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And.... the jump was made!  Earth Writer had made it to his own square just in time; which was to say, 5 seconds before Taira completed his jump over Medo.  The window of opportunity had not yet closed, but only time would tell if it left enough breathing room for him to, well, breathe before making his next jump-

 

Curses!  The stallion hadn't time to catch his breath before the kirin was calling back a warning to his pegasus teammate.  He'd missed his chance for a double for sure, but there was nothing for it; he'd have to be content with a single now, and probably a trade, too, as staying still would mean getting captured by Taira, and moving in the opposite direction left him vulnerable to Dunnie!  *Maybe if I jump now, I can startle her into making a move away, rather than forward?*

 

That was his only shot at winning now, and he took it with a flying leap!

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Discord was especially tickled. His linkling was ahead on the way to the Castle without threat! Icy having let that Pizzapony by may have hurt the noble's chances as well as Earth Writer! Oh dear. The pony would be able to see the pizzapony with the box in hoof, he would like reach the castle before him, than what would Write boast about?! There had to be a way to stop him...

 

With Medo beside Discord the spirit peered down, rolling his eyes at her spoiled pouting. Motioning his paw he levitated her out the penalty box and onto his head. He would offer her a slice of pizza, the nobles complaining that she was getting spoiled. With pizza all around Discord shrugged. "You were so close dear. But so was Ice Storm. What a shame..." So that pizzapony was all a ploy? "But I'll give those trapped in the penalty box a chance to get back in the game. He snapped his paws.

 

With that several boxes of pizza appeared in front of all those in the penalty box, five in exactness. Regarding him he was but three spaces from the castle. 

 

"If you can eat through all of these when this timer hits zero... you are free to continue the game." He pulled a stopwatch from his feathers and it began to count down from ten.

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Despite Taira's callout to her, Dunnie already had her eyes on the approaching blue piece. She could feel Taira's mass slam into the ground after he completed his jump over Medo, all while her eyes locked on Earth Writer. He had lost the advantage so quickly, he was going to do something desperate to try to gain the upper hand.

 

Most ponies would have jumped back, but a fighter like Dunnie knew to close the distance between opponents. Before the blue piece landed on the ground, Dunnie had already already jumped forward, challenging his aggression.

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Nensho shrugged as his distraction didn't seem to help in the end. Oh well, at least he tried. Seeing as it was too late to actually face down Taira at this point, Nensho turned his attention to the pegasus mare being faced down by the stallion. Grinning, he made his way towards them, trying to keep enough distance to avoid getting caught in the mare's jump should she come out on top, but close enough that it would be clear her aggression would be rewarded in kind.

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Dunnie's jumping forward would end up exposing an edge case in the rules.  After all, this game was played in real-time, not in turns.  Therefore, it was entirely possible for two pieces to attempt capturing each other simultaneously.  In this case, what ended up happening was that Earth Writer and Dunnie slammed into each other in mid-air, coconut-like thunk of their heads colliding proving a secret delight to all watching.  

 

"Oohhhh...."  Earth Writer collapsed back on the ground, dazed, unsure of whether he was in his origin square, the square he was leaping to, or in the captured box.  All depended on the rule call of the judge at this point...

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