After both fencers returned to their starting positions, the Coach motioned for them to resume the bout. Double-J shuffled towards Rex, noticeably slower this time, and as he approach he twirled his foil with his wrist, the red plastic tip of his blade moving in a slow, hypnotic circle. He increased the circle as his foil crossed his opponent’s.
Rex allowed Double-J to encircle his foil a moment, and in that pause, they heard the sound of light rythmic clapping coming from the senior section.
Rex flicked his wrist, his foil clanging loudly against the other, causing another burst of surprised excitement from the crowd. Double-J returned his foil back to a defensive posture, paused a moment, then not seeing an attack from Rex, resumed encircling his opponent’s blade.
The clapping grew louder, and spread to the other sections of the audience.
Rex flicked Double-J’s foil aside again, and Double-J resumed his circling. Rex flicked the foil again, then a fourth time, fifth, each coming in quicker succession, with more force, the sound of each steel clash ringing louder, and with each sound the clapping from the crowd grew louder, the rhythym growing more coordinated, and faster.