PPV Chaos - Tag Match

Description: Two sides square off for a tag-team battle: Megumi and Daisuke versus Jian and Mai. (Winners: Jian & Mai)

As dusk approaches during this warm summer day, with the red sun just
beginning to set over the treetops to the west, the river bed--normally
silent except for one or two students--now begins to fill. Mostly
spectators, there are some media people there as well, the diehards covering
every event of Chaos they can. Many of the spectators are Gedo students,
hanging out on the edges of the 'arena' and watching with interest.
The dapper announcer, looking entirely out of place in this back alley of
Southtown, steps out into the middle. "Welcome, welcome to the second to
last fight of Chaos! Tonight's fight is a particularly special one, as we
have not two, not three, but FOUR fighters in the ring tonight! We've got a
two on two tag team matchup for you folks, so it promises to be a scorcher!
I give you Lei Jian, Mai Shiranui, Megumi Andou, and Daisuke Nemura!" With
that quick intro, the announcer scuttles away, giving the fighters as much
space as they could want for this match. With two known ninja on the card,
that's a lot of space.

Mai blechs as her stocking-covered feet sink slightly into the muddy ground.
To be expected when fighting at a riverbed, she supposes, but that doesn't
mean she won't complain about it in hopes of finding some sympathetic soul
to do her laundry for her.  On the bright side, it's a warm June evening
which she's been longing for the past few months.  It's warm, and the light
breeze whispering over her bared skin feels absolutely fantastic.  She
smiles and waves to the fans who bleat her name and promises of undying
love, blowing a few kisses to the particularly nerdy ones just so they'll
have something to talk about to their nerd friends when they get home to
their computers.
She moves to take her place on the sidelines, stretching her arms above her
head (and making quite a show of it) before bending over at the waist to
make sure she's good and limbered up.  Side to side for her legs before
interlacing her fingers and cracking them outwards.  "So!" she declares
brightly, looking about.  "Which one of you is my partner for the evening,

Hands in his pockets, Jian steps lightly over the muddy ground. Unlike Mai,
his sneaker soles barely leave impressions upon the brown earth...though
there's nothing strange or deliberate about his movements. In fact, he
slouches slightly as he approaches the centre of the makeshift arena,
glancing casually at the gathered crowd.
After a moment of taking in his surroundings, he blinks, then turns - right
about when Mai speaks. He thinks for a second, then pulls his hands out of
his pockets, forming his thumbs and forefingers into right angles, and
making a frame. He shifts this over Mai's face. "Hm. Yup." Then he waves,
jauntily. "That'd be me, ma'am."

Megumi was right on time. Here well ahead of time, actually; she'd been
waiting, toying with a portable CD player until the others arrived. She sets
it aside once the other fighters show up though, finding a fairly dry spot
to stash it. Mai's question is met with a shake of Megumi's head; they're
not partners. She knows who her teammate is, and is waiting for Daisuke.
She's a little tense about it...but nothing unusual.

Not long after the announcer calls the names, Daisuke emerges from behind a
small crowd of students. It even takes them a moment to realize he's pushing
his way through with murmurs of apology. He approaches the fighting space in
much the same way as Jian; hands in his pockets, a bit of a relaxed slouch,
quite happy to take his time making his way next to Megumi. He raises a hand
in brief greeting before using it to cover his mouth--just in time, too, as
a rather nasty cough erupts. He turns around to face the other two, rolling
his shoulders idly. "So, you ready?" he murmurs to Megumi.

Mai yays, dancing to her partner's side to seize his arm in greeting.  The
redhead's ponytail swings vivaciously with her movements, and she gives an
excited bob at the knees.  "Great!  Now don't worry about winning or losing.
Just be sure to have fun, and everything will be fine!" Giving a
surreptitious glance to the left and then the right, she leans in close, the
small rosebud mouth lingering near the Chinese man's ear.  "But just between
you and me..." she whispers, the light scent of her perfume detectable,
"...I'd rather win." She draws back with a wink, giving her fan a light tap
to unfurl the weapon...and beat the air before her face.  "Everybody ready?"

Jian blinks, once, twice, then three times for good measure, before
extracting his arm from Mai's grip. Rubbing the back of his head, he grins
in return. Clearly, the former monk doesn't know what to -make- of the ninja
lady, but there's considerable amount of bemusement along with the
Smiling, he sketches a bow in Mai's direction, then says with theatrical
courtesy, "Winning, but of course. Ladies first?"

"You okay?", Megumi asks after Daisuke's cough. She's a little concerned,
but not deeply so after Daisuke regards the other two. "Guess so...well, do
you want to stick to the plan we'd figured out, or switch it up a little?"
She's looking at Jian and Mai, despite the fact that she's talking to her

Daisuke shakes his head. "I'm fine." He keeps his hand at his mouth, but
this time it covers a yawn. Once it's finished, he eyes Jian and Mai.
"Mm...let's stick to the original plan. Don't hesitate to tag out if you're
having trouble, though, and I'll do the same." He folds his arms, leaning up
against a guardrail.

Mai laughs girlishly.  "Well, if you insist!" she beams, slipping away to
take her place on her side of the 'ring.' Seeing that Daisuke seems to be
having coughing difficulties, she raises a cupped palm to her mouth and
blows.  A white bird flutters towards him, bobbing and weaving erratically
in the air...only to fall gently down as a white, silken handkerchief.
Ninja magic.  Yay!  "Ready when you are!" she calls out.

Jian quirks an eyebrow at the flying bird display, and applauds. "Cool. Do
you do top hats and rabbits too?" Then he rocks on his heels, and takes
several steps back, edging away from Mai to give her space to work. When he
stops, he's all the way across the riverbed - then he leans against the
concrete wall seperating this bit of land from the river waters. And begins
fishing around in a pocket. Preperations to make, after all.

Megumi steps forward after the 'kerchief flies out. "Okay. Exactly as we
discussed it then." She looks right at Mai, flicking a wrist off to the
side. "No problem. Let's see how this goes." She looks side to side, then
back to Mai and nods. "Good to go." Her hands raise in front of her, feet
re-arranging, into a typical example of an Aikido stance.

COMBATSYS: Megumi has started a fight here.
COMBATSYS: Mai has joined the fight here.

Daisuke nods a bit. "Good luck." He reaches up to his cap and pulls it down,
nearly covering his eyes. He pretty much looks like he's ready to take a
siesta, and doesn't appear to have noticed the handkerchief trick at all.
Ninja magic. Heh. Time to see how good the Shiranui clan is.

COMBATSYS: Daisuke has joined the fight here.
COMBATSYS: Jian has joined the fight here.

Mai looks dismayed.  He didn't take the handkerchief?  How rude!  But as
soon as Megumi steps forward, her cheerful composure reasserts itself across
her pretty face.  She bows respectfully at the waist to her opponent before
dropping low to bounce back and forth on the balls of her feet.  Then she
straightens with a mysterious little smile, fan pressed to her lips with
both hands.  Then her arms spread apart like a falcon about to take wing, an
identical fan clasped in the delicate fingers of her left hand.  She spins
towards Megumi, ponytail and lengths of cloth from her outfit spiraling
about her as she lashes out with the twin weapons.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Mai's Hakuro no Mai.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Daisuke

Slipping a hand into one of the many pockets of his khaki cargo pants, Jian
withdraws a chilled drink can. Faint beads of condensation slipping their
way down the beverage container's side as he fishes it out of the slightly
damp pocket. Scanning the crowd, Jian finds the enterprising high school
student with the icebox that set him up, and flashes the kid a thumbs up.
Then he pops the tab, and takes a sip of the sweet, cold, iced green tea.
With an air of relaxation, Jian settles back, returning his attention to the
match. Drink in hand, of course.

Megumi takes her attention off Mai for a rather unusual reason; she notices
Jian pulling out a drink...then thanking someone in the crowd for it. A
quick glance to that student with the icebox explains why, and she decides,
"I need to start doing that...whoa!" 'Whoa' being her response to noticing
the incoming flash of red and white, Mai spinning with her fans. Megumi goes
into a spinning sidestep to get out of the way, and reaches out to grab one
of Mai's arms. If she succeeds, she'll yank Mai in close, then pivot and
kneel closer to the ground, flinging Mai away in a rather traditional move
for her established style.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Mai with Flood Reversal.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Daisuke

Mai squeaks as she's seized and flung.  She flips to land on her feet,
skidding backwards on one knee to leave a rather nasty-looking scrape on her
leg.  "Goodness, you're pretty fast!" she compliments cheerfully.  Pushing
off of the ground again, she races back towards her opponent to swing about
on her good leg, the other extended in a swift snap kick towards the upper

COMBATSYS: Megumi fails to counter Medium Kick from Mai with Aikido Techniques.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke continues chillin'. Aside from the occasional symptomatic sneeze or
cough, he's pretty content to stay this way until he's called up.

Megumi stays right where she is, easing up now that the match is underway.
"I've got a pretty good idea of how you fight. I may be wrong, but..." She
cries out "There!" as Mai's leg shoots out, Megumi steps in to try and catch
it in her hands. It would've worked, too, if not for the softer than usual
ground causing her balance to shift unexpectedly, just enough for Mai's
attack to shoot over her defense and strike home. The surprise of it
apparently has Megumi stunned for a few moments...

Mai doesn't hesitate.  She's got an opportunity in the brief moment that
leaves Megumi surprised.  The fans are shifted just so, one in her mouth,
the other in the front of her outfit as she vaults into the air.
Upside-down above Megumi, her palms land on the young girl's shoulders while
her fingers clench.  Mai finishes her flip to land on the ground, and, if
her grip holds, utilizes her momentum to flip the aikido warrior overhead.

COMBATSYS: Megumi blocks Mai's Shiranui Gourin.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0          Daisuke

Megumi is too off balance to do much of anything about Mai's jump, nor the
hands on her shoulders. But once flipped and thrown, she regains a good deal
of control by spreading her hands out, slapping them at the ground to absorb
some of the impact in a breakfall maneuver just before thte rest of her body
lands. Immediately, she shoots to her feet, and...runs. Towards Daisuke, and
then past him. "Your turn!" Once she goes past, she turns to watch the fight
from the sidelines...

COMBATSYS: Megumi takes no action.

Meanwhile, in the background, Jian watches the fight. Taking a drink of
green tea, Jian swallows, then pumps his free hand into the air. At the top
of his lungs, he screams the cheer of support known throughout the
Chinese-speaking world, his voice rising clear above the noise of the crowd,
Not that Mai, or anyone in the crowd, is likely to understand it. But there
are traditional forms to be maintained, and Jian's not about to defy the
natural order of things.

Daisuke pushes his cap up a bit to peer at Megumi as she races at him. Well.
That was quick. He unfolds his arms and straightens up, leaning over to pick
up the handkerchief Mai flew at him. He walks forward to take over for
Megumi, -still- moving languidly. Rather than touch the sword on his back,
however he holds up the handkerchief with a lazy smile for Mai, then flips
it into the air. A slight gust of wind catches the cloth, letting it hover
for a second in the space between them...

..Before a large kunai, which he had reached for as he tossed the
handkerchief up, shreds through the center of the cloth and speeds straight
for Mai.

COMBATSYS: Mai blocks Daisuke's Kunai Toss.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|===----\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0          Daisuke

Mai deflects the weapon with the edge of her fan, but not completely.  It
leaves a rather ugly red slash on her shoulder, causing the ninja girl to
wince with pain.  "Well that's gratitude for you," she grumbles sulkily,
lower lip jutted out.  The fan folds in her fingers as she zigzags forward
towards her opponent, leaping to the right to flank him with a swift punch
to the jaw.

COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits Daisuke with Medium Punch.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|====---\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke shrugs one shoulder and smirks. "This is a fight. If you want a
date, wait until afterward." The last bit is said right as she shoots for
him. He blinks once, then tries to fade back, but Mai's speed in this
instance is better than his. Moving from a standstill takes a bit of effort,
after all. The punch catches him right on the jaw, and his head jerks back
His body tensing for a moment, Dai leaps into the air, doing a basic
flip-and-turn in the air to put himself behind Mai with some space between
this. He reaches to his back, sliding his sword out smoothly and holding it
before him in both hands. Despite the punch, little of his confidence is
shaken, and he just watches Mai carefully. Quick little devil.

COMBATSYS: Daisuke focuses on his next action.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|====---\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0          Daisuke

Mai seems a little flustered at the comment...but laughs.  "Sweet of you to
offer, but you're not really my type.  Sorry!" The girl's balance shifts in
the blink of an eye as she kicks into the air, a gout of flames following in
her wake.  The heel of her foot juts towards Daisuke's chin with an
explosion of fire.  It's a fancy attack, eye candy to the audience.
Normally an attack like this would be horribly lethal, but Mai's in it for
the fun.

COMBATSYS: Daisuke reflects Hishou Ryuu'en Jin from Mai with Waxing Moon Dance.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke doesn't reply to Mai's rejection, only watches her fixedly, looking
like a statue even as she leaps into the air. A split second before her
fiery foot hits him, he explodes into action, a great deal more ready than
before. Twisting his sword so that it's parallel to her leg, he hops to the
side and forward, bringing his sword up in a forceful two-handed slash. As
the blade meets the flames, it flashes brightly for an instant before said
flames dissipate, allowing his sword to cut right through to Mai herself.

Mai cries out with pain as the sword's tip slices through flesh and cloth,
almost severing the left strap of her ninja gown.  It holds, much to Mai's
relief and the fanboys' disappointment.  This is why she doesn't get along
well with other ninjas.  They're too serious, too quiet, too...uptight!
"You're allowed to smile, you know," she chuckles, stifling a wince as she
struggles to catch her breath.  "That was a pretty good hit after all." And
it hurt like crazy!  Struggling not to let it show, Mai rushes forward again
in the same confusing zig-zag pattern to throw three quick, hard punches
towards Dai's stomach.

COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits Daisuke with Fierce Punch.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke gives a light shrug. "It's what I do. Niceties just aren't part of
the fi-*oof*" Apparently, when he's goaded into talking, it hurts his
concentration. Again, he tries to dodge backward, but Mai's speed is once
again too much for him. The punches hit dead on, and he staggers back
several steps, coughing sharply. "Okay, enough of that." Taking a deep
breath, he leaps backward several more feet, landing in a crouch. He brings
two fingers up in front of his face, gripping his sword in the other hand
and held behind his back for a moment. She's too fast--he needs to keep an
eye on her before he makes a move.

COMBATSYS: Daisuke focuses on his next action.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0          Daisuke

Mai laughs gaily, striking a dancer's pose before the two fingers.  Sure
he's using it to concentrate, but for all she knows, it looks like he's
setting her in his sights.  Well, let him watch.  And let everyone else see
just WHAT he's watching, because if he's too busy staring at the delightful
bouncing that holds most of the male audience enraptured, he's not going to
see the fan scissoring through the air to strike until it's too late.

COMBATSYS: Daisuke fails to reflect Kachou Sen from Mai with New Moon Dance.
- Power hit! -

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Jian             0/-------/-------|=======\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|======-\-------\0          Daisuke

..Okay, so yeah. It's an effective distraction. Especially since Daisuke's
still a male teen, even if he is a ninja. It's not that he goes slack-jawed
or anything--but the sight distracts him for a much-needed half-second. He
spies the fan zipping in at him, but even as his brings his sword up to
knock it away, it flies in under his guard and catches him right in the
throat. Pretty good force behind it, too; he goes rolling backward, halting
his progress only by jabbing his sword into the ground. He holds his throat
for a moment, giving Mai just enough time to press the attack.

Mai just wants one thing: The return of her fan.  She side-skips hesitantly
towards the felled fighter with a final hop-step to land on his chest (and
not lightly, either!), leaning down to retrieve her weapon.  "Like I
said...smile.  I'm not trying to kill you," she winks.  "Besides, it would
do wonders for your handsome face!"

COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits Daisuke with Light Kick.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke leans out of the way just enough for her to land on his shoulder,
but it's still quite the sharp kick. He grimaces, pushing himself up and
yanking his sword out of the ground. He glances over toward Megumi at the
far end of the arena, then dashes toward her. Midway between Mai and Megumi,
however, he stops, whirling around, his fingers held in front of his face
Rather than him waiting for her, however,  this appears to do something
different. Four figures appear in mid-air around Mai, each at 90-degree
angles from each other. All four appear to be reddish sillhouettes of Dai,
all seeming to bear a sword. They hang in the air for an instant, then
simultaneously rush Mai, all seeking to collide with her. If they hit, they
act just the same as any chi fireball, doing damage and dissipating.

COMBATSYS: Mai dodges Daisuke's Half Moon Dance.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0          Daisuke

If the quartet of Daisuke's could bonk heads and reel back in comical
stunned disbelief, they would do so.  One moment Mai is there, lips pursed,
hands perched on her hips.  The next, she's gone!  Vanished?  Fled from the
fight?  Far from it!  A quick search would reveal the ninja girl perched on
a stump near the water, legs crossed, looking completely fascinated at the
apparition of so many ninjas.  "One two three...four...ah, five..." she taps
her finger against the air.  "All against one of me.  I'm flattered!" she
says with a happy shrug of her shoulders.  Dancing into the water's edge
with light steps and a twirl, three fans spin from her able fingers towards
Daisuke.  "I know it's not quite as good as having four of me appear, but
it'll have to do."

COMBATSYS: Daisuke fails to slow Mizudori no Mai from Mai with Shuriken.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Daisuke eyes the three fans and leaps backward, drawing three shuriken. He
whips them out in perfect aim, each one striking their target...and bouncing
off. Too light. Daisuke curses under his breath just before the fans strike
him, knocking him back even further. His clothes definitely look singed now,
and his face looks even more drawn and haggard now. He pushes himself to his
feet, watching Mai carefully.

Mai watches back, still smiling despite her injuries.  With a light splash
she leaps skyward, twisting with her legs pressed tightly together...and
lands just to the right of Jian.  "What are you waiting for?" she asks with
a bright twinkle in her dark eyes.  "Go get 'em, tiger!" And with a firm
slap on the back, she gives Jian a little nudge towards the ring.  Time to
see how the newbie would fare while she caught her breath and fixed that
nearly-broken strap on her costume.

Stumbling slightly from the slap, Jian squints at Mai. Then he steps
forward, draining his drink as he goes, swallowing the last of the green
tea. Rubbing stray droplets of green tea away from his mouth with the back
of a hand, he stops in front of Daisuke. Then, with a grin, he raises that
hand in front of his face, third and index fingers extended. Air currents
begin to flow over his body, lightly stirring his hair.
"Hi," he says, "you're Daisuke?" His tone is light, conversational, not that
of a guy supposed to be fighting. He doesn't look particularly tense - well,
save for the pose and the barely perceptable swirling wind beginning to
gather around his body. "Howcome you're wearing more clothes than Ms.
Shiranui? Ain't there some ninja dress code?"

COMBATSYS: Jian focuses on his next action.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/----===|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Daisuke raises an eyebrow at Jian's question, looking a bit bemused. "I
don't have that much chest to show off." Since Jian doesn't seem
particularly interested in rushing him down at the moment, Daisuke takes the
opportunity to retreat to his side of the arena, sheathing his sword.
"You're in," he grunts at his partner, moving back to the guardrail. "I need
to catch my breath."

Megumi is absolutely dismayed as Daisuke runs by. "Whatever happened to our
plan? Good use of tags? You look beat!" She flicks a wrist to her side,
then...charges. Straight in, right at Jian. It's a fast sprint...not quite
as fast as someone like Mai may be able to do, but very close to that.
Letting out a loud, aggressive yell all the way, she seeks to plow straight
into Jian and tackle him to the ground, where she'll endeavor to get hold of
a wrist and twist it harshly, hoping to deal noticable damage to a limb

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Jian with Storm Hold.

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Jian             0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0              Mai
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Megumi           0/-------/--=====|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

"Aw," Jian complains, as Daisuke tags out and Megumi enters, "I wanted to
fight the ninja guyIIIIEEE!"
He trails off into incoherency as his arm is grabbed and his wrist twisted,
painfully, the joint outright -cracking- with a distinctly audible sound.
"Nnngh," Jian mutters, narrowing his eyes. "ZHI TIAN!"
The Chinese fighter drives his other hand towards Megumi, the open palm
close to, but not actually touching her body. A breeze kicks up around the
Chinese fighter as he directs his Chi to trigger acupuncture points in
Megumi's body - points in a specific sequence, affecting blood flow and
biological function...

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jian's Zhi Tian Zhi Di.

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Jian             0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0              Mai
[      \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/--=====|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Megumi applies the wrist-lock on Jian quite harshly, though her words aren't
as rough. "He's already beaten up, why not have some fun with a fresh
opponent instead?" But it's what Jian says after this, his yell of 'Zhi
Tian' that causes her eyes to go wide, and she rolls aside from Jian even as
his palm shoots out, breaking the hold and scrambling to her feet. "That
looks familiar...not from anyone I've met, but..."
Megumi doesn't finish her thought, instead leaping at Jian, coming down with
a punch aimed at his chest. If he's still on the ground from her tackle,
she'll kneel upon landing from the jump to deliver this strike...but if he's
back up, she delivers it as an overhead swing and lands upright.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Jian with Medium Punch.

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Jian             0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0              Mai
[      \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/--=====|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Jian begins to rise - only to be slammed down again, as Megumi's fist
strikes home. But quickly, he rolls to the side, then springs to his feet,
putting distance between him and the other fighter. Ignoring the trickle of
blood oozing from the corner of his mouth, Jian sizes her up.
Alright, she's a far more lethal infighter than he is. Fine, Jian nods to
himself. Then a smirk spreads across his face. "C'mon, moves like that don't
please the crowd..."
Jian drops to the ground. He bends over, crouching close to the earth. With
bent over, crouching close to the ground. He slams one hand, palm open, into
the mud. The earth before Jian erupts as a miniature whirlwind springs up
from nowhere, spraying flecks of brown in a spectacular storm, racing
towards Megumi. "...EXPRESS YOURSELF!"

COMBATSYS: Jian successfully hits Megumi with Chasing The Dragon.

[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0              Mai
[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Mai cheers vivaciously from the sidelines, punching one fist into the air
with a lively leap.  "YEAH!  Nice moves, tiger!  Keep it up!" She claps her
fingers against her palm, watching with intense interest.

Megumi waits after Jian backs off, thinking about what she wants to do.
"I'll admit it'd be nice to please them, to have fans, but..." When Jian
crouches to pick up some of the ground, she makes up her mind and charges at
him. When his efforts turn into a mini-tornado, she makes a good effort to
leap right over it...and would have cleared it, except for the ground giving
a little more than she's used to when leaping. She ends up crashing into the
top of the wind, falling back to the ground. "...But I don't have anything
quite like that, so maybe they'll side with you." Megumi picks herself up,
shakes her head from side to side to clear it, and makes a horizontal lunge
at Jian. She's aiming to wedge her shoulder against him, grab an arm, and
then turn around, flinging him over-shoulder into the earth.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Jian with Quick Throw.

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Jian             0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Tiger? Jian blinks, at Mai's shout of encouragement. He sees no tiger.
Granted, he's got that Wu Song Tiger Slayer costume from when he worked as a
mascot for Three Mug Beer, but it's still in his luggage back at the
Jian's train of thought abruptly jumps the tracks as Megumi makes her next
move - she grabs him, slams him. But he manages to roll with the impact, mud
staining the black silk of his mandarin shirt. Rising in a crouch, he shakes
the cobwebs out of his head and favours Megumi with a grin. "Oh, I dunno.
You got a winning personality. Now...'xcuse me for a sec, will ya?"
As he speaks, Jian flexes his fingers...then as he slams his fingertips into
his own upper body, once, twice, three times, the focused Chi spreading to
trigger a series of acupuncture points in quick succession.

COMBATSYS: Jian successfully hits Jian with Heaven And Earth Green Tea.

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Jian             0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Megumi blinks as Jian makes his request and compliment. "Huh? ...This isn't
the time to be taking a break. What're you doing?" But she does actually
wait. It's only as Jian makes his strange accupuncture treatment that she
understands, and all too late she rushes in to try and stop it. Jian's
already done by the time she draws near, but she endeavors to introduce her
foot to Jian's face, in a swift jump-kick.

COMBATSYS: Jian dodges Megumi's Medium Kick.

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Jian             0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Eyes closed, Jian doesn't seem to see as Megumi rushes towards him, aiming a
kick at his face. But at the last moment, the Chinese fighter snaps out of
his healing trance - and regards her with a look of amusement. Then he makes
a jump of his own, much higher, arcing above the attack. Twisting in mid
air, he soars clear above the heads of the spectators, before dropping down
halfway across the riverbed arena.
Jian lands lightly upon one of the railings, running alongside one of the
staircases. For a moment, he balances on the narrow rail, the soles of his
sneakers scraping against metal. With a grin, and a jaunty wave to
surrounding spectators, he grinds down, picking up speed as he moves.
As he reaches the bottom, he launches himself back into the air, twisting in
a spinning kick motion. Once again the tornado wind, controlled by Jian's
chi, rises up - and explodes forth in another directed attack towards
Megumi, converting the momentum from his slide.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jian's Chasing The Dragon.

[        \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Megumi pursues Jian towards the stairs, though she lags behind by virtue of
distance...Jian had a head-start. As he slides down the railing, she rolls
along the ground, probably to come up a bit muddy from it. She was expecting
a sliding kick, but an incoming twister is just as dangerous. Her evasion
allows it to go right over her, and she vaults into the air. "Spiral..."
Then inverts, divebombing towards her foe with her right fist extended,
entire body spinning, "Knuckle!" If she has her way, she'll meet him in
mid-air and plant her fist into his collarbone.

COMBATSYS: Jian blocks Megumi's Spiral Knuckle.

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Jian             1/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[           \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Jian breathes heavily, chest heaving from exertion. For all his statements
about showmanship, and the flashy high-energy moves he's been throwing
around...he's still human. He lands, and unable to get out of the way,
brings his arms up in a simple cross block, letting Megumi slam into him
from above. The impact causes his knees to flex, his sneakers digging into
the muddy ground as he braces himself. "Uhn..."
Then Jian twists, breaking the tableu and lashing out in a spinning kick
hoping to drive his heel into the other fighter's side as she lands.

COMBATSYS: Jian successfully hits Megumi with Light Kick.

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Jian             1/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Megumi lands in a handstand, and tries to hop up into the air over Jian's
kick. She gets as far as 'getting airborne', then when flipping so that
she'll land on her feet, Jian's foot swings into her and knocks her back,
causing her to land in a rough heap. "Now I know where I've seen those
moves. It's not just the shirt in your case, is it?"
Megumi gets up, looking tense. "I may not know your style exactly, but
that's similar to what I've seen." She darts in with an aim to grab the arm
she injured earlier, and work on it some more. The plan this time is to
snatch the arm, and bend it backwards -- straight back, in an effort to take
him off balance, then twirl around and sweep a leg out to take him to the

COMBATSYS: Jian dodges Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Jian             1/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

"I'm sorry," Jian says mildly, "I doubt anyone's -seen- anything like
Just as Megumi is about to grab hold of Jian, a burst of wind explodes in
her face. The ground where Jian was standing explodes in a geyser of mud,
completely obscuring him from view. And when the flecks of brown splatter
back into the earth, the Chinese fighter is gone. Nowhere to be seen.
Unless, of course, you look up.
Where Jian, quite literally, isn't touching the ground. He hovers there -
not for long, just a moment or two. But long enough to gather the winds
around him. Not quite hurricane winds, but still very, very strong. The
breezes flow through the entire area of the riverbed, causing shouts of
alarm from the non-Gedo students of the crowd. The winds stir clothing,
ruffle hair...but it is the eye of the storm that is laced with Chi. And
it's that Jian directs as he drops to the ground, landing in a crouch - a
focused tornado, reaching out to engulf Megumi. "I'm a special occasion."

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jian's Chinese New Year.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Megumi's grapple is perfectly disrupted by the wind, her approach not
forceful enough nor determined enough to break through. She retreats
quickly, and is quite confused for the shortest of moments, then looks up to
spot Jian. "You're right. That's not quite what I'd seen before..."
She has a pretty good idea what Jian's up to as her hair tosses about...and
starts running in circles around Jian. When the tornado comes her way, she
makes a lunge further ahead in her path, barely getting away from the attack
due to the burst in speed. "Special, yes...but I don't want to lose this."
Planting her feet firmly in the ground, Megumi simply...breathes. In, and
out. In, and out, a very focused and obvious pattern.

COMBATSYS: Megumi focuses on her next action.

A faint frown crosses Jian's features as he stands, coming out of his attack
crouch. It didn't work - and he clearly doesn't like that. Facing Megumi, he
plants himself into the ground as well, adopting a horse stance. He shifts
his legs apart, bending at the knees, and balancing on the balls of his
feet. Then he holds the pose. "Well," he replies, conversationally, "neither
do I."

COMBATSYS: Jian focuses on his next action.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

"Well...you've at least got recent history in your favor." Megumi's response
isn't all that clear in its meaning. But when Jian holds his ground too,
she's the one to break the standoff. Dashing in a zig-zag path at Jian, she
slides along the ground and swings her hands out at one of his legs, hoping
to pull it back with her and make him fall. If she can do this, she hastily
rises and applies a sharp twist to his ankle before hopping back in hopes of
avoiding any point-blank reprisal.

[         \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

COMBATSYS: Jian dodges Megumi's Aikido Techniques.

For a moment, Jian holds his pose in the face of Megumi's assault. His eyes
narrow, fractionally, as he watches her movement. Not yet, not yet...-now-.
With a ear-shattering yell, he snaps out of his stance, rocketing forward
into Megumi's charge. As she reaches for him, he ghosts aside, pulling his
leg away from her outstretched hand by the very slightest fraction. Then,
with a grin, he snaps his own hand out as he breezes past her.
Once again, invisible force tears out from around Jian's body, his Chi
manifesting in the characteristic chaos of shifting air pressure and
atmospheric distortion. Then it focuses into his hand. He aims his rigid
fingers for a single point, the back of Megumi's neck, aiming to detonate
the Chi gathered - beneath her skin.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jian's Zhi Tian Zhi Di.

Megumi doesn't hesitate as she slides on by empty-handed, scrambling to
stand, Jian's hand-thrust is already on its way as she gets up, and her back
is turned, but she twists her upper body and throws up a sideways block, her
arm parrying Jian's hand and letting the energy blast out to the side of
her. "You wanted to...face Daisuke, right?"
Leaping over Jian, she dashes over to her teammate, stopping for nothing
until she's by Daisuke's side. "Hope you've caught your breath?"

COMBATSYS: Megumi takes no action.

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Jian             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1          Daisuke

Daisuke does look better than he did when he tagged in, at least. With a
crick of his neck, he slides his sword out once more. Rather than the
languid stride he used against Mai, this is a full-out dash toward Jian. He
grips his sword in both hands, holding it to one side in preparation for a
strike. "Let's try something different."
On either side of Daisuke, two copies appear. Rather than the red
sillhouettes he used earlier on Mai, these two look exactly like him--the
three are indistinguishable. The three Daisukes begin an eggshell game of
Find The Ninja, each one leaping to a random point, criscrossing over each
other swiftly. As they approach Jian, two of the Daisukes leap out to flank
him while the third charges straight in. One, two, three slashes, all aimed
at different sections of Jian's body. Now, the question is: can Jian figure
out which is the real Dai, or, barring that, escape?

COMBATSYS: Jian interrupts Crescent Moon Dance from Daisuke with Dragon Horse Spirit.

The answer to the million dollar question? Neither. Jian's neither swift
enough, mentally, to detect the true Daisuke. Or fast enough to evade. So
what he does is block - attempting to counter each and every one of those
incoming blades. But with his bare hands, there's little he can do to stop a
blade without injury to himself...
..though the whirlwind that springs up around him, providing a barrier of
sheer resistance that Daisuke needs to slash through, might well help.

The Daisuke to Jian's left sprints off behind him, while the other two
disappear. He seethes silently--not a scratch. And that was a particularly
winding attack. Daisuke circles around Jian, stabbing his sword out to try
and catch him in an arm or...something. Just so long as the offense is kept.
It's not a particularly flowing attack, though, and likely not an actual

COMBATSYS: Jian dodges Daisuke's Medium Punch.

[               \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|===----\-------\0          Daisuke

"Hey, y'know," Jian murmurs, as he comes out of the blocking stance. As he
moves...it becomes apparent that he did not escape unscathed. The arm he
used to catch the real blade is bleeding, from a long and nasty gash, the
silk of his shirt torn in two. But he still has enough of his wits to evade
the simple sword thrust. "That sword's nice..."
As he steps to the side, he drops low and strikes with a leg, aiming a kick
at Daisuke's kneecap. "...Sponsored by Ginsu?"

COMBATSYS: Daisuke dodges Jian's Medium Kick.

Daisuke kicks off from the ground, leaping over Jian's head. This is what he
should've been doing with Mai. Slowing down is death in a fight between
ninjas. Meh. He's slacking on his training, obviously. Nothing to be done
for it now. As he lands, he whirls around, his sword catching the light as
he swipes it one-handed at Jian's back. "And it can be yours for three easy
payments," he replies between heavy pulls of breath. May as well lighten up
while he can, huh?

COMBATSYS: Daisuke successfully hits Jian with Waning Moon Dance.

[                     \\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0          Daisuke

Jian's tired. Stamina isn't his strong suit, and his reactions are slowed
enough that the blade hits home. A gasp escapes Jian's lips, as air is
forcefully expelled from his lungs, the blade tearing a bloody gash in his
back. He crashes to the ground, slamming into the mud. Then he twists,
rolling into a crouch a metre away. Pushing away the pain, he gathers
himself, then faces Daisuke. He takes off like a runner from the starter's
blocks, one clenched fist rising towards the Ninja's face. "Sorry, no sell."

COMBATSYS: Daisuke fails to interrupt Medium Punch from Jian with Kunai Toss.

[                     \\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //                            ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=====--\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke continues to move even as he feels the sword strike home. He twists
in place, free hand reaches for a kunai from his utility belt while trying
to evade the punch. Unfortunately, he mistimes the speed of Jian's attack.
Rather than letting the punch graze past his face, it instead catches him
solidly on the cheek. He goes tumbling back a few feet, winding up on one
knee and breathing hard. He doesn't respond to the one-liner this time,
instead trying to come up with a new plan of attack.

Jian's eyes glint, sparking beneath his wild blond-coloured fringe. His face
quirks into a smile, one of genuine humour despite the obvious pain and
tiredness. "Throwing knives? Cool. You ninjas rock," he murmurs - then
breaks into a run, crossing the distance between him and Daisuke. Rushing
past the ninja, he attempts something Megumi's been trying on him all day. A
grab for his sword arm, and a little twist of the elbow...

COMBATSYS: Daisuke dodges Jian's Quick Throw.

[                     \\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //                            ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=====--\-------\0          Daisuke

Daisuke blinks once, tracking Jian even through bleary eyes. He throws
himself to the side, rolling along the ground for a few moments before
straightening to leap away. He glances back at Megumi, then to Jian once
more. Well. It wasn't going to do him much good to tag out right now.
Gripping his sword in both hands, he holds it in front of himself, staring
at Jian beyond the blade. "Come and try me," he challenges.

COMBATSYS: Daisuke focuses on his next action.

[                     \\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //                            ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|=====--\-------\0          Daisuke

"Look," Jian says, tiredly, "when you say that sort of thing, you -know-..."
While Daisuke might have little trouble tracking his moves, to the normal
non-fighters in the audience, Jian accelerating into a brief blur of motion.
He dances round, coming in from the side - flicking a foot out to bypass the
sword guard, aiming towards the ninja's head. Trying to put the blow cleanly
across Daisuke's temple. "...people -are- gonna hit ya."

COMBATSYS: Daisuke fails to interrupt Light Kick from Jian with Medium Punch.
COMBATSYS: Daisuke can no longer fight.
COMBATSYS: Daisuke has left the fight here.

Dammit. Why did the fighters in this match have to be so damn fast? Daisuke
sits there, waiting for his chance, watching Jian like a hawk... but before
he can strike, that boot is already at his head. It's not much, but it's
Daisuke staggers, one hand losing its grip on the sword. He weaves for a
moment, blinking twice, then manages to stumble to Megumi's part of the
arena. "Sorry," he mumbles before sitting down heavily, sword across his
lap. He's out.

"Yeah..." Megumi's only reply to Daisuke is that, as he makes his way out of
the battle. She runs in to take his place, but...she makes a detour on the
way to Jian. Specifically, she tracks down one of the shuriken that Daisuke
used earlier, palming it in mid-dash. It's a little odd holding something
like that without having it ready to use, but she manages.
Weapon obtained, Megumi proceeds on towards Jian, and attempts a one-handed
grapple on his other arm, the one she hasn't targeted yet. If she gets hand,
she'll raise it towards his face, then twist it so the fingers are moving
back towards Jian's body. While it may look odd, it's liable to cause a bit
of bone-twisting in the arm, which will decidedly hurt.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Jian with Flood Reversal.

[                         \\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             1/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/-----==/=======|

As the ninja goes down, Jian smiles a faint smile of satisfaction. Not
flashy, no, not at all. But it got the job done, so he can't really
Then he shrieks in pain, as Megumi is upon him. Unable to dodge in time, his
arm gets snagged and -something- very audibly gives way. Not a pleasant
sound. Lashing out, he breaks free of the hold and stumbles to the side -
then breathes heavily. Flexing his hands slowly, the effort of manupulating
injured limbs making him wince, he stiffens his fingers, and lightly touches
his own pressure points in a brief sequence, cutting off some of the pain
from his wounds and building a little chi. "Jeez. Ow."

COMBATSYS: Jian takes a breather.

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Jian             1/-------/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/-----==/=======|

Megumi can't prevent the hold from being broken, but she does immediately
step after Jian as he stumbles away. "Hope you're satisfied, you got your
shot at him!" She attempts to spin behind Jian, drop the shuriken, and wrap
her arms around his waist, then bridge backwards. A typical specimen of the
German Suplex maneuver, she's hoping to drive Jian's shoulders and head into
the earth.

COMBATSYS: Jian blocks Megumi's Strong Throw.

[                          \\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             1/------=/=======|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/-----==/=======|

As Megumi latches hold of him, Jian twists in her grip - not much, but just
enough to soften the impact as he crashes into the ground. It still jars him
badly, though he's able to struggle free and flip to his feet. Though as he
does, he sways on unsteady legs, balance failing him.
"This is becoming...unfun." Backing away from Megumi, nursing the bruises
and the throbbing in his skull, Jian mutters softly. Then he stops.
Breathes. And bites his own lip. Speed is still Jian's greatest asset, and
while he's not been moving like he usually does - he regains his ability
now. His sneakers tear into the mud as he accelerates toward Megumi,
focusing his attention on her. He shuts out the crowd, shuts out
everyone...as he explodes into a blur of motion, gathering all his energy to
launch a series of rapid-fire strikes. Punches, kicks, all coming in one
furious volley.

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Jian's Lantern Festival.

[                          \\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/-----==/=======|

Megumi handsprings up after her suplex, twirling to face Jian's position
immediately....then finds he's decided his position should be 'right in
front of her.' She makes a quick hop above the first strike, jukes her body
aside from the next one, and so on, incredibly managing to meet every single
attack with an evasion. "Un-fun...from the guy who started this with a nice
drink? That's an odd thing to say." Eventually she weathers the whole storm,
short on breath.
"You're really something." Megumi announces that, and then reaches for
Jian's shirt, trying to grab it firmly before planting a foot in his
midsection, leaning back, and tossing him with her momentum.

COMBATSYS: Jian blocks Megumi's Flood Reversal.

[                            \\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0              Mai
[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/----===/=======|

Jian's eyes widen in surprise as the foot slams into his midsection - then
he yelps, as he's thrown skyward. Well, now, he wasn't expecting that. He
manages to recover, though, just before he crashes into the concrete
retaining wall keeping this bit of land dry from the river waters. Twisting,
he lands in a crouch, feet flat against the concrete surface. The strain
shows on his face, but he erases it quickly - that hurt, but he has no time
ofr that now. Then, pushing off, he flies towards Megumi, gliding longer
than any jump should take him.
"Thanks, I try."
He explodes into another sequence of physical attacks, chaining sweeping
kicks, rigid finger blows, and open-palm strikes together as he hits high at
an aerial angle. Though nowhere as fast as the earlier attack, there's still
some element of grace and fluidity to the motions. Jian's tiring. He clearly
can't keep this pace up, not in his condition.

COMBATSYS: Jian successfully hits Megumi with Cha Gongfu.

[                            \\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0              Mai
[                  \\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/--=====/=======|

Megumi is slowing down, decidedly so. After that display of agility evading
blur-Jian, she's tired. When he leaps at her, she's still on the ground from
her throw, and just barely getting up by the time he's near. She jumps
backwards from Jian, but only evades the first strike in the series. The
rest of them pummel her back, back, back, until she falls down to one knee.
Then with a sharp, short yell, she surges forward in a rather rough, simple
effort to tackle Jian to the ground. Not at all a refined technique...

COMBATSYS: Jian blocks Megumi's Quick Throw.

[                                < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0              Mai
[                  \\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/--=====/=======|

No, he's not moving as well as he should. But he has to try. Former monk's
honour. Reputation of the temple and all that. Well, Jian cares bugger all
for the temple - but gotta look good for the crowd, you know? He stands his
ground...and gets thrown to the earth by the force of Megumi's attack.
Carving an impact furrow in the mud, Jian picks himself up a moment later.
He's barely standing, now. But he grins, anyway. "Hey, do me a favour..."
Swaying into another attack stance, he flexes himself, bending his knees -
and ignoring the throbbing pain from his arm muscles and joints. Okay, no
more punches. So, then...maybe this. He launches himself into the air once
more, directly toward the aikido fighter. No odd angle, no subtle twist -
just a straightforward strike. He brings one leg up close to his chest, arms
spread for balance. And with his other leg, he chambers and snaps a powerful
kick towards Megumi. "...fall down, please?"

COMBATSYS: Megumi interrupts Wo Hui Gongfu from Jian with Jab Punch.

[                                < >  ///////////////////           ]
Jian             0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0              Mai
[                     \\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           1/=======/=======|

Megumi tumbles off of Jian after her tackle, staggering to her feet as Jian
jumps. "Both you and her...this isn't good..." She springs up into the air
after Jian, trying to swing a quick fist into his gut. Jian has a reach
advantage though, and his foot meets her face, sending her sprawling to the
ground. "Ugh..."
Megumi's...twitching. Muddy, and managing to sit up, it's obvious she's
still in the fight, but dazed.

So is Jian. Barely, just barely. He gasps as he collapses to the ground,
moments after ricocheting away from Megumi. That fist to the gut had a clear
effect. He spits, vomiting up a small amount of clear fluid. Tea. Full
circle, then. Drinking it to throwing it up.
Somehow, he forces himself back to his feet, squinting at Megumi through
blurred vision. He forms his hand into the strike position, thumb resting
against his fourth and fifth fingers, third and index extended in a rigid
point. "Tsk," he muttered, "some exhibition match..."
With the last of his strength, he staggers towards, Megumi, even managing
something approaching a run. Drunkenly, he stabs out towards her - then his
knees give way, and he falls, face forward, into the mud. Then he really
does lie still.

COMBATSYS: Jian can no longer fight.
COMBATSYS: Jian has left the fight here.
COMBATSYS: Jian successfully hits Megumi with Fierce Punch.

[                             \  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Megumi           2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|-------\-------\0              Mai

Mai takes that as her cue to come prancing in.  She kneels next to Jian's
figure and gives him a pat on the back.  "You did really good...I'll buy you
dinner," she promises.  Later.  Not that he can hear her...  Ah well.  Now
for the big showdown.
Megumi tries to move, propping herself up with her hands as Jian rushes her.
Up to one foot, she tries to twist aside...no. The hand-stab strikes her
soundly in the stomach, and with the usual abrupt 'choke' noise from people
who get the wind knocked out of them, she collapses. "Not...out yet."
'Some exhibition' indeed, Megumi looks rather grim as she notices Jian's no
longer moving, and Mai's consoling him. Well, at least she's right there.
With a sudden surge of energy and a piercing cry, she bolts up to her feet
and tries to grab Mai's ankles. If she can get that going, she'll pull Mai
off her feet and begin spinning, swinging Mai up and down several times,
beating her into the ground like a door-mat.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Mai with Tornado Slam.

[                             \  < >  /////////////                 ]
Megumi           1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0              Mai

Mai is clobbered, which is a shame, because the mud spattering everywhere
blinds the eager hopefuls who have edged in too close towards the fight.
Foolish mortals!  With a groan, she digs her nails into the earth, trying to
find purchase in the mud.  Ankle still gripped, she flops onto her back and
drives the heel of her foot towards Megumi's stomach.

COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits Megumi with Light Kick.
- Power hit! -

[                                < >  /////////////                 ]
Megumi           1/------=/=======|===----\-------\0              Mai

Megumi is rather surprised as Mai finds her way out of the technique
eventually, and drops her arms to try and stop Mai's kick. Too late. "Ooph!"
The foot strikes deep, causing Megumi to double over...and in a last act of
defiance, try to snatch that foot once more, and...repeat her previous
technique's setup, twirling in circles. The difference this time is that she
leaps high into the sky, hoping to fling Mai down. Even if that works,
Megumi's going to answer gravity more directly, falling in an immobile heap
that only mutters out, "...Sorry." This is over, somehow or another.

COMBATSYS: Megumi can no longer fight.
COMBATSYS: Megumi has left the fight here.
COMBATSYS: Mai dodges Megumi's Tornado Slam.

[                 \\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Mai              0/-------/----===|

Mai is slammed like a mofo!  So hard, in fact, that she explodes!!!  OH
CRAP!!!  A burst of flames and a puff of feathers is all that remains.  The
crowd stares in horrified silence, disbelieving their eyes.
If only they'd done it sooner.
Mai herself is perched on the rooftop of a nearby building, ankles crossed
and swinging back and forth as she pants for breath.  Seeing Megumi finally
collapse signals that the fight is over.  Pushing to her feet she leaps into
the air with a whoop of joy, bouncing beautifully as she lands with fingers
extended in a 'v' for victory.  The end!

Megumi eventually gets up. It takes a while, well after the fight's been
called over. "Where...still going to finish thi..." No, Mai's nowhere nearby
that she can discern. With a dejected "Nevermind," she pushes herself up,
and starts to leave. At the very least, this is going to take some cleaning.
She's exhausted, but it would seem that the only thing genuinely hurt is her
pride -- she doesn't even check in on Daisuke on her way out, save to toss
the shuriken she borrowed over to his general direction. Not /at/ him,
just...back to him.

"Tea," Jian mutters, as he comes round, a while after the match is decided.
"Pardon?" asks one of the match's medical officials bent over beside Jian.
He gives the fighter a confused look, rummaging around in his first aid kit.
With surprising speed for someone so beaten up and groggy, Jian snags hold
of the medic's shirt collar and pulls him closer. In a rather irritated,
level voice, he growls, "-Tea-. Green. I need a drink."
"Uh...uh...yeah, okay," the medical guy says, extracting himself from Jian's
grip, and backing away as the battered fighter sits up, "refreshment tent's
over there...are you sure you..."
Jian forces himself to his feet, and staggers off, zombie-like. "Tea."

Log created by Kobun, and last modified on 18:41:48 04/21/2005.