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Lying in wait for her mark, Astra waits atop the highest surface of the refuel ship. Utilizing a spyglass, she looks out for Lexa and Cal's ship, which she is expecting. Cloaking to look like the surrounding sky, those who rely on vision would have immense difficulty seeing through the camouflage without specific knowledge of her presence there. If Cal and Lexa aren't careful, they might find a knife in their back.

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Lexa looked at Cal and said "Lexa smell blood. Lotsa blood. Big Brother go on deck and wait for Lexa signal. Lexa sneak on other ship and find out why Lexa smell blood. Big Brother kill anyone not helping Big Brother when time comes."

The ship Lexa and Cal were on moved closer to the one that Astra was atop. Astra had been told about Lexa's fox-like features, but she hadn't been told about the target being a child. She was told about Lexa using lightning magic, but wasn't told that Lexa's magic wasn't electricity... Lightning was just a byproduct.

Things got under way. The captain of the refueling ship extended a large metal board and walked across before anyone else. He began the usual procedures of confirming the cargo transfer, and then men moved across with a fuel line to begin pumping fuel while others were moving boxes of supplies.

 

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''Alright then. If I need to kill anybody, I'll tell you 'bout them after.''

With that, Cal made his way over to the deck. He started to look around for anybody that might try to kill either himself or Lexa. Knowing that Lexa went to the other side of the ship after smelling blood could mean somebody had a ranged weapon, he mainly focused on watching the other ship.  

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Lexa exited the ship from the stern, a portion that was obscured by the wheelhouse. She gently slid into the ocean below and began swimming down, going to a depth where the water turned dark blue and light was limited. From there, she swamp across to the underside of Astra's ship and began climbing the very back.

Even from her perch, Astra wouldn't have a good enough angle to see Lexa get in the water or swim across. However, she'd have a perfect angle to see the fox child clambering over the guard rail on the bow. By this point, Lexa was more than aware of her presence. She wreaked of blood... or, something she was carrying did. Lexa wouldn't immediately engage her, however. The child would hide behind a nearby crate and let the workers pass before making her way for the wheelhouse.
 

 

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Upon getting a glance of Lexa, Astra gets enough of a look to notice her identifying features, but not enough to know the full details. Astra starts to move. Since she wasn't given any sort of details about the target's sensory array, she wanted to approach carefully. Entering the interior of the boat, she starts to skulk about. Because Lexa is aware of Astra's smell, she will be able to avoid Astra's patrol if she doesn't stop to confront her. Astra simply utilizes her childlike appearance to run about the boat playfully, in the attempt to avoid suspicion. 

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Lexa moved from behind her crate and ducked behind another. As most of the workers were either busy trying to look busy, or were actually busy. She then moved into the wheelhouse and closed the door behind her, looking back to ensure she was alone.

The wheelehouse wasn't anything grand. Ten or twenty feet across and thirty down. There was a large table in the middle with a digital map of the ship that showed the status of individual sections. The far end had a wheel for steering the ship, surrounded on either side by monitors displaying different kinds of data.

"H-hey! You're not supposed to be in here!" a man exclaimed from across the room. "It okay. Lexa not here long." she replied with a warm smile before vanishing. The man saw a bolt of blue lightning right before Lexa's knee was driven into the center of his face. His skull was caved in immediately, and his body flew back and hit the ground a few moments after his brain was taken offline.

No matter how quietly she moved, the moment Astra walked through the door, she would see Lexa poking through the files on the captain's terminal. If she looked at Lexa's head, she'd possibly notice one of her ears were turned, facing her.

 

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Like any good assassin, Astra already started to create a profile of different routes that Lexa might have taken. Not merely patrolling, the first thing she checks on is the communications room. If she was to execute an attack or communicate with people from the outside, such a site could be a valuable target. When she finds nothing, Astra checks to see if Lexa is simply out for information, and doesn’t care if she is found out. 
 

Astra, rather than entering the room immediately, opens the door just enough to discover the man on the ground. After seeing this, she closes the door. Arming herself with the dagger that she keeps in a hidden sheath on the inside of her skirt, she arms herself. She reopens the door, throwing in a smoke bomb before rushing into the room. 

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A critical error was made. The moment the door was cracked open, the smell of blood in the room got intolerably high. Quiet and well greased as the door hinges were, Lexa's ear twitched and turned at the sound of the sea breeze getting a fraction of a percent louder. Her nose flared at the smell of the blood, which told Lexa that whoever was watching her had killed quite a number of people.

The door was oepened and a smokeball was thrown through it. Through the smoke, like a demon in the mist, Lexa's figure would be seen only from the light blue glow of her magic circuits. The circuits literally appeared as the circuits of a computer motherboard, printed onto Lexa's hands, arms, torso, and legs. They stop at her neck line, and reappear in the iris of her eyes as a shimmering effect from the hundreds of thousands of circuits present. More circuits lay in her teeth, but few people ever see them for obvious reasons.

Astra would be face-to-face with the girl who was dozens of feet away only moments prior. On top of that, Lexa would be armed with a dagger of her own, which would be swinging for Astra's face.
 

 

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Astra, moving through the smoke, continues down a line assuming her target wouldn’t move towards the generated smoke. Astra is slightly slow to react when Lexa moves in at her directly. Quickly recognizing the difference in their speed, Astra changes stances from offensive to defensive. Rather than being the aggressor, which she could hardly accomplish against someone as fast as Lexa, she attempts to establish her line of movement, and force her to commit more distance to her attack in an attempt to make it easier to predictively stab as a means of making up the difference in reaction time. 
 

However, Astra has to play a careful balance, since giving the girl too much space would likely mean getting fried by lightning. Astra smirks, “You know, you are actually pretty cute up close.”

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The two would cross daggers by means of coincidence. The angle Lexa was striking just so happened to line up with Astra's, making it so the blade of Astra's dagger grazed the guard of Lexa's. A comment was made by the attacking woman that went unanswered by the child. The moment she finished saying it, Lexa sent a jolt of energy into it. Since the two blades were touching, there would be no time for Astra to pull back. Instead of the energy being electricity, the energy would polarize the dagger greatly. The result would be that the dagger would become magnetically attracter to the floor like a hypermagnet to a metal beam.

Immediately after the energy transfer, Lexa would drop to the ground and spin on her heel in an attempt to catch the back of Astra's knee with her foot and pull it. If this was successful, Astra would be pulled to a falling motion. If Astra was able to move back in time, she would be able to avoid being put in such a vulnerable state.
 

 

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Feeling the sense of weight entering her dagger, Astra realizes what Lexa is attempting. Rather than trying to fight it, she utilizes the strong magnetic force to lodge her dagger into the floor like a spike, rather than lying flat like was intended. Once again respecting Lexa’s ability, her first motion is to take a quick step forward as to put their bodies in contact with another. At this extremely close range, neither of them has enough distance to effectively attack with their hands or feet without backing away first. 
 

Because Lexa commited to tripping Astra, and Astra tried to close the distance, the result is that Astra is kicked with less force and at a lower position than would be required to get the leverage needed to trip her. Astra doesn’t make a hostile action, simply doing her best to minimize damage while she tries to talk Lexa down. 
 

“You know. This fight doesn’t benefit either of us. If I hit that blade with enough force, it’ll vibrate. If I hit it at the right frequency, it’ll make a lot of noise. Let’s stop this. I will help you get out undetected.” Astra keeps up a smile, though that kick left a bruise on her legs. 

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Astra altered the way Lexa's attack in a way that didn't result in her being left open for a follow-up attack. As Lexa was standing there with the front of her ankle firmly planted in the side of Astra's leg, the woman had tried to talk Lexa out of the fight. The previous enemies were more organized and committed. They used ranged weapons and were organized, and didn't try to form a truce with Lexa. This one had seen that Lexa was a strong opponent and likely realized that the battle would, at the very least, leave her injured beyond reasonable recovery. She was skilled. That deduction was reached in only two attacks.

Lexa lifted her leg off and moved to the terminal. The smoke had began clearing from the room as she moved back through it, her magic circuits fading away. "Lexa doesn't care if person calls more bad people. Big Brother already killing them."

At this point, Cal would feel the magic circuits he was implanted with getting hotter. It was as clear a signal as any. The captain of the Tidal Shark drew a pistol and shot the other captain without hesitation, and the members of the other ship's crew all began drawing guns of a vastly different type. These ones were more futuristic looking and fired magic instead of metal, which would let Cal easily know who his enemies were. 

As gunfire erupted across the two ships, Lexa was calmly placing her hand on the terminal screen. The screen was clearly not a touch-screen, but the terminal was reacting as though it were being controlled by possession. "If person helping Lexa, now... Lexa wantsa know why."
 

 

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Feeling the circuits heating up was all Cal needed. He looked at the other ship and saw the other crewmates shooting these strange guns and knew exactly who his targets were. He would summon his axe in his hand before rushing onto the other ship, slashing away at any target that got in his way while he started searching for Lexa, making sure each was dead before progressing further.

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Astra laughs, “Well the first and most important reason is because you will definitely kill me if I fight you. You are immune to my killing technique because of your blessing.” Going monotone, “But honestly my life isn’t even that important. I just want to have fun. If I am with you, it’ll be more fun than trying and failing to kill you.” Astra’s big smile returns, “I want to kill everyone here. Can I go sabotage their communications? I don’t want anyone to get away.”

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