[[Feel free to harass the Muses today with questions or random events — they’re restless and I am bored out of my mind.]]
Joseph drew his blade as soon as he saw the lightning begin to course up and shoot through the strange mechanical contraption. Having seen her weapon once before he had somewhat of an idea of what was coming. Thinking on his feet he extended his cybernetic arm in front of him. Clutching the hilt of his blade tightly his hand began to spin on its wrist. The mana blade began to distort and blur as it spun like a helicopter’s blade.
Joseph’s form tensed as the lightning strike and the blade of mana came into contact. He let out a low growl as a blinding flash of ruby light erupted from the conflicting energies. The light faded however as with a spark his mana blade managed to push the bolt back towards Sakura!
The crowds cheering was briefly replaced by awed gasps at the light show. The cheering returned to its fever pitch however as the reversal was made. With a quick exhale to calm himself Joseph would sheathe his blade and return to his ready stance. His eye fixated on Sakura, watching her movements intently.
Sakura’s eyes widen as she sees the bolt not only taken, but about to be thrown back to her. “—!”
Act fast. Slam the glaive into the ground, green light from her eyes mark the use of earth-magic. Let go of the weapon, leap back, don’t be grounded. Take to the air with a flap of wings, lightning prefers easy in and out circuits.
It strikes her weapon, and spreads to the ground below instead. She can feel the heat scorch nearby— but at least it’s not on her.
She aerially swerves aside; one wing gives a strong flap while the other folds against her back. She twists in the air, gaining speed, and comes down to hit the ground hard. Her eyes flash green on the moment of impact, and the cracking sounds of rock and stone snaps through the air. The shock is felt through the ground, until jutting pieces of stone launch up from under Joseph’s feet; intending to destabilize him into the more-rugged landscape.
From her crouched position, she begins her sprint towards Joseph to close in the distance. No weapons are in her hands — but we all know, she probably won’t need them soon.
Joseph watched the impressive dodge and readied himself for the counter attack. Due to either a miscalculation or a lack of memory the young spell-blade didn’t anticipate the use of Earth magic from the Prince Admiral. He tensed as the sounds of Earth and stone crumbling hit his ears though it was far too late to brace himself for the oncoming shock. As the sheer brute force of the aftershock hit him he stumbled and faltered as he tried to keep his footing. He feel back on his rear as the trembling force subsided leaving him painfully unprepared for what was to come next.
His gaze was cast up as he watched Sakura bolt towards him suddenly. He scrambled as he quickly tried to stand up to prevent her planned attack. However by the time he managed to stand Sakura was practically on top of him, he had little (if any) resistance put forth.
It was all he could say,
Joseph’s head is met with a crown of ram horns.
Sakura leaps, head first, and launched full speed to strike in against Joseph. Her knee is brought up for a follow-up strike against his stomach, and the palms of her hands press against his shoulders to shove herself back.
With Joseph knocked back, she lands back down. She’s crouched low, grounded, only to sprint aside to duck behind one of the newly-jutting chunks of rock. Fingers switch through the lenses of her goggles; double checking the setting to remain on magic detection.
Her weapon’s too far away now, and still stuck in the ground. But that’s fine, she can be trouble enough without needing anything in her hands.
In fact, she places her free hand against the pillar of rock behind her. Eyes glowing green through the goggles, she uses her geomancy to try and follow Joseph’s nearby position.
Only an idiot actually peeks around the corner in the middle of battle.