Neo League 151 - #164: Adelheid vs Sakura

Description: Sakura and the man known only as 'Adel' show down in the Taiyo Dome! (Winner: Sakura)

Taiyo's Dome arena is certainly a bigger, more respectable forum than under a Metro City bridge or on a back-street in Korea, isn't it? Still, the abundance of fight-fans and bright lights don't really seem to affect Adelheid Bernstein a great deal. He paces out onto the field with a casual nonchalance, booted footfalls dulled against turf, the school gym to end all school gyms given a slow, sweeping survey from the young Bernstein. Know your surroundings, right? Adelheid's attention soon returns to the marked-off fighting arena, as he draws a pair of thin black leather gloves from one of the multitude of pockets adorning the loose black dockers that are tucked into his military-style boots. In fact, that seems to be all this kid /wears/, is black.... the shirt matches, a skintight, sleeveless thing of the same midnight hue, tucked neatly into his pants and buckled in matte silver.
The announcer calls him out only as 'Adel', as in his other public fights thus far, a mysterious newcomer with fighting spirit to spare, and power to burn! He hasn't really shown off his fighting enough to be a know commodity, though Kasugano, if she's keeping up with the vids, may have seen him execute some techniques she might find... disturbingly similar. If not, well, she may very soon! As the announcer moves on to his opponent, Adelheid crosses his well-muscled arms in front of him, the honed nature of his form belying the slenderness of his frame, "Let's hope this one is worth her reputation." He murmurs quietly, mostly to himself. He just has such bad luck with girls his own age...

COMBATSYS: Sakura has started a fight here.

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Sakura           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Adelheid has joined the fight here.

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Adelheid         0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Sakura

One -good- part about the locale for this league fight is that Sakura Kasugano doesn't have to walk very far to get here -- she has classes in the adjoining building, after all. And it's also very convenient for her that her usual fighting garb is also her usual schoolgirl garb -- a sailor-style uniform with a grey skirt. And she's adding her own unique touches to that uniform as she walks up, pulling bright blue handguards on, to match her blue Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
Walking up, she doesn't quite know what to expect -- though she's done a bit of research. She doesn't seem to bear any malice towards the black-garbed fighter, though, as she walks up. "Well, hi there! Nice to see a new face 'round here." Her eyes flicker across his form for a moment, before returning to his eyes. "Seems like this'll be a fun one, just from watching your fight with D! an' all..." Stepping into the ring, she pulls her handguards snug, cocking her head to the side. "Well, let's do this!" And she readies herself in a defensive position, left hand outstretched. If he's done his homework, Adel might know Sakura normally goofs around for a while, but it looks like she's already getting serious!

COMBATSYS: Sakura focuses on her next action.

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Adelheid         0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Sakura

Adelheid pulls one black glove, and then the other, taught over his hands, a flex of each fist further tightening the accessories, as Sakura steps out and speaks her greeting. The youth's rich brown eyes study Kasugano for a long moment before he offers a fairly detached nod. He knows who he she is, likely a bit more about her than is out there on him, but hey... knowledge isn't always power in this forum, "Hopefully we'll both have some surprises for one another." He offers, a somewhat melodic tenor sounding in neutral tones, though the desire for the proverbial 'good fight' seems quite sincere. Getting serious is exactly what the young Bernstein is here for, and when Kasugano holds her ground, taking a measure of her opponent... Adelheid makes his move.
One way to test an opponent's mettle is by springing whatever traps, testing whatever ideas they throw your way. At least, that's the methodology of strength taught to Adelheid. And so he begins with a full-out rush, sprinting the distance seperating he and Sakura in the blink of an eye, the boy's feet barely seeming to touch the ground, "Let's make this good!" he builds on Sakura's willingness to get the fight started, but he intends to start it right! His left boot shoots out low as he twists to bring that side in-line with the other fighter, snapping his heel for the front of her shin, before propelling that foot high, aiming to bring boot to a crashing halt against Sakura's jaw with a rising axe kick.

COMBATSYS: Sakura interrupts Double Tomahawk from Adelheid with Sailor Shoot.

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Adelheid         0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0           Sakura

Sakura's watched a few choice segments of the young man's fight against Heavy D!, and while not enough to fully piece together his style, some things do ring familiar. She hasn't quite put her finger on -how-, but they are. His voice, his mannerisms... they actually remind her more of Krauser, at the moment. Maybe it's just his fine upbringing.
Kasugano nods in reply, grinning. "Yeah, I'm all about surprises!" quips the schoolgirl, muscles tensing in anticipation.
And when she senses that kick coming for her shin, she seems to have a plan -- jump! The follow-up is anticipated as well, and Sakura's positioned for it to have minimal effect -- being that she's still in midair, and grabbing wildly for Adel's fancy shirt. Coiling up, she plants both feet on his chest, clinging like a monkey as that axe kick hits her -- hurting much less than it ought to. Winking back at him for one moment -- "Like this!" -- the girl springboards backward, grinding one heel squarely into the young man's sternum. "Yut-taa!" she calls out, backflipping away to safety.

Whoomph! Is Adelheid smiling as his forward momentum, and potent kick is cut short? Just a little bit! The impact to his chest is painful, and then some, despite the schoolgirl's slight weight... which suggests she has some measure of skill, and power backing her up, "Good." He murmurs, the subtle grin fading as quickly as it appeared. And then Adel is in motion once more, pushing out of his stagger backwards by planting a hand behind him to catch his sudden assplant on the Taiyo grounds, sprinting several steps after the springing Sakura, the last moment seeing him spring in the air himself, snapping his body around to bring that left heel straight out to his side, the instants of ascent used to align that heel with Kasugano's face, "That's what I'm looking for!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Adelheid's Light Kick.

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Adelheid         0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0           Sakura

Smiling? Good, both fighters are gluttons for punishment, since Sakura's grinning like an idiot too. Rubbing her nose with the back of her hand, she nods in reply. "I'm glad you're enjoying yourself!" she comments, sweeping to the side and raising her arm to deflect the kick. "I aim to please!"
But Kasugano also has a different aim -- and right now, she's aiming a rather wicked fist at Adel's midsection. "HYAAAA!"

COMBATSYS: Adelheid interrupts Fierce Punch from Sakura with Reppukyaku.

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

Sakura's fist strikes true against the landing Adelheid, her quick defense leaving him wiiiide open... or so it would seem, until the lithe Bernstein twists as he descends, Sakura's fist grazing painfully across his abdomen as Adel's momentum sharply shifts, his foot slicing up and around, nearly careening right into Sakura's jaw as it sends him into a brief hop... but it's not the boot that's the danger here, it's the arc of wind-chi sliced by the path of that foot, a tumult of silver-grey energy coalescing in an instant, the abstract blade of power slamming across the short span between the pair in the blink of an eye, and enveloping Sakura to her midsection in dark silver energy, "So do I!" comes the simple retort, the younger Bernstein apparently eager to rise to the challenge.

Oof. Sakura reels to the side from the slash, collapsing into a ball and tumbling off to one side. She rubs her jaw while rising back to her feet, nodding with tacit approval. She'd say more, naturally, but it hurts. And she's still in her 'serious' mode, at the moment, to boot.
So while it might make -sense- to hang back and regroup for this fight, Sakura senses that Adel might be a bit slow to recover from his attack. Lord knows -she's- still feeling groggy from the strike. But that doesn't seem to be stopping her from charging forward, her form blurring blue as she somersaults towards Adel. Legs snap out to either side as she then whips her hands down, hoping to deliver a fearsome double-chop to the man's shoulders. "Yut-taaa!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Adelheid with Sakura Otoshi EX.

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Adelheid         1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1           Sakura

Adelheid isn't /that/ slow in recovering, but Sakura is definitely quick on the offense. Before the boy can sidestep, he takes the strike to the shoulder, legs bending under him from the impact as he rotates to track Kasugano's incoming flight... and this time, it's his turn to seek to make her pay for her recovery time. As she lands, one of Adelheid's hands snaps up for the front of her fuku, the other seeking to simply close over her face, his open palm designed to not only obscure her vision... but give him a firm handhold as he simply /flies/ forward, should he find his grasp, feet leaving the ground. Gravity be damned, Adelheid hurtles forward just like that for a moment, crossing a surprising amount of ground in a very short amount of time, and seeking to simply /slam/ Sakura between his hold.... and the less than hospitable chain-link wall behind home base. The fight has moved to the baseball diamond! ROUND TWO!

COMBATSYS: Sakura dodges Adelheid's God Press EX.

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Adelheid         1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1           Sakura

Denied. In addition to pushing herself off of Adel, Sakura pumps her legs as she lands, giving her the extra 'ups' she needs to bound up and away to safety. The schoolgirl's pretty nimble, after all -- and even though Adel -does- get close, she manages to tap her foot across his shoulder, using that for another foothold to spring away. "Heh... looks like we're -both- full of surprises, huh?" she asks, alighting a slight distance away.
That distance is soon closed, though, as the schoolgirl rushes forward with a one-two punch combination, followed by a knee strike: "Yuu! Yaa! HYAAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Adelheid dodges Sakura's Medium Kick.

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Adelheid         1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1           Sakura

One. Two. Three quick little steps carry Adelheid ahead of that flurry, Sakura's fists whipping through air as the young Bernstein weaves away from her punches, the knee strike's range too limited to catch the backpedalling Adel, "That's the idea!" he agrees, suddenly pushing in on Kasugano with a combination of his own... his left foot snaps around for Sakura's ribcage, arcing downward to push off the ground with one fluid motion, carrying Adel to his opponent's flank, ideally, to align a potent axe-kick with the side of her head, heel first. Should that blow send her reeling, well... it'll be followed up by a third, a slight forward momentum bringing the young Bernstein after her, as his heel lashes out once more, this time aligned with the girl's collarbone, "We're not nearly done yet!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura fails to interrupt B's Destruction from Adelheid with Medium Hadouken.

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Adelheid         1/---====/=======|=======\===----\1           Sakura

Sakura nods back, not wanting to lose her focus -too- much. She's been keeping rather quiet, rather than tossing out her usual jibes and jeers... if she has -any- psychological advantage, it's going to be in sticking with her master's strategy, in this fight. Surprise attacks, rather than brazen displays of mastery.
And that's the idea in the girl's mind when she curls her hands behind her back, fingers splaying wide as a blue orb of flame dances between them. She's all set to whip it out on Adel too -- and she would have, if there wasn't that first foot to knock her off balance. The second heel kick shatters what's left of her concentration, the wisps of energy spinning out of control and becoming discorporeal. The third cracks against her collarbone, sending her to the ground, shoulderblades first. "Nnghh... " she laments, one eye shutting from the pain as she looks up at the blonde.
"N.. no, we ain't done yet!" she adds, springing back to her feet, touching her collarbone tenderly. That'll heal... right?

That surge of energy may draw Adelheid's notice, but it certainly doesn't slow the assault. His stance corrects itself as the last kick rings true, fists rising before him as he bobs lightly on his feet, "I never much liked this game..." he postulates, not talking about the fight... because he slides to the side, making for third base. Not like that, pervs.... the baseball diamond may not have been crossed as readily as he'd have liked, but that's a situation he'll adapt to, the toe of his boot digging under the base to send it flying with a sharp kick. End over end, the rather resilient item is sent with surprising force, trailing a wave of dirt in its wake, "But I'll make do!"

COMBATSYS: Adelheid successfully hits Sakura with Large Thrown Object.
Glancing Blow

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Adelheid         1/--=====/=======|=======\====---\1           Sakura

Sakura never liked it all that much either. One of Japan's favorite pastimes, sure, but it's all this big tease to Sakura. You're only allowed a few chances per game to hit something with a really large bat, after all. At least in a fight, -everyone- gets to lay down some damage.
Of course, Sakura isn't much of a fan of having bases thrown at her. At least she -tries- to get out of the way, diving towards the airborne base and tucking into a tumble beneath it. It woulda worked too, if not for two key points. (1) Dirt gets in her eyes, and it stings like hell. (2) She gets tagged in the foot as she's tumbling, thus finding herself tipped over. And skidding out in the dirt stings like hell too, especially when you aren't wearing pants.
Spitting out dirt as she springs back to her feet, she rubs her eyes with her pinky finger. "Ghh... well, okay, let's play another game..." Fists dropped to her side, the schoolgirl cries out, "HAAAAAAAA...." And a ferocious duststorm springs up around her, sending her skirt and headband into wild tumultuous motion. She's up to something... but what could it be?

COMBATSYS: Sakura gathers her will.

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Adelheid         1/--=====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Sakura

Adelheid stands calmly beside the recently vacated third base position, sliding one booted foot back as he faces Sakura sidelong, his brown eyes alight with a substantial amount of focused intensity as he considers his opponent. Rather than push his advantage further, the young Bernstein studies, waits patiently. It will take more than even an impressive surge of chi to intimidate him, though. Of course she's up to something, "Let's see what you've got left." He invites, voice steady.

COMBATSYS: Adelheid focuses on his next action.

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Adelheid         1/--=====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Sakura

Smirking faintly in response to Adel's deliberate pacing, Sakura seems mildly amused. The fight's been see-sawing back and forth, which is just the way Sakura likes it -- not too hot, not too cold, but juuuust right. But... while she's all toasty in the midst of her whirlwind of energy, Sakura is =also= eager to get right back into the thick of things. And in this case... that'd mean she has to leave the comfort of her inverted cone of wind.
"Heh... yeah, let's finish this off!" One step, and then she's off like a rocket -- another brief step onto the dust, and then she's bringing the whirlwind to Adelheid! This time, the revolution is brought by Sakura's foot, as she whirls it around in an attempt to clock the boy somethin' fierce in the jaw -- once, twice, thrice if she's lucky. It's a move she calls: "SHUNPUUU KYAKU!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Adelheid with Shunpuu Kyaku.

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Adelheid         1/=======/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Sakura

Well, that's unusual! And fairly impressive. Adelheid is slammed backwards under the impact of the spin-kicks, repeatedly pummeled down to his knees, sliding backwards and dragging dirt all along his nice, new-looking pants. Gritting his teeth, the youth's gaze snaps back up to Kasugano, and he sets out to make her landing quite... unfortunate. Suddenly, Adel leaps upwards, his foot snapping around in an upward-arcing kick that nearly sets him to a quick rotation at the end. His own spin-kick, though this one carries him upwards, and rather than being fueled by simple foot, the path of his bootheal is sheathed in silver energy, a brilliant edge of intense chi that cleaves just as surely as the kick... and should he connect, well, Sakura will find herself driven higher, and higher, as Adelheid releases more force and more power into repeated spins, each drawn in an arc of wind-chi, each set on punishing the girl to the maximum of his ability, "Your turn!!!" He's allowed a few taunts, himself.

COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Adelheid's Omega Genocide.

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

Well... that's awfully nice of the young man. Who says chivalry is dead? Unfortunately for him, Sakura's not entirely pleased with the red carpet Adelheid is presenting her with -- and throws her arms up to prevent her brainmeats from getting jarred by that kick, crouching for a low landing.
And it happens to be an -insanely- low landing -- so much that limbo partygoers would be put to shame. And it turns out to be an extremely good thing that Adelheid's climbing a stairway to heaven, since Sakura's not going to be following.
Still, that -stung-. Sakura whips her arms to the side, shaking them out as she rolls backwards, just in case Adel's got a surprise for her on the way down. "Nnnn... nah, you can skip me this round, if you want!
But she's also cooking up a surprise of her own, as will be more obvious when she stands. Her hands are behind her, and she's strangely backlit -- though the sounds of crackling electricity ought to give some sign of what the girl's up to. Grinning back at the man, she nods her head. "Here's a token of my good will! Shinkuuuuu..." Yep. Blue flames, white-hot core, arcs of electricity flickering in all directions... and the huge honking mass of it now finds itself shoved towards Adelheid. "HADOOOOOOOUKEN!" She's curious to see how he handles a five-foot-wide blast of concussive force, if the smile is any indication.

COMBATSYS: Adelheid reflects Shinkuu Hadouken from Sakura with Dark Barrier.

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Adelheid         0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0           Sakura

Well now... sailing up into the air all by his lonesome, while expending all that power.... wasn't really what Adelheid was going for. Still, there's no abating that much force, which leaves him in what should be a very, very tight spot as he descends, he can sense, see that massive charge Kasugano is gathering. He has only one chance, here. Touching down a moment before it careens the distance between the fighters due his impressive, albeit hapless ascent. What does he do? Well, simply put, the young Bernstein thrusts a single palm out in the path of the Shinkuu Hadouken. Stop! It's not the gesture that the Hadouken heeds, however, but the sudden surge of dark grey chi that swirls outwards, forging a disc in an instant that stands diametrically opposed to the rush of incoming energy, the crackling, lightning-infused blast slamming /hard/ into the wall of dark chi.
... And that's where it stops, energy wildly fluctuating as blue-white waves are thrown outwards, the silvery disc holding true against the force of Kasugano's blast, and then some. In fact, once the momentum is stalled, the crackling wave of blue energy, now disheveled and coursing with silver, cutting winds.... blasts back in the /opposite direction/, sailing right for Sakura.

COMBATSYS: Sakura blocks Adelheid's Reflected Shinkuu Hadouken.

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Adelheid         0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0           Sakura

"Ohhhhh-kay, that's just not cool..." comments Sakura, eyes wide as she watches her beloved Shinkuu Hadouken get put through the purply-dark-tinged chipper-shredder. Staring in disbelief, she nonetheless finds herself prepared for what's coming -out- of it -- it wouldn't be the -first- time a pale derivative of her attack's been sent right back at her, after all. And in some small sense, the girl's actually prepared for it -- stomping towards the shrunken blast and ramming it with her shoulder. "Heh heh... bet that took a bunch outta ya!" And even though blackness is pulling at the edges of her vision, Sakura defiantly marches on, throwing a quick punch before snapping her leg into a high whirling kick. Let's see if the young man's immune to the powers of fanservice! "Hrii-HAAA!"

COMBATSYS: Adelheid fails to interrupt Medium Kick from Sakura with Reppukyaku.

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Adelheid         0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0           Sakura

Recovering a bit too slowly from his channeling of chi to redirect it, it seems, Adelheid accomplishes little more than a surge of silvery energy along his boot before Sakura's kick cracks home, his body battered enough that it completely breaks his focus, dropping him to his rear with substantial force. He slides a moment, tumbling backwards and rolling back to his feet, breath coming heavily as he centers his attention back in as Kasugano, "Impressive." He utters simply, steely calm returning as he rights himself, and prepares to deal with the see-saw's swing back Sakura's way.

Grinning as her kick slams into Adelheid, Sakura takes a brief hop backwards. She doesn't feel the need to say anything other than a brief, "Thanks!" -- heck, anything further she could think to say at the moment would just be rude. And ticking off Adelheid could be a fatal move, at this stage of the game -- Sakura doesn't know just how dangerous this man could get if provoked!
So, to her, that only means one thing. Rush forward, and knock him out before he can start.
Her fist is the weapon of choice, and with a quick dash forward, Sakura lunges at Adelheid, aiming to bring a fierce rising uppercut right up into Adel's grill. "SHOOOOU'OOU KEN!"

COMBATSYS: Sakura successfully hits Adelheid with Shou'ou Ken.

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

Winded, battered, and not entirely fight-worthy at this point, Adelheid's reaction to that rising fist is a bit slower than he intended, and the uppercut cracks soundly into his skull, sending him up, up, and away with Sakura's ascent as the catalyst. He's blacking out here, and quickly, gritting his teeth as the unwanted flight reaches its apex... and he helps himself blast free, or more appropriately, seeks to send Sakura down to the same crash-landing, both hands slamming outwards in a last-ditch effort to bring his palms close enough to Kasugano as a tremendous surge of black-arcing grey chi swirls to life, this disc nearly as tall, and twice as wide as Adelheid himself, a tremendous surge of chi focused in that fleeting moment of capacity he has left. Hit or miss, he's sailing backwards, to a hard landing with the ground... and a substantial groan is the only sound that leaves his mouth, just now, as he lays in a tumble of his own limbs. That hurt.

COMBATSYS: Adelheid can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Sakura dodges Adelheid's Dark Steel.

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Sakura           0/-------/--=====|

Uh-oh! Now that her punch has connected, Sakura can start to see the signs of a possible retaliation. There's the proper, graceful follow-through of the form... and then there's being awake to see the end of the fight. Sakura chooses survival, aborting the follow-through with one quick shove of her hand. It's not a hurty-ow shove, just a get-away-from-me shove to Adel's chest that should be sufficient to push herself to safer airspace, while the swirling chi misses completely. At that point, she spins a quick somersault before landing a fair distance away.
She juuust about tips over in the process of whirling back to face Adelheid, her arms splaying out to her sides for balance. Heck, she's half expecting him to be jumping right back to his feet with some more of that dark energy... so when she spots him sprawled out on the ground, she double-takes.
"" she starts, relaxing and returning to her feet with a nervous giggle. "That was pretty intense!"
And then, the highschoolers that have clustered around to watch bust out into cheers. Sakura doesn't need to look -- she can hear just fine. She throws out two quick kicks, before tossing her hands to either side for a primal-sounding scream. "Ha! Ha! HAAAAA!" No, she's not laughing, just grandstanding.
And she starts to walk over to Adel, offering him a hand up. "That was an awesome fight, Mr. Adel, sir." If that is his real name!

COMBATSYS: Sakura takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Sakura has ended the fight here.

Log created by Sakura, and last modified on 18:01:21 01/26/2006.