Master Championship - [R1] Malin vs Megumi

Description: It just goes to show: never underestimate the girl with the gigantic metal hammer. (Winner: Megumi)

Red Arena
   While the ground-level White Arena is used more often than the
upper-level Red Arena, the Red Arena is where the really spectacular fights
are held. Seating sprawls in all directions around this circular arena, the
high-price box seats providing shade for the lower seats. Shade is important,
as the arena ceiling is retracted almost all the time, even during bad
weather (nets are stretched over the seating at these times). Twenty-foot
high glass separates the spectators from the arena, the glass polished and
protected to reduce glare and other visibility impairments.

   The arena itself is a work of art. Fifty yards in diameter, the arena
manages to represent three different landscapes; light forest at one end, a
strip of sandy beach in the middle, and shallow water with stepping stones
strategically placed at the opposite end. All is quite real; this arena is
obviously intended for veteran fighters and those who think they can step up
to the challenge this offers versus a flat arena floor. The open air and wide
space allows for fighting masters to really exercise their talents without
worrying about limited space. The Red Arena is the centerpiece of Masters
Stadium, and it shows.

People begin to file into the fancier Red Arena as opened again, this time for a
comparatively low-profile match. It's likely most people are off watching Kyo
Kusanagi take on Kula, but a crowd is building here.

Smaller doors leading to the arena itself open, and Megumi emerges from one of
them. She looks pretty darn non-chalant, arms folded behind her head as she
marches out. "Feels a lot better than the first event I got into..." She takes
her place on the 'beach', making quick hops from stone to stone as she waits.

To a certain slender roguette, this feels like a long time in the making... but
now she's here, about to venture out in front of a crowd and embark on her
tournament career. Just how does the newbie take it? Some might be nervous,
others force themselves to relax, play it cool... our heroine does neither of
these things.

A few minutes after her opponent, Malin comes striding out from the backstage
area via a door somewhat further along from Megumi's, a positively huge grin on
her lips and wide brown eyes burning with excitement. (This is it.. this is when
I make it big!) As her gaze finds the audience a slight stumble hinders her step
and she comes to a staggering halt. On.. sand. Cue a careful look down before
her look returns to the spectators, the grin well and truly faded from her lips.
Awestruck indeed, the girl looks uncertain now as she quietly breathes, "Geez..
all for me?"

Not that she's down for long. After a few heartbeats' pause the grin comes
flickering back and she braces one hand to her hip, the other lifting high above
her head. Fingers spread first for a wave before she smoothly turns and
click-booms the centre of the 'crowd', blowing on the extended digit afterward.
"Heh.. who am I kiddin'? Darn right it's all for me!" Yep, she may have faltered
but that cockiness has now tripled, and more.

However, for all the peering around and blind enthusiasm she has yet to really
take note of her opponent for today and has assumed it couldn't possibly be the
girl she knows from Southtown. There must be other fighters named Megumi, right?
With this thought she grudgingly spins from the audience to face her matchup -
about to fall right into her stance, still bold as can be. Instead.. she draws
her feet together sharply, a hand raising to rub at the back of her neck.
"Uhhh.. Megumi?"

Megumi looks over to watch Malin's demonstration and crowd-appealing, arms
dropping to rest in front of her as she waits on a rock in the shallow water.
It's when Malin addresses her, that she leaps back onto the sand itself,
twisting her left hand around in her right hand...some odd stretching exercise,
perhaps. "'Uh', what? Don't tell me you're upset to see me or something?" She's
several steps away from Malin, starting to tense up a little...

Malin watches Megumi move, unmoving herself except for the slow action of her
hand and a single quick blink of her eyes. (This is weird.. I never expected to
fight her...) She's kinda lost actually, when a few seconds late the words of
her apparent opponent bust through and she hops back half a pace, forcing
herself to spread her legs and lower her hand to hang loosely at her side - the
other doing likewise.

"'Course not! I just.. um... this is kind of a surprise..." she tails off
towards the end, her head tipping to one side. And then she.. regards Megumi,
quietly and intently, for another collection of heartbeats before a slow grin
spreads. "But it's not like I c'n complain! This'll be great, huh?" She tosses
off another wink, this one directed to the other girl, and whips one hand up
across her chest, the other flying out at an angle from her body and suddenly
furnished with a chunky red and yellow yo-yo. Megumi's seen it before.
"Let's do it!"

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

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Malin            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Megumi

Megumi shifts her feet around as Malin speaks, one forward, one back...and in
reverse, several times. At least she stops the hand-twisting. "A surprise. Got
it. Can't complain? Well...I guess I know what to expect now." Flicking her
right wrist out to her side, she then makes a sideways pitching motion with that
same hand. A small, bright red ball of energy flies out of her hand as she does's probably about the size of a baseball.

As it flies towards Malin, Megumi's turning and running. She's heading for the
'forest' in this area, and the energy-ball won't actually reach Malin. Instead,
once it's pretty close to Malin, it explodes, spraying a wide, unconcentrated
blast of energy out for a few feet, possibly catching her in the radius.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Malin with Burst Orb.

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Malin            0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0           Megumi

Of course Malin can't complain, fighting's all about having fun and what's more
fun than fighting a friend? Actually her cockiness now has turned to sheer
pleasure, none of it assumed in any way.. intentional or otherwise. And the
roguette watches this strange initial action with only a slight tensing of her
body. This.. isn't something she's dealt with before...

"What the-?" It's just like she's seen and heard about in the fighting world,
but not had the fortune to encounter.. energy. Well, how can she face up to
this? She's hesitated too long to dodge, so she simply shifts her footing and
flicks the yo-yo into her other hand, the string spooling out as it flies and
being hooked neatly at the other end by two extended fingers. An odd reaction
maybe, but it's fast and she raises the reinforced string in front of her, ready
to catch the incoming ball...

Which explodes. Malin's eyes slam tightly shut as she's forced to tuck her arms
into her body, sent a few inches back by the blast and into a clumsy
half-crouch. "Geez, Megumi.. that..." she straightens with a smirk and looks
around for her opponent, setting off in a dash as soon as she's ready, looping
around in a slow arc towards the other girl's destination with the yo-yo now
back in one hand, the string secured already this time. "That was neat..."

COMBATSYS: Malin focuses on her next action.

Megumi keeps running, looking over her shoulder right after she hears the energy
spray to see what happened. A slight nod at the results, then she vaults up onto
a low tree branch and spins to face Malin. "Neat?" That actually confuses her,
and it's plain on her face. Even with her puzzled expression, she raises her
right hand again, palm pointing at Malin's roundabout path towards her. The same
glittery, bright red energy forms on her palm for a moment, then launches in a
decently sized ball. Probably about as large as a person's head, with a 'tail'
of the same energy streaming behind it. Megumi's trying to lead her shot, hoping
she's aimed it such that it'll meet Malin's path.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Malin with Crimson Comet.

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Malin            0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0           Megumi

"Totally!" Malin chirps back, glancing up towards the other girl's new location
as she closes in. Fingers shift, and the yo-yo slips down a little ways on its
thread.. not doing anything more for the moment though. She wanted to get a bit
closer first, and so she continues onward, head bowed now she's fairly sure of
where to aim. Which might just be another mistake on her part...

As the second energy ball flies in, it catches her dead on, slamming into her
with considerable force. Enough to smash the breath from the roguette's lungs
and widen her eyes with pain. She flies back too, trajectory reversed with the
blast.. and as her arms go wide all she can do is make a quick movement of her
fingers - sending that yo-yo hissing towards Megumi up on her perch.

*snikt* There comes the surprise. It may not be the surprise she gave Malin, but
four blades sprout from the 'toy' at the halfway point of its flight, even as
behind it the girl hits the floor in a roll and barely pulls herself into a
crouch back at the edge of the beach. "So was that..." she gasps out, turning
her attention to her attack.

COMBATSYS: Malin successfully hits Megumi with Long Onigumo.

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Malin            0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0           Megumi

Megumi becomes distracted right after Malin's response, just...staring at her.
Even after her blast hits Malin, she's just staring. It actually takes her a
second to realize the incoming yo-yo is, well....heading her way. By the time
she tries to leap sideways off the tree-branch, it's only enough to avoid a
direct hit; instead she takes a nice cut in the rib area, falling to the ground
in a hurt crouch, one hand clutching where she was hit. "We're about even there,
I guess..." She rises from the crouch, going into a headlong sprint. Her intent?
Overtake Malin, try to grab an arm, take a pivoting side-step, and try to fling
Malin in towards the forested area.

COMBATSYS: Malin blocks Megumi's Medium Throw.

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Malin            0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Megumi

(I gotta watch out for this stuff...) Malin remains at the edge of the beach for
the time it takes Megumi to actually reach her, sucking in a couple of quick
breaths and giving her head an even faster shake. Sure, she's taken those kind
of attacks before but only from.. someone she'd rather not even think about.
Megumi having them isn't something she ever even comprehended. All in all.. the
comment from the other girl pleases her a great deal. She's glad to be able to
compete with such crazy stuff.

As she finally rises, so does Megumi reach her location and the roguette starts
to twist the instant she sees the grab going for the arm. "Heh.. try ag-ah!" She
totally underestimates the strength of her opponent, and is indeed flung,
momentarily looking like she'll be going head over heels and right on the
intended flightpath. Whoops.

Or perhaps not. With an alarming display of agility, she unfolds in the air and
catches herself in a second of hangtime, her legwarmers billowing in the
generated rush of wind, just long enough to glance at Megumi and close her eyes.
"Haaa!" A girlish exclamation of martial intent begins her assault, as one leg
kicks up to her chest and the other wrenches harshly back through the air, the
dimunitive wannabe fighter reversing her momentum and soaring straight back
towards her opponent. The catch this time? Clutched by her chest in both hands
is a rather hefty looking curved dagger, aimed to slash Megumi if she doesn't
get away in time...

COMBATSYS: Malin successfully hits Megumi with Descending Suzume Bachi.

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

Megumi is given more cause to stare, when Malin actually redirects herself in
mid-air, heading right back at Megumi. "What...the...whoa!" She tries to
cartwheel away, doesn't quite find purchase on the sand, and stumbles; Malin's
blade slashes into her legs and causes her to fall onto her back, crying out.

"You remind me of Seishirou," Megumi decides, handspringing back up. Whatever
that had to do with anything, she leaps high into the air, body spinning.
"Spiral..." Red energy forms around her right hand as it tightens into a fist,
then her body divebombs at Malin, head and fist first like some kind of
sharply-angled Superman flight. "Knuckle!" Descending fist, and it's targeting
Malin's face.

COMBATSYS: Malin fails to interrupt Crimson Spiral Knuckle from Megumi with
Ground Suzume Bachi.

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

Seishirou? Malin's eyes widen at that, even as she sets down from the slash..
rebounding a little with its impact and setting her extended foot down to the
floor. The other remains raised, though lowers enough that she can balance and
the dagger she leaves drawn and ready.. just in case. "Heh.. we fought-" That
seems about all the time the roguette has time to say before Megumi's spinning
back towards her with something that looks.. altogether nasty.

"Huh!" She swallows hard on her words and digs her one foot in, the other
setting down lightning-fast to join it and both working together to propel her
backwards across the sand. The intent? A reversed version of what she just
attacked with, a defensive counter to the knuckle coming... right in for her
face. "Hoof!" She's flung sidelong, the large blade spiralling out of her grasp
and a rush of air escaping her suddenly distorted lips. Entering a short spin,
she bounces down onto her shoulder and then flips herself over onto her
elbows... looking towards Megumi in a little disbelief. "Yer good alright..
guess I shouldn't have been surprised, huh?"

Megumi lands on her hands as Malin is struck, using them to hop up into the air
and flip back onto her feet. "Surprised? Well...thanks for the praise anyway.
You're making me work for this win, anyway!" Her mood is easing up a lot,
leaving 'confusion' behind in favor of an odd mix of confidence, aggression,
and...a slight smile forming, too. She's moving in to try and grab Malin's arm
again, but this time it's to try and grab the wrist, twist it sideways to flip
Malin over, then lean in and continue to twist further if she gets Malin prone,
in a clean example of a wrist-lock.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Malin with Aikido Techniques.

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Malin            1/--=====/=======|=======\=------\1           Megumi

Malin scrambles to her feet while Megumi is talking, slipping back into her
stance and watching the girl with a small grin and intense eyes. Maybe she's
making her work for it, but not anywhere near enough.. she should be doing
better than this, and she knows it. She waits as the other girl rushes in,
watches.. waits.. then springs into action, a blade springing up in her right
hand and whipping around as she tucks her shoulder in, the arm raising for a
curious bladed uppercut. Which never comes.

"Agh! Dammit!" Snagged by more speed than she expected, again, the small dagger
tumbles from her grasp to bounce a few feet away, and her arm is twisted right
up behind her with a rather painful crack. The pain doesn't let up, and her
mouth stays twisted in a grimace, eyes filling with tears as they look across to
the watching audience. (Gotta do better than this.. I have to do well... I can
do it...)

After a few moments, her determination is there and with a grunt she attempts to
reverse the lock into a throw of her own, rearing back into a half-crouch and
wrenching her arm with all her strength, rolling into Megumi in an attempt to
flip her clean over. The roguette isn't used to throws or grappling of any kind,
but she has to try, this once!

COMBATSYS: Malin successfully hits Megumi with Quick Throw.
- Power hit! -

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Malin            1/--=====/=======|=======\==-----\1           Megumi

Megumi keeps the hold even as Malin begins to sit up, and tries to let go just
in time to avoid the reversal-attempt...not quite. She gets flung
head-over-heels along the sands, hands slapping out to her sides in a simple
breakfall effort, but it doesn't do too much to help her. She pushes herself up
after a moment, then makes a long leap towards the water and rocks in the arena,
stopping just beside a stone. Again with the red energy, but this time it's
forming on both hands, and expanding into a thin 'wall' taller than she is. She
pushes it forward, but it only goes a few feet before it starts returning to
her...and actually 'washing over' Megumi, with no apparent damage happening as
this takes place.

Malin's pained wince becomes more pronounced right in the middle of the
attempted throw. Nifty as it turned out to be, with Megumi rocketing over her
shoulder, this only increased the pain to a whole new level, and tears pour
freely down her cheeks. Constitution really ain't her strong point, and for all
the pain she inflicts it all too often comes back to hit her just as hard.
Still, her intended effect came through and now she has to concentrate on
maintaining this advantage as long as possible!

With no time to hesitate in agony, she hops half a pace back and glances quickly
about for Megumi, finding her as she makes her leap and starts summoning that
red energy. "Ohcrap.. gotta dodge it, gotta dodge it..." Malin incants to
herself, dashing forward and weaving a few times as she nears the other girl.
Best way to dodge an energy ball? She should be up high, so she figures.. and at
the edge of the water she leaps high into the air, towards her opponent with a
soft grunt of effort.

After a suitably impressive height is gained the roguette spins in the air,
hanging at her zenith briefly and.. producing seemingly from nowhere a gigantic
metal hammer, as tall as she is and with a head twice the bulk of her own body.
"Incoming!" It's best not to ask really, but it -would- be best to dodge as the
girl rockets downward with the weight of the thing held in both hands before her
and coming down for a juddering blow to the top of Megumi's head. No chi, no
special effects... just a darned big weapon.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Aura Mend.

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

COMBATSYS: Malin successfully hits Megumi with Tsuzuchi.

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

Megumi looks a bit better after the energy-field washes over herself. She wasn't
attacking Malin at all. The energy fades away a moment after it passes behind
Megumi, and she tries to jump back from Malin's descending hammer. It'd have
worked...if not for her forgetting the rock behind her. She jumps too low,
stumbles over it, trip...crunch. Hammer /smashes/ into her stomach, knocking the
wind out of her at the same time it elicits a sharp yell. "...You're..." She
manages to force herself up, and backflip away from Malin more properly, landing
on another rock further back in the water. "You're really reminding me of him.
Sorry, but I'm done losing..." More energy-growth, and a second energy field
gets shoved out, this one also returning to Megumi. It's visibly thicker though,
and took another moment or two for her to form. Even as it begins to wash over
and pass by her, her posture improves...but it probably won't be quite back to
before she got malleted in the stomach. That was quite the hit, after all.

(Bingo!) With the landing of her strongest, and also easily her favourite attack
Malin rebounds, drawing the hammer up and actually bouncing up into the air with
its shifted weight. It looks quite spectacular for the audience, especially when
she tucks into a tight ball.. the weapon concealing itself about her person in
the process.. and enters a freefall spin back down to earth.

On landing her gaze instantly snaps to Megumi, grin flashing onto her lips
already as a hand goes up to belatedly rub at her cheek. Where the Knuckle hit
earlier.. the spot now flaring up into a nice bruise. "Y'mean Seishirou?" She
asks, lowering her hand and hooking a couple of fingers into her pouch. "Yeah..
we fought, he won. But it was pretty good! I almost had him too..." tailing off
she drops to a crouch then starts dashing forward, closing on Megumi as the
field is closing itself up.

(What is that anyway? She looks.. healthier... that's kinda weird..) "Don't just
stand around, Megumi!" The roguette chirps, allowing no quarter as she hops up
onto a low rock, then a slightly higher one and then.. springs up straight
towards the other girl on her perch. "This ain't over by a long way!" *fwoosh*
Her last movement is practically a blur as she streaks in, one hand flickering
out to launch a small knife at a loose trajectory, away from Megumi but aimed to
look as if it just -might- be going right for her. A distraction. More ninja
goodness! Meanwhile the girl herself is thundering straight onward, going to
land beside her opponent, duck under her guard and.. spring upward!

With the spring she enters a graceful uppercut, right leg tucking into her body
and the other pushing her off as long as possible, her right arm raised and
bearing a rapidly spinning curved knife. The aim? To slash Megumi in the chest
or shoulder as she rises. Who needs energy when you have blades!

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Megumi with Restoration Aura.

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Malin            0/-------/------=|======-\-------\0           Megumi

COMBATSYS: Megumi counters High-Angle Suzume Bachi from Malin with Flood

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

"Yeah, I mean him, definitely. It's something like this..." The energy field
fades behind Megumi, and while the visible signs that she's been hit begin to
fade, it's clear some degree of fatigue took its place; it took a lot of effort
to do what she just did. Malin's rush and incoming knife don't seem to disturb
her at all. She stays on her rock, spinning her body sideways a step to avoid
the thrown weapon.

Malin catches up to her in that time-span, and Megumi's ready for it. "There!",
she yells as her hands shoot out to catch Malin's knife-wielding arm. She gets
it, spins one way to drag Malin off balance, wraps one arm around Malin's waist
to pick her up by both arm and body, and slams her down onto the rock being used
as a platform. "You're pretty good too, but...if Seishirou beat you, and I beat
him? Sorry, but I really can't afford to blow this one, and logic's on my side."

Malin experiences a moment of total disorientation when she's grabbed... she was
going so fast, and trying so hard, yet.. this happens. She tenses prepared to
try and get out of another lock when she finds another arm around her and then
meets hard stone. Her slender frame goes down surprisingly hard, and her breath
is bashed out from with her. Looks like someone needs some work... maybe one day
she'll learn to admit it. But not today, not now. Now she has to at least make
some kind of an impression on the audience, and keep going no matter what.

With a sudden grin she forces herself up, letting another dagger fall and
bracing both palms to the stone. "Yeah, I hear ya.. maybe you will win, but...
we're still not -done-!" With the last she gasps and spins on her hands,
bringing both legs around in a quick sweep. No blades, no tricks, just a very
quick attempt to knock the other girl down, followed by a continuation into the
momentum and a perky hop back up to her feet.

COMBATSYS: Malin successfully hits Megumi with Light Kick.

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

Megumi tries another spin-aside from Malin's offense. Well, that might work if
Malin's attack hadn't been a wide sweep. She gets hit, and falls over into the
water with a fair splash. Megumi pushes herself up pretty quickly, not looking
all that upset over getting wet. "Game ends now, Malin..." A flip towards Malin
ends in her trying to go overhead, place her hands on Malin's shoulders, and
drive her down onto the stone again through that momentum, ideally landing in
the water behind Malin.

COMBATSYS: Malin blocks Megumi's Flood Reversal.
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Malin            0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1           Megumi

Tony enters the arena.
Tony has arrived.

Malin's hop is perkier than it might have been, since her attack connected.
Battered and bruised she might be, and fighting off the beginning of some nasty
aches, but she's still in this game! It's not over. And she hopes it won't be
for a little while yet, the grin on her face as much in defiance as in pleasure
or enjoyment as Megumi goes down, gets up and flips back toward her. Another
manuever she won't be too good at stopping, by the look of it... she considers
her options and draws in a quick breath.

She's grabbed. Her eyes widen, and then suddenly close.. resolve sweeping across
her. Honestly, she can feel how close she is to that make-or-break level where
the fight can end so suddenly. She just won't give in, and she's been slammed
enough in this match. This time she really is ready for it, fully tense and

On hitting the stone she rapidly loosens however, and springs up out of the
slam, a lick of blood whipping from her nose and the grin on her lips suddenly
as crooked as the bandanna on her head. One hand goes to brush back a bang of
dishevelled blonde as she worms her way into a crouch, then rises up and towards
Megumi with a hoarse cry, rearing up with a hand going for a close uppercut
across her chest.  This time there is a catch, a set of claws flashing in the
light along the back of her fingers, sharp blades ready to draw more blood. Of
course.. she's also making herself an easy target for a dunking, or another
throw, should she miss.

COMBATSYS: Megumi counters Fierce Punch from Malin with Tornado Slam.

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

Megumi is able to land where she intends, even if she didn't quite get Malin
down as she wanted. She makes a quick spin to face her foe, even before Malin
was crying out. Somehow, her hands are already waiting for the uppercut; as if
she was outright trying to provoke that response, and got it. She catches it,
begins to spin...and spin...and spin, dragging Malin off balance until she's
dangling in the air by her held arm and Megumi's twirling. After a few seconds
of this build-up, Megumi leaps high into the sky, and slams Malin down onto
another rock on her descent. Definitely a punishing reprisal.

Malin finds herself caught again... it's another of these fights, where nothing
she does feels right. But being here, and coming out to see the audience, that
felt perfect. And they're still there. There's just nothing she can do, and as
she's picked up her head spins with the effort of thought.. then it's a
different kind of spinning, far more uncomfortable, for far too long before she
hits the deck. Her entire slender frame erupts with pain and she gives a cry,
falling limp against the rock below.

But not for long. Through faintly gritted teeth she manages a single world:
"No." Not an odd reaction, if she didn't look so very beaten, and as she turns
weakly onto her side she lifts her head to look towards Megumi. A few loose
tears scatter from her eyelashes, glimmering droplets framing bloodshot eyes and
in turn now framed with licks of tangled hair. One slam too many, it would seem,
and yet.. the fires still burn, in her heart and in those reddened brown eyes.
"Dammit, not yet.. I got more than that... you'll see." With that she pushes up
further, her back arching slowly with the effort. It seems to last a little too
long, but she gets there, ending up on her knees opposite the other girl,
sucking in a slow breath.

(Right.. I've done this before... just.. stay awake... please...) Her eyes
narrow to slits and she somehow manages a crooked grin, looking up at Megumi
with utter determination. Not to win so much as to prove herself, to show she
won't be beaten. Not easily in the least. And a second later, she's up at fair
incredible speed.. covering the short distance she needs to cover as a blur and
rocking back onto one hip, the other leg raising in one hell of a thrust kick.
Where she gets the energy is a total mystery, but it's there and all focused on
the end of one bepumped foot.. aimed to propel Megumi straight up into the air
by her chin. Meanwhile the roguette's fingers curl loosely, ready to produce and
hurl the ten knives that are the follow-up to this attack.


COMBATSYS: Malin has reached second wind!

[                          \\\\  < >  ///////////////               ]
Malin            0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0           Megumi

COMBATSYS: Megumi dodges Malin's Kagero.

(OOC Note from Megumi: Forgot to get the meter right after that one, sorry.)

Megumi crouches deep after she slams Malin down, standing up and pretty well
expecting this to be over. She repeats Malin's word choice, puzzled, "No?" Well,
Malin seems to mean it.

Megumi's poised to back off right after her 'question', more-so when Malin gets
up. Malin's moving fast...and it looks like the kick hits. Megumi times it such
that her jump is actually 'going with' the momentum of the kick, doing negligble
injury. Twisting through the air, she manages to avoid the blades, one and all.
In mid-descent, Megumi makes another pitching motion, and sends out another thin
red ball. Sparkles trail off it as it flies to Malin, and it detonates a few
feet away just as Megumi lands on the sand in a crouching posture once again.

COMBATSYS: Megumi successfully hits Malin with Burst Orb.

[                             \  < >  //////////////                ]
Malin            0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0           Megumi

Once she's bowed from throwing her knives... Malin finally finds time to realise
that her kick didn't connect properly. Though even then it barely registers in
her tired brain, but she looks heavenward all the same, staying bent at the
waist but peeking up into the air after Megumi. "Uh oh..." her jaw falls open
with this utterance and she realises.. she can barely move. She got that
familiar rush, the chance her body always gives her to level things, but now..
it's like it was never there. She twists her body, but twists too late, tumbling
on her side before the ball even explodes. When it does it sends her tumbling in
a sidelong roll into the water, where she eventually lands on her back.

No? Maybe she meant 'Yes'... she sure doesn't seem in the best of conditions
now, though after a moment an eye cracks open and she lifts a finger vaguely,
hand swirling about the air uncertainly. "I guess... I guess ya win.." the
tiniest of murmurs, but it's there.. right before she sighs and lies back in the
water, letting it trickle across her and cool down the fierce bruises covering
her body. Do we even have to mention she blacks out about two seconds later?

COMBATSYS: Malin takes no action.
COMBATSYS: Malin can no longer fight.
COMBATSYS: Malin has left the fight here.

Megumi rises to watch her 'proximity explosive' take Malin down, and flicks a
wrist off to her side. She seems about ready to charge in again...when Malin
basically stops moving. She waits a second...let it be official...there. Megumi
walks over to where Malin is, and works on picking her up. At the very least,
she's planning to take her back to the sand part of this arena, rather than the
water. Drowning in shallow pools is a leading cause of death amongst unconscious
people, after all. It's possible it's a non-issue in this arena's design, but
she's not chancing it.

COMBATSYS: Megumi takes no action.
[                \\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Megumi           0/-------/----===|

COMBATSYS: Megumi has ended the fight here.

Even as a dead weight, Malin's hardly the heaviest of girls.. and with the way
Megumi can heft her around it won't be much trouble to shift her to a slightly
safer place, even weighed down by wetness as she is. Somewhere along the way the
roguette does begin to stir, a soft moan escaping and an eyelid fluttering
briefly. She's been known to stay down a lot longer on blacking out, though of
late her body finally seems to be adjusting. And it's not much longer after that
that the eye opens entirely, a cyclopian bloodshot gaze searching her
surroundings briefly. "Mmm.. so I lose... are there still.. people out
there...?" Her voice is soft now, childish and lacking the brash edge she can
put on... the question is almost pitifully innocent, and it's hard to tell
whether people would be a good thing, or a bad thing.

Megumi sets Malin down, and takes a look around the arena after that question.
"...Yeah, I'd say so. They watched, if that's what you're wondering about." She
takes a second to think before adding, "Probably show up in a highlight reel
with that hammer, or something."

Malin seems fairly pleased by the answer, a smile turning her mouth up at its
edges. It's weak, but it's there, and her eyes reflect it however glazed and
shot they may be. "Hm.." she responds after a moment, struggling one elbow up
underneath her to take a look around herself, the other eye cracking open.
Halfway at least.. that was the cheek swelling up beforehand, and now it has a
nice throbbing sensation to it. It'll look like a beauty in another hour or so.
"That'd be neat." Is the next comment, spoken a little louder and with more
clarity. Once this all sinks in, the girl might well be pleased with how she
did.. astonishingly so, if it gets her anywhere. But right now it's all a little
unreal, lost in a happy little world of numbing pain.

Megumi backs up from Malin. "Well, so long as you've found something neat." She
takes one final look down at Malin, "I'll be in Seattle for the next few days if
you wanna talk later on." Then Megumi begins to walk for the arena door she
entered through, starting to leave. "Funny...feels like the exact opposite
happened." Talking to herself, there.

Malin gives a blank nod in return, she'll register the words a little better
later... right now she's gone to staring blankly at the stands, blinking only
when the mixture of false stream water and tears gets a little much to handle.
For now, it's a nod and a quick murmur of, "Sure... seeya 'round." Vague and
distant as can be. It might have been better if she'd stayed out! Meanwhile the
arm not propping the roguette up slowly lifts and a hand goes to her bandanna,
adjusting it idly but ineffectually. When Megumi leaves, she'll likely just..
sit there for a while, before someone comes to move her on, whether she be
conscious or otherwise.

Log created by Kobun, and last modified on 17:46:00 04/26/2005.