SNF 2020.7 - SNF: The Cat's In The Bag

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Description: Lyraelle says: "Did you know that catgirls trend, like, waaay higher on Google than demon girls? I don't get it! And then there are schoolgirls, which are trendier than cat girls and demon girls combined! Not that I'd let jealousy get the better of me by, say, making a catgirl and a schoolgirl fight on gondolas in the dark out of spite or something~ Don't worry, kiddies and kitties, our minions will be on hand to fish you out before you drown if somebody takes a tumble into the canal... probably~"

"Hello there cats and kittens!" Felicia the darkstalker, well known for her performances in various theater and broadway plays (Such as CATS: The Non-Nightmare Fuel version) as well as productions of A Streetcar named Desire and Rent, is already on scene and wearing a big black midnight channel T-shirt. The shirt looks to be XXL-sized, not just because she's pretty wide-framed for what she is, but wearing a tunic-sized T-shirt also is easier on the TV censors, not to mention non-restrictive for her. She was up ontop of one of the food trucks with a small crowd around her more or less just grandstanding and getting folks hyped up for the fight that was going to be going on there tonight. Turns out it was surprisingly easy to stand on one of those metal roofs if you had pads and claws on your feet, since she IS in full on catwoman mode right now.

"Are you guys ready for some death defying stunts and the performance of a lifetime?! I can't hear youuu~" she holds a large furry hand over one of those likewise large cat ears.

It's kind of Honoka's own fault she's here.

She hadn't intended to take any matches with the new, rebooted Midnight Channel, but they still had her name and number in the database from the one time she *had* fought Darkstalkers, back in the past. It had actually been against Felicia, in fact! But she'd been expecting an invitation to a different fighting match and she hadn't really checked too closely...

But why did they want her in the school uniform? It isn't a problem. It still fits, after all; Honoka only graduated a year ago. She just had to dig out the jacket from where she'd stored it. But she doesn't get it.

They wanted a night-time match on the gondolas. There's even a big one for them to fight on. Honoka is at the side of the canal and looking down into the gondola, having had second thoughts about the whole thing. Not so many second thoughts she's not going to do it, but some. She's dressed in her old uniform, flower patch on the left breast and everything, with the only distinction being her right hand. She wore the glove with the cute skull and the pom-poms.

At least there's lanterns. Well, and street lights since they're not on the canal yet. And camera lights. Without them, she'd be blind! She waves to the crowd, and then bows to Felicia despite the height difference. "Are we about ready...?" She remembers the cat woman from before and she's just as unusual to look at the second time.

"Alright, looks like our entertainment for the night has arrived, kids, time to turn up the heat--and wish me luck!" Felicia flipped herself down doing a sommersault off the side of the side of the food truck, then proceeded to march right up to Honoka 'Pink' Inoue, who was standing there looking down at the gondola.

"Are you ready my dear? Our ship has come in~" Felicia had surprisingly little fear of the water, hopping right into the gondola set out for them and causing it to rock wildly back and forth before it settled down.

"Come on in, the water's fine~" she waved to Honoka, returning her bow in kind, and even lacing her furred hands together in doing so--giving that sort of uber cute appearance only a catgirl can manage.

"You're not scared of a darkstalker are ya? C'mon--it's not contagious! I think I'd know that by now~" she was making a show largely for the cameras, as well--as the lights started to beam down on the gondola to illuminate the stage, as it were.

"Oh, I'm not afraid!" Which is actually true. Honoka is afraid of some Darkstalkers, but Felicia seems nice enough as they go. If she has to get stuck fighting in the Midnight Channel, there are worse options.

The fact that it might be contagious isn't something she had ever considered before. Honoka worries about that for a moment, but why would Felicia lie about it? Surely it would have made the news with some of the other fights she's been in.

So Honoka hops in the boat with a bit more care than Felicia. The gondola rocks, and she lets it settle down before marching to the far side of it from the catwoman. It's a long boat but it's not that long and certainly not big enough to rock with every step she takes. Even though she weighs less than Felicia she shifts it more.

"Okay!" she says, once she's there. She's squinting - a light caught her in the eyes, but as the gondola starts to move, it gets better.

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue has started a fight here.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/------=|

COMBATSYS: Felicia has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0          Felicia

Felicia undoubtedly has a bit more weight than the rather short and diminutive-looking human girl, so she is rocked not as easily by the boat on her hand--though she also realizes she has some weight to throw around. Should she need to.

"Alright, lets get this show on the road, hope you're ready for a good lashing~" Felicia is grinning wide as she turns and attempts to close the distance a bit between the two--taking large bounding jumps, rocking the boat around as she lands with each foot, then turning and trying to actually give Honoka a whap with her tail, across her midsection.

It sort of looked almost like a ballerina-like twirl at first--before that tail came out, and Felicia's was surprisingly prehensile, like an extra arm--and it packed the punch of one to boot! Literally!

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue blocks Felicia's Medium Punch.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0          Felicia

Honoka is short (like, really short - she's not even five feet tall) but she's less diminuitive than you'd think. She's certainly not as lightly built as some... and she's not that light on her feet most of the time, judging by that movement. She's certainly no cat!

But she's stable, or at least stable enough to brace when Felicia pirouettes toward her. "I'm ready!" The rocking boat makes her feel unstead, but she tries to find her footing anyway, placing her feet just so, and when Felicia swings her tail like a club at Honoka, her arm is there to meet it.

The impact is more significant than Honoka expected. It staggers her, but not so much that she's moving, probably without thinking very much about it. She tries to grab Felicia by that tail (ouch!) and, with a smooth movement, slam her down onto the deck, following it up with a series of kicks and a loud kiai.

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue successfully hits Felicia with Rekka.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0          Felicia

"Oh my, guess you can land on your feet too--" Felicia's eyes then widen as she's grabbed by her tail and actually swung down--landing hard on her ribs against the deck of the ship.

"Owww--yikes, girl, what have they been feeding you? You lifted me like Hercules, heh," Felicia picked herself up after rolling away, keeping herself on her haunches for the moment, hands and feet gripping the porous wood of the deck. She then launched herself in a roll--barreling toward Honoka, her claws coming out and right toward her at this strange, awkward angle--sweeping down at her!

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue dodges Felicia's Rolling Scratch.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Felicia

Honoka holds her position for a moment before relaxing - well, not quite relaxing, but returning to a more neutral stance. It's like she just dropped the different stance she'd switched to all at once.

"What have - ??" Honoka momentarily feels embarrassed. The last thing she ate was a jumbo lemon curd and cheesecake parfait and she is pretty sure that is not fighting food, but she couldn't just ignore the treat - and for an instant she thinks Felicia knows and is making fun of her sweet tooth. But then she realizes there is no way Felicia could possibly know.

She covers up with, "It's just practice!" as Felicia rolls. Honoka can't figure out what she's doing in the somersault and hops backwards, rocking the gondola, and then up and back as she perches on the prow for just a moment. It's precarious. She feels her feet slipping, but it keeps her out of range of Felicia's claws.

Only for an instant, though, because Honoka leaps forward, performing a forward flip and coming down in a diving axe kick for Felicia! That will *definitely* rock the gondola dangerously.

COMBATSYS: Felicia blocks Honoka Inoue's Diving Kick.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0          Felicia

Felicia does not in fact know about Honoka's eating habits, she just thought she was strong--that's all. Of course it might have been a shot in the dark that made Honoka second guess herself, just a bit. She lands after missing Honoka squarely with her dextrous, rolling scratch manuever. She had given the girl too much time to move, unfortunately--it seems, and she had barely enough time to bring her fists and arms up to guard against the kick that the shorter schoolgirl launched at her in retaliation!

"Agh--hits like a truck too, I dunno if I can make it!" Felicia huffs, sucking in a breath before bringing up her knee quickly--trying to first knee bash honoka in the front as she jumped into the air--coming down with a series of jump kicks!

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue counters Delta Kick from Felicia with Heishin-Geki.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\1          Felicia


Honoka hits the gondola hard enough after her axe kick to not only rock it side to side, as it has been, but to tilt it backwards for a moment; the front of the boat crests out of the water before descending with a splash, disturbing the calm moonlit waters of the canal.

If she was second guessing herself, she's stopped, at least for a minute. It feels good to fight again; she isn't sure why she let it go so long, now that she's doing it. Maybe that energy is where her strength comes from.

Because she's going to show it off again! As Felicia performs a jumping kick, Honoka ducks low and steps forward, just below the level of Felicia's clawed foot. Being short helps this time as she rises up, catching the length of Felicia's leg across her back -

And with a pivot of her hips and a quick grasp and release, she flings Felicia over her back, sending her flying further than she'd originally intended. Hopefully she doesn't go in the water - Honoka would feel guilty about that one, and in fact looks slightly panicked as she rises up, as if she'd done it without thinking of the consequences of trying this maneuver on a boat.

With the boat rocking, Felicia might have just been a bit off-balance, though she's not going to blame that on what happens next--it's her own carelessness that gets her caught. Feeling her leg caught by Honoka--her eyes widen again, remembering the girl's /immense/ strength, as she's actually swung by it and comes crashing down face first right down against the edge of the gondola.

"Ow..." she pulls herself up with a noticeable gash on her forehead, even as she looks a little dizzy there and stumbles about. The gash on her forehead begins to stop bleeding and slowly close, slow enough to be understood by the eyes, but with such speed that it might confuse and frighten someone unused to seeing it.

But this is what midnight channel was /for/, after all.

"Whooo~" Felicia calls, sounding and looking both dizzy and as if the overload of pain and endorphins were quite the rush--likely they were, reaching up with both hands to grasp the sides of her head and there is some audible criks and joint popping noises as she rights herself and her head again.

"Looks like this catwoman has been countered... lets find out if you're as light as you look!" Felicia attempted to grab Honoka by the shoulders of her schoolgirl costume, to pick her up and toss her back against the deck!

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue instinctively blocks Felicia's Quick Throw.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1          Felicia

Honoka more knows how to apply her strength than anything else. Sure, she's strong - a lot of fighters are - but she's not *that* strong. A lot of fighters outmuscle her. The smooth toss was at least partially using Felicia's movement against her.

But in the healing department, she certainly loses to Felicia. Watching the bloody gash heal in front of her makes Honoka's eyes widen. She raises her fists gain, hands held defensively, even though she's not attacking while she ... fixes herself.

Her reaction is entirely on reflex when Felicia finally *does* attack, because Honoka is still kind of mentally shaken from the Darkstalker tricks. But reflexes are enough. Honoka has internalized a lot of fighting... a *lot* of fighting.

Honoka really is pretty light (under a hundred pounds) but she's also good at avoiding a firm grip from Felicia. She ducks again, moving her upper body backwards as she pushes against Felicia's arm to knock it out of line. Felicia grabs the jacket but not Honoka beneath it, her fingers holding nothing but cloth. If she pulls hard she can probably rip it, but then Honoka would be sad.

Honoka is momentarily unsure what to do with her position, but she turns it into a backwards roll, pulling Felicia along with her. If she manages it, the two roll end over end only to stop when they hit the railing of the gondola; Honoka has managed to end up on top and is literally sitting on the catwoman, pressing her down with...

Well, they already established she wasn't really that heavy, and Honoka's impact point is fairly soft. But it's not fun to have a fighter slam their entire weight on top of your back even if it is rear-first.

COMBATSYS: Felicia fails to interrupt Rolling Press from Honoka Inoue with ES Rolling Buckler.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/-======|======-\-------\0          Felicia

The schoolgirl with the peach-colored hair is surprisingly slippery--wriggling her way out of Felicia's grasp like a tiny field mouse escaping a tiger's paw--except the field mouse then proceeds to take her for a ride and flips her along with her.

"Woah--woah--woah!" Felicia yelps as she's basically used as a giant catgirl-shaped tire, Honoka at the rim or hubcap as they roll along--Felicia attempting to throw her off but only winding up slamming down /hard/ on her face as Honoka just quaintly rolls off her back, unharmed.

"Yeeeeaah... I didn't expect the schoolgirl to have the strength of Mr. T... Uhhhhnnn..." Felicia lays prone still, face down, as one of the nearby boom mics capture her response to this.

Honoka actually remains on Felicia's back for a moment. Felicia might be bruised and dizzy, but Honoka is just dizzy after that spin cycle of a counterattack.

But then she gets up. Felicia has a moment to react before Honoka grabs her again, grunting with the effort in a decidedly less-than-delicate way - she can't use Felicia's own momentum against her when there is no momentum to use!

She still manages to get Felicia up, up, and over - Honoka is trying to literally suplex the taller woman, slamming her back into the boat the *other* direction and sending the whole thing dangerously rocking once again! Much more of that and, well... no matter how good the polers are, it's going to tip...

"I am not Mr. T!" Honoka says, defensively, as she releases Felicia. She thinks she remembers who Mr. T is...

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue successfully hits Felicia with Strong Throw.

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Honoka Inoue     1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Felicia

"I think... I think my breasts are crushed," Felicia winced as she pulled herself up off the deck of the boat. Not that Honoka was especially heavy--she might have had a lot of muscle for that small a frame, though. After peeling herself off the deck, she got herself back on her feet, unsteadily now--which was the unfortunately the consequence of all the blunt force trauma to the head, and other issues. Thankfully, she was a werecreature, which meant physical wounds were fleeting.

But she definitely tired, almost too tired to launch the haymaker she aimed at Honoka's shoulders--but she managed it!

COMBATSYS: Felicia successfully hits Honoka Inoue with Aggressive Strike.

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Honoka Inoue     1/-----==/=======|=======\===----\1          Felicia

Honoka reflexively winces. She's getting a sympathy ache just thinking about it! "I'm sorry! I didn't mean that - !"

She doesn't think about it for long. Felicia is unsteady but that doesn't mean she's out of it, and she's acting faster than Honoka expected. It must be that Darkstalker physiology, but the haymaker whips in faster than she thought it was going to.

Felicia hits Honoka in the shoulder with enough force to slide her back, her shoes scraping against the bottom of the boat as Honoka tries to brace herself. She manages to avoid falling over at least, but that's all she can manage; she's too off-balance to manage a particularly agile assault.

So she doesn't. Honoka turns the impact into a pivot, whipping out with one fist as she whirls back into position. It's more to give her time to recover than anything else, but she manages to turn it into a surprisingly aggressive strike, driving a straight punch with her other hand a moment later that looks like it came straight out of a boxing textbook. "Ha!"

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue successfully hits Felicia with Aggressive Strike.

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Honoka Inoue     1/-----==/=======|=======\======-\1          Felicia

Felicia is a tenacious fighter, and she doesn't give up--she fights to the bitter end, which appears to be now--but she does!

"There--bam, how do ya like that, I gotta right where I want her, now for my twister-punch--" she is even feeling a bit haughty, right before the iron fisted blow right to her face which snaps her head back and causes her to nearly topple over.

"Right where I want her... buh..." she shakes her head, before her whole body is wreathed in prismatic chi energy. She moves like the wind--attempting to strike at Honoka with a series of punches, kicks and an uppercut!

COMBATSYS: Felicia can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Felicia successfully hits Honoka Inoue with Dancing Flash.

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As soon as Honoka lands the straight, she can feel it - this is it! The energy burning inside of her - not visible energy this time, just her internal fighting spirit - burns at a new pitch. This is a good fight, one can she be proud of, and she doesn't see how Felicia can come back from it.

And she doesn't, not really, but she does get a last-ditch assault off. Energized, Felicia strikes at Honoka, and Honoka is not great at defending herself from it. Her gloved hand burns with a dark light, shimmering red and almost black as she tries to deflect the first punch, but Felicia's assault overwhelms her, driving her back, back -

Honoka realizes she is at the edge of the gondola.

She has to let the last uppercut hit her, but she grabs onto the railing with both hands, preventing her from being thrown overboard and into the water. She's lifted into the air, but she pulls herself back down with a sharp yank, landing on the deck and looking in Felicia's direction.

"Rawr!" Felicia roars into the night, the sound traveling along the water as she decks Honoka one good here and there--getting to the edge of the Gondola. But just before she is about to send Honoka over the edge, she feels a sudden and huge earth-shattering loss of steam, not able to hit her just one more time to send her over the edge. Like Sarah Connor not having that one final shotgun shell left to push the T-1000 into the molten steel.

"Ugh--" as Honoka is able to hop back onto the edge of the gondola, Felicia collapses back, swirly eyed and looking quite out of it, passed out.

On the plus side, the cameras are able to get a great closing shot of the Midnight Channel's logo over her mussed up T-shirt as she lays sprawled out there! Great frame to fade on, too!

Log created on 17:53:16 08/22/2020 by Honoka Inoue, and last modified on 10:06:37 08/23/2020.