overhead heel drop using her speed and flexibility.
COMBATSYS: King has started a fight here.
COMBATSYS: Mai has joined the fight here.
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King 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Mai
COMBATSYS: King successfully hits Mai with Trap Kick.
- Power hit! -
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King 0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0 Mai
King may feel that she's rusty, but she comes out of the gate with a really powerful hit! Mai keeps her hands up to deflect it, but doesn't really make it. The kick comes down onto her shoulder, and there's a nice solid CRACK. Mai winces, taking just a step back. She needs a second to center herself after that one, but she doesn't want to hesitate too much.
"Oh, wow, you don't seem rusty at all!" Mai says. "Feels just like old times to me!" Mai doesn't want to take too long to ponder her move. She always seems to move on instinct. Since King went low, she'll go high... slipping down into a skiding kick that seems aimed for the other woman's legs. But at the last second, she backflips up, getting some air. "I won't take it easy on you! I promise!"
COMBATSYS: King blocks Mai's Benitsuru no Mai.
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King 0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0 Mai
King balances gracefully on one leg as she delivers the heel drop, then she pivots on her foot and steps out of it with a swift, smooth motion. "Well," King says, "I said I hadn't fought in a while," she smiles, "but I'm not sure I'd call kicking out drunks a real fight." King's eyes widen when Mai goes on the defensive, but she narrows her focus and reacts. First she backsteps, hopping away from the incoming kick. When it transitions into a flip, she brings up her guard like a boxer, and Mai's heel impacts with King's forearm with a heavy thump. "Good!"
King snaps forward again, launching out with a high kick with her leg leg that's aimed at catching Mai in the armpit. Snapping back, King shifts then to her right left, throwing out a lightning fast flurry of kicks with such speed that it's almost a blurr of motion.
COMBATSYS: Mai blocks King's Mirage Kick.
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King 0/-------/------=|====---\-------\0 Mai
Mai laughs a little when King compliments her. Mai knows perfectly well it wasn't a clean hit, and she's even a little embarrassed by that. "Oh, come on! I can do better than that!" she declares.
King starts kicking at her, faster, but this time, Mai is actually ready. She keeps her hands up, and using the fan on occasion, starts blocking the furious blows. It's a real spectacle, two combatants moving at the speed of light with a backdrop of glitter and candy canes.
People come walking around to check this out. They're minding the barrier that Mai put up earlier with the garlands, but that's clearly for their own safety. A little girl on the sidelines seems particularly entranced by seeing the two women and their different fighting styles, putting her mittened hands to her cheeks, her eyes aglitter.
Mai can't lose her focus, but she's energized by the opportunity to put on a show.
Mai flickers her fan out, flipping it once for the crowd, and then once at King. She does a little slight-of-hand as a distraction manuever, transferring it from one hand to the other. Now she's just hamming it up. But then she rises it up in an attacking sweep, dipping low first, then flickering it out! She clicks it shut at the bottom of the strike.
COMBATSYS: King interrupts Sayo Chidori from Mai with Trap Shot.
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King 0/-------/-----==|=======\====---\1 Mai
King's face is stern, almost mechanical as she delivers the flurry of kicks. The hard-knock life of her work has made her a bit hard, maybe even cold as far as fighting is concerned. Mai would know her well enough to know she's not vicious, but King tights to fighting with a certain stern professionalism at times that seems almost callous. Each kick is delivered with steady rhythm, even as Mai's guard holds against the assault.
But as King comes out of the manuever, Mai has moved with a dramatic counterattack. The girl catches King's attention for a moment, and it draws out a small smile. A smile that seems to distract her, no doubt, almost as much as Mai's deft sleight of hand. The sweeping strike goes low and takes King's leg out from her under her as she tumbles backward!
But then King adapts, planting her palms on the cold ground and snapping up with her lower leg. She sweeps it up toward Mai's chin with a flash of blue chi, aiming to hook the kunoichi hard enough to stun her momentarily. As she does, King springs back into action, vaulting up with a swift knee and another furious combination of kicks.
"She's so enthusiastic," King says quietly to Mai. "It reminds me of Jan, just a little."
It's a bit of a surprise to Mai to be so soundly interrupted. This strike hits her chin, and knocks her head back a bit. She takes a few more hits, one to the chest, another the stomach, before she can recover herself. She's got one eye closed for a moment as she catches her breath.
But this is a friendly fight, so she's not going to let it get her down too much. The important thing now is to be gracious, graceful, and be an inspiration. "Beautiful girls should be encouraged to fight their best!" says Mai. She finds the strength to grin through the pain, and rights herself a moment later.
Mai runs in to get in close, putting a little extra spin on her move. Since King showed Mai her chi, Mai shows hers in return. She flips her fan out, but she's attacking mostly with a quick wave of in-close fire. The flash of red is brilliant against the background of Christmas lights, as Mai momentarily becomes a spinning candle of flame.
COMBATSYS: King blocks Mai's Ryuuenbu EX.
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King 0/-------/----===|=======\===----\1 Mai
While Mai recovers, King steps back out of her kicks with a two-note clack of her shoes on the hard ground. She raises her arms up in a guarding position again, but her guard relaxes just a little when Mai speaks. She does have a certain energy and enthusiasm that King finds contagious.
"That's right," King says, giving their spectator a quick smile. As she does though, Mai is moving in with blinding speed and a flash of fiery chi. It's not unfamiliar to King, but that doesn't make it even less intimidating. The wave of fire sweeps at King, but the bartender bows up, bringing both arms together to shield herself even as the heat singes her sleeves and the impact sends her sliding backward. The Christmas lights continue to flicker in reds and greens.
And King shakes her arms slightly, knocking away ash and char and trying to work out the soreness in her forearms. "Swift as always, Mai," she compliments before stepping forward and raising her arms again.
King moves in low like a boxer, changing up her pattern slightly. While King relies heavily on kicks, Muay Thai is known as the "art of eight limbs" for a reason. She sweeps with a quick jab, but feints, throwing an elbow instead as she keeps her guard high.
COMBATSYS: Mai blocks King's Medium Punch.
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King 0/-------/----===|=======\====---\1 Mai
More people are gathering around to watch the fight now. Mai seems to be at a slight disadvantage currently, and the crowd seems split on who they're cheering for. Of course, some people still hurry by. A mother sees her son staring just a little too much at Mai and her moves... she huffs and covers the boy's eyes entirely before pushing him away from the battle going in progress. He kicks out and tries to resist this but has no power to defeat it.
An elbow strike comes for Mai, King manuevering herself quickly. Mai has to take a moment and deflect that, bringing a fan out for King to strike so Mai can spare her pretty face. The fan itself rips, like the paper that it is, but Mai herself is mostly protected.
Mai decides that, even if her efforts may be thwarted and her opponent strong, she needs to do one more flashy moves... for the children. Even the scorn of their mothers gives her energy! She digs deep and finds some more power to complete her next strike. The lights behind her flicker as her chi rises up around her, bringing a light matching the red and white glow all around.
Mai leaps into a forward flip. Her momentum carries her forward fast, at an almost impossible angle. The dipping of her shoulder is edged with fire, a brilliant flame coursing around her as she falls from the sky like a meteor during the drop!
The light is temporary, just a quick flash of power around her body, but it's enough to draw interested gasps of awe. Not just anybody can ignite their entire body for a hit.
COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits King with Hissatsu Shinobibachi.
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King 0/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Mai
As the battle intensifies, King seems to adjust her pacing appropriately. Mai has energy and enthusiasm, but her teammate is much more subdued. Patient. In many ways, they complement each other in this regard.
But when Mai moves in, igniting herself in a cloak of fire and launching into the flying elbow, King is caught woefully unprepared and overwhelmed by the power of oogling spectators and scandalized mothers. The elbow slams into King's stomach and splashes her with flames before launching her, rolling, across the battlefield. She tumbles several times before coming to a stop and coughing.
"That's the spirit," King says with a bit of a chuckle, rising up onto her knees and then back on her feet. "I think they're cheering for you after that one," she adds, dusting her knees off a bit. Several of her buttons seem to have broken in the tussel, and without her vest, King threatens to be a bit scandalous herself. She tugs her shirt back together with a bit of flush in her cheeks. She slides her feet apart again and resumes her stance as she rubs her stomach and her jaw.
"So I suppose I need to spice things up a bit as well," King says, launching up and sweeping out with a kick. Blue chi erupts from her leg as she does, the kickboxer launching a fireball straight at Mai---right before she snaps into a second kick, launching a second!
COMBATSYS: Mai full-parries King's Double Strike!!
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King 0/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Mai
King is ready to pick up the pace...
But Mai is energized, now! She took a few hits early on, but the more energy she can feed off of being showy and flashy, the more she is feeling the rhythm of the fight. It's like a dance to her now. The kick comes for her and she does a little hop back. The fireball... she bats away with a little flicker of her fan. The keenest eye would see another blast of chi here as she parries it, red deflecting on blue so she can diffuse the energy of the incoming attack. At that moment Mai glances down and notices the broken vest. "Hah! Don't worry, you still look classy as always! Even when you're fighting..."
King races in with a kick, but Mai has a plan for that, too. She drops backwards and flips herself into a handstand. It's another exciting move to watch, especially because the upside-down angle is perilous for the top of her outfit. She can't stay in it very long as she's bracing her hand against her fan, but she's got a lot of strength in her back to at least maintain it for a moment.
Her legs, meanwhile, are in a great position to deflect King's incoming kick... and make one other move. Mai locks her calves around King, just below the neck, and does a flipping full body throw.
COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits King with Shiranui Gourin EX.
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King 1/------=/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Mai
King flings the first fireball from her legs and Mai moves under it with her racing advance. The second is lower, more aimed at Mai's center of gravity, but the kunoichi's deft manuevering allows her to parry it and move into the leg-lock overhead throw. The blonde fighter goes upside down for a woman as Mai smashes her onto her back, and King works against Mai's legs to slip out groggily to get back on her feet.
She wipes her nose and mouth with the back of her glove, shaking her hand as she takes several deep breaths.
"You've gotten quicker, I think," King says, swaying a little and adjusting her footing to compensate. She doesn't move to counterattack again quite yet, apparently having run herself out of breath for the moment trying to keep up.
COMBATSYS: King gains composure.
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King 1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Mai
Mai lets out a small laugh. "Thanks! I've been working on my speed," says Mai, though realistically speaking she doesn't really work hard on anything much. It's not exactly her nature. But getting into more fights, some she is on the losing end of, is LIKE working on it.
She sees that King looks a bit tired, and so she takes it easy on her, this time. Just for a second, she dashes in, rolls her shoulder... strikes with a quick fan, and then dashes back out of her way. It's almost a tease, but she does want to show off just how quick she's gotten.
She sees a younger man in the growing audience, and makes eye contact with him briefly, giving a wink, just before twirling back to face King in the battle. Not to get distracted or anything, but she's having a good time. She's taken a few hits and she's breathing heavy as well... but it's a good time.
COMBATSYS: King dodges Mai's Evasive Strike.
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King 1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Mai
King works her knuckles, clenching her fists and unclinching them. "I can definitely tell," she says with a slight smile. But then Mai is on the move, and King pulls back defensively. The slippery fan strike sweeps for King's midsection, but the kickboxer darts back to narrowly evade it. Even so, the whole interaction takes place in an instant, a definite testament to the aforementioned speed.
King runs a hand through her hair as Mai winks at a fan. She rolls her eyes just a little. "Teasing your cheering section?" King asks with just a hint of playfulness tucked into her usual collected tone. "Are you signing autographs afterwards again, too?"
But King then starts moving again. She flips backward and does a handstand to get a little distance between herself and Mai. Once she has it she uses that distance to launch into a flying leap, throwing a brutal Muay Thai elbow toward Mai. If it connects, King then shifts into a furious combination of kicks, launching them rapid-fire and with steady rhythm. From there, she does another chi-infused backflip like her earlier interrupt, intending to launch Mai into the air before chasing her with a few dramatic, rising kicks.
COMBATSYS: King successfully hits Mai with Illusion Dance.
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King 0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Mai
Mai thought that perhaps dancing around would give her enough evasion to deflect whatever King fielded next, but she was paying too much attention to the crowd, and not enough attention to King, after all. "Of course!" she says, brightly, and that's probably enough distraction in fact. King can leap into her and hit her with that first brutal strike. From there, Mai is a little off-guard, and she gets slammed with the backflip. It's not as pretty as her usual, that's for sure, as she takes several kicks, and goes flying backward.
Now a downside to the battlefield that she's chosen for this: the ground is hard concrete sidewalk. When she goes flying from the last kick, she hits hard, skinning a knee and slamming her jaw. She still manages to look pretty when she gets back up, but from that, she's going to have some serious bruises tomorrow...
She looks frustrated, just for a moment, as her plans for getting a win now seem to be stymied by King's power. This is still a friendly spar, but... Mai's eyes are a little red, nonetheless. Fire builds around both of her hands. She flips her fan away for a moment. "You hit hard! I'm going to have to do my best to keep up too! Time to unleash my chi--"
Mai jumps straight up. She hangs in the air for just a moment, in fact, in a defiance of gravity only possible when someone is a trained ninja. As she does, her red Christmas outfit alights with a wreath of fire, her hair and skirt flickering.
She dives like a phoenix in flight, leading with an elbow, but wreathed in a halo of pure fire, straight from her heart.
"-- Houou no Mai - fire attack!"
COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits King with Houou no Mai.
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King 1/-------/=======|>>>>---\-------\0 Mai
Having known Mai for a while, King can see that fire in her eyes and that shift in demeanor. The other woman is talkative and pleasant, but she has a competitive streak, and when it comes up, or when she gets riled, sparks fly in a most literal sense. The surge of chi is practically unmistakable as Mai surges with power, launching herself like a meteor at King!
And King steels herself, her body tensing up as she readies to guard. Mai smashes right through her defenses, clobbering her into a nearby Christmas tree display and knocking fake snow from it down on her head. King falls back onto her seat from the impact, leaning against the tree with a groan. She has to reach up and pat out a bit of lingering chi flame, and even then it takes her several moments to get back on her head.
"There's that same hot-blooded fighting spirit," King says with a wheeze, straightening up. "But wasn't that overdoing it a little?" She grits her teeth, not really mad, per se, but perhaps a little agitated. She snaps up, kicking into a spin kick and launching a projectile of blue chi like before..but then spinning around to a second, then doing a handstand to kick out a third and send the trio of blue shots straight back toward Mai.
COMBATSYS: Mai blocks King's Phantom Strike.
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King 0/-------/----===|>>>>>--\-------\0 Mai
Mai didn't think that big attack would knock King down, so she's still ready for a rebound. Was it overdoing it a little? Maybe, but it wasn't Mai's absolute strongest power, either. Plus Mai, even with her fire and flames, has never really had a true killing intent. She gets mad, even aggressive, but then she gets over it. Still, she feels a little chided by the comment. She brushes it off a bit, with: "Well we have to give the people the best possible show!"
Then she flips out a fan, and raises it to block King's strike.
She barely manages it. The fan DOES catch the projectile, but there's more where that came from, and she has to work fast. She pushes back with every little hit, smashing her fan against the waves of shots again and again. With the last one, the paper fan finally catches fire, a flame that seems to fade from blue to red. Mai tosses it away abruptly, not aggressively but toward the audience, where it fizzles out as if it were made of flash powder. Even nearing defeat, she's still a show-woman at heart.
She leans forward a little, taking a deep and heaving breath. She digs deep to find the last thing she'll be able to do, but she's a bit dazed from the strike that King put down on her. She has to put it together. There's still fire in her eyes.
She leaps into the air one more time. There's still that flame around her, but this time, it lingers longer and brighter. She starts diving for King not just once, but flips back and does it a second time. Both times she leads with an elbow, but the real attack is the flame that trails behind it, breaking through any guard.
COMBATSYS: King blocks Mai's Chou Hissatsu Shinobibachi.
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King 0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0 Mai
The chiding seems to spark something, and that's good enough for King. The rebuttal even manages to get a chuckle out of her, albeit one that's puncutated by an abrupt stop as she hurts herself with it. But King can't dwell on that, either, as soon Mai is dealing with the onslaught of Venom Strikes.
Each is caught with a fan as Mai manages to endure one after another. King is breathing heavily in their wake, having run herself ragged pulling off another attack like that. When Mai comes for her with the flaming combination strike, King has to put everything can into not being laid out by it entirely. The kick smashes against her knees, and the elbow collides with King's forearms. The flame beats against her guard, but King endures, staggering back from it with steam pouring away from her.
This is enough, King tells herself. You've fought well. You've shaken the rust off and see what Mai is capable of, too. You could call it here and let her win.
But King glances to the crowd, she sees the people gathered, and she sees that little girl watching with rapt attention. Taking a deep breath, she bites her lip and soldiers on set a good example and make a good show of it.
And so King strikes out with a strong right, taking a swing like a boxer as she deviates from her kicks with a surprise switch. Perhaps her legs are just sore?
COMBATSYS: Mai full-parries King's Fierce Punch!!
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Mai sees that King is fatigued, and she certainly is. She figures if she keeps fighting she's probably going to lose this fight, but she still moves on pure instinct to get out of the way of the slower attack.
Specifically, she uses just her hand, pushing the fist away with it as she manages a nice clean deflect.
It actually looks pretty cool. But Mai seems pretty tired, too.
She looks King in the eye for a moment. "Hey. Uh, I think if that would've hit me, it would've pretty much messed up my face, so if you want to call it here, I'm good with saying you beat me this time!"
COMBATSYS: Mai drops her guard to recover.
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"No." King says firmly. "If anything, I'd call that a draw." King smiles, reaching out and putting her hand on Mai's shoulder. She blows her hair out of her own face and then sweeps it back. "You did really well. I think you've honestly improved since last time, and that's saying something."
King glances down, tugging her shirt back together again. "So how about that Christmas cheer? Maybe I'll sweeten the package a bit for such a strong showing." She glances over at the box. "And the lovely gift."
Mai is really relieved, actually. She looks King in the eye for a second longer, and then she lowers her hand, and offers a firm handshake instead. "Okay, deal!"
Then she turns to the audience, and waves a little bit. "Thanks everybody! Christmas time has officially begun now!"
COMBATSYS: Mai has left the fight here.
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COMBATSYS: King has ended the fight here.
Log created on 19:49:43 12/21/2018 by Mai, and last modified on 16:56:25 12/28/2018.