Koji, Kunzite, and surprisingly, Alex drop by Kyouko and Makoto's normal training session. Koji gets some pointers from Makoto, while Kyouko and Alex have a friendly spar. Nobody ends up in the hospital.

Date: 2017-06-08
Pose Count: 43
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 20:00:37 78145
    It was something of a routine for Kyouko and Makoto at this point- there's a gym, a very ordinary mundane sort of gym, not far from the building which houses both the ECFH and Kyouko's apartment, and that gym has private workout rooms you can rent. The two (with various additional companions including Naru, Kunzite, and others) have been meeting in such a room for training once a week for more than six months now.

    Said room is basically a rectangle perhaps the size of a classroom. It has pads on the floor and also pads attached to the walls. This is probably a good thing. It's the same room they always use, which is also probably a good thing. (Keeps the damage contained!) Not that there's ever that much damage. This is strictly no-magic training. Nobody wants to have to pay for a new gym building.

    This week is a little different though because, after the conversation on the ECFH roof the other day, Kyouko had made it known to Koji (or perhaps more improtantly, to Tyrfing) via Naru (who has his cell number) that the 'kid would be welcome to stop by' if he wanted some pointers on 'how to fight good'.

    Kyouko is in the room already, and wearing her usual workout outfit which consists of a workout top and shorts, and she has some bandages wrapped around her hands and bare feet to complete the look. She's stretching against one of the padded walls, with her foot up against it and her arms outstretched.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 20:17:27 78146
Makoto has just recently arrived herself, and - dressed in the white judo gi that is her preferred clothing for these training sessions - is still in the process of wrapping her hands in the same fashion as Kyouko's.

"I've been by to use the kitchen and stuff," she's saying to Kyouko. "But it seems like it hasn't been while people were hanging out lately. That kind of thing happens sometimes. Everything been going okay?"
A Siberian cat 2017-06-08 20:19:28 78147
It's really only natural that the text got misinterpreted when Koji got it while mopping the third floor hallway in the hospital's recovery wards, listening to his parents talk softly about 'first things we do when we get out of here', especially since it's coming from the same group of people he's about to work with to help control and contain a potentially big problem for all of Japan. So, the moment he can get the bucket empty and rinsed, and the mop back up and away to dry, he's making excuses to his parents about forgetting to get his club equipment.

Not able to quite get away clean, his father says down the hallway, "Bring back one of those pretty girl's you're always talking about Koji! We'd love to meet 'em!"

A solid *WHAP* can be heard from inside the recovery room, followed by his mother grousiing, "Stop that. He's finally got some real friends, I don't need you DROOLING all over them!"

"I wouldn't drool... hmph. You don't let me have any fun anymore."

"You'll drool when I put you BACK in a coma, idiot..."

The elevator *DINGS* and Koji sighs in relief as he doesn't have to listen to the argument carrying over the WHOLE FLOOR again...

When he arrives to the rented room at the gym, he's got his school club bag and another bag with water bottles with him and is looking around for where the others might be. Once he confirms both girls are in the room, he opens the door quietly to slip inside, standing two steps to the left of the door and against the wall... waiting patiently.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-08 20:29:06 78148
Kazuo looks like, well, Kazuo. His clothing varies only with necessity and with Zoisite's running out of patience. He is visiting today, though, leaned against a wall and out of the way. "Just scheduling," he says. "New schools, new bad timing." He's silent for a moment. "I took the liberty of reminding Raskoph these things happen. Want to see how he and Silvia get along." Honorifics are in place, but not emphasized.

When Koji enters, only his eyes follow him.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 20:31:13 78149
    Kyouko drops her leg down from the wall, turning back towards Makoto as the other girl speaks to her. "Yeah, y'know. Nothing too crazy. Lotta talk about the whole Hannah situation." She makes a face, indicating her thoughts on that whole issue. "Nothing truly world ending." She hesitates a moment, then adds, "Naru and I had a pretty bad fight last week, but it's all good now." Perhaps thinking Makoto might have heard about that from Nephrite or Usagi (who in turn would have heard from Mamoru or Naru herself).

    She shakes her head slightly. "But yeah, on the whole, it's all good." She glances over at Kazuo as he speaks up, nodding her head in agreement with his assessment as well.. then quirking a brow at his mention of Alex, but offering no comment (perhaps skeptical the dude will actually show).

    Koji, however, does show, and as she hears the door open she turns around and glances at him. "Oh, there he is." She lifts a hand in casual greeting. "Mako-chan, this is Koji-kun. He's like some kid that Mamoru and nii-chan want to help with the aforementioned Hannah situation. He has a magic cat that lives in his phone."
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 20:42:19 78152
A sympathetic expression comes to Makoto's face when Kyouko mentions her fight with Naru. If she'd heard something about it before now, she doesn't mention, but simply nods. "I'm glad you two worked things out okay," she says, and securing her handwraps into place she begins her own stretch routine.

Koji's arrival, and Kyouko's introduction of the young man, makes her pause and look over with eyebrows lifted curiously. "Nice to meet you, Koji-kun," she offers with a friendly smile. "I'm Makoto Kino. I hang around Mamoru-niisan's place a lot, so if you visit there much we'll probably be seeing each other pretty often."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-08 20:49:23 78154
Almost immediately from Koji's pocket, comes out the rip-snarling voice of Tyrfing, saying in that Germanically accented Japanese, <<Magic. Cat. I am a Belkan Combat Unison Device, POLE GIRL. How about respect for respect, or I let the kid let me take over, and we go best fall, you out of three.>>

And anyone close could swear they hear knuckles cracking in the phone.

Koji almost immediately engages in Politeness mode, "Sumimasen, he's not usually this... grouchy. Hello Miss. I'm Silvia Koji. I go to Seiyou Public school, and I'm in the 9th Grade" Bowing once to Makoto, and then looking back at Kyouko, "You said we should be here for some training. I'm sorry if we're late, but I was helping clean at the hospital this afternoon."

Putting the bags down, he adds, "I brought some water bottles and a few energy bars for after. I didn't know what everyone likes, so I grabbed chocolate to be safe."

It's a charming little smile when he provides it, almost reminiscent of a certain familiar Prince of Earth when he wants something, but here it's much less conniving. Instead of his school class uniform, Koji has traded out for school gym uniform, which he digs the jacket out from his bag to put on, and then takes off his glasses and leaves them... and his phone... with his things.

The icon-image for Tyrfing appears on the phone. GLARING at Kyouko.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-08 20:50:05 78156
The sliding door into the gym room has only had the chance to remain closed for a small amount of time, really. For suddenly--


It is difficult to really 'slam open' a sliding door, but somehow the person on the other side has now managed it, for it is pulled and pushed open with enough force for a heavy *THUD* to resound through the hall.

And revealed standing on the other side? One (1) Alexis Raskoph. Still bearing the trademark brown leather jacket draped over him unzipped, with the dress shirt and black tie worn beneath hinting at him having come straight this way from Verone.

...And somehow, the sheer force put into opening the sliding door (and probably Alex's own personality) has sent the lapels of his jacket and the tie whipping in the air, as if he was standing outside during a windy day.

He certainly knows how to make an entrance.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 20:57:06 78159
    "Me too." Kyouko agrees with a fervent nod towards Makoto, on the topic of her working things out with Naru. Then she laughs a little bit, "You need to increase your use of the kitchen, Mako-chan, I feel there's been a distinct lack of your cooking in my life lately." Said with a friendly teasing quality, rather than any actual accusation.

    She then rolls her eyes towards Tyrfing at his growled comments from the phone. "Listen, kitty, anytime you want we can take a turn. Just, this is no-magic, yeah? And since you're pretty much magic that means it'll have to wait. Don't wanna cause trouble for the nice people at the gym."

    She then eyes Koji, and shakes her head a little. "It ain't.. well, we do this every week. Mako-chan and me." She indicates the other girl. "And sometimes Kunzite, or Naru joins us, or other people. It ain't a special occasion. I just thought since you had mentioned wanting to increase your skillset I'd let you know about it, y'know? This is no-magic training, like I said. Learning how to punch people the old-fashioned way." She grins.

    Then the door slames open to reveal Alex, and she blinks. "Well, look who it is." She quirks a brow. "You're looking better than when I last saw you." Which was when he was a vampire. "You come to get your ass kicked?" A lopsided grin, her mode of address for Alex quite a bit different than it is for Koji.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 21:27:32 78164
Kyouko's teasing gets a laugh and a nod from Mako. Her attention is more for the newcomer right now, though - especially when Tyrfing puts his oar in. Mako's eyebrows shoot up in surprise and curious interest. "Well," she comments, "that's new."

She looks as though she means to say more, but just then the sliding door slams open and there's Alexis making his dramatic entrance. "Hey," she says, briefly surprised but not unduly ruffled by the sudden arrival. "It's a crowd today, I guess. Good thing you thought to bring snacks, Koji-kun; I would've if I'd known there were going to be this many of us." A little wave of greeting to Alexis, but then she's looking towards Koji with a curious headtilt. "Do I get an introduction to your friend?" she wonders, tipping her head towards where he left his phone.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-08 21:30:08 78166
<<Kitty... tch...>>

"Enough." Koji says towards his phone, sounding almost hurt by all of this as he reaches down and pushes the power button on it, blanking the screen for a moment. It doesn't actually turn it off, but it's a symbolic thing as he then says, "Of course, nothing special." And then a chuckle, "That's me!" As he rubs on the back of his neck. His shoes finally come off and are rested next to his things as he just EYES Alexis for a moment as some kind of recognition passes there, and not entirely a pleasant one. But whatever his apparent impression of the other guy is, he doesn't actually say anything...

...however, given the attitudes being flung back and forth, he approaches Makoto instead of Kyouko and says to her in a slightly quieter tone, "That's Tyrfing... he's my partner, of sorts. I can't really turn off a few of the things he gives me. Like my vision, or his ability to talk to me. I don't need the glasses, but since I wore them before we merged, it's how he stores his combat forms. I hope that's allright, Miss Makoto?"
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-08 21:46:29 78171
By the time the Inexplicable And Implausible wind has ceased whipping through Alex's clothes, his green gaze has leveld itself upon Kyouko. And his eyes narrow. "Still with the Big Talk, Red," he murmurs, with a step taken further inside so that he can slide the door closed behind him with one hand, all while his other tugs on a lapel of his jacket to start drawing it off of his body.

"Either way," he goes on. "Kaz over there--" Headtilt towards Wall-Kun. "Had been trying to get me meeting with Kino before I tur--"

He pauses. Slowly, his eyes turn over towards Koji, and blink slowly.

"Who's this?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-08 21:58:16 78173
"Koji Silvia," Kazuo answers Alexis, blunt. "Silvia, this is Alexis Raskoph. Besides us, the two of you have Lacrima in common as an acquaintance. Which is why I'm unconcerned about your name being shared, Silvia-san - it'd happen shortly in any event." He considers the pair of them for a moment. "Silvia needs to learn the basics of taking care of himself in a fight. Observing Raskoph will either help teach you what to do -" Kazuo's eyes gleam - "or demonstrate for you what not to do, depending on his mood."

(Teasing Alex for the day: check.)

He inclines his head to Makoto. "If the actual expert is inclined to permit, of course. Your judgment in this field is considerably better than mine."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 22:04:27 78175
    Kyouko seems happy enough to let Koji make his own introduction to Makoto once she has done the initial legwork. Instead, her eyes narrow at Alex, and she marches up to him as he removes his jacket, raising a hand to poke him lightly in the chest. "Still talkin' the big talk because I still walk the big walk." She says, before putting her hands on her hips. "Ain't no other way I know how to do it."

    She then glances over as Kunzite introduces Koji to Alex. She chuckles at his words, before nodding her head, stepping away from Alex again and saying, mostly to Koji, "Yeah, Mako-chan is the real expert here, so she's probably the one you should listen to. I mean, don't get me wrong, I can throw down with the best of 'em but.. well, that's why I train with Mako-chan." She grins at the other girl. "She's got a lot more formal training than me."
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 22:09:09 78178
"It's fine," Makoto assures Koji. "I was just a little surprised, that's all - I know a few people who use Devices, but I'm not used to seeing one be so talkative. Assuming it's the same kind of thing, anyway."

The acknowledgment from both Kunzite and Kyouko has her ducking her head a little, grinning and rubbing the back of her neck in vague embarrassment. "It's true that I've had formal training," she allows. "Practical experience counts for a lot too, though, and I think Kyouko has me beat there. Anyway, I'm happy to try and help as much as I can."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-08 22:20:03 78181
Almost immediately he looks back at his phone in a warning gesture, and then smiles to put on his best face to Makoto, "He's an older Belkan Unison Device... most of the Devices here are Intelligent Devices, he tells me. Ones like Tyrfing can physically work side by side with the partners, instead of just being an intelligent interface."

The phone's speaker rumbles out, <<That's not what I called it...>>

Leaving that at that, he bows to Alex, and says (I kid you not), "Hello person I've never met before."

When he straightens up, Koji takes a step back next to Makoto then, planting his flag firmly into the 'training and discipline' camp versus Team Practical Experience.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-08 22:42:18 78187
It's nearly instantenous. Kyouko might be making just a light, teasing poke, but Alex meets it with his own hand suddenly snapping to grabbing onto her wrist. "The Walk ain't made of words, Red," he murmurs with a wide flash of his teeth in what amounts to a grin before his hand draws away and up to loosening his tie instead, jacket discarded to piling down onto the floor near the door now instead. "This much is obvious," he says in the meantime, loosened tie pulled away from his neck and then flipped to send coiling along his hand and grabbed on again to tighten against his knuckles. "But when it comes to superpowers or whatever, I'd lose in an instant to any of you outside of some very favorable circumstances. I don't get to fire laserbeams or swing magic weapons or fly or whatever else of the sort. Don't think that means I'm weak. The fights I have been through my life may not have been against world-threatening Youma, but..." The hand with the tie wrapped along it, now curled into a fist, is raised, pointed upwards, just in front of him. "There was still meaning in them."

It's finally Koji his eyes settle on again-- combined with the greeting from him and the talk of... Well. Belkan Devices and such.

His gaze glazes over blank for a moment with that, and he slowly blinks. Silence for a few seconds while received information is processed. Analyzed. Matched with earlier archives. "Oh," he lets out eventually. "Something like what Hannah has?"

His eyes twitch towards the phone. "Hers didn't do *that* when I fought with her though."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 22:49:11 78188
    When Alex grabs her wrist, he can feel Kyouko tense. She might have hit him, just then, but clearly makes an effort to restrain her instincts. Something about working on anger management? Maybe she's making a real effort at that. She tosses her head, red hair flipping, as he lets go of her and walks back towards the center of the mat with a predatory grace that is definitely more noticable than in her usual walking gait.

    Kyouko grins at Makoto, clearly pleased by the return compliment, and offers, "Well, I'm not saying I'd lose in a real-deal fight with Mako-chan.. but I am saying that I'm in absolutely no hurry to test that hypothesis, either." She glances at the phone as Alex comments on it, and adds, "It's a magic cat." With maybe just a bit of a look for Tyrfing (because 'pole-girl' still makes her sound like a stripper.)

    Then she glances at Alex again. "All fights have meaning. And there's no magic here, so we're all on even terms." She jerks her chin. "So you wanna go first, or what?" She laughs, glancing over towards Makoto and Koji. "I have a feeling Mako-chan might be better suited to showing Koji a few moves in her own style, anyway." Kyouko's advice tends to be to the point and... practical. Just ask Naru, who once described training with Kyouko as 'basically falling on my butt for two hours'.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 22:56:20 78189
"I'll warn you," Makoto notes to Koji, somewhat apologetically, "just because I've had training myself doesn't mean I'm all that great at teaching other people. It's kind of a different set of skills, you know?"

A glance toward Kyouko and Alexis, and she grins before focusing back on Koji. "I'm happy to show you some basics to start with, though. Just, if you're having any trouble getting it, let me know and I'll try a different way. If you're a beginner, you probably definitely want to start with me instead of Kyouko - she plays rough." It's said not as criticism, but rather with audible affection.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-08 22:57:36 78190
"Keep using the phrase 'magic cat' like that," Kazuo notes to Kyouko, tone particularly bland, "and sooner or later the one who made that band on your wrist may 'accidentally' set it to permanently stream whatever music you hate most. Interspersed with infomercials that would make Jadeite wince." There's a little twitch at the corner of his mouth.

He does not contradict Alexis. Not either part. And at the end of Makoto's words, he glances between both girls with the barest perceptible fondness.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-08 23:08:39 78191
"...I don't want to fight. Not really." Koji admits after a long moment, and looks over at Kunzite for some kind of support, "I don't even really want to hurt people. The times I HAD to fight... well, that's how I ended up like this, and how I ended up here. This world... this... layer of reality that sort of sits on what people take as normal? This is scarier than I want it to be. But I'm involved, and my parents are involved. I have to protect them... and I can't be selfish about it. I have to protect others."

He turns to face Makoto and then bows to her once more, saying with a rigidity to it as his eyes look down at the ground, "If you can teach me whatever you can, I'd be grateful. Anything I can learn can make us fight better as a team. The more I can do, the more Tyrfing is freed up to do what he can do... and we'll become better together."

Straightening up once more, he gulps, and then gets a nervous smile, "I guess I'm saying I'm ready anytime you want to put me on the floor, Miss Makoto. No need to be gentle. Pain today means survival tomorrow."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-08 23:19:39 78192
"A... magic... cat..." Alex repeats after Kyouko in a tone that speaks of bafflement and disbelief at the same time, leaving him flicking his green gaze back and forth between Koji's phone and Kyouko for a few times over. "...Hannah's *definitely* didn't have that." A glance towards Kunzite. "I get the feeling it's perhaps best I don't think about that too much though."

The look he levels on Koji within the next few seconds is a more solemn one, though. "Hold on to that feeling, kid," he says, voice at least attempted to be kept to some side of gentle. "THat's going to get you far, when all else fails."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 23:26:13 78193
    Kyouko glances over at Kunzite, then down at the band on her wrist. For a second her brows furrow, and then the light seems to go on and she shoots him a glance again like 'oh shit, don't tell her'. Then she's laughing at the overhead comment of Makoto's about 'playing rough'. "Hey, I'm a rough-cut diamond, what can I say."

    She eyes Koji at his words, but doesn't add anything. Instead, she looks back to Alex, raising her brows. "Right, right, all fine and good. So, you wanna watch them, or you wanna try and hit me, Raskoph?" She asks, a playfully challenging tone in her voice.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 23:31:10 78195
Makoto's green eyes soften as she listens to what Koji says. As Alexis expresses his approval, Mako nods in agreement with his words. "That's a good attitude," she says. "I'll help you out as much as I can. And, if you need backup, you shouldn't think twice about calling."

Drawing in a long breath, she straightens her shoulders and squares her stance a little. "So, should we get started? You'll want to stretch first, make sure everything's loosened up." She'd barely gotten started on her own stretches before the guys came in; she resumes them now, by way of demonstration.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-06-08 23:36:02 78197
"Don't worry too much about pain," Kazuo notes aside to Koji. "There's inherent risk in any of this. But part of what I'm here for is to be able to go and fetch help immediately if anything goes wrong. So you don't have to worry about accidents."

Only part of what he's there for. Given that at Makoto's resuming her routine, he pushes away from the wall for the sake of imitating her... and keeping half an eye on Koji, just as an extra check to make sure Koji can attempt the same.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-08 23:37:53 78200
"Yes, Miss Makoto!"

Moving off and away from the others for a moment, Koji sits down to begin some basic stretches... working his arms and legs as he idly watches the others. But for now, he's fairly quiet.
Makoto Kino 2017-06-08 23:39:47 78202
"Just 'Makoto' is fine!" She's laughing a little as she says it, working her way through her usual stretch routine with unusual deliberation, taking care to give Koji time to observe what she's doing. "You don't need to call me 'Miss,' Koji-kun."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-08 23:42:37 78206
"I'm don't tend to back down if you're asking to be punched," Alex tells Kyouko, tone briefly slipping towards the same sort of challenging value that she held in her own just now. "But-- should we while they're going at it? I don't tend to stay within boundaries when it comes to fights."

"If you think that's fine though, then..." He lifts his hand - the one with the tie looped around - up held in a fist and pointed towards the redhead, his own green eye glinting faintly with *something*. "Show me how you shine, Crazy Diamond."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-08 23:47:50 78209
    Kyouko rolls her eyes. "It's not a real fight, it's training." She says to Alex. She gestures around the pad-lined room. "Anyway, there's plenty of space in here. Just don't get confused and punch the wrong person." She smirks at that.. then quirks a brow as Alex turns her challenge back around. "I'm pretty sure that I told you to try and hit me." She points out, sounding mildly miffed.

    Then she sighs, shaking her head. "But if that's the way it's gotta be.." She doesn't even assume any kind of stance or anything like that. She just, quite suddenly, snaps her arm out with her bandage-wrapped fist extended, a lightning quick jab aimed right towards his chin.
A Siberian cat 2017-06-09 00:02:26 78217
After Koji does his basic school stretches, he replies instead with just a hint of humor in his bare eyes, "Yes, Makoto-sensei." And then begins to follow along with her stretches. He seems to be prescient enough to not only watch what she does, but also how long she does it, and how she adjusts with it. He's neither as long-legged or limber as the 'Soldier of Thunder and Courage', but his Kyudo training does mean that he understands some of the basic martial arts tenants.

Which is why as soon as he's followed through on her routine, he goes into a kneel and then rests his backside on his heels like a proper student, resting his hands on his thighs.

Across the way, and near Kazuo, Tyrfing reappears on the screen, and then says towards Kazuo, <<Hey! Can you turn me so this phone's camera can face them? I want to record some of this so I can analyze it against fighting systems in my codex. So I can give some extra help off-hours.>>
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-09 00:25:57 78221
Come Kyouko's fist, and Alex's head is suddenly a feet or so further back and to the side, carried off by a lean of his body and a slide of a step, all equating to the same speed as that of Kyouko's arm.

He doesn't stop htere, though-- he immediately bounces further back and then agin to the side. His fists aren't brought up in further perparation, though. He's just... kinda swaying there.

"Of course it's going to be like that," he claims with his teeth bared out in a perpetual grin. "It wouldn't be any other way with us, don't you think? Come on-- I'm not made of glass."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-09 00:36:47 78224
    Kyouko quirks a brow as Alex manages to jerk his head out of the way of her fist. "Not bad," She admits, glancing over to Kunzite as if to say 'you are ready in case I hit him and break his head, right?' Then she looks back at Alex.

    She scowls faintly. "What, you afraid to hit a girl or somethin'? This is supposed to be a spar, not a 'see who can take the most punches' contest. I ain't gonna sit here and beat on you if you don't at least try and fight back. I might be an asshole but I'm not a sadist."

    She eyes him for a moment, then experimentally jabs out another punch towards his midsection, underhand. Her movements are quick, and with little in the way of telegraphing, almost as if she doesn't know herself how she's going to move until she does. "If this is how you fight on the streets, I'm surprised you've lasted this long."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-09 00:53:50 78228
"You're asking that after I tossed a crane at Hannah?" Asks Alex in return with a bark of laughter, steadily swaying himself along a perimeter around Kyouko. "Or I guess you wouldn't know about that part. Still."

Kyouko's repeated approach is responded to immediately too, though. This time one of his arms does thrust over to swipe his open palm into her wrist to force her arm to redirect even just a little bit while he steps around it-- but there's no counter-attack this time, either. He just bounces his way to the side and around Kyouko's perimeter. Which probably looks hilarious to some extent when he's the larger one of the two. "I fight however I deem necessary any given time. That's all there is to it."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-09 01:05:40 78231
    "I hate to break it to you," Kyouko replies, "But I don't make a habit of following your every exploit like it's a goddamn comic book. Or Hannah's, for that matter. Though if that's true, good job- I'm jealous. I'd like to drop a crane on her." She snorts as he knocks her arm to the side, the blow grazing him but not landing with any particular force.

    "I still don't see no punches though," She shoots back, turning to watch him as he move around her. She still doesn't display any particular stance, or look as though she is 'ready' in any visible way. She's just sort of standing there, though there's a looseness to her limbs which suggests the capacity for rapid movement. "Pretty sure that's how fighting works," She says, with regards to his 'however I deem necessary' comment. "But it ain't much of a spar if you don't actually try to hit me."

    She eyes him for a moment.. then suddenly twists and slides her foot around, trying to smack it into Alex's ankle and send him toppling onto the mats.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-09 01:26:38 78233
The whole time, Alex's eyes focus intently on Kyouko-- every bit of her movement. The smallest ways in which her limbs and muscles twist to bring her closer, that guide her body.

As if though there's a method to his madness.

He keeps up the sidestrafing and bouncing either way. All the way up until she makes the spin and sweeps her foot into his own. He sees it coming, yes-- and he makes a bounce up to avoid it, but she smacks into the bottom of his foot just enough to send him stumbling backwards with an exaggerated "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" His other foot stomps down a moment after in an effort to stabilize him again, but by then Kyouko's probably coming for him again.

But then, of all things, that foot has stomped into his earlier-disarded jacket, dragging it along the matted floor in the forward sweep and bounced up into the air, fluttering open in the space between the two fighters as it flies towards Kyouko.

And with it, behind and then around, Alex comes bouncing right towards her. WIth a fist raised up and just besides his shoulder, sprung at the ready-- and the instant he comes to her line of sight again, it's launched straight for her jaw. The unfortunate fact of the height difference means that it's just that much easier to aim at the head than anything else on her, for him.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-09 01:43:49 78237
    Kyouko grunts in satisfaction when her blow sends Alex stumbling backwards, and she indeed follows, moving lightly forward in pursuit. But he transforms the stumble into a divesion, using his foot to kick the jacket up towards her. Her eyes widen slightly, her movement arresting as she seeks to avoid getting tangled up in the jacket.

    At which point, Alex suddenly bounds at her around the jacket with a punch already in motion. It's a good move, and it nearly catches her. But Kyouko moves like a viper, even without the aid of magic her reaction times are nearly inhuman- there are some benefits to never thinking before you act.

    Even as the punch is coming towards her, Kyouko actually snags the jacket out of the air, twisting it between herself and Alex, attempting to wrap the jacket around his arm and then use it to yank his punch off course while simultaneously pulling herself out of the way.

    Even if she avoids taking a hit to the jaw, she doesn't avoid the blow completely, Alex's fist thudding into her shoulder instead, which makes her wince. But a little pain is no stranger to Kyouko, and she hardly slows down. If she succeeded in wrapping the jacket around Alex's arm mid-punch, she now hauls down on it, turning to the side and pulling one way while sending her elbow in the opposite direction, hoping to literally pull Alex into the blow by way of the jacket.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-09 02:05:17 78240
Alex finds his leather jacket coiling about his arm just in time with his fist slamming into Kyouko's shoulder.

And yet, he seems to just *smile* about this. Even with the elbow rapidly approaching towards his face.

He twists and turns through his continued momentum towards Kyouko, just enough that when the jacket *did* come around his jacket, he's still managing to take to pulling himself free of it. But that doesn't stop the contact trajectory of his head and Kyouko-elbow.

*SMACK* goes bone into Alex's cheek. That's going to bruise. Really, really badly. But Kyouko doesn't seem to be the only one who isn't a stranger to pain. Alex groans in pain, but he doesn't recoil enough to stumble back-- instead he keeps pushing his weight forward and into her, continuing to pivot himself around the arm that just slammed into him, with his closest arm going wrapping around her shoulders. Momentum and his own weight used to his advantage to bring both of them toppling down once he's spun to besides and just behind her.

Just with the intent of bringing her down below him. Apparently someone has some wrestler spirit in him, too.
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-09 02:17:41 78241
    Kyouko is no stranger to taking a blow in order to inflict a blow (see her fight with Fiore a year or so ago), and she has to feel some respect for Alex as he takes an elbow to the face and tries to use the inertia of the attack to bring her down to the mats, where it's true that his size and weight would give him a considerable advantage.

    And she does go down, because she's quick but she isn't quite quick enough to reverse the motion of her strike (even if she had wanted to). She doesn't even try, because she realizes it would be futile.

    But as stated, she's quick. In fact, quickness (in both movement and reaction-time) is probably her biggest asset, since (without magic involved) her relatively slight and slender frame isn't going to be breaking any strength records. So, while she does topple over, she manages to slip out from Alex's arm, turning the fall into a roll away from him which ends with her sprawling sideways on the mat- but importantly, not underneath him, but next to him.

    At which point, she does a rather impressive kip-up, regaining her feet.. but instead of closing in for another attack, she just grins and offers a hand to help Alex back to his feet. "You're not bad," She admits, rotating her shoulder where it's sore from the blow he landed. "Not bad."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-09 02:18:43 78242
Standing up from his spot, Koji goes over to his bags and takes out two bottles of water from it, coming over to both and offering them out as he says softly, "Here."
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-09 02:27:29 78245
In a show of similiar quickness in reaction times and instinct - or ability to more analytically proess what's happening perhaps - Alex rolls off to opposite side the very instant, almost, that Kyoko's slipping and rolling away from him. And instantenous judgement on the result of the takedown. The roll turns to bring him to a kneeling crouch and an instantenous bounce up to his feet - though in a slightly lowered stance - about five meters away from Kyouko.

For just a split second, he stares back at her with narrowed eyes of sheer focus, but he doesn't bolt after her, either. Rather, after those few seconds, he lets out a quiet sound that vaguely sounds like a chuckle and slowly straightens himself up in his stance, the hand with his tie tied around it moving up to brush the back of it along the corner of his mouth. "That goes to you, too," he murmurs, with a flash of teeth. "When it comes to two people with fighting experience up to this point, my larger size ends up working against me. You've got enough instinct to see past the usual streetfightin' tricks, too-- in this kind of place, a straight slugging match ends up being where it's at with people like us."
Kyouko Sakura 2017-06-09 02:33:39 78246
    "I admit," Kyouko says, "That I don't have the strength to beat you in a straight-up slugging match." She shrugs her shoulders. "But strength ain't everything, either. There's always a way to get inside somebody's defenses."

    She takes the bottle of water from Koji and grins, popping it open and taking a swig. "Hey, thanks kid. You ready to take a turn yet?" Clearly an offer made in jest, although she would of course be happy to do just that if he actually declared that he was.

    She then glances back to Alex. "'Course I know all the usual tricks. I lived, and fought, on the streets for years before my fortunes took a turn for the not-awful. I probably been in more alley brawls than you have." She chuckles, "Course, I was already a magical girl when that whole period of my life started, so it's not like I was just relying on my fighting skills."

    She glances over towards Makoto and Kunzite, then. "I'm gonna go splash some water on my face. I'll be back in a minute." And then she's moving towards the door and slipping out of the room.
Alexis Raskoph 2017-06-09 02:48:25 78250
"Don't be so sure about that number," insists Alex before a quick swig taken from the provided water bottle for himself. "We've both had our own circumstances." There's no further elaboration on *that*, however. But yeah-- two things a lot of people forget don't exist in real fights. 'Unbreakable defense' and 'move without counter'. There's a reason most stripm all karatekas don't tend to last very far."

The bottle's brought up, suddenly, just enough to pour a bit of it onto his head with his head shaken out with a sharp "Bwooh!" before the bottle's corked up again. "Kinda stole your show here," he offers with a vaguely-apologetic smile sent Koji's way. "Sorry 'bout that."
A Siberian cat 2017-06-09 02:52:08 78251
Stepping back, Koji doesn't really say much at first, just resting his back and the heel of one foot against the wall as he looks off and away. But then he looks back towards Alex, saying, "Nothing to steal. I watched, and so did my friend."

Again he takes a breath, and reaches up to adjust a lock of his hair away from his eyes, and then looks around the room again, as if trying to find anything else to look at than Alex at this point.