Neo League 426 - #443: Reed vs Aranha

Description: Two thieves show up on the roof top at the same time. One becomes a recipient of a massive butt kicking. Aranha tries to make the younger thief pay for his attitude by trying to embarrass him on television and instead just has to settle for pissing Reed off. (Winner: Reed)

The Shanghai Sports Bar in Southtown is packed with regulars tonight, the majority of its customers local college folk streaming in to have at it with ice-cold glasses of beer and your occasional sake bombs. Bright lights flash from within, but outside, it's dark, it's starless, and it's the perfect time to go heisting. Hence, Reed sits...right above the rooftop of the aforementioned establishment, idly watching students pass below while stuffing his face with warm udon noodles.


Rob an armed car? No...not enough people and equipment, wrong side of town. Jewelry store? Done that. Crash an heiress's party again? Nah.


His green eyes narrow, considering; the noodle bowl in his hand balanced precariously by three fingertips, chopsticks in the other poised gracefully. This is quite a dilemma.

Quite a dilema indeed. However at the same time Aranha had been hopping from rooftop to rooftop not because he was pulling heist. No he was out there because he liked to keep his skills sharp. But in happening to show up on that same rooftop, he might give Reed an opportunity to pull a different heist. To steal those Neo League points that Aranha had recently gained in fighting Ichiro.

Aranha he hadn't heard that Reed recently joined the league so the whole thing may come as a surprise to him. "Congratulations." No need for him to elaborate on what though. When he got the thumbs down he could easily figure out who probably got the thumbs up.


England. That's where he'll go to. He'll rock that museum like it was nothing. He'll --- what the hell?

Stealing a perfunctory glance in Aranha's direction, the kid frowns, snapping that noodle between his molars like only a wet noodle can. Then he stands.

"Well look who showed up!" That frown doesn't budge, and with a telltale sign of annoyance, he retrieves the long black baton that he had been sitting on with a swipe of his hand, after flicking those chopsticks back into his bowl. Instead of greeting the other burglar with a 'hello,' however, he chucks the soupy bowl /at/ Aranha, intending to smack him in the head with it.

He, apparently, doesn't like to be disturbed while he's conniving in peace. Tyler Reed. What a jerk.

COMBATSYS: Reed has started a fight here.

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Reed             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Aranha has joined the fight here.

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Aranha           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Reed

COMBATSYS: Reed successfully hits Aranha with Thrown Object.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Reed

Aranha tries to lean to the side and out of the way of the bowl but he just doesn't move fast enough and ends up catching the bowl right to the face. The Dancing Spider looks incredibly heated. Instead of entering his dancing stance right away, he pulls out his cell phone and dials a number. "Hello. Neo League head quarters. Is there some guy named Reed in the league?" He pauses. "Oh really? Good. Get your cameras to the roof of Shanghai Sports Bar in Southtown right away because I'm 'bout to turn cabbage to coleslaw."

Instead of attacking right away. He's going to wait for the camera crew to set up while he personally decides to size Reed up. Oh and he's going to take the time to flip Reed the bird right before the cameras are ready.

COMBATSYS: Aranha focuses on his next action.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Reed

"Is that so, monkey boy?" Reed snerks in turn, as soon as Aranha's call is delivered. Sure enough, those Neo League cruisers screech and halt along the asphalt, crew and cameramen at the ready. "Well, you BETTER make it worth MY while, because I'm gonna scrape the streets with your face when it's over." At that, he idly whirls his baton to the side, making come-hither gestures at the capoeira practitioner.

COMBATSYS: Reed focuses on his next action.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Reed

Aranha begins swaying as he finishes staring the baton wielding fighter down. He slips the cell phone into his pocket. He's done with trash talking at this point. All he really cares about is putting the bastard of a thief down in the most embarassing way possible.

He's not aiming to make sure this fight is fun for his opponent so Reed will probably get to see the more overtly tactical side of Aranha that most people don't get to see in his other fights.

He weaves into the side hoping to pin the other fighter in before twisting upward legs held straight and tucked towards his chest before coming downwards to drop down, feet first, on the thief, hard.

COMBATSYS: Reed dodges Aranha's Armada Dupla.

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Aranha           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0             Reed

"Hey...I've seen ballet dancers at the Paris Opera move faster than that," Reed taunts, finding himself the recipient of a twist-stomp maneuver that he narrowly evades. If anyone were to study his build and features closely, it would seem that he dropped another five pounds from his lean frame. Stressful week prior, perhaps? Well whatever happened, happened, and this boy thief isn't one to divulge. With his baton clasped behind him, he tilts forward as though to let Aranha in on a secret. "What's the matter? Age doing you in? Getting a little worse for wear?" With a not-too-pleasant smile, he aims low to strike the older boy in the gut.

COMBATSYS: Reed successfully hits Aranha with Deep Strike.
- Power hit! -

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Aranha           0/-------/-======|=------\-------\0             Reed

The twisting stomp, manages to not only miss. Aranha seems to have a hard time recovering from the double leg and so it's a simple matter for Reed to smack the Capoeirista in the gut and doubling him over. He then decides to take advantage of his currently low position to drop into a handstand and then twist himself in a rapid spin as he swings his feet for the other thief's jaw. He doesn't give a verbal response though. He's not in a position to talk trash after taking two shots in a row.

COMBATSYS: Reed blocks Aranha's Inverted Tornado.

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Aranha           0/-------/-======|=------\-------\0             Reed

If there's anything you'll find out about Reed after fighting him, it's that he'll be talkin' smack no matter what. Win or lose doesn't even /begin/ to fit into the equation. So when Aranha takes advantage and drops to spin like a maniac, Reed glowers, flicking his baton out to slug away those kicks. It works, up to a point...though his fingers and knuckles soak up some of the damage that have managed to slip by. "Erngh." Spit. "Is that all you can DO? Oh, come ON." Aranha's feat was definitely impressive, he'll give him that much. But it does very little to shut him up.

And with that --- with THAT, he rushes forward, swinging his baton up as though he were about to slam him down over the head.

Except that he doesn't.

In a last minute feint, the kid brings it down like a polo mallet, and if he doesn't get out of the way, he'll be soaring none-too-pleasurably, then be the lucky beneficiary of another horizontal wollop.

COMBATSYS: Aranha fails to interrupt Shepherd's Tail from Reed with Sky's the Limit.
- Power fail! -

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Aranha           1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0             Reed

Aranha doesn't buy the fake however, he does know that if Reed took the trouble to feint, that probably means something nasty is on the way. To avoid that he leans over to move his arm in the way of the attack as leans over. He just doesn't get his hand over in time and ends taking a flight before getting walloped yet again.

When he looks up, there's a look of confusion on his face. As if trying to figure out what's going wrong. His lips curl into a cold, joyless smile as he gets back to his feet and wipes the blood off of his chin.

As for our ill-tempered Reed....well. It's obvious by now that he's not enjoying this fight at /all/. Tonight, he's irritated as hell, if his expression wasn't a blatant indication of that. It's not that his opponent did anything wrong ---- Reed's been the asshole here, after all.

It's just that the other burglar happened to bump into him at the wrong place, and at the wrong time. That, and the fact that he takes the other guy's expression as a tone of understated mockery.

Aranha's cold smile is met with pissant fury, " think I'm some kinda joke? HUH??? Well let me give you something to LAUGH ABOUT!!!!" Trails of green energy ooze from his baton as he brings it up to smack the thief's jaw shut!

COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Reed's Flaming Lips.

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Aranha           1/-------/=======|===----\-------\0             Reed

Maybe it's the fact that Aranha has finally found his rhythm, maybe he got under Reed's skin just enough that he's beginning to get sloppy but either way, Aranha manages to move out of the way this time. He leans back letting the glowing baton go by.

As for that smile, it's staying right there as it takes on a more cruel appearance. Not wanting to let this opportunity pass by, he starts out with a quick kick to the leg which while it's not the main part of the attack, it should be treated with healthy respect. That first kick is quickly followed up by the truly damaging part of the kick combo, a spinning kick off the other leg aimed for the upper torso.

COMBATSYS: Reed interrupts Change-Up Kick from Aranha with Battere il suolo.

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Aranha           1/---====/=======|====---\-------\0             Reed

In retaliation for that quick dodge-tactic there, Reed prepares to suspend whatever it is that Aranha has in store, and true to his instinct, it succeeds. Blind-fighting is hardly the smartest way to go about doing things, but at the moment, the teenager is just too peeved to consider otherwise. As those series of kicks are aimed for him, his baton strikes ground, and sure enough...he uses the weapon as a pole to vault himself up and away. In the end, his foot cracks solid target, but not without some injury in the interim. In fact, one of the kicks blur by so quickly that he's struck in the chin instead, and when it ends, he rubs his smarting jaw.

Well there seems to be something to it. Aranha has been fighting with brains all fight long and hasn't really been seeing results other than seeing the other thief rub his jaw. Even if he got hit in the process he has take the little victories when can take them since he knows there's a low probability of getting it in the match itself.

He decides that he'll do a little more listening(not guaranteeing that he'll obey it) to his gut and oddly enough, right now, both mind and instinct unanimously agree that getting his mind right is the best course of action.

COMBATSYS: Aranha gains composure.

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Aranha           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0             Reed

And the best course of action for Reed? Beat Aranha up and walk out of this camera-ridden place. That's his initiative tonight. Then catch the quickest airline ticket to the Tate Gallery, where scores of high-class goodies are waiting to be had. Though tournaments like these are not beneath him, Reed friggin' hates cameras. And when one of the cameramen decide to get smart and climb up to the rooftop (via ladder, of course), the grumpy teen marches straight for the guy, smashes his camera and then drags him back kicking and screaming by the collar. (Don't worry, folks! Rest assured, there are still a few crew members filming from below).

Then, the inevitable happens.

With a verbal heave, the taller kid hefts the man up and hurls him soundly across the rooftop, straight for 'Spider's' lanky frame.

COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Reed's Large Thrown Object.

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Aranha           1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0             Reed

Aranha drops low in an almost reclined position legs straight out and butt nearly touching the ground before the flying camera man can hit him. He can tell that Reed is really getting pissed off. He decides to piss Reed off some more. He doesn't connect it to the cameras but hell, who wouldn't get pissed off by getting knocked off the roof top.

He begins to run hard at the other fighter, heedless of his own safety. He plans on rushing the other thief with blue glowing roundhouse kick and then following it up with a glowing spinning jump kick and then finishing with a glowing blue flip kick using each attack to try to push the thief backwards and if all goes well will send the younger thief down off the roof while staying up there himself.

COMBATSYS: Reed dodges Aranha's Aggressive Dance.

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Aranha           1/----===/=======|====---\-------\0             Reed

An admirable ploy in regards to assertive butt-kicking, that. Reed had never found himself working so hard to dodge all those kicks up until now. The literal outbreak of feet is enough to keep him from trying on new designer shoes for /months/. Kick after glowing kick aims to push him closer to the edge.

But unfortunately, Aranha's aggressive dance just wasn't insistent enough to kick Speedy Gonzales off the rooftop.

Once he's decided that he's had it, Reed sweeps back and brings his own kick in---not as flashy, mind you, but it's enough to do some harm should timing coincide with his expectations. So, it's delivered, and right to the head.

COMBATSYS: Aranha fails to interrupt Light Kick from Reed with Joker's Wild.
- Power fail! -

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Aranha           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0             Reed

Aranha's brain tells him to dodge and his gut tells him to charge right through the kick and knock Reed off the god damn roof. His entire body glows blue and trailed while he once again rushes the other thief. He grits his teeth as the kick comes and all of sudden, he's in the air as if Reed delivered a clothesline and then falling flat on his face.

It's probably a good thing the camera crew wasn't close enough to pick up the words Aranha's muttering on the ground. It's not fit for a family audience.

And Reed....Reed just kicks another one up Aranha's face. With a burst of green.

COMBATSYS: Reed successfully hits Aranha with Splitz Overkill.

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Aranha           0/-------/---====|======-\-------\0             Reed

With Aranha face down on the ground, there was just no way he could see Reed's kick coming. He just barely pushes himself up and catches the boot to the chin and is once again sent flying away from him. He slowly gets up, not wanting to give Reed the satisfaction of seeing him unconscious and hawks up a blood filled loogie spitting it right in his face before making his exit, down the stairwell to wherever he rests his head.

COMBATSYS: Aranha can no longer fight.

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Reed             0/-------/-======|

COMBATSYS: Reed dodges Aranha's Thrown Object.

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Reed             0/-------/-======|

The gloves are off! I mean, ON! That's right, it's ON, BUDDY.

...or so Reed thinks as that blood filled loogie makes its way to his face, then misses. Which causes the thief to do one, last, thing.


"Oh...oh, that's RICH. Next time I catch you within BREATHING distance? I'll crack your skull open and feed your brains to the Pacific Ocean. You hear me, F*** ******* ********?!?!?!

He probably doesn't, which is fine, but luckily, there are cameras here to censor out all of the bad language from the two.

Then Reed leaps down from the rooftop and lands on another cameraman, before stomping off like a diva.

COMBATSYS: Reed has ended the fight here.

Log created on 17:44:47 07/23/2007 by Aranha, and last modified on 06:01:41 07/31/2007.