Shadaloo - Kidnapped! Hayato

Description: Hayato, the 'Burning Teacher', was kidnapped briefly - and probably didn't need to be to accept Vega's challenge. Oops. Eh-heh. On daye the, dictator will learn how to talk to people.

Unconciousness probably sucks more than people are led to believe. Being kidnapped, probably close to or just above that. Hayato'd been purloined from his SNF, thanks to the help of a plant within the SNF medical team, and kept drugged for a quick trip to an undisclosed 'location'. It's for a good cause, but not one that the man who set things in motion could simply ask for. Well, at least, without giving away who and what he was. This is a megalomaniac's version of 'subtle', and with that, there are intrinsic problems. Problems of ego, of needing to seem magnanimous without actually offering anything in return - of asking a question, and knowing that the only answer would be 'yes'. That's what brought Vega to this current madness - and that's what has brought Hayato to this area.

When Hayato awakes from the last of the drugs, he'll find himself laid out on a cot in the training center, across from a chair. On that chair, a relatively thin man in dressy black clothes, a swimmer's build with wavy grey hair and grey eyes watching the 'Burning Teacher'. Hayato's shinai is by his hand - after all, Vega would never take an opponent's weapon before a battle, at least - not when he believed it would not matter. Vega says nothing, simply watching and waiting within the padded room, his chest rising and falling only once every so often, the only 'real' sign of life from the reborn dictator. Silent, calm, collected - all things he never really could be, before.

Getting kidnapped isn't /quite/ so bad when you don't even know it's happened. Hayato lost conciousness at the end of his fight, and as he hasn't had a chance to wake up until now, he's got no clue what's going on. He certainly feels awful, though. Not quite as bad as being hungover (and Hayato knows a lot about that), but it's pretty well up there on the list of unpleasant experiences. Finding himself in an unknown location that doesn't appear to be a hospital or related facility doesn't help matters much.
Sitting up with a groan, Hayato holds a hand to his temple, giving his head a quick shake to try and clear it. The results make it something Hayato wouldn't try again soon, but it does at least help him to focus. "Ugh. Where am I? How long have I been out for?"

"I can't answer the first - but as for the second... Fifteen hours or so. I apologize in advance - it was neccessary." He speaks slowly, thoughtfully as he rises, Vega's hands finding their way behind his back, clasped together as he paces back and forth. Steady, unhurried, he continues, assuming that the refusal to answer the first question will lead to others, and simply choosing to offer the answers he is willing to give.

"I've seen your performances in Geese Howard's little 'tournaments' - and skill such as yours was one I had to see in person. The effort in bringing you here was no small feat - you should be honored." Vega's eyes flick towards where Hayato sits, judging his state, and decides to be magnanimous. He reaches down next to his chair, coming up with a small bottle of water and an apple, tossing them both down beside the Teacher. "When you're ready - I would enjoy a demonstration of that spirit you've shown."

Hayato glances from Vega to the food and water. He may still be a bit dazed, but in a few areas he can be remarkably perceptive at times. He sees no reason why he'd be allowed to wake up /then/ be drugged, so... Grabbing the water bottle, Hayato takes off the cap and takes a long swig, then takes a bite out of the apple. After chewing for a moment he swallows, then fixes Vega with a suspicious look. "You know, if you wanted to fight me, all you had to do was ask."
Taking another drink of water, Hayato can start to feel his senses clearing up a bit. A quick glance confirms that he has his shinai at hand, which will be quite useful if this goes the way he's thinking this likely will. He certainly doesn't trust this mystery man, but he's not necessarily going to turn down the chance to fight a willing opponent. Particularly one who seems to be fairly important to his current situation.

Vega chuckles, amusement showing briefly on his face, smile predatory as he's talked at. He offers the slightest bit of a shrug as he removes the chair he sat on, putting it to the side and outside the main area of the training facility. "I suppose I could have done this another way - but again... I enjoy theatrics, and do not enjoy being told 'no'. Far too many fighters in this world shy from unknown challenges. But you're right - from what I've seen of you, I should have understood that you were not such a weak man."

It's the closest that Vega would ever give to a sincere apology - feeling eager, willing to give that tiny hint of 'regret' over, if it smooths any ruffled feathers - there's a genuine respect he has now for his opponent, something he'd had to learn again, when his body was reborn. Now, taking things far more seriously, thinking things out before lashing out. "It's an interesting idea - I will say that I'm not quite enough of a judge of character to know who would agree, and who would not. I'm certainly willing to hear suggestions as to others who might be willing to help me learn my limits." It's an alright way to pass the time, talking about this and that - and who knows?! Vega might actually learn something useful for another time.

Standing up, Hayato takes a few more quick bites of the apple, then tosses the core over his shoulder. He's not feeling particularly inclined to go searching for a garbage can at the moment. After swallowing he takes a long drink of water, then sets aside the bottle. He has a feeling that he probably shouldn't keep his 'host' waiting for too long. "Well, before I go about making some suggestions, why don't we see what you've got?"
Hayato doesn't plan on giving /anybody's/ name out here until he figures out what's really going on... and finding out where he is ranks pretty highly on that list. It seems like he's going to have to play along to find out, though. That suits him just fine, however. He's still a bit annoyed at being dragged over here, and the chance to take it out on the person who did so will be nice. Still... Hayato is getting a very dangerous feeling from his soon to be opponent. He's probably not someone to be taken lightly.

"Very well!" Vega stands, the smile fading from his face as he faces his 'opponent'. The old Vega would have referred to the man as 'training dummy', but with an uncertain grip on his powers, Vega is not going to take /any/ fight lightly. The faded bruises on his chin and cheek are truth atestted to that. His fingers clench, coming up and away from his back, and then he settles into a 'neutral' posture. Centered, balanced with the promise of quick motion, he brings one hand up and in front of him, the palm facing the other fighter.

"If you would be so kind - when you're prepared, Hayato. I look forwards to what you can 'teach' me." Without another word, his demeanor changes, serious to a fault. The easy smile is replaced with a stern line of his lips, his grey eyes narrowed down to slits, leaving his eyes looking almost pure white. Around his fingertips, a dark blue and purple aura flickers, then fades away, internalized for the moment. And thus, he waits, offering the first strike of the 'battle' to the man before him.

COMBATSYS: Vega has started a fight here.

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COMBATSYS: Vega takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Hayato has joined the fight here.

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Vega             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Hayato

Hayato glances at the energy dancing over Vega's fingers, but says nothing. Instead he slowly reaches down and picks up his shinai, tapping it against the palm of his hand a few times to make sure it seems to be in proper order. Nodding to himself, the Burning Phys Ed Teacher allows himself to settle into a combat stance, then begins striding toward Vega. Sure, this might be dangerous, and he knows almost nothing about his opponent's capabilities... but that's no reason to be scared!
"Hyah!" Rushing forward, Hayato draws his arm back, then swings forward in a powerful blow aimed at Vega's collarbone. It's a pretty telegraphed attack, but Hayato has found it useful for judging opponents, based on how they react. And if it hits, well, it's really going to hurt, and might even affect how well they'll be able to use that arm for the rest of the fight. Win-win.

COMBATSYS: Vega just-defends Hayato's Fierce Strike!

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Vega             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Hayato

Telegraphed - but powerful. Vega's eyes light up in excitement, unable to hide the eager rise that his body unleashes - the driven desire to /prove/ himself in all situations, much like Hayato's own actions. As the strike comes in, Vega's hands reach out, and he claps them shut on the wooden sword allowing the battle to become muscle versus muscle. He stops the strike a mere centimeter before his collarbone, the exertion of fighting Hayato's strength bringing a line of sweat to his brow. "Good, good. Skilled, strong - now, to see how you are on your feet."

Without further warning, Vega twists his body to the side, intent on using the grip on Hayato's weapon to pull him forwards, off balance, and to throw him to the padded mat. At the last second, he uses a burst of Psycho Power to augument the rotational forces, intending on making the landing much, much harder than the 'Burning Teacher' might expect. "Prepare!!"

COMBATSYS: Hayato blocks Vega's Quick Throw.

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Vega             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Hayato

Hayato manages to maintain his grip on his weapon, though it does mean that there's not much he can do about initially losing his footing. When he's sent crashing to the mats, however, the gym teacher manages to roll with the fall, even with the extra burst of Psycho Power. It's not fun, but it softens the blow and allows him to eventually roll himself into a crouched position, and from there climb back to his feet.
"Well, you certainly seem to know what you're doing..." But that's all Hayato has to say for the moment. Instead of further talking he rushes toward Vega, leaping into a flying kick once he draws within range. He tries to strike Vega in the chest with his right foot, then push off in order to spin around, then strike out with his left foot before dropping to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Vega dodges Hayato's Second Kick.

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Vega             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Hayato

Such skill! More than pleased by the quick movement and recovery of Hayato, Vega's face has lit up with something akin to joy. /This/ is a true test of his abilities, one which he will be able to review later, to hone his new techniques, to draw an ever-increasing amount of skill from. /This/ is what he had planned, when he brought these warriors here...! He moves when Hayato moves, the touch of the first shoe to his chest /just/ heavy enough to garner him that second spin and kick, Vega's body nowhere near the impact point. He's not trying to be flashy yet, not making things look easy. So far, he's aking this fight with all the seriousness it deserves.

"This.. is superb." He whispers these words, and then regains his focus, one hand coming up in front of him. Around his fingers, dark energies gather, a slowly increasing amount of power formed into a ball above his fist. He pauses, then hurls the ball towards Hayato's chest, inteding to knock him back further while he recovers from the kick. There's no subtlety to this attack - the aim of it is to just bowl through his defenses, to batter his psyche with the power that Vega holds within him.

COMBATSYS: Vega successfully hits Hayato with Psycho Shot.
Glancing Blow

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Vega             0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0           Hayato

Something about that ball of energy just doesn't seem right. Of course, being hit by an explosive blast is rarely a good thing, but here there's just something... /menacing/ about it. Hayato's attempt to get out of the way proves to be well advised, as even when he's only partially struck by the passing attack the flinch that runs through him shows that he definitely felt it. He felt it, and that's not something he'd want to be hit with head on.
Things aren't really going that well for Hayato so far, and he's going to need to start turning things around before this fight gets out of his control. Slamming his right fist into his left hand, Hayato grins without much humor as waves of orange chi begin to radiate off of him, causing his clothing to flap. "Glad you're enjoying yourself. Getting a pretty good workout here, too." Even if something /does/ feel off... Hayato finds it hard to be too upset fighting a skilled opponent.

COMBATSYS: Hayato gathers his will.

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Vega             0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0           Hayato

"Excellent. I'd hate to think I were not matching your skills." Honestly said - after all, Vega would truly like to think he were exceeding the skills of his opponent, but he does know that the flow and twists of battle can always take odd turns. His testing of Vanessa the last time certainly proved such. He watches as Hayato starts to call his power into play, giving the man a moment or two to begin to psyche himself up, then the Shadaloo lord launches himself forwards.

"Show me your strength!" Vega isn't moving quickly this time, instead launching himself up into the air. At the apex of his jump, his foot comes up and over, brought around in a high axe kick far more appropriate to one Sakura Kasugano. Were she here now, she might yell out something about move-thieves, but well, perhaps some day later, he'll let her in on the joke. The one difference, of course, is that his foot is suddenly wreathed in that energy of his again, intensifying the power of impact, should it occur!

COMBATSYS: Vega successfully hits Hayato with Strong Kick.

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Vega             0/-------/----===|=======\=====--\1           Hayato

Hayato attempts to lift his arms up to block the incoming kick, but he isn't able to get his guard prepared in time. If it had just been a kick, perhaps he could still have held it off... but the addition of Psycho Power makes it too much for him to handle. Vega's foot crashes down and into Hayato's head, sending him crashing to the floor. Even now, though, the Burning Phys Ed Teacher is not defeated, though he might be slightly concussed. Pushing himself back up, Hayato doesn't even seem to notice the trickle of blood running down his face from his scalp.
"Hahaha!" Lunging to his feet, Hayato lashes out at Vega with another overarm shinai slash, this time aiming for his head rather than his shoulder. He follows it up with a sweeping blow from the right side, aimed to impact the Psycho Power wielder right below the ribs, then follow through with a similar strike back from the left. Finally Hayato wraps it up with one more strike, aiming to bring the 'blade' of the shinai down square in the center of Vega's face.

COMBATSYS: Vega endures Hayato's Scolding Slash.

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Vega             0/-------/---====|=======\======-\1           Hayato

Vega is now convinced, more than ever, that Hayato's just insane. The force he put into his strike would have felled most men - but Hayato has recovered, and already had launched into his own retaliation. He'd ussyfootded around the fight so far, practicing and preparing for his new style of evasion, limited almost-teleports and use of psychopower to avoid blows, turn and twist them. This time, there was nothing left to do but feel the strength of the teacher's 'punishment'. Each strike comes in true, Vega making only minor adjustments of his body, twisting the slightest bit to avoid being knocked off balance at each of the first two impacts. The third, however - he leans his head forwrads, catching it on the prominent arch of his forhead, and allows the force to drive him to his knees.
Blood trickling from his own head, he starts to laugh, a surprised and pleased chuckle slipping from his lips as his blood slowly falls to the floor. "Good, good.. But here, believe I have you at a disadvantage." With the position he's found himself in, he throws his hands forward, closing the distance between himself and Hayato without having to move. A wave of energy, dark and powerful roils behind his hands. The attempt to strike is not a physical one, no - all the power comes from the force of his mind, his own internal strife being used to lash out at his opponent in the Psycho Wave.

COMBATSYS: Hayato fails to interrupt Psycho Wave from Vega with Burning Cross Counter.

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Vega             0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1           Hayato

That wave of dark energy doesn't scare Hayato! The Burning Phys Ed Teacher rushes Vega with a roar, fiery chi engulfing his fist as he charges toward his opponent. The sudden presence of the imposing wall slows him down not at all. Unfortunately, it does require him to start his attack earlier than intended, in an attempt to bust through. Hayato's fist slams into the wave, and for a moment the two energies actually clash.
Hayato grits his teeth as Psycho Energy washes over him, but the majority of the attack is briefly held off... and then it breaks over Hayato. The teacher isn't sent flying, but his eyes do glaze over for a moment, causing him to wobble, then fall to his knees. He's still not /quite/ defeated, but he's momentarily seeing nothing but white, the surge of pain and psychic energy having overwhelmed his brain for a moment.

Most would have attempted to save themselves, to move out of the way of the attack. That Hayato steps into it, to attempt to crush through? That speaks highly of him, and Vega is very interested indeed. Such a power, such a willingness to fight - Vega might find a way to use this in the future. He draws himself up as he meets energy with energy, the drain showing on his face, his movements slowed from the effort and exertion of battle.

"You are truly a worthy opponent - I do not know how many times I can say this." He laughs again, and then gives Hayato a brief respite - though it's only so he can watch and wait for the perfect time to strike again, narrowed eyes judging where and when the proper attacks should be placed, what order he should expend in trying to finish his opponent.

COMBATSYS: Vega focuses on his next action.

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Vega             0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1           Hayato

Blinking a few times, Hayato finally comes back to himself, pushing back up to his feet. "Heh... You're not half bad yourself. It's not quite over yet, though..." Still grinning, even with some blood staining his teeth at this point, Hayato manages to shift himself into a ready position, then once more lunge for Vega. Again he goes with an overhand strike, but this time he keeps pushing if he should manage to connect, trying to drive Vega down to the floor.
If he succeeds, Hayato will move into a series of strikes meant to keep Vega down on the mats, and keep him from doing anything to escape the rain of blows. After several long moments of this, Hayato will finish up with one more savage strike, then provide Vega with a good kick to the ribs to knock him away.

COMBATSYS: Vega interrupts Burning Push-Ups from Hayato with Head Press.

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Vega             0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0           Hayato

Slightly crouched, Vega can't really make an easy move to escape. Besides, he doesn't really want to, instead simply letting Hayato demonstrate his strength again. To truly judge a man, there's something that needs to be done, to bleed at their hands. Or, in this case, at Hayato's sword.

Vega is knocked downwards to his knees, to his chest. He starts to rise, and is hit down again - each time he attempts to rise, that sword hammers down between his shoulders, slamming him against the padded floor. He allows this to focus him, to raise his ire, and then he finally blurs into motion. Up into the air, seemingly moving /through/ the next strike, hanging there for a long second. His feet come down then, square on top of Hayato's head, strong shoes driven with his weight against the man's noggin. There's a grunt that escapes, an exhalation of effort, winded but still strong, still standing.

On top of Hayato's head.

When Vega lands on Hayato's head, there's no longer really any room for concious thought, just the pain as his spine tries to collapse in on itself. But even if he can't think straight, Hayato can still attempt to reach up and grab Vega by the ankles. Conciousness is fleeing, but before it goes the Burning Phys Ed Teacher attempts to yank Vega down, whipping him forward so that he'll smash head first into the floor.
Regardless of how successful that winds up being, however, Hayato's next move is toward the floor, as his eyes roll up and conciousness leaves him. Unfortunately, there's only so much a Burning Spirit can do when faced up against someone with an even stronger spirit... but even knowing that, Hayato still would not have backed down.

COMBATSYS: Hayato can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Vega dodges Hayato's Strong Throw.

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Not so fast! Vega will allow that he can be grabbed from his 'perch', but thrown? Hurled downwards, he tucks into a crouch and rolls with the impact. He manages to return to standing just as Hayato falls, watching the man dispassionately. When he's certain that Hayato is sleeping, he walks away.

Not far, though - just to the door out, where he holds a quiet, whispered conversation with a girl in blue. He hands her a small card, to be left with Hayato. Without further ado, two of those Dolls heft the teacher out and away, to where he'll be whisked back to where he came from. Left in his hands will be his shinai, and a small card with no logo, no fingerprints - but a simple message.

-Thank you for your challenge,

COMBATSYS: Vega takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Vega has ended the fight here.

Log created on 19:20:31 04/01/2008 by Vega, and last modified on 22:06:08 04/01/2008.