1476/Skirmishes for Studying

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Skirmishes for Studying
Date of Scene: 07 March 2020
Location: Training Simulators
Synopsis: Juris, Sideswipe and Skyshredder spar in the training simulator.
Cast of Characters: Juris, Skyshredder, Sideswipe


Juris has posed:
It's a relatively mundane and quiet evening at the Decagon. And while most have either meandered off campus to go for a happy hour or retired to the barracks to rest, such is not the case for the female rotary Juris.

Tonight, she's in the training sim, firing off rounds at the target practice near the west end of the room. There's no one else around for the moment, which is exactly how she prefers to spend her time while training. Alone, in a place where she can focus in peace and quiet.

Sideswipe has posed:
Sideswipe has one of the sim blasters up and over in his hands. HE's going to fire off at other targets around the area appearing. His own 'venue' is the Dead End - random holograms appearing of Decepticons as well as neutrals. The idea being to rapidly shoot one and not the other. Sideswipe's a decent shot if not particularly spectactular, so his shots are hitting most of the targets, with the occasional miss - or even hitting of a non combatant to his increasing grouses.

Skyshredder has posed:
     As the two practice their aim, the slight rumbling of footsteps belonging to a large bot grow closer and closer, and a few moments later the door to the sim opens to reveal...Skyshredder! She steps inside, looks around, then blinks before grinning and laughing a bit. "Juris! Sideswipe! Good to see you both!" she calls out, shattering whatever peace and quiet was to be found here. "How come you two aren't having a good fight! Having two people in here and just doing their own thing is boring! You should be dueling to keep each other sharp!"

Juris has posed:
Juris is snapped out of her focused reverie by Sideswipe barging in and activating a training sim of the Dead End. Then Skyshredder barrels in, and suggest they socialize. A tired sigh escapes her vents, and she puts her twin pistols aside. "Haven't we had this conversation already?" she says dryly.

Strolling over to Sideswipe, she glances over at the score the sim is giving him and notices that every time he hits a non-combatant, his score is lowered. "Are you purposefully doing that?" she asks the speeder.

Sideswipe has posed:
Sideswipe goes to twist over as the sim goes on hold, and he grunts, "Oh, hey Skyshredder." Juris is given a glance. "Didn't take you for the shoot 'em up type." He quips to Juris while lowering the training blaster and glancing at Skyshredder. "I think you have the two of us pretty outgunned." Going to put the weapon over in an 'at ease' position and glancing at Juris in a tone of light protestation.

As the sim pauses, Sideswipe glances back at Juris, "No, I'm not. Point of the sim is.. Well, making sure don't do it out in the field." Particularly in wha tpasses for the bad slum areas.

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder just grins as Juris points out that they have had this conversation. "Sure we have, but that conversation didn't end with us having a fight, so..." She shrugs and giggles. "Figured we should have it again!"

     She watches Sideswipe until he stops firing, then blinks. "Outgunned?" She smirks. "Well...maybe, but I don't really know until I try!" she says, then hmms and nods at what he says about his sim. "Yeah, hitting non-combatants in the field is bad." she says, then pauses. "...have you done that before?"

Juris has posed:
Juris folds her arms. "Well for once in your life you judged correctly," she says, "I'm not."

"Your accuracy isn't poor," she observes astutely, "so not hitting the non-combatants shouldn't be an issue for you. I suppose I was just wondering why you were, since logic dictates that you shouldn't be."

She turns to Skyshredder. "Why are you insisting on it?" she asks, sounding mildly exasperated. "By the way, have you started studying for that exam you were supposed to take?"

Sideswipe has posed:
Sideswipe twirls his blaster before going to set it over on one of the ready racks and crossed his arms, "I have." The gun is snapped away as he glances back at the sim. "It's a thing that happens, unfortunately." He doesn't sound happy with the admittance. "So how goes things over with high command?"

He would go to kick back. "And if you're -wanting- to get into fights from your position, get some long range cannons on your alt mode. STay way out of range and bombard."

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder lets out a little meep that someone her size really shouldn't be able to make at the mention of studying. "Uh...oh...about that. When was that exam supposed to be, again?" she asks Juris while scratching the back of her head. She skips over that for now and smiles. "As for why I'm insisting...because it's fun and harmless! I like to match myself against my allies to see where their strengths are and where my weaknesses are. Makes everyone stronger!"

     Sideswipe admits that he has, and Skyshredder aws and gives him a pat on the shoulderplate. "Well...that's bad, but sometimes in the heat of battle it can happen. As long as no one got killed because of it, no reason to feel bad!"

Juris has posed:
Juris huffs lightly, showing slight irritation. "As if I would know, I'm just a /private/, didn't you know?" she says, shutting off the sim that Sideswipe was using.

She gives Skyshredder a stern look. "Shouldn't you know? You're the one who has to take it." She shakes her helm. "No, don't /condone/ his behavior. If you hit a non-combatant, you /should/ feel bad. That shouldn't happen, and you shouldn't make up excuses as to why it happened. "

"You should be studying right now," she chides the other femme, "but you're not and I'm not sure how to incentivize you."

Sideswipe has posed:
Sideswipe just lets out a sigh, "Yeah, part of why I'm here. To get better at it. And you probably know a lot more'n I do that slag happens. Particularly when it's shot up all the intake." He glances at Skyshredder. "Thanks." HE's not mentioning any test either. NOpe.
    Particularly since that evaluation that Prowl ordered him to take that he cribbed off Hot Rod's crib notes to pass. What probably says something about the test that he still passed it.

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder seems confused by Juris's growing irritation. "Well...yeah, okay you should feel bad about hitting a civilian, but I mean that it could have been worse." she says. Juris uses a fancy word, and it draws a blank from Skyshredder. "In...centitize?" she asks, looking upward as she tries to think of the definition. "Well, I'm not sure what that is, but...if you are so worried about my test, then how about this. I'll study for it if you fight me, and I'll study hard for it if you can beat me!" she says, then looks at Sideswipe. "I'll even take you both on at once! Sideswipe owes me a date in the sims anyway!"

Juris has posed:
"Well, good, then," she says, "I know you are perfectly capable, Sideswipe. You just need to apply yourself."

"..." When Skyshredder suggests a trade-off, Juris sighs. "I'm not sure you'll actually follow through, but I don't currently have any other ideas, so I suppose there isn't much harm in it." She then heads back over to the sim console and activates one of the programs, one that's set in the frozen expanse of the Northern Polar Region while a snowstorm is brewing.

As soon as the sim activates, she transforms and ascends, disappearing into the swirling clouds of snow-like substance...

Sideswipe has posed:
Sideswipe goes to let out a chuckle, "Two on one? Double your trouble, double your gun? Sure I"m game. And yes, I did say I owed you." Then to Juris, "And you'll never get better if you don't. And there's no such thing as a place that's not a war zone." THen Sideswipe is going over to shift to his own vehicle mode, parts retracting over to then as he would fold down in on himself, wheels popping out, and he's hitting the ground and revving up.

Skyshredder has posed:
     The other two transform, and Skyshredder looks upward before over at Sideswipe before upward again. She grins, then transforms. "Hang on a sec, Swipers! I got a chopper to catch!" she says before transforming to her shark mode and following Juris up into those clouds. Juris is probably aware of Skyshredder's sharp senses, so it will likely come as no surprise when the big shark bot seems to zero in even though Juris is using the clouds for cover. "Don't worry, Juris! I always keep my word!" she calls out.

     Just before those big jaws come in to try and chomp down on Juris. Juris might even be able to see the rows upon rows of teeth traveling along tracks inside the shark's mouth, and even more grinding mechanisms beyond that.

Juris has posed:
"I'm going to hold you to that."

The female rotary appears, now flying lower to the ground, but unfortunately, Skyshredder's a bit too slow. Her jaws miss the chopper's tail, and Juris loops upward, rotating while flying upside down as she unleashes, perhaps to Sideswipe's surprise, some area-ranged artillery.

Sideswipe has posed:
Genrally the point of a teamup fight and taking on a single target is you try and not catch your teammate in artillery bombardment. To *most* Autobots.

One of those Autobots is not Sideswipe. <<Nice dodge!>> Then he's going to whoosh along, going to take a few potshots over at Skyshredder wtih a pair of popup laser cannons from his hood which would go to pepper her with rapid fire laser bolts to try and tag her a few times.

Skyshredder has posed:
     CHOMP! Skyshredder bites down on...nothing? She blinks in surprise, then turns around as quickly as she can. The shots from the other two hit her, and relatively small holes are left in the shark's thick hide. "Very nice!" she agrees. Not wanting Sideswipe to feel left out, she dives down and goes for him this time. Now he gets to see into that gaping shark maw before she tries to bite down on his front end!

Juris has posed:
Juris neither affirms or rejects Sideswipe's compliment, though she gets the vibe that he's still trying to impress or flirt with her to some degree. Which she does not appreciate, but is not going to voice her distaste for it right now.

She lands, protoforming, on a snowy outcropping, and clinging to the cliff face using her legs, pulls out both her pistols and aims them at Skyshredder.

Sideswipe has posed:
Never let it be said over that Sideswipe was any particularly bright mech. But he was determined! Then he would call out, "Hey Sharky!" Then he's going to transform over to his robot mode, and goes to fire off his jetpack, "Sorry about this!" He would call out to Skyshredder as he would if he could time the bursts of his jet pack to land atop her, bracing by the fin. Presuming he could get there then trying to give a few solid slams over at it with his pile drivers!

Skyshredder has posed:
     Whatever those pistols are loaded with, they punch into Skyshredder's armor and cause her to flinch noticably before a bit of smoke starts to flow from the injury. "Wow! Nice firepower!" she says to Juris before blinking as she gets a boarder. "Hey! No free rides!" she says with a grin before making her way toward the cliff. She looks like she is going to try and hit Juris, but instead she tries to smash Sideswipe against the cliff above Juris, hopefully either causing rocks to dislodge Juris or a falling Sideswipe to.

Juris has posed:
Skyshredder is unsuccessful in dislodging Juris, but it doesn't matter much since a few nanoseconds later, the female rotary leaps off the cliff face and transforms, following the femme shark, and when the moment is right, she protoforms and lands on Sideswipe's back, hard, the tasers in her heels crackling.

Sideswipe has posed:
Okay, definitely not a team battle. Okay, Sideswipe can work wtih this while the two grappled over atop Skyshredder. Sideswipe would be flung off of Skyshredder right as Juris would go at him. Then his hands are transforming over into pile drivers even with his armor and his servos rebooting, and he's going to launch himself at Juris, pile drivers slamming!

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder hits the cliff a little harder than she intended, and lets out a yelp as her systems lock up from the impact. She starts sliding down the cliff face right behind Sideswipe and Juris, unable to do much more than watch the awesome Sideswipe get tazed by the evil Juris! ...okay Juris isn't evil, but between the two of them Sideswipe has way more favor with the shark. "Hey, you can't just let her do that to you! Don't be afraid to hit her just because she's a femme!"

Juris has posed:
"She's right," Juris finally says, "your fault for not asking whether our skirmish would be a team effort or not." She easily dodges Sideswipe's attempt to pile drive her, engaging her boosters to shift left dramatically. Then she reaches backwards, pulling out her dual purpose blades while advancing on Sideswipe. She then swings the blade quickly and heftily, first aiming to strike Sideswipe hard on the side of the helm with its flat side.

Sideswipe has posed:
There's another thwam from Juris to Sideswipe, who notes glibly, "Noted." He would go to swing around then, going to then try and pop over to fall back several meters over and away from Juris.. Right then over as the rocket launcher on his shoulder goes to try and hit over at Juris at close range!

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder's anti-grav finally re-engages, and as she follows them down she goes sideways and tries to scoop Juris into her mouth. She hasn't hit the femme yet! She has time to appreciate Juris's acrobatics before the shark attack, too!

     After the attempted bite, Skyshredder blinks. "...wait, did I say that about the team effort thing? I mean, you kind of hit him with your attack earlier, so..."

Juris has posed:
Finally, Sideswipe manages to hit Juris with his thermo launchers, and female rotary is knocked backwards. She quickly regains her composure, only to find her one of her thighs trapped within Skyshredder's jaws! She swivels her chassis and attempts to plunge her blades into the female shark's snout.

"Well, for some it takes several times.."

Sideswipe has posed:
There's then a leap over from Sideswipe over at Juris, "Hey there, one thing at a time now." He deadpans. "Now, let's see how you do.." And Sideswipe is going to charge over at her whiel she's focused over on Skyshredder. "Keep her taking a bite for me! Sorry!" Then he's going to try and slam over in to Juris over from behind for a pin!

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder is stabbed in the nose! "Ow! Geeze, how does everybot know to hit a shark there?" she says, releasing Juris in the process and transforming finally. She pulls her sword from her back and presses the button to get the chain revving. "Sorry Swipers, but no double-teaming in a free for all! At least, not for me!" She hits another button before swinging her sword and sending the whip-like chain of shark teeth flying out toward the pair.

Juris has posed:
Juris stumbles forward and collapses onto the ground when Sideswipe leaps forward to pin her onto the ground. Without missing a beat, she rolls over, attempting to put herself on top and drive her knee into Sideswipe's chassis while pinning both his arms down.

But in the middle of attempting this, Skyshredder pulls out her serrated whip and strikes both of them!

Sideswipe has posed:
There's another laugh of glee from Sideswipe, "Really, you two work great together." He deadpans over, then going to try and launch Juris up if he can by going for an attempted slam of his knee up and over to her central armor plating, trying to if he can flip her up and off to launch her towards Skyshredder with a pummel!

Skyshredder has posed:
     With her whip still reeling in after her attack and Juris apparently knocked toward her, Skyshredder rears back and tries to kick Juris back at Sideswipe. Sure, she just said she doesn't double team people, but by her count she has hit Sideswipe at least once more than she has hit Juris. "Together? I'm not working with her, silly!" she says as she kicks.

Juris has posed:
Sideswipe's punch knocks her back, but she digs her heels in, slowing her momentum. Which, then, in turn, allows her to quickly sidestep Skyshredder's attack.

She then transforms, and flies back over to where the console sim is, and removes herself from the program.

"I hope you had your fill of physical thrills for tonight," she says blandly, "as for myself, it's about time for me to head out. I have to tend to scheduled inventory checks in the armory."

Sideswipe has posed:
Flipping up to his feet, Sideswipe gives a wave over at Juris, "Take care." Yeah, she's totally (NOT) into him. So he goes to call out at Skyshredder, "All right, let's go for one last dance!" Then he's going to charge over at her gleefully. He's enjoying the brawl.

Sure, the other two aren't but HE is. Presuming that Sideswipe can get in range he's going to launch himself up with an attempted kick at Skyshredder!

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder eeps as Juris avoids her kick, then oofs as Sideswipe kicks her. She blinks, then grins at him before looking toward Juris. "Hey! If you leave you lose! That means I only have to study instead of studying hard!" she calls out, even as she moves to wrap an arm around Sideswipe's head and squeeze it between her upper arm, lower arm, and her side.

Sideswipe has posed:
Juris is hopefully (not) entertained by the brawl as Skyshredder goes to butt heads with Sideswipe. He's got a hard head, but he's not Hardhead, so it leaves a big bump on him. "Hey! Watch the chromedome!" He would go to try and swing the butt of his laser rifle up to her, trying to bring it up to Skyshredder at point blank range to try and blast at her!

Juris has posed:
"Well, haven't we all," Juris says a bit morosely as she leaves the training simulator, "after all, here we are, trying to end a war by perpetuating simulated violence in a training chamber." She sighs. "Not that I really believed you in the first place, anyway, and I'm also not sure you're even capable of studying hard, if you weren't even aware of when your exam was going to be."

With that, she heads for the hallway, but not before lingering in the doorway, visor and mask retracted. "Leave him in one piece, please," she calls to the femme, "his ego is probably fragile." She smirks a little, and that's probably the closest expression to a smile that Sideswipe or Skyshredder will see coming from her.

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder frowns a bit as she learns that Juris doesn't trust her. "What? Why not? I may not be the brightest diode on the power grid but I don't break my word!" she exclaims. Sideswipe gets her with his laser and Skyshredder stumbles a couple steps back before she grins at Juris. "Don't worry, I won't put him in the repair bay or anything! Hurting a friend is bad, after all!" she calls before throwing out another kick.

Sideswipe has posed:
The kick goes to slam over Sideswipe to the ground over as he hits it and rolls several times, going to then hit and bounce a moment later. From there, as the simulation 'ends' and chimes that Skyshredder has won, Sideswipe goes to sit up as the simulated battlescape finishes, going to grunt, "Not bad." Then he calls out to Juris, "Don't undersell yourself, Blades. You did pretty good there."

Skyshredder has posed:
     Skyshredder laughs with child-like delight as Sideswipe goes bouncing away, but she goes after him and helps him up, then pats him on the back. "You're pretty dangerous, Juris!" she calls out, then smiles at Sideswipe. "And you...uh...are very tenacious!" she says, then giggles. She starts toward the door as well. "I'm not sure what she's talking about though. This fight wasn't about winning wars! It was about pride and having to study!"

Sideswipe has posed:
Sideswipe goes to shake his head, "Eh, can't be that much. If it was, I'm sure that you'd be working on it." He waves over at Skyshredder, going to then take up one of the training rifles over to go into the sim once again to restart his bit with the Dead End shooting spree.