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Nov 16, 2018 5:02 PM
Ari meets the host club
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"You don't need to win," Kyoya says, making the first move, "you simply need to not embarrass yourself."

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"That, I can do."

He can, in fact, play Go well enough not to embarrass himself. He's aggressive, though not quite reckless; impulsive, sometimes, but never quite enough to set himself up for a fall.

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Kyoya puts on a bit of a show, making snarky comments and Ariel's poorer moves and looking impressed at his better ones. 

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Ariel doesn't lose easily, but he does lose eventually. "A good game," he says, extending his hand.

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Kyoya shakes it.

"We should play chess sometime."

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"We should! I'm no Grandmaster, mind you, but I fancy myself competent. How's my Go? Not too rusty, I hope?"

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"Acceptable, for a foreigner."

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"Mother taught me well, then. I'm sure she'd be proud."

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Mori walks over and puts a hand on his shoulder.

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"We should spar."

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Ariel's eyes light up. "We should. Is that your test?"

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Ariel bounces slightly on the balls of his feet. "Will we spar here? Are there gis available? Because I'd really rather not fight in this outfit."

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He nods and leads him to a third closet, which contains gis.

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Ariel changes quickly and steps out ready to fight.

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Mori attacks immediately. He's fast.

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Ariel's fast too, and with harmony on his side he's fast enough to get out of the way and launch a roundhouse kick.

The kick is helped along by a bit of harmony too. Ariel's never been shy to spend what he's got.

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Mori also uses harmony and dissonance effortlessly as he fights. He is more conservative with it than Ariel, but no less effective. 

The fight lasts a while. Mori, eventually, wins but not easily.

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Ariel makes an effort to display good sportsmanship.

"Well-fought," he says with some effort as he shakes Mori's hand. "I don't often lose. Perhaps a rematch sometime?"

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"Excellent."

Ariel goes to retrieve his outfit from the closet, drying his sweat and calling up a faint smell of roses along the way. Magic is so convenient.

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His previous outfit is gone. Replacing it is a set of casual clothes that are flattering, but not eye-catching.

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Aw, he liked that skirt. It was swishy.

He gets dressed and exits the closet, ready to face whatever his final challenge may be.

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Tamaki hands him a roll of bright orange tickets, of the type one normally sees at a carnival. 

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