Malin - Southtown Downtown Throwdown

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Description: On the streets of Southtown a girl from Taiyo High runs into a boy from Pacific High. Armed with boredom and a strong desire to do something, the girl sets out to meet the bright young Pacific High hero. However, as with all meetings of the young and somewhat thick headed, there is competitive spirit, super powers, and knife wounds aplenty.

Downtown Southtown. Southtown's Downtown. A downtown which is relatively central to Southtown. How did all of those work? Which one was more true and which one was more false? Did any of that matter? These questions and more plagued the mind of a blonde girl sitting upside-down on a city bench.

Malin, as she calls herself, contemplates the nomenclature of the city while she considers the depths of her mission; to observe and identify the various potential of those at the area high schools. Secondarily, find out if any of the Darkstalkers coming and going from the embassy look cool.

She had already come across one kid from Gedo, but there were more than Gedo out there. Pacific for one, and Seijyun and Justice were also out there. But here, at a downtown crossing, both Gedo and Pacific were nearby, and the Darkstalker embassy shot up not too far from that. It was perfect, it would allow Malin to cover more things more easily.

Which is why she wasn't doing much of anything but playing with her yo-yo and spying on people. Or collecting information. Which was increasingly growing boring. And a bored Malin swiftly stands to become a Malin shaped thorn in the sides of various trouble around Southtown.

Koto, who happened to be coming from Pacific and was probably a lot more recognizable on the fighting circuit and around high schools a /lot/ more recently considering his run ins as of late not to mention the whole SNF was just wandering at the moment. And eyeing the DarkStalker embassy. The fact that whoever was there wasn't causing trouble just had the young man a bit annoyed. Just a bit.

Still, his hands were tied if they weren't busy feeding on people, harassing, or otherwise causing a lot of problems in general around the area. The young super hero was otherwise content to at the moment sit on a bench as he contemplated a few things. With the school out for the summer except for a few summer classes here and there, he was free! Free to not be in uniform at least. So here he was in a pair of nice jeans, t-shirt, and a loose leather vest as he sipped on a soda.

The scowl on his face at least spoke volumes considering he was looking and scanning with his eyes it seemed the DarkStalker's embassy for trouble.

Fame is fleeting. Buuuut in this case even the great Malin knows who Koto is when he happens to grace her personal radar system. One operated mostly by eyesight. A little hum escapes the girl, her yo-yo hangs in a long and slow spin while she considers potential and possibility.

The yo-yo snaps back up and into her hand, just at the time she sits up, flits up, and flips over the back of the bench; almost hitting a guy just trying to walk on the other side.

Properly oriented, the former thief leans her forearms on the back of the bench and chews on her cheek while she considers the very presence of a super hero and what that means for Southtown, and of course, herself.

She grins, she licks her lips, and with a strange and self-indulgent flourish, she tucks away her yo-yo and pulls out a new and improved Malin Card; this time a sticker. With the skill and grace of all her years of thieving, scraping and high intensity league of criminal masterminds secret organizational training, she skulks and zips toward Koto's back.

Malin's mission; to slap that Malin Sticker square on the back of Koto's nice leather vest.

And well... the slap to the back has Koto spinning and looking at her. "Can I help you?" The super hero's eyes narrow as he looks at her, as if he caught her without seeing her. Maybe he did? All of his strange powers, after all!

Pausing, Koto glances over his shoulder, then reaches back to check and see if there is anything stuck to his back. At least it's obvious that he's a fighter a bit by being able to reach back that far. Especially when he finds the sticker. And sighs before his hand glows slightly and rips it off rather easily. "Really? A sticker to the back? What are you, 10?"

His admonishment is definitely one of slight... pity, maybe? His eyes are still on her, as if trying to figure out the rather obvious question of 'Why?' among other things.

Triumph! The great Malin has once again proven herself great by properly stickering the local super hero. Personally, she would have preferred slapping it on his shiny helmet, but as he lacks the helmet at the moment, the vest will have to do.

Triumphant she feels and triumphant she looks, chest out, hands on hips, grinning toothily while the much larger high schooler fondling at the Malin faced sticker on his back.

But then Koto does the unthinkable and insults the sanctity of her brand. Malin's eyes harden, her cheeks puff and she gives Koto a dagger filled glare as sharp as any of the many, many knives she has on her person at any given moment. "It's called slapping, and it's just as accomplished an art form as anything else. The art just so happens to come from the danger and skill it takes to put the sticker tag in various places. As I stuck it to the back of a real super hero, now everyone will be able to see it and know that the great Malin, of Taiyo High School, is faster and more agile than even Justice High's best."

Capping off her mature rattling off, and gratuitous recitation that she is, in fact, a high school student and not a middle schooler, Malin sticks her tongue on at the admonishing Koto. And a crossing of her arms for good measure. Even then, she doesn't much stay still as she does rock back and forth from heel to toe.

That has Koto raising an eyebrow. "Uh... I'm not the 'best' for Justice High. I'm just a fellow student there. I'm sure there's better than me in the school, girl." He folds his arms, looking annoyed now.

"So that entire sticker thing was just to prove you're more agile and faster than I am? Not exactly a hard thing to do, you know. Much as people might like to say it, speed's not always what it's all about in martial arts. You have to be able to take a hit as well as be fast enough to give one back." The taller teenager shrugs, "But whatever. You act more like a middle school student than someone from Taiyo. Have fun."

He turns to sit back down on the bench, moving to take a drink of his soda before noticing it's empty and sighing, "Great... out of soda."

Malin uncrosses her arms. Where the yo-yo came back from is hard to say, but she's slipped it back out so she can play with it. "Wow, so even though you think you suck so much, you're still a super hero?" she asks, head tilting quizzically.

"And, so, you don't think speed is good, but you need to be fast enough to hit people." Malin speaks slowly as she contemplates, letting the yo-yo go down and up and down and up. "And what do you know about Taiyo? You go to Pacific high." She huffs and sticks her nose in the air. The nose still isn't very high in the air.

When he comments on the soda, and lack thereof, Malin looks sympathetic. She looks to Koto and shakes her head. "Do you want a new one?"

Koto shrugs, "I'm from Pacific, yes, but I have fought a few of you Taiyo High before. Hinata and Yuri for starters." He looks considerate, "Hm... I think Ayame goes to Gedo. So does Mitsuru..."

The young man looks over at Malin, "Thing is, you're so proud of your speed, are you able to take a hit as well as give one? Or are you all speed with a glass jaw literally?"

Shrugging, Koto moves off towards a trash can to toss the soda in, "And nah... I'll get one later." He starts to wander off. "Besides, you're nothing like your classmates from Taiyo that I have met. They at least didn't go around trying to slap stickers on someone's back... Hinata did toss a shoe at me, though."

"So what, you fought a couple people from Taiyo. You think that means you know all ab out us now? You know everything? You're really arrogant for a guy that thinks he sucks," Malin retorts, yo-yo go down, yo-yo go up.

She tracks Koto with her eyes, narrow and considering. "If you think you're so much better than me, why don't you prove just how good you are instead of talking out your ass. I'm just as good a fighter as any SNF person or super hero."

The yo-yo slaps into the palm of her hand, and the grin she has is predatory and very, very self amused. "Tell you what, let's wager. If I beat you, you have to help me on my mission. And if I lose, I have to help you do whatever it is super hero types do."

Koto hums as he looks at her. He seems to consider, then nods. "I only have one question first. What is your mission?"

Koto is definitely no fool in that regards. Never take challenges for help on missions without knowing what those missions are first! After all, it could be something totally, dastardly villainous in his case! The darn it all craziness of it!

Still, he moves a hand to his waist as a belt, definitely mystical looking appears there in a show of prismatic light. "And honestly, if I needed help in the whole super hero thing, I think I have quite a few I could ask for it by now."

Malin taps the side of her nose, grinning from ear to ear. "It's a secret. But trust me, it's totally up your alley. The kind of thing you should be living for."

She skips back, slowly turning, rolling on her ankle. It's a loose, flitting dance of a milling, but it's putting her at a good position away from Koto. Planned position. A fighting position. She twirls her yo-yo to the and catches it. Held aloft, she laughs to herself. "You really ready to see Malin-Style in action?"

She would keep her word, much as she expects Koto to keep his. After all, regardless of the outcome, she would get to do what she wanted. Which is, as Malin sees it, the best way for a person to live their life.

COMBATSYS: Malin has started a fight here.

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Koto raises an eyebrow, then moves to a more fighting stance as he sweeps an arm in front of himself rather slowly, "Henshin!"

That prismatic light surrounds Koto, fading away in an almost shattering like effect as he's left in his super hero costume. "We will see about that." He brings a hand up near his helmet, flashing a hand sign that's obviously supposed to be a J towards her, "Mega Dragon Fighter, J-Dragon! Ready!"

He settles into a wide, open stance with his hands in open palms. His helmeted gaze is definitely on her, though. "I swear if you are doing this to trick me into a life of crime, I will make sure you pay for it."

COMBATSYS: Koto has joined the fight here.

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Malin            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Koto

"Flashy. Cool." Malin judges as she sees that change come over Koto, or Mega Dragon Fighter J-Dragon. She has to keep a cool head though, not make it so obvious that she's impressed more than her deadpan delivery and slightly inclined head suggest.

"You really think you're going to lose that easily? And you call yourself a super hero?" she taunts, dropping back into a bouncy, energetic stance. The yo-yo has disappeared somewhere, gone about her red clad person. Maybe tucked inside the curious and large leg warmer type calf covers she has. Baggy enough to flutter when she hurls herself toward Koto.

"Malin. Style!" she calls out and leaps into the air, pouncing like a cat for Koto. She curls into the air, unfurling with her hands out stretched for the Mega Dragon Fighter. And then, with a glint in her eye, she reveals the set of wrist claws she had hidden away. Striking and slashing for Koto as she falls toward him.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Malin's Suzume Bachi Kuuchuu.

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Malin            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Koto

The incoming wrist claws are a bit of a surprise as Koto had brought his arms up, ready and a good thing, too! The claws meet the silver arm guards of his costume as small sparks come off of them before he pushes her away. "You really need to stop twisting words."

Then his hands come upwards, prismatic flames coming at her as he tries to force her away and to at the same time burn her. "Dragon Flame Swipe!" The flames probably definitely feel like a dragon's, and it's showing that he isn't exactly pulling punches here! Not with that wide swath of flaming doom at her!

COMBATSYS: Malin dodges Koto's Dragon Flame Swipe.

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Malin            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Koto

"Why?" Malin asks, close in as the sparks fly and Malin's pushed away like the light little thing she is. "Afraid you can't keep up?" she laughs back at him as she lands with little skipping hops.

Like a taunting little bird she's there one moment then not in a flash of an eye. Flaming punches flare out and light up the sidewalk. People watching this impromptu match delight in the show that the great young super hero is putting on. Even as he hits nothing, finding only Malin standing on the back of a park bench in a perfectly balanced T.

"Hot stuff," she remarks. "But can you catch this?"

She rocks back. The bench begins to tip and teeter. With a skip, she hops from the back, spins down to the ground, and with a heavy two-footed mule kick, she sends the bench hurtling toward the Henshin Hero!

COMBATSYS: Koto overcomes Large Thrown Object from Malin with Dragon Emperor.

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Malin            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Koto

COMBATSYS: Koto successfully hits Malin with Dragon Emperor.
- Power hit! -

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Malin            0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0             Koto

"I'll send a check for it!" Koto says before bringing his arm around again.

What he's up to is probably not a good idea, but well... he did say he'd send a check for it! Koto brings his arm up from behind him, giving it a slight spin as a roiling prismatic dragon forms, then launches at the bench and forces it's way /through/ it as Koto calls out, "DRAGON EMPEROR!"

He keeps his hand in the air a moment before bringing it back down to the same ready stance as before. "Are you so sure of your own winning, now?"

The blast strikes Malin. She is a small one, the force of the blast enough to scatter her back and send her tumbling along the pavement. But in that tumble, she spins up onto her shoulders and kicks up and over to once more land on her feet.

"C'mon, that's just the start. And Malin always wins. You'll come to understand that." She laughs to herself, hands quickly going to her hips before she skips, surges and runs for Koto.

She takes a corkscrewing leap into the air. With strange momentum, she arcs sharply downward and slashes with those hidden wrist claws. But that only seems to be the beginning as she hits the ground and spins like a break dancer. Legs outward, spinning, short blades snick-snap out from her sneakers, making the whole tiny girl into a tiny slashing top.

COMBATSYS: Koto interrupts Koukou Tenkan from Malin with Crane Swipes Fish.

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Malin            0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0             Koto

Instead of remaining still, Koto moves around, sliding to one side in a few steps before bringing his hands up suddenly. The wrist claws end up meeting his bracers again, but the break dancing top bit meets something a bit harder. Stepping once more, he brings his hand around to stop the spinning bit with a hard forearm as he braces his hands, the other moving to swipe at her and knock her off of the break dancing like move in a lower swipe at her midsection that's more of a back hand really.

"Oh? So far, you are barely even scratching me." He mentions off hand. Koto is definitely not being merciful at the moment as he continues to circle. "I mean, you tossed a bench at me, then you have all of those hidden weapons it seems. What are you? An teenage assassin or something?"

Oh no, Malin might lose. . .The master of goalpost moving smiles inwardly. She's proud of herself, but she's also proud of this clever plan she's put together. And apparently he thinks she's an assassin, so that's kind of cool. At least he hasn't degraded her style.

"I'm just," she says, picking herself up off the ground and straightening her kerchief. She has to steady herself and let the world stop spinning for a moment before she can get her bearings. "I'm just getting started. How much have you thrown at me already, and here I am!" she laughs, but she's quick to close the gap, a turning strike and a spin. Once more, one of those blades flick out as she slashes at the inside of Koto's bicep with a fluttering butterfly strike.

COMBATSYS: Koto auto-guards Malin's Armed Combo.

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Malin            0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0             Koto

Bringing a forearm up to block the bladed shoe, and actually going around the blade to instead give an open palm light push to the foot doing the attempted kick, Koto shakes his head. "Fine, if you wish for me to throw /everything/ at you..."

There's a sudden bright prismatic light underneath Koto. It looks to form something before rushing to his leg, the shin and in fact most of the foot glowing below the knee before he delivers a round house kick. "THUNDER KICK!"

Needless to say that looks like it probably will hurt it if lands. Especially as it gives off a sound much like thunder just from the kick alone!

COMBATSYS: Malin dodges Koto's Thunder Kick.

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Malin            0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0             Koto

Goading success. Malin slips around, sliding past the kick that rockets past her. The blast loud and crashing, but Malin delightfully unhurt by all of it. "Wow," she tells Koto, "You really should've hit me with that instead of the other things."

And that's when, with a flick of her wrist, a short stick slips into her hand. A swing for the belly and the stun baton crackles to an angry life. "I don't have your kind of thing. So I improvise. Malin-style!"

COMBATSYS: Malin successfully hits Koto with Beni Sasori.

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Malin            1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0             Koto

Well, that definitely shocked Koto as he steps back, then slides backwards into his more open stance. He runs a hand along his side where the stun baton hit before shaking his head and his arm as he seems to focus to recenter himself. "I see... so instead of learning to actually fight, you use hidden weapons and tricks? Not a bad idea, but not good enough, I would say."

Koto's hands move, and he shifts to put the side that was struck by the stun baton away from her, moving again in slower steps as his body seems to start to glow. "I admit my gifts are a bit unfair in a full on fight, but so are yours. So let's see if you're ready for my Mega Power with some of those hidden tricks."

Still, he's not attacking, but rather just seems to be gathering his power at the moment. Which is a bit... extreme, perhaps, but at least he's not tossing out crazy empowered attacks now!

COMBATSYS: Koto glows with prismatic energy.

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Malin            1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1             Koto

Always, always with the 'cheating'. And always from the sour grapes having pukes that think their fancy schools and fancy sparkle powers make them better than people that don't have anything to their name.

Malin streaks forward. She hurls herself recklessly toward the charging Koto. Little care or concern in her for yet another smug and self-important boy. Another fake-humble-but-totally-full-of-himself ass that needs a good swift kick in the face. And so, that's more or less what Malin's strategy falls down to. A good swift kick to the face. If a rather fast one.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Malin's Intercepting Strike EX.

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Malin            0/-------/-======|=======\=====--\1             Koto

The kick to the face is met with a pair of crossed forearms, that still look to pretty well connect. Koto seems to grin behind his helmet, "What's wrong? I hit a nerve?"

The super hero shifts to try to throw Malin away from him, as he steps into a bit more sturdy, if closer stance, his hands now more closed and looking more perhaps a bit heroic in the stance he has.

"Good. I was hoping you would stop playing around finally. If you want me to help you, earn it." The super hero says. "That is why you asked for this fight, right? Because you want the help rather than going around slapping sticks on people?"

COMBATSYS: Koto successfully hits Malin with Strong Throw.
Glancing Blow

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Malin            1/-------/=======|=======\=======\1             Koto

The gripping throw huffs Malin aside. She's a terribly light thing, and she lands with a rough-yet-righted landing. Taking a knee, she snorts and surges for Koto. There's no more taunting and fun words. She is putting herself to business at hand.

Zipping close in, moving sharp and suddenly. She slips in close to Koto and lashes with a violent, close in strike from her claws. A raking blow for Koto's belly, but the force of the strike a cover for the real goal of Malin's motion: to position herself further past Koto's range.

COMBATSYS: Koto endures Malin's Random Weapon.

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Malin            1/------=/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

The incoming, raking blow of the randomness of the claws has Koto spinning, even if the slash doesn't look to do much to him. Well, outwardly. There might be some slight blood on her claws from where they managed to get through. Koto, however, obviously has a bit of a plan as instead of following her... he throws a piece of the bench she threw earlier at her. One handed, even if his hand looks to be glowing prismatic a bit as he advances on her, his stance once more in that sturdier looking one.

"Oh, come on. No more taunts, quips, or anything? I know I can be pretty serious in a fight, but you did start this." Koto taunts as he looks at her. "I know others laugh at me for saying I am a hero, or even super hero, but I at least try my best at it and look to improve at it. What other tricks do you have?"

COMBATSYS: Koto successfully hits Malin with Thrown Object.

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Malin            1/----===/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

Even as the hit strikes against Malin's head, knocking her aside. She doesn't have any words for Koto. She just makes her move to get away in the moment. A sharp dash and a flick of her wrist to send her yo-yo to the top of a lamp post. There, the heavy looking toy wraps around and allows the light little Malin to pull her way upward into a perch. And there she can sit and bide and watch from above.

"You're not a hero. You're just a showpony prancing and dancing for everyone to love you," she tells him from above. "What good have you ever done? What heroing have you done? You fight in tournaments and wear a stupid costume. You know how many people out there are getting hurt by the Syndicate? Are getting hurt by groups like Shadaloo? What have you done to them? To the real criminals?"

COMBATSYS: Malin gains composure.

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Malin            1/-----==/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

That seems to give Koto pause, he seems to consider. "You know, I haven't done much as a hero. I did stop an attack in the mall that would have had someone killed. I have fought my way in dark alleys against DarkStalkers that seek to prey on humanity, even fought alongside one in the whole SNF thing."

Koto considers, then shrugs, "To be honest, I've not done a lot as a hero. Mostly because I keep getting people that want to make things a mockery, that are too angry at the world to see that reason. I do my best to fight what crimes I can, but I can not be everywhere, nor can I do be doing everything. I am not like those comic book heroes who have some means to find the criminals through super hearing or sensing their wrong doing or even something as stupid as smelling them. What I am, however, is one willing to at least stand up to them if they show up."

He looks down at Malin, looking at her carefully, "Can you say the same? Would you run and hide if someone tried to stop you from doing whatever your mission is?" The teenage super hero seems to be focused a bit more, now that he's not doding flying claws, shoe knives, and the like. And he seems to be trying to get an answer from Malin.

COMBATSYS: Koto focuses on his next action.

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Malin            1/-----==/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

"You know, when you're not already a badass, saying that you just can't help everyone doesn't make you sound humble. It makes you sound like you're making excuses." Malin huffs, watching Koto from her perch and playing with her yo-yo. "So you just wander around and hope to jump in? Lame."

The yo-yo catches in her hand. "Maybe you should be trying something instead of just showing off. I know all sorts of places you can look. But just show me you aren't some all talk big headed boy playing pretend."

She considers her position, and she decides on her approach. She surges from the lamp post and down to the ground, appearing nearly suddenly behind Koto. There, she kicks up and backward, trying to launch the boy into the air because if and when he gets up there, she has a rain of throwing knives to meet him in the sky.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Malin's Kagerou.

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Malin            0/-------/------=|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

The kick into the air, oddly, is more like Koto /wants/ to be there as the lamp post provides him with the perfect point to spin, and take the throwing knives with his body crouched up against that lamp post about mid-way. "Fine... you want to see?"

The teenage super hero leaps upwards off of the lamp post. The brief image of a winged dragon's head appears in the air that he passes through as his legs get the same glow as before, and he descends towards Malin with a rather vicious looking axe kick. One that he almost immediately back flips away from where he was as he calls out, "RAIJIN RYU!" The devastating part is that it almost feels like some dragon descended from the sky, especially with the booming thunder like clap again.

COMBATSYS: Malin full-parries Koto's Raijin Ryu!!

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Malin            0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\-------\1             Koto

A dragon descends. People, now watching this sudden showcase of street fighting talents, are beginning to upload their clips to FightTube for the pride of being the first to show this sudden throwdown between two rival schools. And Koto makes for a great showcase.

Even if, when the dragon's cry echoes off, bouncing from wall to wall and fading into the distance, the site where the masked hero kicked is clear of any small blonde women.

There is, however, a strange weight on Koto's back. "Wow, that's still really cool," Malin comments, clinging to the young hero like a particularly persistent wasp. "Remember these?" she asks, showing the shock prod off. "I got two."

Close in, still descending with the Pacific High Hero, Malin shoves both batons hard at Koto's chest and side.

COMBATSYS: Koto fails to interrupt Doku Sasori EX from Malin with J-Punch.
- Power fail! -

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COMBATSYS: Koto can no longer fight.

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Koto, a bit surprised at the batons, moves to intercept them this time instead of taking them. Which, as anyone can tell you, is a bad move!
The batons land and apparently shock the daylights out of the hero as he ends up falling over, twitching, and his suit buzzing with lots of overwhelming electricity that apparently he's not that good at taking or something. It just really, really hurts and he ends up laying on the ground looking like he's having a seizure at the most for crying out loud. Definitely doesn't look at all pleasant either!

A kick off, a turn in the air, and a gymnast's landing where Malin has already secreted away her shock batons. Her landing, with arms up and head high is accentuated by her proclamation of, "Malin-Style!" and with it a proud and borderline vainglorious look of self confidence.

Yes, all of her truly insightful planning has paid off, and even if she worded her wager to Koto in a way that she would always get what she wanted, she still is happy it turned out the way it did.

But even as she turns back around to look at the twitching, slightly overdone Koto, she puts her hands on her hips and leans down to get a good look at him. "So there, maybe next time don't underestimate people. And when you get better, maybe Malin can show you what it means to take the fight to the bad guys."

COMBATSYS: Malin has ended the fight here.

Koto's apparently not all there as he's still... well... twitching. Barely. Mostly. Oh, and there's a roasting smell as if his hair is probably on fire somewhere. Or that vest got more well done.

Log created on 13:32:46 07/13/2019 by Malin, and last modified on 22:42:55 07/13/2019.