The ogre and his charge watched the wild girl stand up and felt a sort of respect for her getting up despite her injuries. "I suppose a beast like you has that stubborn pride that blinds you to your betters. I'm sure it also dulls the pain. I would congratulate you, but you still need to learn your place."
The ogre's heavy blade rose into the air when Becky started running at him. It descended at the same time as her punch shot out. Then it struck nothing but dirt. Surprised by Becky's foolishly courageous maneuver, Clarissa was an easy target for the wild girl's hair. "W-what!? How dare you!" She protested when Becky started climbing up the wall.
But she wasn't gonna give up just yet. The place Becky grabbed while clambering suddenly shot out of the wall, hopefully knocking Becky down to the ground or even sending her flying away.
Becky thought she had the fight, but Clarissa wasn’t going down as easily as expected. Becky’s handhold went flying away from the wall, taking her with it. She blinked in surprise before looking out at the girl in her hair. She spun to turn her, putting the smaller body’s body between herself and the ground. Expecting resistance, she was already throwing punches to soften her up before landing hard on her stomach.
Clarissa struggled against the hair until Becky started punching her. The ogre bellowed in rage and leapt into the air, sword raised above its head. It coming down now would have torn stone asunder with sheer force. Clarissa could see him rising into the air out of the corner of her eye. Then nothing.
Becky smashed Clarissa into the ground full force and knocked the air out of her by landing on her stomach. The ogre vanished into a cloud of mana. The giant slab of stone he used for a sword hung in the air for a second, then landed with a loud thunk. Becky won. Clarissa was out cold.
Becky stood up from Clarissa’s shallowly breathing body. Her ribs were mending, and to her delight, her long red hair was returning to its proper length. As her victory was announced and Clarissa’s breath returned to normal, she reached her hands down and yanked her to her feet. “Good job.” She patted her opponent’s head as the arena faded. She stretched and skipped back out of the arena to the changing room. “What a match! Becky showed off her skills and reminded us of why she’s a fan favorite, but Clarissa put up a great fight too! We really hope we see you here next year, Clarissa!” Ellen called out as the arena was readied and the next contestants stepped out.
“And now another fight between a newcomer and a veteran! On the left we have Catherine Rhyner, longtime rival of former champ Alexis Primrose, looking to fill her shoes! On the right, Sam, a recently-joined rising star in the dueling club!” As soon as the introduced fighters entered the arena, they would feel warm drops of water hitting their faces. Thunder rolled in the distance, lightning crackling from purple clouds. Soft, wet sand mushed under their feet with each step as they emerged onto sand dunes facing one another across a barren expanse. The bell rang over the thunder.