Neo League 101 - #103: Vice vs Sakura

Description: Vice calls out Sakura on the Metro Bridge! It's a close fight, but the ending's an awful lot like deja vu for the Taiyo schoolgirl... (Winner: Vice)

Vice leans up against one of the stone pillars, watching the tournament officials cone off a lane for the coming fight, bah... she was soooo -bored-, would Sakura ever actually turn up? It seemed like such a long time since they had fought each other, and she had lost then... but this time she was ready, and eager too- she had not been in as many fights as she would have liked recently, and she had only remembered that she had a way to -arrange- fights when she had seen one of the Neo matches on TV, that had reminded her that she had signed up for this thing... and it served as the perfect way to get Sakura to fight her again.
The sun is pretty high in the sky over the Metro bridge, and the weather is perfectly clear, Vice had even chosen to challenge Sakura on a Saturday- so that she could make it without worrying about school or anything petty like that... now all Vice needed was for her opponent to turn up, so that she could break her into little pieces, and let some of the frustration of recent times out.

It's not like Sakura -wouldn't- ditch school for a fight... but doing so when it involves international travel may have been a stretch. So perhaps Vice was correct in picking a weekend.
Ensuring that Sakura shows up on time, though, is an entirely different problem. Closing off one lane of bridge traffic slows things down tremendously, such that Sakura's most efficient way to the fight location was to hitch a ride on a passing motorcycle. Japanese schoolgirl, all by herself in the middle of Metro City, camera in hand... it's a horror story just waiting to happen!
But no, it doesn't turn out that way in broad daylight. Some kind soul with a Kawasaki Ninja was gracious enough to lend the Taiyo schoolgirl a ride. Kasugano hops off the bike shortly after it pulls to a halt by the cones, waving cheerfully to the driver. "Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it!"
And then she walks over to Vice, curling her arms about her in a shiver. "Brrr... it's =cold= up here..." Of course, Sakura's in one of her many school uniforms, blue gloves and shoes with gray skirt and accents. "Guess you won't be able to sneak up on me this time, huh?" Clenching her fists, she steps onto the small footbridge area, spreading her feet shoulder-width apart. Raising a hand to direct her voice to Vice, she cautions with a smirk, "Try not to cry too much on camera, though. The look doesn't suit you!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura has started a fight here.

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Sakura           0/-------/-------|

Vice looks up at the sound of Sakura's voice, and narrows her eyes, oh yes... she was going to -enjoy- making this girl eat those words. She crosses the short distance between her and Sakura quite quickly, and then allows herself to smile, a wide, predatory grin. "Cry? We'll see who is crying by the end of this match, girl." She spits, before settling into her usual, flowing stance, movements erratic as ever...
And then, before another word can be said, before the cameras can catch any more pre-match banter, Vice lunges forwards with a powerful blow, aiming for a simple, hard punch right at Sakura's pretty nose... just to warm up and let her know exactly what she thinks about stupid, pathetic insults like that!

COMBATSYS: Vice has joined the fight here.

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Vice             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Sakura

COMBATSYS: Sakura dodges Vice's Strong Punch.

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Vice             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Sakura

Sakura seems to think the stupid, pathetic insults are working, from the way she flashes a broad grin back at the R secretary! "Ooh, did I just strike a nerve?!" Pivoting sharply to the side, she vaults backward, skirt fluttering from the high winds of the bridge as her sneakers flex down upon the footbridge handrail. Curling into a momentary crouch, with her fists splayed to either side for balance, she starts, "Hee... it won't be --" And then she springs into a rapid somersault, before snapping out with a split kick, ala Chun-Li's Sen'en Shuu, with her heel aimed for Vice's shoulder! "--the only thing that gets struck!"

COMBATSYS: Vice fails to interrupt Strong Kick from Sakura with Mithan's Robe.

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Vice             0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0           Sakura

Vice growls deeply, shifting down one arm snaps up to try and grab Sakura's leg as it flashes towards her shoulder, but she misses by a fraction of an inch, and the foot instead slams into the top of her head and sends her sprawling backwards, she quickly pulls herself up to her feet, although now she is definitely pissed, her eyes wide and gleaming with barely-contained rage, "Oh... oh you are going to -pay- for that!" She screeches...

It's not often that Sakura's copycat moves work so well, so she's tremendously pleased at the outcome here. The -landing-, though... well, Sakura wasn't quite sure about that part of the move, so she wobbles a bit as she kicks back and away into her fighting stance. Curling her hands to one side with a broad smile, she asks, "Heh... do you take credit? I didn't bring my wallet!" Of course, between her hands is a bright blue bloom of swirling energy -- one that she thrusts forward suddenly with a cry of "HADOOOOUKEN!", the concussive blast rocketing towards Vice at high speed.

COMBATSYS: Vice blocks Sakura's Medium Hadouken.

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Vice             0/-------/---====|==-----\-------\0           Sakura

Vice is already moving as the blast is unleashed, she tenses for a moment and brings her arms in front of her to deflect the worst of the blast, and then she is grabbing forwards, "No... You'll just have to pay in blood instead." She snarls. Her blood was really pumping now, that opening move had -hurt- a lot more than she had expected it to, time to repay the favor...
Her hands seek out Sakura's waist, if she manages to grab hold, she'll haul the girl into the air, spin her around, and then slam her head into the ground with as much force as she can muster, aiming to get the girl to at least -shut up-, she hated to admit it... but this running commentary was really starting to get to her.

COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Vice's Black End.

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Vice             0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0           Sakura

The running commentary is doing its job! Sakura knows that angry opponents generally make more mistakes -- it's just a question of whether that's true in Vice's case.
She -does- get snared by the stronger woman, but she isn't completely helpless in the process -- throwing her hands over her head, she lands on her palms rather than her head. Still hurts... just not as much as it could have. And this -also- allows her to roll forward out of Vice's grasp -- but not without a breakdancer-style twisting kick to the head in the process! "I dunno if I -like- that idea..."

COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Vice with Medium Kick.
- Power hit! -

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Vice             0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Sakura

Vice takes a painful blow to the side of the head which, again, sends her sprawling to the floor... this time, however, she doesn't get up straight away, blood dribbles from the side of her mouth, and for a long moment she just watches that blood drip onto the pavement... drip... drip....
When she does pull herself up, she is breathing heavily, her eyes wide and staring as she glares at her opponent, her voice... when she speaks... is disturbingly quiet, and very erratic in pitch... "I am going... to kill you... tear you to shreds... rip you into bits... You are going to -beg- for mercy, you hear me?! BEG!!"

COMBATSYS: Vice takes a breather.

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Vice             0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0           Sakura

Raising an eyebrow at Vice's colorful promise, Sakura raises a finger. "I... think I'll take a rain check on that, if you don't mind?" Curling her hands to her sides once more, the blue flames swirling about into a groing maelstrom, Sakura explains further, "I've still got a lot to do before I kick the bucket, y'know?" Taking two steps toward Vice, the Ansatsuken prodigy slingshots her hands forward, unleashing a six-foot ball of bright blue-white energy at the erratically-breathing Vice. "HADOOOOOOOOOOUKEN!" She knows what Vice is capable of... and whatever she's gearing up for might just hurt!

COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Vice with Large Hadouken EX.

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Vice             1/-----==/=======|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

Vice simply throws her arms open with a yell, "Oh yes? Well give me your best! Come on! Give it to me!" She screams, the blast slams into her and she just takes it... although where she had hoped she might be able to ride with it, the attack is just too much for her to handle, and the blast sends her flying back yet again.
However... she isn't down yet, and when it passes, she comes charging forwards, actually leaps into the air, deciding to try one of the attacks that she has never used against this opponent... maybe she could catch her by surprise!
With a scream of rage she launches into a furious flurry of powerful kicks, aiming for Sakura's head and upper body, hoping to pummel the girl and send her crashing to the ground...

COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Vice's Mayhem.

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Vice             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0           Sakura

The winds seem to be on Sakura's side in this fight, as the breeze kicks her skirt and headband into a flurry, blowing toward Vice as the schoolgirl steps backwards. Each of the furious kicks is met with a raised forearm in the appropriate place -- most hit the blue padded handguards, but a few scrape up Sakura's elbows as well. If it weren't for the cautious retreat and miracle timing, Sakura might be a lot worse off, and she knows it!
But while Vice's foot is still outstretched, Sakura rushes up in an attempt to grab the leg. And with any luck, her legs would continue forward, planting right onto Vice's sternum, which would become a springboard for Sakura to leap off of. "Yuu-ttaa!" If it works, that is!

COMBATSYS: Vice blocks Sakura's Sailor Shoot.

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Vice             1/---====/=======|=======\-------\1           Sakura

Vice snaps her arms down so that Sakura leaps from her crossed guard instead, oh there was some minor bruising, but really all it did was annoy Vice all the more... and as she touches the ground, Vice is already moving forwards, a cry of anger tearing itself from her lips.
Vice charges forwards as fast as she can, arms lunging forwards to grab hold of any part of Sakura that she can, she doesn't care where, she was enraged now, determined to inflict as much pain on the girl as she possibly can...

COMBATSYS: Vice successfully hits Sakura with Negative Gain.

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Vice             0/-------/-------|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

Vice lets out a howl of rage as she grabs hold of Sakura and slams her into the ground with all her might, she then grabs her by the neck, and smashes her into the barrier over the edge of the bridge several times, finally, with one last roar, she hurls the girl into the ground at her feet, and then delivers a painful kick which should send Sakura flying away... hopefully in quite a bit of pain.

Sensing that serious harm is about to befall her, Sakura Kasugano runs! ... Straight into it! She actually thought she'd be able to drop her shoulders at the last moment and heft Vice into a shoulder throw, but it's just not meant to be, as she's unpleasantly snatched out of her dash and slammed into the ground. It's... probably a good thing for Sakura that she'd curled into a ball for as much of that as she could, bracing herself for -much- of the attack. The kick... well, that -hurt-.
Wiping her bloody nose as she pushes back to her feet, the plucky schoolgirl is -still- smiling. "Heh, that wasn't half bad!" Sniffling lightly, she curls to the side, coughing lightly... but for the moment, she's content to wait and see what Vice's going to do before jumping right back into things. "But I betcha can't do it -again-..."

COMBATSYS: Sakura focuses on her next action.

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Vice             0/-------/-------|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

Vice takes a deep breath, and then she is charging forwards again, her hands grabbing forwards, seeking out again any part of her opponent that she can grab. "You talk too much." She spits, and, should she succeed in grabbing hold of any part of Sakura, she will swing the girl around over her head, before simply throwing her into the ground, its simple and brutal... and nowhere near as polished as her usual attacks, but Vice was just starting to lose her patience with this girl... she should have been put down a long time ago!

COMBATSYS: Sakura fails to interrupt Strong Throw from Vice with Shou'ou Ken.

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Vice             0/-------/------=|=======\-------\1           Sakura

Should have! But Sakura has a way of bouncing back from near defeat! Unfortunately, she's being brought dangerously close to defeat in this match, despite a fairly commanding lead. While Vice is closing in, Sakura attempts to rocket a leaping uppercut right into the elder lady's ribcage. It just so happens that Sakura's fist happens to be the part grabbed by Vice -- and it ends up being the schoolgirl's undoing, as she finds herself whirled around and then -slammed- into the steel walkway of the bridge. Her back arches from the impact, but she's quick to spring back to her feet, breathing heavily as she glares back at Vice. No snappy comments -now-, at any rate -- there's no breath to spare!

Vice doesn't slow down for a second, the instant the girl is back on her feet, Vice is charging forwards, one arm cocked back to attempt to deliver a short, but very, very strong, blow to the girls face, Vice had her momentum back now, and she had no intention of losing it, besides... Sakura was clearly injured now, maybe a few more blows and the girl would begin to understand how serious Vice was... if she had somehow missed that point already... Vice remembered a lot more flashy blue lights in their previous match, instead of these annoying acrobatic displays... why couldn't the girl just hold still for a second or two?!

COMBATSYS: Sakura interrupts Strong Punch from Vice with Large Hadouken EX.
- Power hit! -

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Vice             0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0           Sakura

Turning her left shoulder forward, Sakura eyes the charging Vice with renewed resolve. It seems that Vice is starting to grow nostalgic for the pretty blue lights, and Sakura's more than willing to appease her, the petals of blue chi whirling around at her side. The blue orb grows to a ridiculous size, while Sakura remains a stationary target for Vice.
Mind you, when Vice reels back to deliver one hard punch, Sakura does step back just a smidge, the punch still landing home -- but she'd also pivoted sharply to allow her super-sized fireball to whip forward into Vice's midsection, the blue-white sphere more than large enough to engulf Vice whole -- and heck, even -Sakura- as well!
"HADOOOOOUKEN!" she cries as a follow-through, flying backward from both the punch. Landing on her rump, she skids backward for a bounce or two before pushing back to her feet. Rubbing her jaw sorely, she shakes the dizziness out of her head. "Sheesh..."

Vice screams as the fireball impacts her and sends her flying backwards, smoking. For a moment it looks like she might not be getting up, but... surprisingly... she does, she is hurt- badly- but she is up, and it doesn't look for a moment like she is going to let her injuries slow her down.
However, instead of the full out charge that Sakura might be expecting from a Vice who is fairly obviously pissed off, Vice just starts laughing, throwing her head back to the sky as she does so, when the laughter has died down enough for her to talk she grins, and then she speaks.
"Oh god yes, yes little girl, yes that is what I want to see from you! Come on! Come on! Make me bleed, lets not finish this now! I forgot how much -fun- you are to fight! Oh yes, a really good battle! A really good opponent!" Her little rant trails off into more high-pitched, chilling, crazed laughter.

COMBATSYS: Vice takes a breather.

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Vice             0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0           Sakura

Raising another eyebrow as Vice starts cackling madly, Sakura starts pacing towards her, slowly. "Eh, fair enough, right?" She offers a warmer smile, assenting to the villainous woman's words with a mild, "And yeah... I'd always thought fighting you was a big challenge, so..." So why is Vice -waiting?- Chuckling faintly, Sakura curls her hands by her side once more, the blue-white light casting shimmering reflections upon her face. "Are you ready for the end?" Palms thrust forward, and the massive blast of energy rockets forward once again! "HADOOOOOOOOOUKEN!"

COMBATSYS: Vice blocks Sakura's Large Hadouken.

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Vice             0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

Vice stops laughing in time to see the huge blast of energy, this time she is prepared for it, she crosses her arms over her body, and tenses, but still she grunts as the energy burns over her... then, with a roar she charges forwards, body uncoiling like a spring, her hand reaches for Sakura's neck, if she can grab hold of it, she'll quite simply hurl the girl as hard as she can into the ground, really hoping that this attack is enough to end all of this... this match was getting too close for her liking...

COMBATSYS: Vice successfully hits Sakura with Mithan's Robe.

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Vice             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Sakura

Sakura makes a last-ditch effort to escape before Vice's grasp clamps down, but it's to no avail -- she's pulled short, just like a dog that'd forgotten about the chain around its neck. Yelping in much the same fashion, Sakura's tugged in close and then slammed into the ground, her body falling limp after impact. "Nngh..."
But it's not =quite= over yet, as Sakura slams her elbows and knees into the steel walkway, springing back into a low crouch. "Good... but just one more thing!" The girl's foot blazes a bright blue, just before she whirls it around in a low kick at her opponent. Her aim here is to kick Vice in the shins not once, but four times, before finally standing to deliver a high roundhouse, quite possibly knocking her into oncoming traffic! Beware the rage of a beat-up schoolgirl! "HA! HA! HA! HA! HAAAAAAAAAA!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura can no longer fight.

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Vice             0/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Vice blocks Sakura's Haru Ichiban.

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Vice             1/------=/=======|

Vice snorts, narrowing her eyes, she manages to get her guard up just in time, her legs deflecting the force of each of those blows, before she snatches Sakura out of the air, and takes her over to the side of the bridge. She grins widely, pressing her face right up close to Sakura's.
"That was a good fight little girl, you came close... real close, I think I'll fight you again some time. But this time, well, I think its over for you."
That said, Vice then casually tosses Sakura off the side of the bridge and spins round to face the assorted cameramen and staff, "There! I won! You all saw it! Ha-ha!" She declares loudly, before walking off... somewhat unsteadily... in the direction of a waiting car.

Barely conscious after her last kick, the thought of springing back away afterward never seems to cross the girl's mind. Hefted by the front of her uniform shirt, the defeated schoolgirl gives a drowsy, bleary-eyed smile back at Vice. "Y-yeah... good fight!" She's thinking that's it, right? Everything's just peachy!
And then she gets dumped over the bridge, plummeting into the water. At least she has the common sense and the energy to correct into a proper hands-first dive, rather than land in a full belly-flop. That coulda hurt. After the splash, it's only a few moments before Sakura's drenched head reemerges from the depths. Floating just like she was told to do in swim class, the cold water keeps her from passing out completely -- much as she might like to. Rescue boats will be by shortly, but in the meantime...
"And the winner of this Neo League battle is ... VICE!" The announcer's a bit stunned at the nonchalance of the schoolgirl-dumping, but all things considered... it was a close fight!

COMBATSYS: Vice has ended the fight here.

Log created by Sakura, and last modified on 14:57:07 12/27/2005.