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Private [BLAZING FISTS] Shoto Todoroki v. Kanami Mashita

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Everything was just obscured by steam. Shoto could barely see a few feet in front of him. It probably wasn't a very good show for the audience, but they were very far back in his mind. The only other person who existed at that moment was Kanami, and he was determined to finish the fight.

As soon as he heard someone clearing their throat, he turned and shot another fireball in that direction. The next thing he knew, something was hitting his shoulder, sending him staggering backwards.
 
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It worked? It worked! Well.. kind of. As she slipped aside, Kanami's foot caught in one of the spaces between the stones making up the ground of the colosseum, drawing her up short, and she didn't get as far from the blast as she hoped. Heat from the edges of the fireball seared along her defensively-raised left arm, the ends of the curls on the left side of her wig singed and crumbling and burned across her cheek and jaw.

The fist had already flown and found its spot, knocking him off-balance, and she tried to focus on that rather than the stinging. She'd reflexively spun away, turning back around. Murmuring under her breath briefly in acknowledgement of the pain, she managed to find her footing and turned toward him. Raising her injured arm in a defensive stance again, just in case he tried something this close, she closed the distance and attempted to grab his arm in a throw.
 
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There was the familiar smell of things burning that told Shoto he'd at least somewhat succeeded. At the very least, his fire hit someone and had caused damage of some sort. That was definitely better than how most of the fight was going.

Just as he was recovering from the knock to the shoulder, he felt something grabbing his arm. He'd already committed to shooting out more ice to cover the ground around him, so he couldn't really react to that other than trying to shake her off.
 
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Her arm and face stung a little extra in the cold mist, a shudder moving up her spine as she ignored the pain and forced her arm to keep moving rather than flinching or locking up. The air around them was starting to get colder again and there was that look of focus on Shoto's face as he extended his other arm.

She had once shot, now that she was so close- make this throw. If she made it, maybe he'd miss her- or maybe he was even faster than she was, since they were so close. If it was the last one, or if she missed, she was absolutely going to slide on the ice or be caught in it, and neither would be good.

Hand on his arm, Kanami took a deep breath, braced her hip against his while tugging his arm, and attempted to throw him over her side and onto the ground.

Oh man, this could go so bad- but either way, it was going to be so neat to know she had tried it, and how to do it better in the future.
 
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Normally, Shoto's ice was fast enough that only someone like Iida would be able to outspeed it. It was one of the things that made him so formidable, overwhelming power that he could call on immediately. Most people didn't have any good ways to counter that.

By that point in the fight, however, he was struggling to keep focus, due to the ringing in his ears and exhaustion creeping up his spine. It made it so much harder to make enough ice to even think of catching Kanami, especially when he had to make it all so scattershot.

The next thing he knew, he was off his feet and in the air. It reminded him of his fight with Bakugo at the festival. Less violent than his throw, of course, but the effect was the same. Acting almost on instinct, Shoto twisted in midair and created another wall of ice, or more accurately, a wave.

Out of the steam he sped, almost surfing on his growing wave of ice. He was quickly followed by Yukiko, who was trying to sprint after him.

"Don't go too far away!" she chided, "come on!"
 
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She felt it work, his weight shifting as she pulled.

His feet came off of the ground, and she spun to keep facing him as he landed, just in case he swung back her way, or rolled-

What she saw was soooo much cooler than that- and she didn't even think it based on the ice pun! She stepped back fast to avoid getting stuck in the edge of the ramp, mouth slightly agape as she watched him ice surf away, eyes wide. "Daaamn, that's just so awesome!" she exclaimed aloud, an amazed smile on her face.

Oh, wait, the fight! Using her scorched hand, she started to unwrap another ribbon from her upper, unburned arm as she climbed up onto the ice. The glimmers of gold appeared around her feet as she found her balance and started to run rapidly after him.
 
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Shoto was planning to get some distance to at least rethink what his strategy was. Kanami was clearly more of a melee fighter, which meant keeping away was ideal. While his ice wave was good for getting around quickly, it took a lot of concentration and balance to keep from going flying. He could only recognize her cry of respect in the back of his mind, even though the fact that it reminded him of Midoriya threatened to be too distracting.

No, what did end up distracting him was Yukiko's continued yelling, which caused him to glance behind him to check on her. Then he saw Kanami using his ice to chase after him. Shit, this wasn't going as planned.

Without wasting much time to think about it, Shoto stopped his ice, landing on steady feet as he skidded to a stop. Fine, it looked like he needed to stop holding back. It had felt like going overboard when he did it to Sero, but Kanami was clearly more like Midoriya or Bakugo. He needed to go all out.

Stomping his foot, Shoto created the biggest wall of ice he could manage without filling the arena itself. He couldn't aim it perfectly, but he made sure to keep from letting it develop in spikes, intending to catch Kanami, not skewer her.
 
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She'd hoped that, once she got the ribbon unwrapped from her arm, she could use it to finally snare him, pulling him backward along the ice to close the distance again. With his back being turned, and the vague chance that he wouldn't melt his slide with fire by using that, it might even work this time!

Then he turned around and there she was, ribbon in hand, closing in, and his expression shifted to something like- maybe respect, maybe resignation- or was it both? She thought she understood it, either way. Please do your best, because I will. Well, that she could accept. There was a brief moment when she met his eyes, and her head tilted the slightest bit, her free hand rising in something like a salute.

That was all she had time for as the ice started to mass around her, faster than she could think. Reeling back, she slid on the ice slide, reflexively twirling and spinning the ribbon around her as she channeled even more of her breath into the ripple, the sparks around her flying out to the end of the ribbon in a glowing arc. It didn't stop the ice from spreading around her, but it created a space around her within the ice so she wasn't completely pinned.
 
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If Shoto was intending to recreate his feelings from the festival, he couldn't have asked for anything better. Once his finishing move was over, he gazed at the frozen-over arena, only to see that he hadn't actually finished Kanami off. Just like when Bakugo had burst through his biggest ice wall.

His breath was misty as he shook his right arm out. He'd used so much ice in that last attack that he was getting close to his limit. Thinking was hard in that moment; his brain felt as frozen as his right side. It seemed to him that no matter what he did, she had a counter.

Since he couldn't make more ice without endangering himself, his only choice was to use more fire. It was more than a little bit of a relief, feeling the ice melt off of himself as he set himself ablaze once more in an attempt to throw another fireball.
 
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She might have given herself some breathing and moving room, but the ice had still surrounded her on three sides- and he was heating up again, the air around him flickering like hot asphalt even as the flames started to appear. That fire was a lot harder to avoid than the ice, and she didn't have nearly the same affinity in fighting it- but at least she had a lot of ice right here, and that could be handy. Snapping the ribbon, she dissipated the protective orb, taking a deep breath and ignoring the various burns and aches she was starting to get.

After all, she'd be fine after those. And if he was going to show her such cool things, she needed to be able to show him something just as awesome!

Grabbing an ice ledge, she channeled her energy into her grip on the frozen water, rapidly ascending the ice wall by alternately climbing and running over the slippery substance. The ice was almost vibrating under her feet, but she was careful not to push too hard on any of those tenuous bonds between the sheets- not yet. While she climbed she kept one eye on Shoto, ducking behind outcroppings and popping up only to jump to another spot.
 
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Shoto thought he'd gotten a handle on Kanami's abilities. During the fight he'd assumed he could accurately predict what she was going to do. And then she started running up his ice like it was the floor, and that threw everything out the window.

From the distance he was at, he could barely predict in what direction she was going to move next. Her evasive maneuvers were very effective. The only thing he could do was shoot fire in her general direction, trying to hit her like it was a game of wack-a-mole.
 
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Moving up the ice but it came with its own downsides; her hands had started to go numb and the burned skin was started to crack and sting all over again. She considered pausing in an outcropping, letting herself heal and catch her breath again as the cold threatened to sap it more- but he was going to find her eventually. The fire was a lot more dangerous, given how it could burn away her ribbons and how much breath and energy it took to deflect things.

A deep breath, then another, and she started to feel better- but Kanami knew she couldn't do this forever. She had to get him close enough to use her own strengths in this fight, not just counter his brilliant moves. A defensive game wasn't an option for a win. Even with her endurance training, her fitness, her breath control and her half-lifetime of dance, she was starting to feel the pinch of tiredness.

Sliding into a lower spot, she avoided a fireball and planted her feet to skid to a stop just out of sight. What would bring him.. oh. Maybe. Whipping off her scorched wig, she rested it on an outcropping, and whipped off her light coat, exposing her shoulders and placed that by it. Then, with a shout of exclamation she kicked the ice and shattered it, sending the chunk down with her wig and coat. At this distance, maybe he'd think she'd slipped and would see his chance? He was pretty smart, so she wasn't completely confident.
 
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Desperation was starting to settle into Shoto. Fighting against someone with a completely unpredictable set of abilities wasn't what he'd ever expected to face. So, being stuck in a battle with one meant he needed to just go as hard as he could. No holding back. Plus ultra.

It seemed to be simple luck that'd get him the win. Kanami let out a cry and he could see her falling from a pretty great height. At first, he wasn't even thinking about the battle, just the fact that she'd probably hurt herself more than he ever could if he didn't help.

Immediately, he started jetting forward on his ice again, intending to at least keep her from falling onto the stadium floor. This was an honorable fight, not a fight to the death. Letting her actually hurt herself was the last thing he wanted.
 
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Oh man, it worked! It.. worked. Seeing him rush over so readily she was elated, letting him get past her before Kanami started to run down the ice behind him. He really was intent on getting there, though she couldn't really tell why at this distance. Maybe he wanted to get his own advantage, or he was trying to get in position, or even fool her too. That was all totally fair too! It was a fight and if she slipped up, she didn't deserve too much mercy- or so Lisa-sensei had always told her. That's why being careful was so important.

If she'd known he was worried, she'd have felt guilty for her trick. She still might be later. Right now though, she only knew her plan was seemingly taking effect.

Her hair began to unwind as she ran, slipping from the loose bun she'd had it in under her wig, and by the time she was on the ice slid it was hanging in straggly strands, some up and some down. At the bottom of the ice wall she glanced over at Shoto, then took a deep breath, gave a loud whistle to catch his attention, and slammed the ice with both of her fists, sending the ripple through it and spreading the cracks and shattering it between them, some of the pieces flying in his direction.
 
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Shoto's focus was completely on the falling body of Kanami. Or, what he thought was her body. It didn't take too long to notice that she was a lot... clearer than he remembered. He only had a brief moment to realize that he was being tricked before she whistled from behind him.

The surprise, mixed with the sudden attack caused him to lose his balance. The ice wasn't even the most painful part for him, it was suddenly making impact with the ground after moving at high speeds like he was. Even he couldn't just stand up after a fall like that.
 
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The ribbons around her knuckles were starting to become damp from the friction and momentum of all of this contact with the ice- though fortunately that didn't affect things too much. Kanami watched the ice fly, and Shoto jerk to a halt before flying with it, her expression moving from victorious to shocked as his rough tumble continued. That looked like it hurt!

"Oh no," she said under her breath, channeling her energy once again to dash forward, avoiding some larger chunks of falling ice on a mission that was, unbeknownst to her, motivated a bit like his originally had been. Some of this was sharp and heavy and if he was face-down or dazed he might not be able to shoot fire to knock it out. But there was just so much distance that getting there before that seemed unlikely- so what then? And what if it was also a trick?

Unwrapping one of the few long ribbons left to her, she channeled the energy through it as she threw it forward, attempting to wrap it around Shoto's ankles- both, if they were close to each other, and tug him back toward her, and away from some of the crumbling ice wall that was coming down.
 
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With all the ice flying around and crashing, Yukiko had to watch from the maximum distance she could get between herself and Shoto. It was nerve-wracking, watching as things swiftly turned to chaos and she could barely see where her person was.

For his part, Shoto was mostly just trying to get his brain back into working order. A spill like that left him more than a little dazed, which at least made it easy for Kanami to wrap up his ankles and drag him away. At first, he was little more than dead weight, the only sign he was still alive being the random twitches he'd do.

It wasn't until he was basically right under Kanami that he snapped out of it. With a groan, he glanced up at her, eyes still a little unfocused.
 
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She kept the tension on the line until Shoto was pulled clear of the falling ice. He was so still that for a moment she wondered if he was already unconscious, the twitches looking, to her, like the spasms of someone who had been badly hurt. For a moment she was genuinely worried about why his Infinity Chip hadn't been triggered, ending the match and bringing over the healers. Was it broken? Should she check?

Now that he was closer she hesitated, pulling her ribbon free with a yank and letting it hang loosely in her hand as she started to step closer with a mind to see if he was at least awake. The moment hung there, seeming longer than it probably actually was before Shoto's groan broke the tension. Alive, that was great! He still looked confused, dazed from the spill he took or the dragging, but he was still a skillful fighter. He'd come back quickly. "Glad you're okay!"

Nodding once, she stepped quickly around him and toward the side that had produced the fire before, swinging toward his shoulder with a chopping motion, hoping to hit the joint and numb his arm before he could send more gouts of flame her way.
 
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Shoto had taken many bad hits throughout his life, so making it through that last bit of danger wasn't too surprising. Still, it left him slipping in and out of consciousness, and not really ready for Kanami to just chop at him like she did.

People weren't like video games, where they just had a bar of health that got chipped away at and eventually just died. Bodies weren't that simple. But, that last hit would be jarring enough on his already battered body that the chip he'd gotten activated.

Well, it was a good fight while he lasted, but Shoto couldn't hold on forever.
 
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