Nanoha: "You okay, Kou?" Kou: "Yeah, it's nothing." Kou takes the tissue out of his nose. The nosebleed has finally stopped, although his cheek still stings furiously. Nanoha: "Tough day, huh?" Kou: "You said it. How come I'm the one that got slapped?" Nanoha: "She probably just misunderstood and thought you were the bully, instead." Kou: "For crying out loud... Nanoha, did you get a good look at her?" Nanoha: "Uh, haha... it was so sudden, and she grabbed the bullied girl's hand and ran off, so..." Kou: "Dammit, she could've at least asked what was going on before smashing someone's face in." Nanoha: "Just let it go. She must've been really mad." She seemed a little older than the bullied girl. An older sister, maybe? Then Kou could understand her feelings, but... Nanoha: "Kou, your nose! It's bleeding again!" Nanoha fusses over Kou a little more, then dashes off to get drinks for both of them, as considerate as ever. Kou lies down on the grass and thinks. -- Hell of a violent lady. Kou didn't really get more than a glimpse of her face, and he's like to keep it that way. Then again, she must be another student at Seishu - so chances are good they'll meet again. ... It's hard to remember which half was the real point of the deal, but since Kou has taken Chinatsu on a date, it's now her turn to pilot a mech. Today, Kou and Masa are along for the ride as Chinatsu uses a simulacrum for the first time. Chinatsu: "Oooh, I'm a little nervous now." Masa: "Don't worry. Compared to your first dive, it's nothing." Chinatsu: "... But Aki wrote this mech, right?" Kou: "Don't be fooled by appearances - Aki's a super-programmer." Chinatsu: "... I didn't say she wasn't." Masa: "Well, we'll shift first." Chinatsu: "Wait just a sec...!" Kou: "Come on, Chinatsu, hurry up!" Chinatsu: "Fine... You're so pushy." Chinatsu nerves herself, takes a deep breath... Chinatsu: "Execute!" Machine Voice: "Commence formatting." And in moments another mech, different in color than Kou's or Masa's, appears. Kou: "Congratulations. Shift complete." Chinatsu: "Whoa." Chinatsu takes a few steps back and forth. Chinatsu: "Cool! It moves like it's my own body!" Masa: "The details are a little different than ours, aren't they?" Kou: "Because the original human body is different. Aki said her program generates a different mech for each individual to match their strengths." Chinatsu: "Wow... I've never heard of a program that could do that. This is awesome." Kou: "See? I told you Aki's a super-programmer." Chinatsu: "Yeah... she really is something else." Chinatsu: "Ahahahahaha, this is great! I feel like a million!" Chinatsu: "Yeah, I think I can do it!" Kou: "Hm? Do what?" Chinatsu backs up a couple of steps, then... Chinatsu: "HI-YA! FULL MOON KICK!" Her mech springs through the air, extended leg cutting a full circle in midair as she flips. Kou: "WH--!?" Masa: "Holy shit!" ... Naoki was right. Chinatsu might just be a monster on the arena! Chinatsu: "Right, success!" Chinatsu: "... uh, wha-wha-wha YIKES!" ... until she ruins the moment by losing her balance and faceplanting right in front of them. Chinatsu: "Owwww....!" Masa: "Hey, you okay?" Chinatsu: "Urgh, I'm made out of steel and it still hurts! Is the limiter really working?" Kou: "Pain is the body's warning signal, so it's dangerous to cut it out completely." Chinatsu: "... Is what your Sensei told you, right? Smartass." Kou: "Well." Masa: "But you'll get to like it soon enough! You really feel the fight when it hurts for real!" Kou: "Yeah, yeah!" Chinatsu: "... You're masochists, aren't you?' Masa: "Absolutely not! It's just, you know, a fight that doesn't hurt is like cheating or something!" Chinatsu: "Sure, sure... whatever. Well, let's get straight to the match, right?" Kou: "Match? Wait, what do you--!?" Chinatsu: "Me first! FLYING KICK!" Kou: "YEEAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHH!"