Neo League 465 - #475: Hotaru vs Stray

Description: Staged in a fancy set up at the Kyokugen Dojo, Hotaru takes on another new face in the Neo League. The two end up pretty evenly matched in speed and the ability to dish out attacks, so it comes to no big surprise when they both end up collapsing at the same time. (Draw Match)

As she was one of the higher ranking league fighters of the previous season, it's no surprise that the Masters' entertainment agency responsible for the recording and broadcasting of Neo League fights is interested in keeping Hotaru active in the circuit. Neo League fights themselves can take place just about anywhere. At times, elaborate stages are set up with ridiculous hijinks abounding throughout the match. Other fights tend to be more traditionally staged, leaving the interesting events up to the abilities of the fighters themselves.

This match is scheduled in the courtyard of the Kyokugen Dojo, one of the most famous training dojos in Southtown. Oddly enough, in spite the fame, the dojo itself is quiet for this afternoon match. Cameras have been situtated throughout the courtyard with which to capture the footage of what the officials hope will be another good ratings garnering battle.

The sky is overcast and the concrete courtyard is slightly damp, evidence of a prior shower. The potential for additional rain exists, however, if one were to consider the clouds overhead. The temperature is warm, making the air humid due to all the moisture, and the water on the concrete is evaporating slowly, forming vapory trails along the ground.

Hotaru is dressed in her traditional Chinese styled outfit. Though a native of Japan, many years of her life were spent growing up in China and her fighting style comes from there. A white blouse and trousers with an expensive, regal blue, sleeveless vest worn over her torso. Her hair is done up in pig-tails held in place by vibrant red ribbons. Cute, practical, and complimentary to her acrobatic, high speed fighting style.

Waiting in the courtyard with her hands clasped behind her back, she knows the name of her opponent - at least, the name provided by the League officials, but any attempt to find out who he is ahead of time proved ineffective. Like her last match, it seems she is going up against someone who isn't a well known entity within the upper echelons of professional fighters. Not yet, anyway. But the last opponent was able to best her quite easily, so she's learned that 'new face' doesn't directly translate into 'easy fight'. Stretching her arms out at her sides, she waits for her opponent to arrive and the match to begin.

Although the arena is scarcely packed, a closer examination of the people in the stands might reveal a lot more unsavory young people than usual. Punks, thugs, druggies, 'yanki' motorcycle gang members and so on... not really the typical crowd that one would find here. Perhaps this is why so few people turned out, maybe a lot of the normal crowd was a bit disturbed by seeing such a collection suddenly showing up for this bout.
While the crowd itself is exceptionally strange, there is something else amiss. The opponet really should have shown up by now. The usual security standing by the locker rooms on the side opposite towards Hotaru give her some apologetic looks and shrugs. Although they do not say anything specifically, it seems as though perhaps this opponet simply didn't show up, or did show up to sign in and then abruptly left. However, just when some of the crowd begins growing quite restless, something quite strange happens.
There is a strange static on the announcer speakers followed by some music beginning. At first it sounds like an orchestra piece, but with some edge, it sounds like it is building up to something fast-paced. The announcers scramble at their table, trying to shut off whatever the source is. However, from the looks of it, someone has somehow taken control of the speakers away from them.
Sudden gasps and shouting erupt suddenly from around the crowd in the arena. Only a second later a looming dark shadow over the arena. The music suddenly shifts into a hard rock beat while a voice lifts up bellowing out a hard rap beat o/~C'mon and light the fuse, he's a rocket and he's ready to go!o/~
The source of the shadow is the hook end of a crane, one that was apparently doing work on the highway before, swinging high above the arena. Upon this hook stands a young man, his green coat wipping about him in the strong winds high above the arena. The light of the sun reflects off of his sunglasses, giving a bit of a metallic gleam to his face. o/~'Cause now the coutdown has started and he's ready to blow!o/~
As the hook swings over to the arena, the young man leaps from it into the aisles between the crowd. He sails gracefully down from the sky like a leopard leaping from a tree and lands perfectly upon his feet. o/~He's got the dope sounds pumpin in a stereo (-eo!) Kick'n ass fast... puttin' on a show!o/~ He doesn't pause even a beat after landing and races down from the stands towards the arena, his head out in front and his heavy cat-claw-like gloves hanging out behind him as he travels as a streak. o/~Go on and get yourself together, there's no time to rest And if you put the time in he'll put you to the testo/~
As he reaches the end of the bottom of the stands he leaps into the air once again, his arms stretches out to the side at first and then pulling in as he does two flips in the air. o/~He's like the runnin' man, in his world more is lesso/~ He lands perfectly upon his feet, sliding across the arena floor, making a slow spin as he slides so that he when he comes to a stop he is facing Hotaru. o/~And if you wanna test him best bring your besto/~
Stray stands up just a bit doing a few quick swipes in the air before himself before dropping down into a low fighting stance. He holds one claws glove behind him as if ready for a big slice whilse the glove on the foot closer to Hotaru is held in front of him. He makes a slow 'come hither' motion to her with that glove. o/~Don't make me spell it out, bring your best!o/~

With her hands clasped behind her back and her head bowed, the girl spends a lot of the time quietly contemplating, focusing, concentrating. Her ability to fight is highly dependant upon pushing herself fast, attacking with precision, and avoiding the dangerous attacks of others. It tends to make for very interesting cat and mouse like games in the fights she participates in. But it requires that she be very focused to pull it off.

But one can only spend so much time concentrating... as the minutes slip by she begins to glance up with some frequency toward the other side, looking for any indication that this match is actually going to happen. There is a quiet sigh eventually, her shoulders sagging a little as Hotaru becomes convinced that her opponent hasn't shown. That's everything goes haywire.

The music that starts up seems fine at first before it becomes louder and more aggressive, offending the sensitive Japanese ears of the small fighter as she shakes her head with a sigh. So much for meditating... Suddenly the first signs of her opponent - the shadow, the lowering crane hook, the blurred dash down to the area cordoned off for fighting.

Hotaru's eyes widen a little. At first from the nature of the entrance, but secondedly as she comes to recognize just who it is she's dealing with here. The clawed gloves, the glasses, the attitude... How can she forget /him/? "So," the girl speaks, her voice projecting just enough, "You're Stray." There's no manner of friendliness there. No love lost between these two. Of all the people to get put up against...

Hotaru turns sideways then, her shoulder facing toward him, as if to provide a smaller target while one arm extends out in front of her, her other arm is raised, bent at the elbow, and held at her side, adopting a lose, easy going stance. The gesture inviting her to charge him isn't missed, but she doesn't budge, as if refusing to be told what to do by the likes of him. Her mouth tightens and her eyes narrow. He's bigger than she is, but the low stance he adopts makes that hard to tell. She isn't sure what his style is - their interaction was brief last time. But style or no style, getting attacked by clawed gloves is going to hurt no matter what.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru has started a fight here.

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COMBATSYS: Hotaru takes no action.

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Hotaru           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Stray has joined the fight here.

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Hotaru           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Stray

The cat fighter brings the fingers of that hand held in front of him together and snaps them once. As he does his music suddenly turns off, allowing the roar of the crowds cheers and applause suddenly takes over as the arena comes to life. The announcers once again have control of their microphones. "Well, we haven't seen an entrance like that in a while, have we?"
"No, we haven't, Saki. But, we seem to have control back."
"So, let's greet the NeoLeague's newest combatant. Hailing from Metro City, he is called Stray."
"That's sort of an interesting name..."
As the announcers go on to discuss the finer points of the fighters' origins and such, Stray decides to stop waiting and make his move. He brings his head down just a little as he charges forwards at full speed, "I'm not going to hold back on you this time." Was he holding back last time? Well, perhaps he merely means to try to psyche her out by saying he's got a greater reserve than he's so far shown.
Just as he seems to be getting within range to begin to kick Hotaru, he suddenly leaps off the ground, not towards the sky but instead directly for her-- aiming to throw all his weight and momentum into tackling her towards the ground.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru fails to interrupt Pounce from Stray with Quick Throw.

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Hotaru           0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0            Stray

Already prepared in her fighting stance, Hotaru's eyes trace over Stray rapidly, the girl trying to get a feel for just how fast he moves when he's fresh as opposed to at the end of a long fight the last time they exchanged a few blows. In order to do well against him, she'll need to be able to read his moves in order to stay one step ahead, after all, which means paying close attention to the nuances.

The announcers continue to prattle on about what they know about the fighters. Of Hotaru it is mentioned that she is a fairly competetant fighter with a proven track record, putting her right around the middle echelon of those who make regular appearances. Described as being acrobatic, fast, and sometimes resorting to very surprising tactics that catch her opponents off guard. A flexible fighter with an wide array of techniques to draw upon.

"We have a score to finish anyway," the girl replies, her expression neutral as she struggles to not keep what she thinks about the young man as a fighter from clouding her own judgement and timing. He needs to be taken seriously, after all, and fighting with a temper has never done her any good in the past.

Perhaps he notices how carefully she's trying to read him, as opening with a feint ends up being the perfect trick to getting his first opening. She expects a punch. Some kind of swipe. After all, that's what those gloves are for, right? And she'll catch that swinging arm of his and send him packing to the ground. That's exactly what she'll-

When he leaps for her instead, the girl was already bracing to counter attack him. But trying to grab a full sized male jumping at her wasn't in the cards and now she's caught flat footed and unable to make a desperate leap out of the way. Like a victim of any cat pouncing, Hotaru is knocked to the ground on her back, tackled by the agile fighter. It's a precarious position for her, making it harder for her to rely on that evasive speed she depends so much on.

"Oh, I think we finished it quite well last time," he speaks down, grinning wickedly, as he leans in close to her in her comprimising position, bringing his head in close enough for her to feel his hot breath as well as his weight upon her body. It's hard to agree there is much to settle considering that her little boyfriend challenged Mad Gear to a fight and she got caught in the middle and soundly beaten. It seems to him that the message is pretty clear... 'don't get in the way of Mad Gear'.
However, his words and actions are primarily meant to simply distract her, raise her temper. He does know that if he can get under her skin, she may well start making more mistakes. His hands grip tightly upon her shoulders before he suddenly moves to roll back, dragging her into a roll with him before his knees and boots kick out above intending to send her flying through the air. Acrobatic or not, he figures she'll be too dizzied to try to land this correctly.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru blocks Stray's Tomoe Nage.

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Hotaru           0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0            Stray

Trapped for a long moment beneath him, the girl immediately begins to try and squirm her way free, attempting to put just enough space between them that she can kick him off and pay him back for the painful tackle. "You," she grunts as she tries to worm her way along the ground to get away from him, "Must think you're a real tough guy. Rolling around in that big truck of- yipe!"

She's cut off as he grabs hold of her poofy white sleeved shoulders and pulls her back over over him into a backward roll before kicking her into the air. While initially she goes flailing, the girl is quick to recover her senses, twisting around into a controlled landing on her toes, hands planting against the ground to brace herself from falling forward.

Time to show this guy what she can do! Pushing off from her crouched position, the pig-tailed fighter charges toward him swiftly, trying to snag a hold of his wrists with her hands - just behind those clawed gloves, in an attempt to render them useless for an instant.

If she can get that hold, she'll twist his arms a little to buy her leverage, before launching into a rapid sequence of kicks, each one higher than the last, as she literally stomps right up the front of him to seek a perch on his shoulders from which she'll backflip into the air to put some distance between them.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru successfully hits Stray with Shin-Jou Tai.

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Hotaru           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Stray

"I... find... it works for getting around," speaks Stray as he slowly makes his way back to his feet. He cannot understand exactly what she might find 'wrong' or demasculating about riding in a giant truck. However, as he sits up and makes his way back to his feet, he also can't understand how she made her way back to him so quickly. He moves quickly to pull away, but not quickly enough.
He grits his teeth together both in frustration and pain as he finds himself a bit helpless as the leg repeatedly slams into his shoulders and ribs. He keeps pulling his hands back, but is quite surprised at the girl's strength. It is only after a moment of painful blows that he manages to free his hand. He brings it up before driving it down towards the girl's body, intending to punch a hole right into her chest, if possible, but far more likely to simply get her to let go of his arm and back off.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru dodges Stray's Medium Punch.

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Hotaru           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Stray

Now it's time to put that speed of hers to use defensively instead of aggressively. After the punishing sequence of kicks are dealt and she has flipped back down to the ground, she takes a moment to weigh the effect her own taunting has had on him. He's not the only one trying to get beneath the other's skin, as it turns out.

Her time to observe is limited, however, by the swift punch driving down toward her chest, coming in at an angle that is difficult to counter attack, leaving her only smart option being side-stepping out of the way. The evasive move lines her up to strike out with a swift side-kick in toward the gang member's stomach, leaving precious time for him to recover from the attack.

"Why do you actually think that crazy masked guy is someone worth following, anyway?" she challenges as her foot lashes out. She had picked up just enough from observing their arrival in Chinatown to notice that between the two, this clawed fighter definitely seemed to have the brains Katana lacked.

COMBATSYS: Stray dodges Hotaru's Light Kick.

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Hotaru           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Stray

Once his body is released he manages to swiftly step back even as the foot comes in, it swishes harmlessly past him even as he winds up to strike at the girl's side while she is off-balance. "You'd have to understand what it is like to have your whole future decided before you are born," he explains as he begins to move back into her quickly. Of course, she knows exactly what that is like so there must be something much deeper to it than that.
But, when throwing punches and kicks at one another, there just isn't the time one could take for a philosophical arguement. But, perhaps this small comment is enough to give the beginnings of an idea-- that Katana and Stray were unhappy with their suppose destinies and they became criminals because of it. Whatever she may think of that, the reality at the moment is that Stray slides in bringing a very fast spiked punch towards her throat.
Maybe it would be best to question him about his motivations at a less combative time?

COMBATSYS: Hotaru dodges Stray's Sliding Punch.

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Hotaru           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Stray

The strange thing is, she actually is listening to him. It would be easy to dismiss the strange man as merely another lost cause, society's dregs, washed up and beyond hope. But Hotaru seems to believe there's more than that. Or maybe she just wants to understand why people go bad. "Destiny...fate..." she murmurs as he speaks before swinging in with that vicious blow for her throat.

The smaller fighter turns into the blow, allowing his hand to slice just past her neck coming in contact with hair rather than flesh and bone. The turn lines her up to swing back hard with her left arm, driving an elbow in toward his stomach. "Ya!" Miss or hit, she doesn't stay there for very long if she can help it, taking steps forward that will give her the space she needs to turn around in order to avoid leaving her back exposed to him.

COMBATSYS: Stray blocks Hotaru's Quick Punch.

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Hotaru           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Stray

"Indeed!" replies Stray to her small murmur, "People like Katana and I..." He brings one arm up out of his missed slide to reflect the incoming jab, holding her fist to the side as he bears down upon her, "We saw what our society had laid out for us and rejected it. We choose to be greater, we discard all the rules meant to oppress us." This might be a bit of an exaggeration, realistically, and no doubt most of Mad Gear doesn't share his idealistic view, but through Stray's eyes... this is the truth.
His other fist comes down, perhaps exactly as expected as he throws a quick punch towards the side of Hotaru's face. "And since people like this flock to Katana, he has the experience, he is the one that leads," he continues even as his fist comes viciously barrelling down upon Hotaru.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru dodges Stray's Light Punch.

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Hotaru           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Stray

Her elbow gets stopped short, knocked aside, only for him to follow up by taking a hold of her hand. It stops the girl short, as she had been intending to step away, but now the best she can do is pull to the side, her face turned back toward him, looking up as he speaks, paying attention to his words more than his actions for a moment.

"But now you traipse around like a mob, oppressing others just like you felt oppressed," the girl replies. He seems very certain about the actions he and his self-proclaimed Shogun of a boss engage in. But if she can poke holes in the armor, then maybe not only will she have him distracted for this fight, but perhaps he might consider a better way?

When he aims for her face, the girl ducks, her arm still held fast by his other hand. The duck isn't merely a defensive reaction, however, as her right leg comes up swiftly then, wistling through the air as she attempts to deliver a strong blow right up under his arm into his armpit. It's slow, due to the awkwardness of her angle, but if it lands, it could be devestating. "Kya!"

COMBATSYS: Stray dodges Hotaru's Heavy Kick.

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Hotaru           0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0            Stray

"They have the choice to join us," he retorts quickly. He slides quickly even as the foot comes towards him, ducking down and swinging under the previously blocked arm and moving around Hotaru quite gracefully, almost as though he were dancing with her. Except that when he swings around to her back and spins to face her once again, he comes in with a heavy punch. His action is so absolutely fluid that it is a bit hard to catch what is happening, but his path creates quite a bit of momentum for the punch before it is delivered.
"If they choose to be shills for the world that abuses us and them, then there's no reason to show any mercy," he retorts quickly into her ear from behind. It won't be so easy to dissuade this man from his currently chosen path. The only other life he's known is that of a penniless, neglected, abused child. There's no way he'd ever go back to that.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru interrupts Hook Punch from Stray with Hakki Shou EX.

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Hotaru           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1            Stray

Her kick goes high, her foot wooshing through air rather than impacting beneath his shoulder as she had intended. Snapping her leg back down, she balances on one foot for a moment, as if ready to deal another follow up strike... But Stray isn't in front of her at all as she would have expected. It takes her a split second to realize that he's slipped behind her in that exchange of attacks, turning her own tricks back on her in a sense by striking from different angles and positions to keep defense and evasion a tricky matter.

Intending to catch him by surprise with an attack of her own, Hotaru's right arm rolls to her side, her hand open, her fingers clawed as she collects a small pool of vibrant, broiling blue energy in her palm. Turning around with the intent to throw the little chi blast she is building at Stray, it's with some surprise that she finds he is already swinging for her with a strong punch.

There's no time to duck out of the way now. All she can do is finish what she started. Her arm swings forward as if aiming to push him back as his clawed hand bears in on her, but she isn't trying to shove him... Instead she discharges that built up energy at point blank range into his chest with an explosive blue blast. The energy of it will evaporate fairly quickly, splashing against him then vanishing as if it had never existed. But the impact will linger - the sense of having been struck hard by pure force.

Hotaru doesn't get out of the exchange for free either, staggering to the side, having been dealt a painful blow to her cheek. Her hand comes up to press against the side of her face, feeling the raking claw marks left by the dangerous glove on Stray's hand. Thin lines of blood become visible rapidly as she wipes her hand away, streaking red across her cheek, looking back toward Stray warily. "Mercy is not weakness," she replies with a wince. "If you had the strength to show them a better way without force, then everyone would benefit..."

The blue blast of chi comes totally unexpectedly for the large gangster, he hadn't at all expected her to lash out with something like that. Caught in his own strike, there isn't anything he can do as the energy explodes on his body and sends him flying back, crashing against the floor on his back and bouncing a little. whatever it took out of her, the hit seems to be well worth it. For a brief moment it might even seem as though he might just stay down and her troubles would be over.
As it turns out, however, she is not going to get out that easily. After a brief pause he hops back to his feet, crouched down at first. He takes a deep breath in, pulling strength from... who knows where... before suddenly dashing in and full speed. He is quite determined to win this fight, it would be such a waste to go down easily after having set up that cool entrance. However, instead of attacking straight at the last moment he leaps into the air. His hands rise up high above his body and then he comes swooping down upon the priestess, his hands moving out to the sides as though to rip and tear her atwain.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru interrupts Aerial Slash from Stray with Kobi Kyaku EX.

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Hotaru           0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1            Stray

While she had started out much of the match fighting evasively, sticking to hit and run tactics, it seems that the girl has switched to an alternative approach. Trading hard attacks back and forth, pitting her precarious ability to hold up under being struck against the ranking gang member's ability to strike hard. It's a very big gamble to take, in light of her own frail stature, but it's how Hotaru has decided to turn this fight around with decisive force.

When he comes at her this time, the girl lashes out again with energy... the last attack had come from the end of her hand after a period of swift, but intense charging. It had taken a lot of effort... unlike some fighters who lob energy attacks around with trivial effort, doing something like that doesn't come easy for Hotaru. But she packs a big punch with it when she manages to pull it off.

This one comes from her foot as the girl reacts to his leap with a reverse roundhose of her own, a swath of bright, blue energy filling the air behind her foot, ballooning outward to form a small swirling wall of energy that he has to collide with. Truth be told, the girl had thought that perhaps it would stop him short, underestimating just how strength he put into that attack.

Which is why when he smashes right through the wall of chi, Hotaru gets struck all the same, right in the side where his claws are allowed to dig in before he sweeps them out at the side. "Aayyya!" Hotaru gasps, staggering backward. The attack tore right through her vest and blouse, leaving a gaping hole on her side where the clawmarks begin to bleed while Stray's own gloves come away with a sample of blue and white tattered fabric affixed to his claws. Gasping, Hotaru moves her left hand to press against her side, wincing as she does so. She may be landing severe attacks against her opponent, but she can't take much more like this either.

Although it may be painful on her end, it is nothing compared to what she is putting Stray through. Both his body and his ego have been throughly trashed with that second blast of blue-hot chi coursing across his body. He gets knocked back in midair, never touching the ground before he is booted rather dismissively right back to where he was before. He does a flip in the air and manages to land on his feet this time, but stumbles a bit this time and looks as though he might be about to collapse.
He really isn't used to fighting fighters so much faster than him, he isn't entirely certain what there's left for him to try. Everything he has done so far has been easily dismissed it seems. If he had the option, he might well back off now and let others fight his battle for him. However, in this situation, he doesn't have such an option. And so he stands up shakily once again.
Once on his feet he makes a startlingly fast dash forward before quickly hopping to the side just when it looks like he is going to strike and coming in with a quick slide to try punching her in the side. She's already manuevered around the move once, but it still seems like his best gamble.

COMBATSYS: Stray successfully hits Hotaru with Sliding Punch.

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Hotaru           0/-------/-======|=======\=======\1            Stray

When he comes in for her this time, it seems that the girl has slowed down a little. The costs of repelling his attacks with her own are starting to add up after all. No attacks come without their price, after all. Standing there, her left hand pressing against the wound in her side, the girl looks to be a little bit easier target now than she would have appeared earlier in the fight. Which ends up bearing out as Stray feints with that fake strike into the hop, followed by the sliding punch in to that already injured side.

Though she tries to sidestep again, she was reacting to the misleading strike rather than the impact toward her side, which is why his clawed hand finds its mark, punishing the girl in the same place his last attack connected, causing her to stumble, and almost fall over... just barely catching herself as she gasps for breath, turning to face him again. She forgoes pressing her hand to her side now, the blood collecting in the cloth around the point of impact. She needs to keep the pressure on /him/ if she's going to pull this off.

Charging forward, the girl leaps up into the air into a somewhat easy to predict trajectory. But then comes the forward flip at the apex of her jump, changing her angle significantly to dive down toward Stray sharply with a knee dive. If her knee connects with his shoulder, she'll swing her left leg forward to kick him in the head, before backflipping away to land back down in the middle of the fighting space. "KYA!"

COMBATSYS: Hotaru successfully hits Stray with Rengeki Shuu.

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Hotaru           0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2            Stray

Pulling back from his landed punch, Stray begins feeling a bit more confident to see the priestess in nearly as bad shape as himself. However, his vision is a bit blurry and his mind is already beginning to fade a little on him. He is nearly out on his feet. Which is why when she pulls exactly the same trick he just pulled against her, instead of seeing through it he tries to dodge the wrong way-- only to get smacked directly with the blow.
His neck snaps back under the force of her knee, one might claim in that moment that they heard a snapping sound. He stands there, his head lifted back towards the sky, his whole torso leaned back with his arms hanging limply to his sides. The only sign that he is still alive is that he has not yet fallen to the ground.
And then without warning sparks begin erupting from the ends of his spiked knuckles, lightning bolts surging around them. Stray's head lowers towards Hotaru as his body suddenly lunges towards her at full speed. The lightning charged gloves come in, both jabbing for her chest as he suddenly moves to leap upon her, impale her with the giant gloves, run her into the ground and send thousands of volts of eletrcity coursing through her body. However, as deadly as this move is he seems to do it almost... subconciously. He is effectively unconcious and should she brush him aside after this, she'll find he easily and limply falls to the ground with not an ounce of resistance.

COMBATSYS: Stray can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Stray successfully hits Hotaru with Ailurophobia.

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Landing back on her feet, the young fighter looks possitively winded. The two hits he's landed to her side are taking their toll as she feels her strength waning, perhaps to the pain combined with blood loss. Which is why she ends up almost a sitting target when he comes back for her, struck dead on by his claws and driven to the ground beneath his momentum, sprawled on her back with a gasp. "Ah!"

The volts that course through the girl cause her to spasm, the last of her strength stolen from that powerful attack. It's no wonder the frail fighter completely fails to get up after Stray crumples over, left to just lie and bleed for several long moments while the officials wait long enough to call the fight and send in medics to retrieve the two combatants.

As neither fighter was left standing at the end, it's declared a draw match!

COMBATSYS: Hotaru takes no action.

COMBATSYS: Hotaru can no longer fight.

Log created on 18:44:30 09/09/2007 by Hotaru, and last modified on 06:10:27 09/10/2007.