Neo League 151 - #162: Acacia vs Yuri

Description: Takuma gives Yuri a new training mission: a League fight! So Yuri wanders into Gedo High, and challenges Acacia. Who beats her up very quickly. It's not Acacia's fault, though - she was in a rush. She had to go for class. (Winner: Acacia)

"Heeeeee~~y! Excuse me!"

This is the sound of Gedo High in the morning, far too bright and sunny, just like the weather outside. Yuri's not cutting class, oh-no. She's .. 'performing an extracurricular activity' as assinged by her Pops, Takuma. That would be a League Fight - a show of her power, and an effort to make her name even better known in the League. She's currently waving down person after person at the school, and asking them what they know about the League - so far, nada. Drat!

Eventually, though - she's pointed towards a small group of students, Acacia one of them. She runs over, then skids to a stop and offers a smile and a hand. "H.. *huff* H.. *huff* Hey! I heard you were in the League - care for a match? Name's Yuri. Yuri Sakazaki, nice ta meetcha!"

Acacia looks up. She tilts her head to the side, arching an eyebrow. She peers at Yuri, her mouth settling into a thin frown line. In her lap, her hands move, closing a textbook...wedging a few sheets of writing paper and a pencil between the pages. Acacia sets it down beside her...for she's sitting, cross-legged, upon one of the benches in the courtyard. She puts the book aside, then gives Yuri her full scrutiny.

Beside Acacia...the other students in the little group give Yuri similar stares. Ones just under this side of civility. A boy in a tracksuit lounges on the ground, paging through a textbook identical to Acacia's. Another in a leather jacket leans forward, from the other side of the bench, folded arms resting on its top. While the last member of the group, a wiry kid, leans against a nearby wall. One of the few actually -wearing a Gedo uniform- (dress code hardly an issue in this school). Pity she's a girl, tho, wearing a boy's uniform. And cleaning her fingernails with a knife.

Acacia's the one who speaks.

"Nice?" Pause. " it?"

Blink. "Match?"



This is apparently going to be a hard sell for the youngest of the Sakazaki clan. She blinks, taken aback at the lack of interest and passion that the girl displays, just a flat non-comprension of how someone can be so dispassionate about something so fun! She glances between the small group, suddenly feeling very uncomfortable indeed. Very uncomfortable! In her fighting outfit, asking for a match at a school. ... Yeah..

"Because it's a good training, and it's good for learning, and because there are scores and such associated with it..?" Yuri ticks the reasons off on her fingers as she talks to Acacia, trying to make the most compelling argument she can - and failing that, well.. "I mean, if ya don't wanna, that's cool too, I guess. I just figured Gedo had some tough challenges - and I wanted to learn what I could from 'em."

Acacia's frown deepens. She blinks, once, tilting her head, opens her mouth to say something...but doesn't get a chance to. Her tracksuited classmate on the ground cuts her off, with a loud braying laugh like a demented donkey on acid. He shakes his head as he sneers at Yuri. "Gillespie's the toughest bitch in Gedo, girl. Best after the Boss. If you think...OW!"

Acacia lowers her hand, scowling at her classmate as he rubs his head, lying on his back. Beside him is a broken pencil, the writing instrument having fragmented with the impact. She snorts, then turns her eyes back on Yuri. As the other Gedo students repress snickers and various bits of laughter.

"Want to learn? That why you fight?" Acacia gives Yuri a look of intense, piercing scrutiny.

"He..!" Yuri doesn't get a chance to step in on the taunting, seeing Acacia deftly take care of it herself. Well, 'not so much 'seeing' as 'seeing the aftermath' - the movement of the pencil having apparently been too fast to see. Maybe this was a bad idea.. A shadow of doubt crosses her face, but no..! Nope! She made her choice, and backing down now would just be petty, and a loss of face. neither thing is something she's willing to suffer through, gosh darnit!

"Sure, because of that. I like learning new styles, and bettering myself. Any fight I learn something from is a good thing!" Again, she repeats her question, though it's phrased a bit more formally, as she tries to find a good way to get Acacia involved. "I'd enjoy the honor of a match." Pause. ".. I mean, if ya don't want to, that's cool too.."

"Hn," Acacia makes a small noncommital sound. She nods her head, slowly, as if mulling the other girl's words over. Then she stands, unfolding her legs, getting off the bench. Her combat boots crunch against the ground as she rises to her feet. Acacia tucks her hands into her pockets, into the jungle-camo jacket she wears, and squints at Yuri. "Follow me."

Without another word, she begins walking. Brushing past Yuri...and flanked by the other Gedo students in her little entourage. And a few others, besides - if there's one thing the average Gedo student has a radar for, it's a burgeoning fight. 'cides, that's MUCH better than classes. Acacia ignores this, though. Her eyes are locked firmly ahead, as she heads out the school courtyard - and down a flight of steps leading from street level down to the drained riverbed round the back of the building.

".. 'kay."

Yes, Yuri is now officially 'wierded out'. Acacia's actions and monotone-ness just seems to be catching and putting her way off guard. The fight with LiX yesterday was a blast, fun and full of banter - Yuri's pretty sure that this one won't be anything like.

She follows Acacia, down to the riverbed, looking around. The crowd surrounding the other girl doesn't faze the Kyokugen student very much - she had a cheer-er at one of her battles, too - she just hopes she doesn't get too rattled if they start catcalling. Serious, then - she'll have to take it as serious as she can. "Whenever you're ready.." she says, digging her Converse into the ground, to test her footing - as good as it'll be, hands go to her side.. Ready.

COMBATSYS: Yuri has started a fight here.

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Yuri             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Acacia has joined the fight here.

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Acacia           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Yuri

"Fine," Acacia replies, as she takes her own steps onto the riverbed. Circling around Yuri for a moment, before she finds a spot of firm footing. A dry patch, amidst the somewhat muddy ground. Her boot soles grind into the earth as she adopts her own fighting stance. Nothing fancy - feet apart, bent slightly at the knees. Arms raised, bent at the elbows, curled lightly into fists. Her left side facing Yuri. Around the ledges surrounding the dry riverbed, a small crowd of Gedo students peers down at the two combatants. A few shouts, a few cries, already filling the air. Looks like Yuri's estimate wasn't too far off.

But this is Acacia's stomping ground, after all. She frowns, though, not entirely happy with the spectacle, herself. Pfft. She doesn't care for that. Instead, she focuses her attention on Yuri. Nodding, once. "Fine," she repeats, "hit me."

COMBATSYS: Acacia takes no action.

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Acacia           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Yuri


Never one to ask for permission once it's given (This is important! Asking Takuma 'Are you sure I can go over and hang with Xiangfei' after he agrees usually gets the imperative 'After one thousand pushups!') Yuri's certainly going to take any gift chances into effect, yes she is!

She dashes forwards, shoes turning up mud as she moves along the messy riverbank towards Acacia. Her left hand comes out, and her right raises up in a wide arc - if she connects, the slaps will continue, one on each side, for a few seconds!


Never one to ask for permission once it's given (This is important! Asking Takuma 'Are you sure I can go over and hang with Xiangfei' after he agrees usually gets the imperative 'After one thousand pushups!') Yuri's certainly going to take any gift chances into effect, yes she is!

She dashes forwards, shoes turning up mud as she moves along the messy riverbank towards Acacia. As she closes, she bends down, and then leaps up, trying to smack Acacia in the side of her head with a muddy shoe. If that shoe hits, it'll cycle around again, and then one more time, before the girl lands. Aw-yeah!

COMBATSYS: Acacia endures Yuri's Chou Mawashi Geri.

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Acacia           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Yuri

The kicks pound into Acacia's skull, whipping her head around. Flying silver hair and flecks of mud hiding her face from view. Her upper body rolls with the blow - but despite the impacts of Yuri's blows to her head, Acacia still manages to murmur a dry retort.

"Isn't 'okay'..."

As Yuri lands, touching down...Acacia spins on one foot, her other leg whipping up. Aiming her own strike, leg bent at the knee, chambering...before lashing out, the heavy mud-smeared heel of her combat boot flying toward Yuri's midsection.

"...Bogard's line?"

COMBATSYS: Yuri endures Acacia's Heavy Kick.

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Acacia           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0             Yuri

"It's mine now!"

Yuri's turning in to face her opponent, and takes a breath - that hit she got in was good! She knows it. She's grinning a bit at the fight so far, and narrowing her eyes as she sees _just_ what Acacia was up to. Awyeah.. That's going to be interesting, indeed!

Yuri doesn't put up any defense to speak of - that boot plows right into her midsection, making her skid back, shoes driving up streaks of dirt and mud. But she stands through it, and when she comes to a stop, she's a bit bent over. But she tilst her head up, gives Acacia an eager smile, and then charges forwards, her body moving _exactly_ the same as Acacia's, just as fast, with that little boost at the end. Chambered up, her leg shoots out at Acacia's gut - let's see if she can take it as good as she gives!

COMBATSYS: Acacia blocks Yuri's Strong Kick.

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Acacia           0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0             Yuri

Seems like Acacia can. Judging from the way she drops an arm, putting a forearm in between Yuri's foot and her abdomen. The other girl's sneaker sole grinds against the tough fabric of Acacia's jacket, bruising the flesh beneath. But her block holds - though the force of impact forces Acacia back, a couple inches, skidding in the muck.

"Not wise," Acacia replies, sardonically, giving a tiny shake of the head. She lets the comment lie, for a moment, making it sound like she's criticising Yuri's tactics...

Before she falls back a step, disengaging her arm, and returning to her basic combat stance. The corner of her mouth twitching in a ghost of a smile. "...Terry might sue."

COMBATSYS: Acacia focuses on her next action.

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Acacia           0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0             Yuri

Yuri laughs, loosening up a little bit - She's not saddened about the block, really - the fight is going as she wanted it to, perhaps just a little slower. And she'll get her turn in, soon enough! "Nah, he's too cool to sue!" she responds gaily, and then starts to advance into that focusing power. She knows it'll probably hurt, but hey - what's a little pain when it's the difference between beating on someone, and losing the fight!

"I hope you're ready!" she says, blazing forwards again, and then sliding down at the last minute. There's a grab for Acacia's jacket. If she gets it, well - she's going to plant a foot into Acacia's stomach, and flip her over Yuri's body, to send her into the mud. This move, of course, means that probably no matter what, Yuri's eating mud too - but hey, such is the duty of a Kyokugen master! Such is the heavy path they lead, the suffering they go through..

Ah, cheer up, Yuri.. it's just a little mud!

COMBATSYS: Acacia counters Silent Nage from Yuri with Icon of Stone.

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Acacia           0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1             Yuri

Oh, yeah. Yuri eats mud, alright. -Acacia- doesn't. Mud, it appears, isn't in her dietary requirements. Not if she can help it, anyway. Acacia doesn't flinch, as Yuri speeds towards her. The other girl gets a firm grip on her jacket, pulls her in, places a foot on her gut. But before Yuri can sling Acacia to the ground...the Gedo student makes -her- move. Yuri's got a leg extended, planted in Acacia's stomach? Well. Acacia breaks Yuri's hold by the simple expedient of driving a painful elbow into Yuri's leg, full power into her kneecap.

"Always ready," Acacia murmurs, chidingly, but without malice. Sarcasm, though. Definitely sarcasm. "are you?"


Sadly, that one isn't Terry's. That's all Yuri, there, rolling to the side and out of the way, to one knee (The one that isn't about to swell up in pain) and then pushing herself up to her feet. She gets up, and then nods her head quietly, no more smack-talking, no more attempts to be 'tricky' - instead, she simply holds her hands at her side, and takes in a deep breath. Gotta get centerd again, gotta prepare and make sure that she doesn't take another one right in the kisser.

"Nhh.. Nhh.." Such a poor showing, so far! Someone's gonna have to bust out the mad moovs soon!

COMBATSYS: Yuri focuses on her next action.

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Acacia           0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1             Yuri

Acacia's eyes narrow, as she watches Yuri open up the distance between them. She makes a small nod, approving of the tactic. -Acacia- approves...even if her schoolmates shrieking catcalls and jeers round the rim of the riverbed have a different opinion. But Acacia's used to the Gedo attitude. Doesn't mean she agrees, just that she's used to it. Her -own- expression, though...she doesn't try to hide her own spark of grudging respect. Sure, she's got the upper hand on this Yuri Sakazaki person...

...doesn't mean that can't change, though.

Something occurs to Acacia. And she shifts position, moving from her defensive stance. She places her feet, bending, a little like a runner at the starting blocks. She lets one arm fall to her side, clenching in a fist. While she does this, Acacia speaks, in a quiet voice. "You introduced yourself...I didn't. Hm..."

As she speaks, another sound fills the vicinity. Soft, at first, but then growing in intensity. An undercurrent to her words, a multi-toned rumble, a vibration, up and down the tonal register.

"...sorry," Acacia says, "I'm Acacia Gillespie."

The source of that sound becomes apparent, now. Round her hand, shimmering fields of chi. Nearly colourless, and -would- be for the way they blur the air. And once she finishes speaking...Acacia attacks, launching herself forward, driving that concussive energy punch towards her opponent.

COMBATSYS: Yuri stops Bonecrusher from Acacia with Saiha.

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Acacia           0/-------/----===|=======\-------\1             Yuri

That rumbling motion, that tremor in her feet - That's probably not good. Not good at all. Yuri's eyes open a bit wider, and she takes a quarter-step back, opening her stance and getting prepared. In the end, it's really all she can do. She can't run, not with her knee starting to smart worse and worse as the fight goes on. Blocking? That force she feels growing is probably far too strong to do anything about. And she isn't _crazy_ enough to just step into it to try and get an advantage in her own attack. So what is there to do? What would _you_ do?!

"SAIHA!" She yells, her hands thrust out, then opening wide - a brilliant red-gold bubble popping into life before her. She holds out a hand then and tries to keep it alive long enough to make the concussive force blow up around her, mashing the mud down, a imprint left from it's force.

"You're really strong, Acacia. I'm impressed!" And quite probably going to be on the losing end of an attack here.

"...thanks," Acacia replies, "I think."

In truth, Acacia's pretty impressed as well. Not that she comments on that. But while Acacia's face isn't all -that- expressive, a little of it...might be visible regardless. She wasn't expecting her attack to be deflected. Not like -that-. Yuri's technique -was- impressive...

But Acacia's not letting that deter her. She presses her momentary advantage. While the two girls are still in close proximity - that's Acacia's forte, close-combat. And she now aims another strike, a rising knee thrust towards Yuri's body. Denim-clad leg rushing to meet the other girl.

COMBATSYS: Acacia successfully hits Yuri with Light Kick.

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Acacia           0/-------/---====|=======\===----\1             Yuri

Well! At least it wasn't in the knee. It was Acacia's knee. Oof!

Yuri doubles over at the impact, dropping to one knee. She's not hurt too badly - at least until she lands on the bad knee, making her yelp! "Atch!" she tries to get back to her feet, and it's certainly not an easy thing! Okay, okay, focus! She brings her hands around, and as she returns to a standing position with Acacia so close, she decides to bring out the big, big guns! Whipping her hands up and down vertically, she makes a brilliant red-gold fireball, the size of her body, which bursts forwards, in an effort to wipe that self-assured, concentrating expression off of Acacia's face!


COMBATSYS: Yuri successfully hits Acacia with Haoh Sho Ko Ken.

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Acacia           0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0             Yuri

Yeah. -Big- guns. Acacia's eyes widen, blinking...just an instant before the fireball envelops her. Blowing her back, as the Gedo crowd yells in indignation.

"Nnghh," Acacia groans, as she forces herself back to her feet. Wisps of smoke rising from her slightly singed form. Hn, no, she -wasn't- expecting that...though between that display and the protective shield, well. Now she knows to...if not fear Yuri's chi, then at least -respect- it. Greatly.

As she finishes getting up from her impact crater, composing her scorched form into some semblence of order...Acacia twitches, takes a breath. And charges Yuri. Yeah, -her- tactics might be easy to predict. Maybe she can't pull out surprises like Yuri can. But she can -punch-. That's what she does, knuckles first.

COMBATSYS: Acacia successfully hits Yuri with Quick Punch.

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Acacia           1/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0             Yuri


Definitely not Yuri's day. She takes the hit, the nice jab catching her right on the temple. It sends her reeling, and makes the little dizzy birds circling her head spin all the more. Oof! Just not her day, at all!

"'Kay.. Y'sure you've had enough now..?" she asks, wobbling a bit as she tries to steady herself - after all, the girl's obviously had enough, and Yuri's going to be the winner. Right. Right? Maybe - but probably not. She takes a deep breath - and then jumps at the girl - her hands going for Acacia's jacket again - to try and toss her with the weight of her body overbalancing the other fighter!

COMBATSYS: Acacia endures Yuri's Medium Throw.

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Acacia           1/-----==/=======|======-\-------\0             Yuri

"Yeah, enough," Acacia quips back. Glibly, not minding the fact that Yuri latches hold of her, throws her, slings her earthward. Acacia meets the mud, smearing her clothes. But she rolls, after the impact. Rising briefly in a crouch, still in close proximity to Yuri. As we've established...that's Acacia's sweet spot. Melee is -her- game.

A smile crosses Acacia's face. A genuine smile, a true bit of humour. "Got class," she adds, nodding towards the school building, "sorry."

Why sorry? Because...Acacia rises now, exploding out of her kneeling position. Sweeping one forearm up, to simply -backhand- Yuri to the ground. Hard.

COMBATSYS: Acacia successfully hits Yuri with Stonewall.

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Acacia           0/-------/------=|=======\===----\1             Yuri


Yuri goes down as the forearm hits, and bounces off the ground once, then twice, the third time she stays face-flat in the mud. She ponders getting up- but really, at this point, it isn't worth it. She can't take Acacia down, and really - she lost fair and square. She learned a few new techniques, and she's pretty sure that in the end, she'll just get stronger from the loss.

She responds to the words of Acacia not verbally - after all, she's still staring right down into the mud. Instead, she raises a shaky thumbs up, and then swaps it over to an 'OK!' sign before just flopping the forearm back down.

She's just going to rest here a while.

Hopefully, someone else will wake her up, before they go-go.

COMBATSYS: Yuri takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Yuri can no longer fight.

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Acacia           0/-------/------=|

COMBATSYS: Acacia has ended the fight here.

Log created by Acacia, and last modified on 04:25:45 01/25/2006.