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A huge, nearly empty cube with a few "stars" (really, just cubes of material sitting in mid-air in the middle of the room) and two gates, one on each side.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Once they're through the door, Bonzo spends about three minutes getting into his suit and then offers to help Enzo get into his if the latter is having any trouble. As far as he can tell, there's nobody around; it seems to be the middle of the night.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:54 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: staring)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"No, it's okay, I'm good..."

(He's really, really not.)

Date: 2009-09-24 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"Let me give you a hand."

Bonzo steps over and helps Enzo with whatever the latter is having trouble with.

"Don't worry...I had trouble the first few times, too."

He was six at the time, but that is beside the point.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: narrowed eyes)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Yes, but he had had six years' experience with human-style clothing and fasteners.

Enzo accepts Bonzo's help gladly (protesting all the while that he doesn't need it).

Date: 2009-09-24 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo laughs a bit as Enzo protests. He can tell quite easily that Enzo is blustering (he suspects he did the same thing the first time around), and gets Enzo's suit on him without too much trouble.

"There you go. Now..."

Bonzo puts his helmet on, turns to the (large, mostly empty) room.

"Shall we?"

For the record, they're currently in standard gravity. The gate opens to a 50-meter sheer drop down, and a similar rise above. There's a matching gate on the other side.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:14 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: WTF?)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
He's accustomed to similar, from the jetball court. Of course, that leads him to certain assumptions.

"How do I make it fly?" he asks, examining his suit.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Grin. "Like this."

And with that, Bonzo turns to the gate, runs, and leaps without any hesitation as he reaches the edge and crosses into the null gravity. After a single flip, he's flying in a straight line across the room.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:37 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: lulz)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
...

"High-density!"

And he follows suit. "Whoooooa! We're not flying, we're floating!"

Date: 2009-09-24 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"Yeah!" Bonzo shouts back at Enzo. "This is what we did every day." And as he comes to the opposing wall, Bonzo rotates carefully, and braces for landing.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:56 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: staring)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Alphanumer—whoops!"

That's him bouncing off the wall and sailing off at an angle.

Date: 2009-09-24 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo bounces off of the wall, aiming back in the general direction that Enzo's flying. "You'll want to try and stop at a wall. It's easier than aiming for those stars."

Date: 2009-09-24 07:12 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: WTF?)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Right!" He twists around and aims his feet at the approaching wall... and ricochets off again. "Um... how?"

Date: 2009-09-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"There should be some handles you can grab onto in the wall. Try to grab one."

Date: 2009-09-24 07:37 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: WTF?)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Where... oh!"

His current course isn't taking him near one, but he manages to control his next bounce to direct him toward one. He grabs it, and his body swings around to hit gently against the wall.

Date: 2009-09-24 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo swings around another handle and manages to slide down towards Enzo.

"There are nine of these rooms. Now...imagine having 40 other kids in an army with you playing laser tag."

Date: 2009-09-24 08:04 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: happy)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Enzo blinks before breaking into a huge grin.

"That is sweet! But, uh, I think I'd want to get the hang of floating first."

Date: 2009-09-24 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"That's what launch was for. It takes some getting used to."

Date: 2009-09-24 08:12 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: WTF?)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"How did you stop without a handle?" He will master this.

Date: 2009-09-24 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"You pull your legs in as you make contact. It should slow you down. Also try bouncing off at a low angle and using friction to slow yourself down." Pause. "And don't worry about falling into something. That's what the suit is for."

Date: 2009-09-24 08:46 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: askance)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Okay, lemme try..."

He pivots himself around the handle to point his feet at the opposite wall and pushes off. At the other end of the room, he tries to land in the recommended crouch. It almost works; he bounces off, but very slowly, and manages to shoot a hand out and grab a handle before he drifts too far.

Date: 2009-09-24 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo launches off the wall, aiming for a nearby star. He mis-judges his aim (it's been a while since he did this) when grabbing for one of the handles, though, and manages to go flipping over the star.

"Gah!"

Date: 2009-09-25 12:42 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: lulz)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Enzo bursts out laughing—Hooray! He's not the only one having problems!—and launches himself at his own star. He hits his successfully... right on an edge. Oof.

Date: 2009-09-25 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo heard the laughter, and thus he returns the favor when Enzo hits the star.

"Not as easy as it looks, is it?"

Date: 2009-09-25 01:51 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: amused)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"It's a little... whoop." Drifting time again.

Once he's safely on a wall: "So, you said the Battle Room's about strategy, but are there any rules, or is it just 'don't get shot'?"

Date: 2009-09-25 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"Well, you have to hold your aim on a target for a second or so to hit it. Also...to win, you need to have five soldiers remaining so you can take the other guy's gate: One for each corner, and one to fly through."

Bonzo is floating at his star, foot hooked in one of the handholds while he talks.

Date: 2009-09-25 02:41 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: happy)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Gotcha." He continues to practice null-G movement as he talks. "Are there rules for one-on-one?"

Date: 2009-09-25 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"Not that I know of. I think the suits will unfreeze after a couple of minutes. Why? You want to try a match?"

Date: 2009-09-25 03:03 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: amused)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Sure! I guess we'll need house rules."

Date: 2009-09-25 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo nods. "How about best of five times disabling the other, and restart at alternating gates?"

Date: 2009-09-25 03:13 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: happy)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Sounds good! Uh... just gimme a few more nanos to practice, 'kay?"

Date: 2009-09-25 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"No problem." Pause. "I'll probably beat you, but it'll be good practice for both of us."

Date: 2009-09-25 03:30 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: askance)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"Sure, you'll probably win," he agrees. "...the first time."

Oh, yes, he did.

Date: 2009-09-25 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo laughs. "You'll get the hang of it soon enough."

Date: 2009-09-25 03:44 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: straight gaze)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
"You bet I will!"

And this time, he makes a clean landing. (Well, relatively clean.)

Date: 2009-09-25 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"I'll take the far gate. Give you a few more minutes to get ready." And with that, Bonzo launches off to the gate they didn't come in by.

Date: 2009-09-25 04:38 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: straight gaze)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Enzo propels himself around the room until he's reasonably confident that he won't completely embarrass himself (or give himself a concussion), then heads over to his own gate.

Date: 2009-09-25 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo gets to his gate, and punches a button near it to activate an intercom. "Tell me when you're ready."

Date: 2009-09-25 05:28 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: straight gaze)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Oh, neat! Enzo finds his own.

"Bring it on!"

Date: 2009-09-25 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
"On 3. 3! 2! 1!"

And with that, Bonzo runs to the gate, grabs a handhold, and sends himself flying up towards the top of the room (where he spotted a fairly convenient star to hide behind earlier).

Date: 2009-09-25 05:45 am (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: straight gaze)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Enzo launches himself sideways-and-down at another star, trying to fire at Bonzo in transit. Hitting him at all isn't so hard, but keeping it on him is less simple.

Date: 2009-09-25 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo returns fire. He's also having just a little trouble keeping his shot trained on Enzo. It's been a while since he's done this.

As he gets to his star of choice, Enzo vanishes from view behind it. Bonzo climbs around it as quickly as he can, trying to find Enzo again without exposing himself.

Date: 2009-09-25 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Fast forward about half an hour or so, and the two are in round four. Bonzo launches off the star he's holding, flying right at Enzo and firing.

Date: 2009-09-25 06:17 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: straight gaze)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Enzo pushes off his wall, trying to match fire for fire and twist his body out of the path of Bonzo's shots at the same time.

Date: 2009-09-25 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
As Bonzo is firing, he suddenly feels his suit go rigid for the second time.

"Mmmmf..."

Direct hit. Point to Enzo, I guess.

He glances at Enzo, hoping he's at least managed to damage him, and then...

Oh, great...

They're flying straight at each other and he has no way to change course...he can't even yell to Enzo to try and change course.

Date: 2009-09-25 07:13 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: staring)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Ha! Success! That makes them tied—

Except that while he was firing, he wasn't getting out of the way of Bonzo's last shot.

Aw, cruft. "Mmmph!"

Date: 2009-09-25 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo winces as they fly towards each other, neither able to change course.

I always hated this part of battles...

SMACK!

Bonzo and Enzo crash into eachother, their suits taking the brunt of the impact. Bonzo is a bit dazed by the impact, some of the air knocked out of his lungs by the crash. Afterwards, he's mostly stationary in the air, the crash having sapped most of his momentum. He's also flipped upside-down, and looks slightly uneasy at being unable to get 'upright'.

That...could have gone a little better.

Date: 2009-09-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: staring)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
Enzo, for his part, is sort of sideways and drifting slowly backwards.

Bonzo? "Mm-mph?"

Date: 2009-09-25 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandercommander.livejournal.com
Bonzo doesn't bother trying to talk much. He's been in this position...more times than he can count. He knows it's useless to bother.

What? "Mfh?"

Date: 2009-09-25 07:36 pm (UTC)
a1enzo: (human: straight gaze)
From: [personal profile] a1enzo
I think I know why people don't play this one-on-one. "MmmmMMMmmmph."

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