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Scarlet vs Tifa: Culmination in Crises Page 16 by BusterMachineArts



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Witnessing the start of Tifa’s counter-offensive, Scarlet adopted a wide, aggressive stance, snarling and urgently beckoning Tifa into a clash. Scarlet wanted - no needed this fight to continue to the bitter finish. This was her moment. Despite the bumps, bruises and aches endured thus far, watching Project C.H.A.P.U mature before her eyes was more than worth the struggle. The surge of power from the materia weapon was absolutely invigorating. Indescribable. As Tifa closed the gap, Scarlet roared with anticipation.

“CMON’! This time I’ll tear you apart!”

Ignoring the threat and focusing the strength and speed she mustered, Tifa leapt with panther-like agility and form, folding her body into a honed jump kick.

“Kiii-YAHH!”

Making good on her word and snatching Tifa’s leading leg mid-flight, Scarlet spun and swung the shocked fighter around like a rag doll, right into one of the mechanical cannon pistons on her flank. 


KA-KLAANG!

Crashing clean into the mechanical piston, Tifa yelled out in pain from the brutal impact. The connective mechanisms and gears at the base of the massive machinery whined in protest, causing an electrical surge from the conduit integrity being tested. Sparks burst out from the strained machinery, along with a light cloud of white, chalky smoke. With her ankle released upon impact, Tifa collapsed onto the harsh ground beneath her. Taken aback by the magnitude of her new strength, Scarlet marveled at her unleashed capabilities.

Is this what members of SOLDIER feel like?


She didn't want to break her beautiful cannon, but she would need to measure her blows just right to ensure the slum rat stayed awake for the big finale. Scarlet took the chance to taunt her recovering adversary, happily watching her pull herself off the ground.

“Now do you see, hero? Vermin like you simply can’t compare with me!”


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Past the west wall of the base at the Junon airport runway, the blue electrical surge caught the sharp eye of a certain overeager, plucky Midgar press reporter in a green blazer, nervously pacing the airport runway and stubbornly ignoring the earlier evacuation orders to continue covering the Junon crisis as it developed. Eventually forced out to the airport near the imposing figure of the President's Highwind airship, Jill Darlington was actively plotting a way to get into the sky and get some exclusive news coverage.

“Whoa! Martin, did you see that? Tell me you saw that.”

The ex-field medic turned helicopter pilot mechanically continued calibrating his flight controls, preparing the Shinra licensed chopper for departure. “See what, Jill? Sorry, I’m sort of trying to, you know, save our lives and get us the hell out of here!”

Rolling her eyes, Jill handed her long time flight partner some monotone praise. “Ever the hero…look, I just saw some sort of electrical burst on top of the Junon Cannon. I’m sure of it!

Giving an exasperated glance in her direction, Martin shot a weary reply at his associate. "So what?"

Jill ran her hands through her hair from her flight partner's amazing display of apathy. "So what?! SO there could be a malfunction? A short? Or maybe its unstable from fending off WEAPON and is about to go critical mass! Can you imagine the story if that thing explodes?! Look, something’s happening up there, and we’ve gotta get the scoop!"

“We?! 'We' and whose army, Jill? You’ve seen that…that THING. If there’s even a chance it survived that cannon shot, I sure as hell don’t wanna be anywhere near it…let alone METEOR. The whole world went into upheaval once that eyesore showed up. Me? I’ve seen enough of all this. I figure if I use my retirement gil fund to buy my way into some sorta’ underground shelter…I can hole up with my family and ride out-

"Martin, shape up. You know full well that neither one of us has the gil to buy our way into a bunker high-tech enough to withstand the impact that thing is going to make."
Glancing at the imposing "extra" crimson sun in the sky, Jill mentally amended her own statement.

I doubt any of us can run from that.

Jill could come across as crass, but she was usually on point and had good instincts. The weary pilot knew she was right about the gil situation for one thing. Still, he pressed the boundaries of her argument. "At a time like this, though? Jill, Junon is still in chaos from the WEAPON attack. The city’s locked down, Shinra’s shut down all live feeds out of Junon for the free press...its all emergency broadcast, military state news right now."

"That's just it though Martin, this could be our big break! Besides, we've got our tools. Don't we have some of Jason's spare equipment nearby too?"

"Oh…him? Poor bastard took outta’ here so fast he ditched his rig and left all his gear, right here in the back."

With a devlish smile, Jill pressed her advantage. "Look, Shinra controls all media releases in this city...but they can't control an unreleased recording! Just think. We document this and get some aerial footage, we'll be able to take this out of Junon and sell it to a neighboring agency. Companies would pay top gil for accurate reporting outside of Shinra channels right now. Remember when we covered the AVALANCHE reactor bombings? Well this story could be all ours! Sure we're Midgar licensed, but let's bend the rules a little."

Glancing over her shoulder, Jill noticed some kind of commotion happening near the presidential airship.

Perfect timing.

Motioning at the scene behind her with her thumb, Jill pushed her persuasive powers further. "Let's use that as a distraction and check out what's happening on the cannon! In and out, should be a cinch."

Jill could tell the prospect of a potentially large payday had Martin on the ropes. With a sly grin, she closed in to seal the deal. "How about it?"

With a weary half-smirk, The pilot conceded at last. "...Alright, alright fine! You win this one. *Sigh* Get in and secure everything, pronto...IN and OUT Jill!"



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Careening towards endgame, which woman will come out on top? More on the way, let's keep this rocking along. Thanks for stopping by!

-BM



Scarlet, Tifa, the Final Fantasy Series, and all associated characters are © Square Enix
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Nall608 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018
This is getting brutal. I hope Tifa can recover from this one and I am surprised her and Scarlet's tits haven't been exposed yet from their brawling. Love the panty shot of Tifa. Also not to ask a stupid question but is the reporter Jill an idiot? Seriously shit is going crazy and she wants to go were the canon is right now? I hope it doesn't blow up and she ends up getting caught in the blast.
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
Thanks, Nall! The fight is getting more savage by the second. Tifa's fortitude never fails to impress though, and I've always loved her never say die fighting spirit. Those clothes have been lucky so far (Scarlet should really thank her tailor), but I really doubt they can hold up under this intensity...not with them wearing each other out like that ;)

Jill is either out of her mind or really bold, man! It's story first for her, always lol. METEOR is making people desperate, highlighted by the fact public executions are being broadcast without any complaint from the public.

More coming ASAP! I want to crank up production, and I really hope you keep checking in for what's in store.
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Nall608 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
I will keep checking out as I want to see the outcome to this story.
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SUP182 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Looks like ShinRa's new goddess is about to make her glorious TV debut!  Quite a sight to be sure.  The commoner battered and bruised, but Scarlet's tattered dress exposing only flawless skin kept pristine by her materia....
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist
That materia weapon has been pulling more than it's weight, even with the bumps and bruises she's taken herself. The last page put a pretty good spotlight on the battle damage she's picked up herself!

There's still time before the news team arrives, but I'm willing to bet Scarlet will be happy to have a camera nearby again. Her inflated ego needs a dramatic platform to shine.
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MasterGraveheart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Methinks the news crew is going to need to clarify their TV rating soon.  XD

Also, nice upskirt on Tifa.  :D 
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
Ha, thanks Grave!

"T" for Teen? Where's the ESRB when you need them =D
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ovithegreat8 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Looks like it will be recorded after all. Scarlet did miss a perfect opportunity though
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
Once she catches sight of a camera, I'm sure she'd love to create some special moments on the spot...all to play to her ego and dramatic attitude of course.
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ovithegreat8 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018
Oh my that pilot is going to have very hard job focusing. Scarlet will probably put on a sexy show for the world :p
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
She might not get the live broadcast, but I'm sure she's love to get a hold of that recording!
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fxboxing-fan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
"Why did she stop at just the first note? There's a perfectly good piston ready to be tuned with a face-first-smash. If blondie is going to destroy her own instrument at least let it sing just this once. It was a nice note, don't you think?" I'll take that. Erin's hands found no resistance when she lured the popcorn bag away from the statue that was once her BFF. "And stop trying to weasel out of the original bet of grabbing lunch for a week."

"Make it two!!" The stunned blonde barked before her thoughts caught up to remind her that things weren't looking so rosy for the woman wearing the suspenders.


Reporters Gone Rogue. The ultimate in coffee table books!
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
What a musically-inclined comment from Erin! Where did she learn about the face smash concerto/sonata? Leave it to Sienna to up the ante in a pinch =D

That book has the potential to ruin a lot of careers in journalism! I'm willing to bet most of the anecdotes in that book would involve completely ditching your own safety.
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fxboxing-fan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
While she is unlikely to ever find herself waving a baton from the conductor's podium, I believe Erin thinks of her fists as if they were batons. Directing the tempo and rhythm of the notes she punches out of her opponents. Each fight is a chance to write an original piece. She went to the exclusive Knockouts' Cove Instrumental Seminary after all. ;) The problem is sometimes the Emerald Inferno doesn't realize she's raising the stakes. xD

Caution's Eternal Sabbatical Maybe that's the subtitle?
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
And I bet she graduated with honors! I'd imagine some of the notes dull out quickly for her. Too many A Sharp Jabs or B Flat Hooks in a row will wear the musical canvas out too fast =P

Perfect subtext, let's find a publisher =D
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fxboxing-fan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
She prefers summa cum laude (in everything xD). Granted they would lose some of their luster over time, but practice makes perfect and a perfect note is music to Milanna ears. The ambitious composer hopes to conduct orchestral symphonies on the biggest stages someday. :p

The proceeds can go to the Save the Foxies Foundation. :D
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Excalib Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Damn, Tifa’s counter-offensive didn't start so well! xD
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist
Hey, even the best laid plans hit snags sometimes. This one just happens to be a doozy!
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Excalib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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Lvbeast Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Damn Scarlet has some cake in the first the pic. How could such a ruthless woman be so beautiful
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist
Its got to be the spa visits between creating weapons of mass destruction =D
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Lvbeast Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
She needs to look good while also kicking the ass out of her oppenents😂. She loves to gloat about her beauty and grace.
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Ketchum12 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
Omg that power is incredible from Scarlet. Of course you don't have to ask who I'm rooting for
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Gaidenxera Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
I always find a move like that amusing.
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BusterMachineArts Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist
I always have too! Its one I saw come up in comics a lot growing up.
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