Team Lance was beginning to move to the entrance of the arena, being ready to go in at any moment. After just having finished her small speech to prepare her team-members, Mina out of all people decided to plan ahead with Ruby. While the two of them had some interesting interactions in the past, namely because of their weird relationships with Amane, all of these things mattered not in the face of the exercise. Here they would have to cooperate at any cost because they really would not stand any chance at all otherwise against the famous prefects. After Mina's proposition, Ruby stared at her for just a second too long, blinked once and then replied with a slight nod.
"That sounds like a plan."
Mentally however, Ruby added: "Try to keep up."
With the teams being prepped for the upcoming task there was only the late-arrival Acion to be briefed after he had just been informed of the situation by Dulga. The boy would soon approach Ruby as the team-leader so that she could include him in the strategy. Although to be fair, there really wasn't that much of a strategy to begin with... she'd definitely have to work on that. Regardless, Acion raised a valid point concerning his aerial abilities. His mention of the usefulness of such abilities in being the watching eye above the battlefield reminded Ruby of the time when Acion and her had clashed in battle during the first exercise in which she had participated. It had been a rather intense battle in which both combatants had seemed to be of equal strength... However, moments before they had wanted to go all out they had been so rudely interrupted... therefore they had never been able to find out who was stronger. Regardless, Ruby knew to respect Acion's power, having experienced it first hand, and therefore was able to trust him with splitting off from the group, albeit a short distance. The catgirl gave Acion a short and confident nod.
"Alright. Just stay within hearing distance so we will be able to communicate considering the fact that we don't use the ear-pieces as per Dulga's advice." Ruby was about to turn away before she remembered something.
"Oh and, I do have enhanced hearing." She pointed to her large feline ears.
"So, keep that in mind." and with that, the briefing was finally concluded.
Her opinion of Acion, at least regarding his actual combat abilities, was fairly high and his presence gave her more confidence regarding the outcome of the exercise.
Ruby moved herself to the entrance to the arena in which the exercise would take place to regroup with the full Team Lance. Taking a final glance around her class-/team mates, Ruby was ready to rush into the scene. "Le-"
Her announcement was interrupted by a certain shield-bearer bursting her way through the door into the training area. The catgirl was taken aback a bit by this sudden development but quickly shook her head to regain her composure and then dashed through the door with her teammembers.
As of this moment they were sort of aimlessly wandering through the arena, waiting for intel by their watchful eye in the sky, Acion. Luckily said intel wouldn't have to wait for long as a bonechilling scream and loud noises of demolition and destruction would drown out the oddly peaceful quietness of the area just seconds before. They were enough to stop Ruby in her tracks, turning her head towards the sky to see what Acion had to say as he was the only one being able to see the immense threat causing such threatening sounds.
His wild body movements and gesturing left Ruby staring at the birdie-boy with a confused expression.
Once he was finally done she would point at her feline ears with a still neutral expression on her face, although there was a sliiiiight hint of annoyance visible, trying to signal him that she was, in fact, able to hear him.
On the prefects' side of things, the tactical discussion was kept much more simple than that of the students. They had already worked together countless of times as part of their training, meaning that this was just routine formation for them, with some minor adjustments made to it. However, hearing her teamcaptain tell Kiyoko to just cause some chaos, made her eyes light up immediately. "This is going to be fuuuuuuuunnnnn~~" Kiyoko claimed before splitting apart from the group together with Felix.
As they were walking to a position where they'd be able to mess with the students the best, Felix began a conversation.
"We could honestly just let Nestor go rampage and he'd be able to take all of them out. Buuuuuttttttt... where is the fun in that? I want to mess with them!"
Once Felix told Kiyoko to not worry about her "pretty little head" the ghostly girl immediately turned around and stuck her tongue out towards Felix in childish defiance. "You know very well that I'll be fine!... I wonder, should I pay our opponents a visit and say hello to them? Or would you rather have an elaborate scheme to drive them crazy!" Kiyoko pronounced the word "crazy" with a load of cheerful enthusiasm and a hint of evilness in it.
"Tho' You'd have to do the planning. I'm just good at flying in and giving them a good old scare!"
As of now both of them were just moving along the back alleys located in the outer parts of the arena whereas most of the action was happening in the central part of it. They were preparing to be in a flanking position!
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