OC: With Kaitholas CageIC: Erif, [color=#b22222;]Fiera[/color], [color=#000080;]Akira[/color]
[color=#000080;]"Precisely the point. Not always will you be able to choose your fight. You might find yourself abushed by an assassin in the middle of a night, with nothing but your hands. Then what do you do, if you can only rely on your weapon?" Akira drove the point home, returning to the ring. "Erif, you're up." Akira called the other Ta-Toa in. This one was an open book for her. Aside from the fact that Fiera liked him and he was also an archer, she knew nothing of him. "Begin."[/color]
Erif shrugged off his bow and dropped into a fighting stance, not rushing in or attacking yet. Instead, the archer's sharp eyes were watching Akira carefully, for any opening or sign of weakness.
[color=#000080;]Akira was circling around the ring. Erif was careful and waiting, something she didn't expect form a fire-spitter. And she apparently had the same idea. One of them had to move, so Akira decided to break the stalemate herself again and faked a quick sidestep, then ran straight at the toa of fire. She dove and spun, trying to kick the legs from under him.[/color]
Erif jumped to the side, Akira's foot just grazing the back of his leg. The Ta-Toa kept a firm grasp on his emotions, waiting for the perfect moment to release them. Trying to hit a Toa on the ground... Weak time.
[color=#000080;]Akira saw Erif did not take a good opportunity. One kick to the head and she could have been out if it connected. Of course, now she remembered: Erif seemed conflicted about the ways of the paladins before. Was he conflicted about hitting her while she was in obvious disadvantage? Only one way to find out. Akira stayed crouched, sending her next kick against Erif's patella.[/color]
Erif jumped backward, the sweep kick going under his feet. Akira was good, but his missed opportunity had given him ample reaction time. He attacked for the first time, sending a kick toward Akira's shins and pulling back rapidly.
[color=#000080;]Akira quickly bended her leg, though not fast enough. Fortunately her shinguard took the brunt of the attack, but she could still feel there would be a big bruise there. But slowly, she came up with a recipie. Bending slightly and swinging her arms, she thrown a handful of dirt into Erif's eyes. Sparing no time, she launched herself up, her other arm in front of her in and attempt to ram Erif out of the ring.[/color]
Erif shielded his eyes, some dirt getting in them anyway. Still, he was ready for something to happen, because one doesn't just throw dirt in someone's eyes and then not take advantage. Especially not a dirty fighting paladin. The archer dodged to the side, Akira's charge going past him. Still, he couldn't capitalize because of his partially blinded state, but he got some of it out.
[color=#000080;]Akira kept her eyes on Erif as she flown by. Acting quickly while her advantage lasted, she spun around, bringing her leg down on Erif in an axe kick.[/color]
Erif stumbled back, the kick knocking him back toward the center of the ring. He kept his balance, however, and managed to get the sand out of his eyes. The Ta-Toa dropped back into his stance, raising an eyebrow at Akira.
[color=#000080;]"You fight like a Toa." Akira said, "You prefer to fight clean and with honor. It's admirable, don't get me wrong-" She said and tried to land a punch mid-sentence, "but the bitter truth is: In the end, it doesn't matter how you fought, only if you live."[/color]
Erif saw the punch coming, catching her fist in his hand. "Oh, I've stayed alive this far. I choose to fight better, not dirtier."
[color=#b22222;]"Throwing stones into the Muaka's cave. That's what you are doing right now."[/color] [color=#000080;]Fiera could be heard from outside the ring. At the same time, Akira grabbed Erif's hand with the one she still had free. With a swing of her leg, she jumped and spun parallel to the ground, trying to dislocate his joints.[/color]
Erif felt the strain, but his new larger, tougher form let him resist for long enough to spin along with her, until he could slow her down enough to stop the spin and break the grab. The Ta-Toa sent a punch at her stomach and a short leg sweep at her feet.
[color=#000080;]Akira sidestepped, avoiding the punch, but she didn't expect a strike at her legs at the same time. And facing three others before, she was getting tired. She crashed to the ground, immediately rolling away from Erif and getting one her feet again, breathing heavily. "Suggestions?" She asked. [/color][color=#b22222;]"Alcohol. Lot of it. The only thing I know of that can bring him down, that and cheeky flirts." I said with a grin.[/color]
Erif grinned slightly at Fiera's joke, keeping his eyes on Akira.
[color=#000080;]Akira quickly scanned the ring. Seeing nothing that could give her an edge, she folded her arms on her chest. "You know what? I'm done being the only one willing to make a move. The bad guys are not just going to wait until you have a day off to deal with them." she said and swung her hand.[/color] [color=#b22222;]I shrieked as water enveloped my head, leaving very little air around. I tried to get out, but it was like if the water sphere was glued to my neck.[/color] [color=#000080;]"You have roughly two minutes before the girl of your dreams suffocates. Move!"[/color][color=#b22222;] I heard a muffled speech. She's trying to make him go berserk. Don't worry Fiera, she wouldn't let you die.... right? I thought, watching the fight with horror, but also new interest. While I was at it, I tried to evaporate the water as well, but it was going nowhere.[/color]
The Ta-Toa was trembling. Not from fear, no. This was what he looked like angry. Erif managed what he'd been doing since the beginning. He'd been bottling up his native anger, charging it - And threatening Fiera had given him the push he needed. Erif's fingers tingled with sparks, his abilities igniting. A bolt of flame flew from his hand, circling around Akira in a small ring, about two feet from her on either side. "You're going to release her right now."
[color=#b22222;]Seeing Erif fight for me made me feel a mix of pride and love. It lasted only shortly though, as a terrible shriek cut through the air, the water bubble around me dissipating. When I looked towards the source, I saw what I never thought I'd see. Akira was lying on the ground, arched back. Her mouth was still trying to scream, but there was no more air in her lungs. And what I saw in her eyes was no fear. It was genuine terror.[/color]
The flames disappeared in an instant, Erif dropping his stance and running to Akira. "Oh Mata Nui, I didn't think... Artahka, I'm sorry."
[color=#b22222;]I also hurried on the scene, not quite sure what just happened. But if I had to guess, whatever caused Akira's scarring also scarred something else than just her skin. "Akira! wake up!" I said, grabbing her by the collar and shaking her a little. She wouldn't snap out of it, muttering something unintelligible, like if she was talking in a dream. Not knowing what to do, I gave her a smack. She stopped spasming and after a moment looked at me. Her expression was one of disorientation, but also shame. I helped her up as she was still trembling. [/color][color=#000080;]"Sorry you had to see that."[/color] [color=#b22222;]she coughed, trying to stand on her own. [/color][color=#000080;]"Remember how I said I don't sleep anymore? Well, I guess now you know why."[/color][color=#b22222;] She whispered. "Can I help you?" I asked. She shook her head: [/color][color=#000080;]"I don't think so."[/color][color=#b22222;] Her gaze shifted to Erif, and i gave them a worried look. To my surprise and great relief, Akira was smiling.[/color][color=#000080;] "Not the reaction I expected, but I can't argue with the results. You violated the rules though, I win."[/color][color=#b22222;] she grinned as if nothing just happened.[/color]
"Wrong. You violated the rules first, bringing elemental control into this. Threatening Fiera was never a condition." Erif smiled slightly.
[color=#000080;]"Not exactly. I said no elements in the fight. What happens outside the ring has nothing to do with that."[/color][color=#b22222;] Akira defended.[/color][color=#000080;] "Though now I know what to do if Fiera takes her time discovering her powers - I'll just grab YOU and threaten to throw you down a cliff or something."[/color][color=#b22222;] she said, earning an irritated look form me. "So, we're not going to talk about what just happened? At all?" I asked. Akira gave me one of those gazes that could kill. "For all that talk about us being ready if something happens in a fight, that seemed like a major issue right there!" I said, not willing to let it go. [/color][color=#000080;]"You have no idea what this is about. Let it go."[/color][color=#b22222;] She growled and walked aside, apparently wanting some time alone with her thoughts. I sighed. It didn't take a genius to realize we were done for today. "I know it's not my place," I told Erif, "but she needs help. That can get her killed!"[/color]
Erif glared after Akira. "Limited time was never part of it, either." The Ta-Toa turned back to Fiera. "I assume when she trusts us enough to talk about it, she will."
[color=#b22222;]"Yeah..." I sighed, staying silent for a while, before my attention ran out. "And HEY... How did you do thaaaaaat!" I whined, feeling left out. Everyone but me could command at least their elements now, even if only sporadically.[/color]
"I contained my anger till the cap broke. Funneled it into flames."
[color=#b22222;]I thought about what he said for a moment. Remembering my attempts at the Inn, it would certainly seem like anger and Ta-Toa were bound together. But my bottle just wouldn't break. "I see." I said, wondering what it would take for me to get mad enough. "I guess I'll just have to wait for it." I sighed. "I just feel so worthless."[/color]
Erif's face softened and he put his arm around Fiera. "Never feel that way."
[color=#b22222;]I gave him a weary smile and rested my head on his shoulder. "Well, looks like we have a free evening. Any idea what to do with it?" I smiled, guilty of lust. Who wouldn't be after he put a paladin to the ground for me, even though not entirely by his doing.[/color]
Erif smiled and kissed Fiera. This wasn't a rushed affair like last time. Nope, this was a long, slow, leisurely kiss. "I can think of a few ways, not all of them appropriate."
[color=#b22222;]"No no, please, by all means, do continue..." I smiled, meaning both the kiss and his line of thought.[/color]