Treading New Waters

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Qarinah let the chaos of the electric trunade waft over her without so much as batting an eye. Zero's counter attack was quick, practically instant, but she soaked in as much of it as she could. The brilliant lights coloring her face followed by echoes of blistered the earth. The thunderous force barreling over and through her fluttering gown until it crashed into the shore behind her, commanding the tides into the clouds above. She found the light show exciting of course, but what truly returned the devils grin was watching Zero march through the dust and sediment with no pause in his strut.
Zero’s glossy body landed light as a feather, strutting forward into the aftermath of his strike against the gorgon’s blade. Electricity danced around him, up and down his body, across his limbs and down to his finger and toetips. He was charged up and ready to roll.
"Oh? You're approaching me? No sneaky attack? No elborate tactic?"

Qarinah jeered as her pupils narrowed into fine slits. She poised herself to engage, but took no formal stance.

She hung her arms at her sides, just above her waist with both of her palms open toward the encroaching storm of white/lavender. But strangely, she didnt look like she was anticipating his attack, so much as it seemed like she just wanted him to hit her. Her demeanor was calm, but her nails silently sharpened into mutated talons as her lips welcomed their volatile clash.

..Finally

She mumbled to herself, no longer able to keep her smirk from curling along her cheeks. The battlefield, boiled into molten gravel and crumbled rock was about to get its first drop of blood and she couldn't look more excited.

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“We’re clearly not the tactic types,” Zero chrotled through his nose as he raised his left hand to the darkened sky. An orb of electricity formed in his palm that he reached and dipped two fingers into with his other hand. He gripped the orb and lowered his arm to point directly at the encroaching gorgon beast. His thunder drenched fingers pulled back close to his eye and he took an archer’s aim directly at the creature’s chest. The lavender bolt he drew extended from beyond his pointer and behind his right shoulder, making a high pitched whine that was music to his ears, the sound and frequency of unadulterated energy, electricity.

“Let’s just get to the point,” he said casually, letting the arc loose at the monster. Their trades already had them at a zero-sum game, even on the battlefield. Zero needed to keep his range to stay out of her sight, just in case she wanted to blink him into a snowman. That’s assuming being struck by a bolt of lightning didn’t almost put her down by itself. Her power was fierce, that vacuum definitely would have made an issue if Zero didn’t already clear his airspace, and that was just with a toss. He needed to assess what kind of move would end this nightmare, so he started with a simple idea: dodge lightning.

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He gripped the orb and lowered his arm to point directly at the encroaching gorgon beast. His thunder drenched fingers pulled back close to his eye and he took an archer’s aim directly at the creature’s chest. The lavender bolt he drew extended from beyond his pointer and behind his right shoulder, making a high pitched whine that was music to his ears, the sound and frequency of unadulterated energy, electricity.

Qarinah's approach was slow and deliberate. Her feet barely touched ashened earth as she admired the vibrant wizard from afar. He'd finally wound up close enough for her to truly appreciate the subtle delicacies of his features. Athletics and combat molded his physical definitions. And the fine creases of arrogance along his cheeks truly complimented his youthful charm. He was a looker, too. Which helped when you were a performer already confident in your craft. But despite his flair, to no one's surprise, this high voltage circuis was beginning to bore Qarinah and the novelty of the chase had already run its course. Qarinah wanted her hands dirty.. which was why she smiled watching Zero  stop to mold another one of his hand held storms into an impromptu bow and arrow. He was adamant about his keeping his distance, it seemed to be where he was most comfortable.

No more of that.
“Let’s just get to the point,”

He said casually, letting the arc loose at the monster. Which prompted Qarinah's laser thin pupils to pulsate in response. From the beginning of their dance, she'd been fixated on every inch and centimeter of her opposite. She'd grown accustom to the explosive sounds his muscles made when they contracted. How his brown flesh literally beamed under moonlight. But beneath the beauty and aethetics of his techniques, Qarinah was hunting for weaknesses. Patterns. Faults in his discipline that she could exploit.

But once Zero's fingers let off his assault, Qarinah found what she was looking for. It was a tiny window he gave her but the second that arrow of plasma left his bow, Qarinah's 6' frame materialized in its place.

Zero would notice, hopefully too late, that this was no wild feat of speed. Qarinah teleported in front of him the second his contracting muscles in his back, chest, shoulders and biceps gave her the signal. Dodging lightning wasn't easy, mostly in part to its speed, but largely due to its temperamental nature. Unpredictability masked its incalculable velocity, making it a force of nature to be reckoned with. Therefore, the problem with trapping lightning in a bottle of course.. is the cracks in the bottle.

It took little effort anticipating when he'd let loose his bolt, and she didn't bother to look at the chaos it let off behind her. No she reappeared focused, with her right leg strategically placed in between Zero's left leg in attempts to thwart any hasty escapes before he hatched them, and trap him in place. Face to face with this dwarfing nightmare.

"Let's."

Her voice was soft, eeriely intimate behind her ghastly fangs and crazed expression. But those words would probably never reach Zero in time. Her talons, shearing through wind and sediment would have found him long before then. With both hands, she'd unleash a deadly ballet of swipes. Each strike strong enough to rip earth from soil with a familiar vacuum of force and she exponentially magnified her ferocity as she persisted. She was so eager to bleed him she couldn't keep her tongue in her mouth. If she got him, even a little bit, she wanted to lap up anything he'd spill for her. But by the time she let up, the force of her barrage would have buried the both of them in a crumbling basin, and what was left of her target would have been dripping off her face.

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Oh.

And she appeared in front of him with a flurry of carnal strikes tearing through the wind to rend his skin from bone. What surprised him more was how close she got to him in an instant. No wind moved around her before she changed positions, his bolt loosed into empty space flying out into the Freshwater Sea. His heavenly arrow barely made it from his fingertips before the talons were rushing to bleed him dry. Normally, being in such close quarters was a choice he avoided just for the sake of throwing things at people. Often his battles were decided with a decisive strike from above or below, depending on the terrain and battlefield. But this gorgon proved to be a foe with options. He didn’t notice her move until she already began her attack, but Zero could feel the suffocating power she brought to him point-blank.
Let’s.
Zero bobbed and weaved with an electrifying grace akin to lightning itself. Naturally, his reflexes evaded her frenzied and increasingly more terrifying strikes. The high voltage movements flitted him around each attack, lightning dancing through the violently ascending debris. Her vehement volley ravaged the former foundation of his home, scorched off the face of Vescrutia by their exchange of menacing pleasantries. He had endured battles against foes of this caliber before, but none of them as laser focused as this. He could have zapped himself out of range in a lightning’s instant, but she would definitely still stay on his ass with a furious assault, so he evaded her initial strikes, but grew to block her more incensed attacks from inside her reach. Her dance of blades grew to its climax, sweeping more of their battlefield away in a vicious vacuum, but flowing around his blazing movements. The air grew blazing hot around them, vaporizing the dust and sand into a shimmering haze at the core of their hazy clash. Girded his loins and took whole forearm strikes to either side of him, reminding him fondly of a Boulder he once sparred with time and time again. Getting a good look at her crazed expression, thirsty for carnage, waiting for a single drop of his lifeblood brought a sinister smile to his own face.

Should have learned Global Fist when I had the chance…

The hunter in him recognized the malice in her eyes as this creature bore down on him with genocidal force. And in that predatory moment, Zero found the opening he needed in an ill advised trade. He ducked under a wide sweeping swing and slid backward in a short retreat, just to gain some space. She followed with more fervor, more ferocity, more carnal violence than he ever wanted to deal with on that sleepy evening. Zero’s gambit only took a fraction of a moment, feigning a block and tossing his hand forward to get nicked by her fearsome blades. He wagered if she even got a feeling that her hit confirmed she’d move in for the kill. He aimed to end the creature with an equal and opposite force, a high flying front kick risen from the molten earth straight up through her body. The force sent him floating into a backflip, its speed turning him over quick enough to spot the aftermath.

The force was worth the trade, a drop of blood for a kick that snapped with the speed of lighting and a thunderous aftermath that roiled the beach behind her. The Freshwater Sea peeled from the shore in the same movement, water rolling away from the Neo into the sky in a sharp arrow heading out into the open water. The sand looked like it was carved into with a giant’s blade, a pitch black ridge running along the seafloor for miles. The molten air around them cooled from the change in air pressure, glass particles shimmering around the pair in a pillowy cloud billowing behind the gorgon, static electricity bouncing between some of the glossy bits. Zero knew the risk, her claws could carry some frosty toxin as gorgons are commonly cursed creatures with many tricks up their sleeve, but his confidence in his speed made up for the risk. The speedy trickster had ways to deal with a little bit of poison.

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The force of Zero's strike levitated Qarinah from the molten soil and sailed her through the star spangled void as if she were a weightless doll. But she didn't travel too far.

Despite the defeaning thunderclap that echoed the attack, Qarinah was barely launched a hundred feet in the air before her body stopped on a dime. Stiff as a board, she floated idl and horizontal. The fiery exhaust from Zero's foot was still steaming around her head, but when the electrical plume faded away, her flawless skin and obsessive gaze remained fixated on her foe below her. Aside from her gown, which had become more of a tattered robe at this point, Qarinah's body was unscathed from Zero's teraforming attack.

She teleported again. This time about twenty yards above Zero, hovering with her tattered robe still managing to tastefully cover her lady bits.

"And I'd thought this would be boring!"

She exclaimed through a toothy grin, still reeling with excitement from their blistering exchange. For a moment, Qarinah was exhausting every ounce of her being into hitting her mark. During her onslaught, she masterfully shifted between crazed and orthodoxed disciplines to take advantage of Zero's more impulsive movements. But instincts, experience and tactics be damned. This circuit of trial and error taught Qarinah that Zero was more than just fast. He was beyond reproach; In fact, she theorized his agility alone severed him from the physical realm entirely.

And tasting that small amount of his blood still trickling down her finger reassured her theory.. and then some. This was why Zeik spoke so highly of him.

"I wonder if he'd come all the way here to save you if I got carried away.."

She mumbled with her finger still in her mouth, taking her time to savor the tiny taste of Venkage blood she had stolen. With which she got more indepth analysis on who stood before her. Or more precisely, a brief highlight reel of his greatest hits. His closest tethers. And his greatest fears.

"..it seems it wouldn't be the first time. The two of you grew pretty close in the Abyss, huh?"

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Zero looked up into the flickering face of a specter he still didn't recognize from a place he never knew. Gorgons weren't exactly a dime a dozen outside of their native spaces.

"What's your deal?" he spat into the barely dressed female figure attempting to loom over him. Scanning her revealing form gave him no hints to where she came from or why she chose his home to descend upon with intensely intimate carnage. He recognized a certain charm in her eyes, an allure that beckoned a force from deep within his soul to the surface. A force he learned fairly recently to temper and focus, but becomes more and more troublesome as battles like this are drawn out. And drawn out is a relative time frame, the man is a speedster so even a few moments of nuisance wear on him like hours of tedium.
"I wonder if he'd come all the way here to save you if I got carried away... it seems it wouldn't be the first time. The two of you grew pretty close in the Abyss, huh?"
Fuck, she's psychic... ish... Big ol' pile o' nope.

"Imagine how much fun we could've had if you let me know you were coming?! I don't think I'll need any saving, though."

She moved like a phantasm, flickering from one place to the next silently, instantly. She caught him off guard once already, but seeing it in action steeled his resolve and focus, every move he made needed cunning decisiveness. The creature knew of Zero's time spent in the Abyss, although any number of factors could have influenced her allusion to his stint as a gladiator there. Somebody she met along her own travels also frequented the ancient battleground and that only confirmed Zero's assumption that he needed to finish her quickly. Anyone from that time in his life either wanted him dead or wanted something from him, the reputation he built over the years at sea and on the battlefield of Scholars made it very difficult to keep a low profile in some places across Vescrutia.

Zero laughed, expecting more carnage to befall him on a moment’s notice at the bottom of this glass cored crater. He gently, calmly placed his recently sliced hand into the opposite palm. The connection danced with a jolt of electricity for a moment, electricity dissipating into a faint glow in the heart of his palm. Sure the energy movement would pique her interest, Zero watched her carefully, not moving a muscle. Predators have a hard time hunting when their prey knows where they are.

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"Imagine how much fun we could've had if you let me know you were coming?!
"Oh. Am I boring you?"

She asked coyly, all the while sensually sucking his blood stain from her finger before sliding it out of her mouth, down her lips, and resting it just at the crest of her upper chest.

"Let's see you dodge this, then."

She then lined him beneath her extended palm as if it were primed to fire some sort of malicious projectile at him. But her next attack was intended to goad out Zero's more intuitive instincts. In the time they've clash with each other, it became painfully obvious that there wasn't much Qarinah had in her arsenal of abilities that Zero couldn't simply avoid with another display of fancy footwork. But she was sure, this time, he literally wouldn't see it coming until it was too late.

Her challenge descended upon him instantly, without truly having to descend on him at all. Despite how much she truly loved immersing herself in the wet work, Qarinah didn't need to move a muscle to brutalize her target. All she needed to do was focus on them to unleash an inescapable hell of telekinetic firepower.  Which in Zero's circumstances began with the sensation of astronomical units of pressure crashing into him from above, capable of jarring bone into powder, trying to flatten him through the glass crater he stood on and into the molten core of planet. Usually, she found it easier to manipulate inanimate objects but tasting the blood of organic life made controlling them a hundred times easier. This was her go to counter attack for opponents whose speed and agility couldn't be contested. Her strength of mind almost outmatched her dominant physical power, but the strain it placed on her almost outweighed its usefulness. Today, she wanted to exercise that weining muscle of hers and was interested to see how Zero would survive it.

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