Neo League 676 - #680: Arika vs Himeko

Description: Neo League. In a library. It can only mean the challenger is Hurricane Hime. What's surprising is the Punk Rock Princess is coming back on the circuit, and seems to making a pretty darned good first match return. Until the winds whip up and someone seems to turn things around. (Draw Match)

Woah people, watch out, it looks like it's that time again.. It's.. NEOLEAGUE TIME!! And the match is set to take place in none other than.. Justice High School? Some fight fanatics may find it an unusual locale..

It's late in the afternoon, and the League Camera crew is already set up and waiting for the two fighters to arrive.. And the Library has been set up so it's a little more suitable for fighting without destroying precious reading material. It is a circular area that's been prepared, a lot of the desks (with little lamps) have been left there, and nearby bookshelves have been emptied.

"mmmMMMMOOOORTALLS!!" is the all-too familiar cry of Hurricane Hime, tricked out in new duds, in the sense that she's wearing more black then pink now! The front doors come flying open, the young heroine biking in on a bright pink, BMX bicycle, that she skids to a halt just short of the mini-arena. A v-sign is given to the spectators that seem to consist mostly of Justice students.

Unfortunatly they don't seem very impressed. "... Yeesh. Tough crowd!"

Hey, don't kill the punk princess for the locale. -She- didn't pick it. All she got told was to show up at the school, at this particular time, and be prepared to fight. Considering that she avoided the League for the entire second half of -last- season, the challenge came as a surprise to her. But she's willing to roll with the punches, so to speak. Femme Fatale happened to have a gig coming up in Southtown, so it makes sense that she's back here...

... in a library?

Not the first time she's fought in a place like this, so that means her opponent can only be one per--

Yep. The assumption was correct. It's the super BMXer, superheroine, Hurricane Hime!

Arika just smirks. That... actually wasn't a bad entrance. But she bets she can make a better one!

Tough crowd though they seem to be, the diva zips in on a pair of deep purple roller blades. She comes zooming through the aisles with alarming speed, only to come up over a yard-stick ramp, twirl about and land atop one of the desks. Her right arm comes up, left arm bending in toward her stomach, and she strikes a pose with an air guitar. Once she manages to get her balance perfect, she blows a kiss out to the crowd and kicks off the skates. She's no Riko Koganei, and she's not ready to attempt fighting on rolly feet just yet.

Riko? Hime's heard the name before but in her history, it's a name looong since forgotten. That's probably not a great move considering they're about the same age... Hime hups off her bike and lowers the stand, strolling right on into the circle until... "ZOUNDS!" She quickly turns just in time to see the Punk Rock Princess grab some serious air with a trick neat enough to imperss HER at least! The heroines jaw just.. Drops. It DROPS. She really had no idea at all Arika had it in her. "NO WAY!!"

Though her exclaimation probably couldn't be heard over the sudden roar of the crowd- Which isn't an easy thing to do with normally uptight Justice students! It makes the heroine frown a bit, but she's forced to shrug it off, in favor of turning to Arika and pointing at her suddenly! "That was impressive.. That was very impressive, you seem to have come a long way, Citizen Fade!" she cries. "Yes.. It certainly won't be much longer before you're dancing with me at matches end, ha HA!! But more seriously.."

Hime slips into her ansatsuken-ish fighting stance, already getting ready for the bell that could ring at any moment. ".. It's been a long time! Are you ready? Have you gotten stronger?"

COMBATSYS: Himeko has started a fight here.

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Himeko           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Himeko takes no action.

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Himeko           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Arika has joined the fight here.

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Himeko           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Arika

"Oy, it ain't nothin'." Arika shrugs as she hops down off of the table. No point being atop it any more, but as she comes off of it, she blows kisses out toward the spectator. "Just figured Oi needed a good entrance and all since it's me first foight of this season." She waves it off, but gives her opponent a slightly odd look. Dancing at the end of a match? Not bloody likely.

"Busy. Y'know 'ow it is. Was boppin' 'round to different places with me band and team, tryin' to get a few things prepared for the future." She's not going to go into detail. She doesn't need the publicity for Femme Fatale or Lost Society -that- badly.

When asked if she's ready, she glances around. With a nod from one of the cameramen, she nods back and then smirks at the Hurricane. "Ready or not, 'ere Oi come!" Lunging forward, she makes a grab for the long scarf. As her fingers reach toward it, she prepares to use it to fling and launch her opponent to the other side of the circular area.

COMBATSYS: Arika successfully hits Himeko with Quick Throw.

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Himeko           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0            Arika

Hurricane Hime blinks a couple of times as she just.. Stares at Arika for a moment, her stance faultering. Is it just her, or has Arika's accent gotten even THICKER since the last time they'd met up? Well, she doesn't think too hard on it, since she's too busy grinning wide like a maniac to hear good news from the older woman! "Hey, yeah I've been keeping busy too! Oh believe me I AM READY!" Or so she claims, as suddenly Arika has managed to grab her scarf.. When she was perhaps expecting a reach for her shoulders or something. With a spin and a WHOOSH, she's tossed and hits the floor, just short of hitting the wooden barricade at the other end, "Ooof!"

She slides a little along the smooth tile, but she's quickly back on her feet and making a sprint at the Diva. It's a bit late, but an opener is an opener, and she springs upward, twisting her hips so she's lauching a flying back-kick at Arika! "IMMORTAL.. KIIIIIICK!! ... Ok now I'm ready!"

COMBATSYS: Arika blocks Himeko's Light Kick.

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Himeko           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0            Arika

Thicker accent? Well, not really. She's just modified it so it's a bit more Cockney and a lot less 'high-class-slumming' sounding. Arika grins when she catches the younger girl by surprise and then shakes her head. "Ain't Oi told'ja before that things loik that'd get'cha in trouble?" The scarf, she means.

Due to the mini-lecture, she's watching the Hurricane carefully. When the kick comes toward her, the diva twists enough so that she can catch the brunt of the foot attack to her arm. "Hmph. Looks loik ya weren't lyin', mate. You've been trainin', Oi see."

This doesn't stop the punk princess from whirling about again, and attempting to send a hard, right hook for the side of Hurricane Hime's head. "You should'a been ready before you asked if Oi was."

COMBATSYS: Himeko blocks Arika's Medium Punch.

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Himeko           0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0            Arika

Hime isn't well versed enough with accents to know the difference.. The only thing she really noticed was that it was different at all! Does it cause any suspicion? Well.. Not at the moment it doesn't at least. However she does retort, "Pshaaaaaaaaaaaw no WAY. How cool I look is -way- beyond worth whatever trouble it may get me in!" And part of the reasoning is shown when Arika rushes in with a punch; which ends up slamming into her familiar-looking textbook withdrawn from the accessory. It's titled 'Excalibook', with a metal bookmark in it.

Of course the thing hardly bends from the impact, and she nudges the fist aside while taking a small hop backward. "There's no room in this match for your 'logic'!! The one who should be ready.. Is you!!" Her left hand sweeps at her holster and she spins around in a complete three-sixty, in the process shaping her withdrawn trading cards to take the form of a sledgehammer which she aim's to belt into Arika's gut, which would explode and fall apart after impact "Take this, I say!"

COMBATSYS: Arika fails to counter Super Why! from Himeko with Diva Allegro.

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Himeko           0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0            Arika

Logic? Who said anything about logic. Arika was talking tactics here. Not all tactics are logical, as she's about to prove. As the paper hammer-thing swings out toward her stomach, the punk princess jabs her fist forward to intercept it. Only, it bounces right off of the trading-card device and she goes staggering backward from the hit. Deep blue eyes narrow upon the girl before her, but she smirks all the same.

The bright violet energy that was beginning to envelope her left fist, however, fizzles as she brings the hand up to her stomach instead. Righting herself, she shakes her head. "Bloody 'ell, you added a new move to your repertoire Oi see. Guess Oi should be payin' a wee bit more attention to these televised foights."

"Hmm hmmmm, yeah!" Hime just.. Grins, and she settles the half of the stick that's left on her shoulder, striking a semi-pose with a hand on her hip. "Well, I'd been laying a little low lately myself, like I said I've been busy! But not busy enough to be unable to come up with a new technique!" Hmn.. That's odd, Arika doesn't seem to be in position to strike back.. In fact, she seems to be open for another attack and one that the heroine quite gladly will take without a blink of an eye!

The glowing hand.. Her hand just instinctivly reach for it, dropping the stick in favor of trying to grasp it and settle that arm at her shoulder; back to Arika's tummy. "Justice.. SLAM!!" she cries, trying to flip her over her shoulder and slam her onto the ground on her back. Though considering her teammate is Drake; grappling may or may not be the best idea here...

COMBATSYS: Arika just-defends Himeko's Quick Throw!

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Himeko           0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0            Arika

Considering that her teammate and constant sparring partner is Domino, the punk princess is quite used to grapples, tosses, throws, submission holds, and the works. Thus, when she's flipped over the smaller girl's shoulder, she tucks herself into a roll and simply glides over the floor as opposed to becoming one with it.

A frighteningly bright smile graces her face briefly. Amused, is what she really is. Hard not to be when coming out of an attack like that better than unscathed. Bouncing up to her feet, she begins a little dance. Something to a steady beat, something akin to capoeira. Her body sways from left to right, right to left, each small subtle movement bringing her closer to Hime.

In essence, it's a boxing technique. The rhythm quickening in order to distract the girl before her. "Now wot was that you were sayin' 'bout dancin'?" Her entire body is swung around as the last word leaves her lips. Her right leg is drawn upward in a vertical motion, then rotated at the hip until she can -snap- the upper portion of her foot toward the girl's midsection.

COMBATSYS: Himeko blocks Arika's Rhythmic Roundhouse.

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Himeko           0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0            Arika

Hime won't pretend to really understand what just happened; the important thing was that Arika just totally rocked out in that few seconds of combat! "Wh- What???!!" tch! "That's some skill, escaping the grasp of -JUSTICE-!" And she sure did talk about dancing. Whatever surprise she had then is gone because when Arika dances.. Well.. She mimics the motion, dancing along from foot to foot, without the slightest clue of it's purpose it's too late. But too late is RIGHT ON TIME for Hime, as she twists to the side, book in hand again so the roundhouse smacks into it and she stumbles just slightly.

Well, while she's got that out, she's then reaching into her book, tearing out three pages glowing with white energy. "POWER UP!!!" she yells, her scarf whipping upward a moment, the papers thrown upward. They fold into paper airplanes and then dive-bomb at Arika!! Though the papers would crumple on impact, the energy isn't as forgiving!

COMBATSYS: Arika just-defends Himeko's Art Attack!

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Himeko           0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0            Arika

Paper airplanes? She's kidding, right? Arika blinks as the papers as they come toward her. Her arms come up to shelter her from the attack; just your average, every day blocking technique.

That is, until the planes, and their fiery energy nearly reach her. Her body then dips backward in a Matrix-esque move, allowing the aerodynamic planes to glide over her bent over torso until they crash, crumpling onto the floor.

Once they little things have fallen out of the sky, the punk princess jumps forward just enough to get her atop a nearby desk. With the newfound leverage, she flips backward, twisting herself in the air in a perfect three-sixty. Her goal is to knock the little Hurricane down to the ground and land across her in a pinwheel-style pin.

COMBATSYS: Arika successfully hits Himeko with Shooting Star.

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Himeko           0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0            Arika

".. W.. Woah..." Hime says with a slightly slack jaw. She's not the only one who's impressed by the display of acrobatics there by the Punk Princess. And it doesn't stop there, does it! The high flying acrobatics afterward causes Hime to jump a bit in suprise, and she wants to get out of the way but... Maybe she was cutting it too close? "OOF!!" Hime hits the ground hard, twirls and ends up stuck in the pin briefly and are those swirly eyes?? Could be.

".. ow.. Nngh!" Well there's a bit of struggling, and she continues to squirm about to try and break free! She even psyches herself up, slamming her fist on the ground while she... Hime's up?? "HnnnNNNNGGGH!! Leggo!!"

COMBATSYS: Himeko focuses on her next action.

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Himeko           0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0            Arika

With no intention just to let her opponent go, the punk princess only relents a little bit. She gets up, but just so she can push up on her hands and knees. Balancing her weight upon her knees, she makes a grab for Hime's shoulders. Hands trying to hold the other girl down while she gets back up to her feet. Once she's up, she just smiles down at her smaller foe.

"'ow 'bout, no? Wot would be the point of lettin' you go, unless Oi was preparin' somethin' else?" And with that, Arika hops into the air again, pivots her body to the side and attempts to land atop the little Hurricane's stomach with her elbow.

COMBATSYS: Arika successfully hits Himeko with Jab Punch.

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Himeko           0/-------/-======|==-----\-------\0            Arika

Yeah it's definatly a little troublesome, Arika is a Swiss Army Knife of styles her! Lucky for her, Hime knows a little bit about grappling too! But she can't really use anything in this position... She kicks her feet and grunts; and takes the opportunity to avoid the quick elbow sent her way but that doesn't quite work! "Oof!!" Hime squeaks, though she at least gets enough out of the way that she can finally squirm from under the diva, holding her gut. In fact, she does so pretty quickly!

Her boots squeak along the floor, the girl withdraws more cards, and then she's diving to grasp at Arika's legs! If she's lucky and gets her hold, Arika will suddenly just start swirling and spinning like a tornado, mummified within the cards instantly! The papers then glow brightly, surrounded with white energy, that twists sharply in the opposite direction of the spinning as if wringing out a towel with a loud *KRIK!* And would continue to wring until the cards burst from tension.

COMBATSYS: Arika blocks Himeko's Read All About It!.

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Himeko           0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0            Arika

What. The. Heck?

Arika has... absolutely no idea what's happening to her. One moment, she's getting up to her feet. The next she's planted to the ground just as she's about to get up. Then the next, she's stuck within a tornado of cards. The only saving grace here, she's fairly certain, is that when they begin to twist in the opposite direction, she breaks out of it and gets a small distance away before the cards burst. It's not enough to stop -all- the pain that nasty white energy brings with it, but she's able to nullify it a little.

Wincing a little, she shoots a look at Hime. "Interestin'..." One word is all that's spoken, before she's rushing toward her opponent once more. This time, she attempts to grab the Hurricane by the waist, scoop her upward and crash her down against a knee. Nothing showy as showy as the mummifying cards, but definitely a decent move in its own right.

COMBATSYS: Himeko interrupts Medium Throw from Arika with Schoolhouse Rock!.

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Himeko           0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1            Arika

Well she got a little bit of it! Hime grins as she rubs the back of her head, "Haha! Well, you know, it's a little something, you know? It's like that time I was fishing in Germany!" The pressure's on, though.. She's got to pull herself togeather here! Which means it's time to get crazy. Hime gives a squeak when she's actually grabbed and hoisted.. In fact, Arika gets the whole technique through it's just when Hime slams down onto the Diva's knee, her feet slam onto the floor as well so she doesn't fall off and... Is that Excalibook in her hands? It is, and it's held OPEN instead of closed; out of nowhere three pages surrounded in white energy blasts against Arika. The pages continue to flip and then six blast out and then finally a barrage of twelve with enough force to just send the Punk Rock Princess for a ride! She drops into a Spider-man like slouch, her scarf flapping upward with her little pose. "Ossu!!! Now it's time to get serious! ..... Seriously CRAZY!"

They take her for a ride alright, like on the Magic freaking Schoolbus. The pages are something the punk princess was definitely not expecting, so the first set of pages blast out at her and she releases Hime in order to swat them away. Then more energy laden pages flap out at her, causing her to step out. Then she's veritably attacked by the pages, all flapping and fluttering about her. They create small gashes and papercuts all over her exposed skin, not to mention do a -hellacious- amount of energy damage.

Teeth grit together, but she's not about to show pain. Not outwardly. Inwardly, her poor brain is just screaming with one very loud 'OMG-OW!'.

Thus, it's no surprise when her hands come together. Entwining with one another to form one large, over-sized fist. That is then swung out toward Hime as her body is twirled around.

COMBATSYS: Himeko interrupts Fierce Punch from Arika with Ghost Writer.

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Himeko           0/-------/-======|=======\==-----\1            Arika

Actually, Hime was expecting that attack to finish Arika off! She's panting lightly, and when she sees Arika manage to get back up.. Not just get back up, but also come with a fist of doom swinging? Her jaw drops slightly again, "Y- You gotta be kidding! Tch, ok then.." Hime doesn't stand still.. She actually runs to meet Arika, unholstering her oversized fan and drags it along the floor, the tip ablaze with her energy and trails along the floor as well, "osh-yaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!".

And then when they're close, Hime rockets upward, she actually slams right AGAINST Arika's axehandle attack-- But she doesn't stop moving, she continues to rocket, swinging the fan so that she slams the energy under the Princess' chin! The girl twirls, drops to her feet and then holds her fan behind her as if sheathing a sword, fingers held at a sideways 'v' to her eyes.. "Hurricaaaaaaaane.. Himeeeeeeeeeeeee!!" she cries, then drops to one knee, panting harder and holding her side.

There's no way out. At least, Arika can't move fast enough to avoid being fanned in the chin. It rockets her upward, crashing her down -hard- against a nearby table. "Aaaow!" Hard enough to crack the wood, which is saying something, especially since the punk princess doesn't weigh all that much. Yet, she still manages to push herself up from the table.

Rushing forward, her eyes narrow upon the little Hurricane. Her fists swing forward, as though to punch the girl. But she doesn't. No, Arika instead slips behind Hime, attempting to lock on an extremely tight chokehold. As she does this, she swings a leg forward to hook around and between her opponents own. Using her free hand, she forms a claw. The claw then angles its way in toward Hime's stomach in order to grip in tightly and twist. Should the hold actually latch on, there is enough pressure applied to force her opponent to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Arika successfully hits Himeko with Dominant Diva.

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Himeko           1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0            Arika

"*huff* H- Hah.. *huff* That was for.. Not releasing that pin!!" she makes clear. Apparently the blast of projectile chi had absolutly nothing to do with that. That said Hime just beams and gives her opponent a thumbs up, "Now we're even!!!" Does Arika think so? Well she's too busy kicking the heoine's butt to notice! Again she just manhandles the heroine, despite her efforts to break free, and the crowd can only watch in awe not from the chokehold, but the force of the claw behind it. "HrrrRRLlk!!" she sputters, her eyes crossed as she's reclined quite forcefully back onto the ground. That didn't look very fun!

She might be down and out, there unless.. Wait! Hime's eyes snap open, the fire of determination blazing within them and she throws her leg upward, the short but limber leg attempting to kick Arika right in the temple or forehead! If that connects, she should be able to break free and handstand, throwing herself forward to perform two upside-down front kicks with some serious power behind them! "TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY FEET!!" 'DX' face.

COMBATSYS: Himeko successfully hits Arika with 3-2-1 Contact.

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Himeko           0/-------/-------|=======\-------\0            Arika

That third kick has enough 'oomph' to send Arika staggering back a bit, leaving her with enough time to re-right herself. "Hnngh! Ok!"

The assault then follows with a low kick, and then a leaping butterfly kick finalized with a powerful backflip kick! With Arika knocked up into the air, her fan is withdrawn, the combination finalized with a burst upward, and one last time slams the energy surrounding it's tip into the diva, "THE OSAKA!!" she cries, drops and strikes one mo-- Wait no.. No pose. Both hands on her knees she just gasps and wheezes, doing her best to catch her breath!

Foot. To the forehead. Not exactly a fun thing. As if that weren't bad enough, there's more of them coming her way. By the third kick, she's staggering back. Arika hits the table again, but it's not enough to keep her down.




Pushing back to her feet, she leaps forward with a quick jab to Hime's nose. This is quickly followed by a burst of bright violet energy that emanates from her left hand, just before it's -slammed- forward with a palmheel strike.

COMBATSYS: Arika can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Arika successfully hits Himeko with Diva Allegro.

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Something is definatly pushing Arika, driving her in a way that the little Hurricane hasn't seen from the Diva before.. What's up with that? Two massive attacks sent and somehow she's still coming back at her?? It's impressive, impressive but completely mind-boggling to the Saikyo Fighter. "A- A-- Aww come ooooooooooooon!!! NO ONE gets back up from that!!" the heroine wails, as Arika comes back with a vengeance! Swallowing hard and whipping up the last of her strength, she withdraws Excalibook and thrusts it outward. %
Unfortunatly it is outward -under- the jab that pops her comically in the nose, "Oof!" Was that a little white star that rose up from her head? *KABOOM!!* Well maybe not quite kaboom but the burst of palm-energy to her face sends her bandanna flying RIGHT off her head and she slings backward, crashes shoulders first to the floor and then just lay there, completely dazed, frizzled and bamboozled, ".... Do- Oh.. Shell shock.."

She'll need a moment.

COMBATSYS: Himeko takes no action.

COMBATSYS: Himeko can no longer fight.

Arika is aware that maybe her energized-tactics are a bit much for Hurricane Hime. The only reason she kept coming back is that she -refused- to lose. A tie, she can handle. She's still not entirely happy with it, but it does show that the younger girl has been taking her training more seriously.

Wiping at the side of her mouth, she motions that she too can no longer fight. Then she glances at Hime and shakes her head. "Y'know if you didn't use all that energy so much..." Once more, her head is given a shake. "Eh. Moight be best not to talk 'bout that now... Oi'll catch up with ya later to discuss it..."

Y'know, once she catches her breath, collects those skates and gets out of the library.

With both fighters seemingly unable to continue, the cameras pan around the room showing it off. One cameraman raises his high as he can to get an aerial shot and then they all shut them down so they can begin packing up.

".. E- Eh? Who? Wha?" Hime grumbles, sitting up slightly while holding the front of her face. Just.. Ow! It feels like it got run through a psycho drive! She looks around and notices that Arika isn't about. Blink.. Blink.. "H- Hey.. Hey! Did I win? I won!!!" Hime cries, suddenly on her feet, "YAAAA-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

"No Miss Hime it was a double kno-" the cameraman starts.

"Rock ON! Winner gets treats! And so she left.. Because she thought she'd sneak out on buying me ice cream, huh? Ha.. Ha HA!! Hurricane Hime is not so easily evaded, outta my way!!" And as the crowd look on in confusion, the little heroine picks up her bike, and tears off to try and catch up with the diva! She may or may not have any idea which way she went. That is a secret.

Log created on 19:13:08 05/14/2008 by Arika, and last modified on 23:30:22 05/14/2008.