Neo League 276 - #294: Ingrid vs Roberto

Description: In this match, Ingrid Holmann challenges Roberto Miura to a Neo League match taking place in front of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow Russia. The problem is, Roberto isn't quite the same guy that she went up against when he was on SNF. (Winner: Roberto)

It's about three o'clock in the afternoon in Moscow, and the cold of the Russian winter is beginning to set in, though the ground seems to be clear of snow for the moment. There are large arrays of lights set up, as well as a spattering of cameras for this fight. The particular local is Red Square, very famous for the historical buildings in the immediate vicinity and of many things that have happened in the very place that had decided the fate of the nation itself. Specifically, though, the lights are pointed at the area directly before Saint Basil's Cathedral, a truly Russian structure if ever one was built, and one of the most easily recognized buildings in all of the large country, it's many spires brightly colored and looking note completely unlike a chocolate chip in shape. Both fighters have been warned to stay away from the cathedral upon pain of death, but it does make a very nice backdrop.
And one of the fighters, one Ingrid Holmann, has just arrived, smiling and waving to some of the lighting and camera staff that she'd seen previously, and simply moving to the center of the lit area, waiting for her opponent to arrive. This should be an interesting battle; they've fought before, though with team members, and should both be completely aware of each other's abilities. Ingrid herself is wearing her usual clothing; she is already wearing multiple layers, though her legs are a tad cold, and her gloves will keep her hands nice and warm. It may be hard, but hard is something she can deal with.

Normally there would be reports of Roberto taking part in a pick up game of soccer a few hours before the fight. Everything has been quiet. Eventually a teenager wearing a dark gray hoodie, thick black sweatpants, and sky blue visor slowly walks up to the cathedral. There is no smile, waving and when he dumps the contents of the soccer balls on to the ground there is no toss of the mesh bag into the crowd.
All of these factors raise a question to the minds of the audience. Did Roberto take a match too soon after the debacle that was supposed to be a charity bout? Well the only way anyone will know for sure is when the ref calls the match.
Roberto nods to Ingrid in silence, tilts his head in both directions, beckons Ingrid and goes into a goalie stance bouncing from one foot to the other. He's noticably more stiff in his motions than the appearance in SNF where he had squared off against Ingrid.

COMBATSYS: Roberto has started a fight here.

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Roberto          0/-------/-------|

Ingrid can't help but look a little curious when Roberto seems to be in a far different mood than he was the last time they had met. In fact, it was almost as if he was a different person. ...Ok, so he was wearing a wolf costume last time, but that doesn't count! Ingrid could still tell a lot about him by the way he fought and talked. Instead of coming at him with everything she's got, she strolls up, "In a bit of a foul mood, are we?" Her tone is somewhat sympathetic sounding, "I guess there's nothing stopping you from fighting like that, and you might even be a bit more focused that way..." She gives him a smile, "But I think you were much more fun the way you were before."

COMBATSYS: Ingrid has joined the fight here.

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Ingrid           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto doesn't respond. Well at least not vocally. Physically he clinches fists tightly with a slight frown. He's not too keen on the idea of being psychoanalyzed and if he actually knew what was going on in the background, he probably wouldn't be too keen on being psi-choanalyzed either and so when it becomes obvious Ingrid isn't going to take his beckoning as a cue to attack him, Roberto waits for the signal to start before leaping out with a goalie like dive for Ingrid's waist and if he takes her off her feet. He'll roll to his feet and push her away with a foot.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Ingrid with Mundane Save.

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Ingrid           0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0          Roberto

Ingrid wasn't quite sure what to expect, but anger at her attempts to be friendly certainly wasn't it. She makes a small 'hmm' when he clenches his fists, and tries to side-jump his dive, only to get caught by it and slammed to the asphalt and then kicked away. Ouch. She picks herself up fairly quickly once Roberto is off of her, and brushes herself off. "I suppose that means you don't wish to talk? Very well, then." So he wants a simple cut and dry fight, does he? For the moment, Ingrid appears to oblige, and sends him a bit of a wink before throwing her arm underhand and causing a large ball of glowing golden energy to fly out towards him, a trail of the same energy following after her hand.

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to reflect Sun Shot from Ingrid with Shining Clutch.
- Power fail! -

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Ingrid           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto's hands move up in front of him to catch the ball of psycho energy in his hands but something isn't quite right and the energy slips through his fingers sending him flying backwards into a metal barricade a pained grunt issuing from his mouth as he slides downward.
Roberto gets to his feet and shakes it off. The star is in disbelief as he looks towards his opponent. He touches his head for a moment and then settles into his stance.
Roberto's relatively small following will definitely notice that he hasn't dribbled a soccer ball once. That small faction is relatively quiet though the rest of the of the crowd is cheering loudly.

Well, there we go. Ingrid's energy manages to break through that ability of Roberto's and knock him back into a barricade. She's rather glad that he can't just do that at will. She was rather trying to prove a point the last time they were fighting against one another; her energy is hers to control and not no one else's, so this is a bit of a vindication for her. With Roberto getting back up to his feet, Ingrid moves forward quickly, jumping into the air and coming at him from above. But does she strike out with a kick, or punch? No, she swings her arm out below her and sends a long trail of glittering energy from her hand, attempting to smack Roberto with it as she lands in front of him.

COMBATSYS: Roberto dodges Ingrid's Sunbeam.

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Ingrid           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto has felt that blast of energy before and doesn't feel like feeling it again and so he rolls out of the way of it before rising to his feet and slowly walking towards her. He still has ignored the soccer balls and is just simply going a for quick punch to her stomach with an expression that seems blank. If Ingrid is still reading for emotion... well Roberto ain't happy.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid fails to counter Quick Punch from Roberto with Sun Upper.
- Power fail! -

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Ingrid           0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Ingrid looks somewhat curious when Roberto manages to nimbly escape her attack. Well, it would figure that someone able to play a goalie would be rather quick on their feet, wouldn't it? She takes a step back and prepares herself, seeing him walking up slowly, she thinks she can deal with whatever's coming rather simply, and bends forward and points at the air. But just as she does so the fist comes in and hits her hard in the stomach, causing her eyes to widen, and actually causing her to drop down to her knees. That one really hurt; he managed to knock the wind right out of her. She scrambles backwards on the ground, and then picks herself back up, making a bit of a gasp a few moments later, finally able to breathe correctly again.

Efficiency is the order of the day and as such Roberto isn't about to let her get herself back together and so he brings his fists together and pushes outward with a forceful step forward both closed fists as if deflecting a soccer ball. The ball? That will be Ingrid's head.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid counters Strong Punch from Roberto with Sun Delta.

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Ingrid           0/-------/-------|=======\-------\0          Roberto

Ingrid takes a moment to compose herself as Roberto begins coming for her. She needs to stay calm and not lose control of the fight. When the fist comes forward a large golden symbol flashes around Ingrid and she lets out a little yell of "Yosha!" She bends forward and points, a golden triangle forming just in front of her, and then a massive disk of energy swirls to life in front of that, as big as Ingrid is herself, and surrounds Roberto. It lifts him a little bit into the air, and then Ingrid stands up and gives him a salute, the disk suddenly raising up slowly into the air and assaulting him as it goes, disappearing once he gets far up, and then letting him drop. She holds her hands up above her head in two fists, and then swings them down and holds them palm out in front of herself. Right where Roberto falls, a huge symbol appears, exactly the same as the ones on her hair ornaments, searing into him before finally letting him drop the rest of the way to the ground.

Roberto gets up uttering a low gutteral sound as he takes his stance. He steps towards her while tilting his head to the left and there's an audible cracking noise. He takes another step towards her and then tilts his head in the opposite direction which is quickly followed by another loud cracking noise. He takes another step as he cranks his right arm around then another step as he cranks his left arm as he slowly approaches Ingrid. He reaches towards his forehead to grab the remains of his visor from his forehead and lets it drop to the ground before he steps forward bringing his foot high into the air hoping to send Ingrid in the air with it. The only warning Ingrid will receive is the crunching sound of the remnants of his visor before it comes.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Ingrid with Thrust Kick.

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Ingrid           0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1          Roberto

Ingrid stands at the ready, which for her means staying there casually and swaying a little, while Roberto comes forward with his few steps. Despite that there is little warning, she begins to jump away but jumping up was the wrong thing to do, as his kick aims high. She gets knocked a way sup into the air, and then falls back down and lands hard on her back, letting out a sharp gasp. This time, she doesn't pick herself up quickly at all, slowly pulling herself to her feet. Wasting no time afterwards, she moves in a step towards him and then pulls her left leg back and raising it up, turning to the side. She then twists her hips hard and brings her leg down, trying to catch him in the shoulder with her variation of an axe kick, intending the back of her heel to do the striking.

COMBATSYS: Roberto endures Ingrid's Heavy Kick.

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Ingrid           0/-------/--=====|=======\===----\1          Roberto

Roberto sees the axe kick from a mile away and while he could easily dodge or block it, he chooses to step into it but he also raises his arm to distribute the impact of the incoming attack to lower the risk of re-injuring his arm. Then he performs a spin move which moves him extremely close to one of his soccer balls and so while Ingrid is resetting herself, Roberto is toe-blowing a chi filled soccer ball grenade at point blank range, a loud grunt issuing from his lips as his foot makes impact.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Ingrid with Blazing Strikers.

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Ingrid           1/---====/=======|-------\-------\0          Roberto

Wham! That's one thing about being able to use both your arms and your legs; you can catch an attack with one set and attack with the other. Ingrid makes a token attempt to get out of the way, but at that range there's little she can do; especially when he has her leg stuck up like that. Needless to say, she doesn't manage it, and the ball hits her dead on and explodes into a burst of chi, sending her flying backwards and landing in a bit of a heap. She slowly pulls herself up off of the ground, straining obviously to do it. Unable to try anything of a physical nature, a flash of energy surrounds her, once again that symbol, and she holds her hands up under her chin and a dull looking small sphere, humorously about the size of one of those soccer balls, forms above her hands. She 'blows' it towards Roberto, and it begins floating slowly but surely towards him. At that point, Ingrid collapses to the ground further, holding herself up with her hands, and breathes heavily. She's definitely done.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid can no longer fight.

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Roberto          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to reflect Sun Burst EX from Ingrid with Shining Clutch.

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Roberto          0/-------/---====|

Roberto squares his body to the blast, waits for it... waits for it... and POW!!!! And the soccer goalie finds himself flying over to the barrier, and falling limply as his body hangs over it for a moment. The ref is about to count them both out but Roberto slides off the barrier on his feet wobbling. Ingrid is counted out and then and only then does he crumble down to the ground in a motionless heap.

COMBATSYS: Roberto has ended the fight here.

And that, it seems, is that. Ingrid's final attempt may have struck true, but it wasn't enough to stop Roberto. She stays sitting on the ground for a while, catching her breath and letting the pain start to subside enough that she can begin moving again. When she is able to, she stands and walks over to Roberto, slowly, and gives him a smile. "That was a rather good fight, I'd say. I think we match up fairly well against each other, don't you?"

The Neo League crew begin to collect their things and Roberto begins to sit up as he recovers from that blast. He looks up at Ingrid for a moment and then averts his eyes. He speaks for probably the first time today, "Yeah..."
He wants to add more but he doesn't know what to say but teenager is filled with the feeling of something that doesn't fit. But you don't need to be good at reading emotions to figure this out. Roberto just won a match and the guy looks like someone pissed in his Cheerios and called it milk.

Ingrid makes a slight 'hum' again, and nods to him a little. "I think I'm going to go explore a little before the plane back to Southtown is ready. You could come along if you like." Though, Ingrid is pretty sure, no matter what his emotions may be, that he'd rather just be alone. Think time is something that just about everyone needs, especially teenagers. She knows, she is one!

"You know... I think this fight made me realize something." He rises to his feet, dusts off his sweatpants before speaking up again, "I'm not having fun with fighting which means I need to take a break from it and focus on soccer for awhile." He rubs his chin, "Do you have a place in mind that you want to explore? I think I will need time to think this over."
Roberto had been thinking that this conversation was private but there happened to be a be camera that happened to be turned on and recording that. Chances are that after the fight airs there will be something in the tabloids about that.

Ingrid looks to him, "Oh? You probably should take a break, then. Not that you should always stop doing things when they're not fun, but it's a fairly large motivator for me. If it wasn't fun it would be nothing but work." She then turns and points to the cathedral they're next to. "I was somewhat hoping to see what it looked on the inside. I wonder if it can be as interesting as the outside."

Roberto says, "Works for me. It seems like it would be serene." Roberto looks up at the cathedral again with a thoughtful expression on his face. "It would be an ideal place to think about things. Ladies first." And with that the striker makes a graceful gesture towards the entrance. "What exactly do you know about this place anyway?"

Ingrid begins to walk towards the entrance, and looks back to Roberto, her smile widening a bit, "Not a thing, other than it's name and how it looks from the outside. And that should make it all the more fun to see what it looks like from the inside." She steps in the entrance and nods her head to him, "Thank you. Hmm, which room should I look at first..."

Log created by Roberto, and last modified on 02:56:34 11/14/2006.