June 3rd, 2014


[ANON POST] Injuries Occurring by Accident in an Unequal Struggle

Setting: Cornwall, 1905. Slight AU (transport technology has been affected by the handwavium used in Rudyard Kipling's sci-fi story 'With the Night Mail', if this is relevant).

Situation: Character A is a big tough fellow who knows his way around a scrap (his principal forms of recreation are boxing and creative troublemaking); character B is a young woman half his size who's never been in a fight before. B has just come across evidence of something that will get A into serious legal trouble if it comes out, and A, desperate, is about to crown his recent string of bad decisions by abducting B, to keep her from telling while he works out what to do next. This will involve getting her into a vehicle that's about thirty yards away up a cliffside path (AU-ness here; the vehicle's nothing that would have existed in 1905, but for present purposes it's similar to a van - automated and with an enclosed compartment where a person can be shut in).

A doesn't want to hurt B at all (he's by no means a hardened criminal, he rather likes her, and he's trying to quash his qualms about the use of force by drawing a clear mental distinction between simple force and violence). B doesn't know this; it's plausible from her perspective that A may intend to murder her, and she'll fight as hard as she can to get away.

I want B to sustain an injury or injuries, not horrible or potentially life-threatening (so no falling down and cracking her head on a rock), that will nonetheless hamper her movements, render her escape a few days after this more difficult and unpleasant, and make A feel very guilty (and therefore even more trapped in his current course of action - part of the story is about him, a man of decent-to-middling character, doing increasingly bad things for reasons which always seem compelling at the time).
I've tried to work out various ways in which this might happen, but I'm not sure how realistic any of them are.

Questions for people who know more about fighting than I do:

- If they trip and fall with him on top - facing uphill, so they wouldn't fall as far as they would on horizontal ground - could this be enough to crack any of B's ribs, if she's about eight stone and he's about fourteen? Is it even likely that they'd both go down? (Big-brother-wrestling experience on my part suggests that it's very hard to trip a large, athletic person who doesn't want to be tripped.) I can make the ground bare rock, soft turf, or anything in between that will help produce the desired result.

- If he twists one of her arms behind her back to make her move, the way bouncers do, is it likely that her shoulder could dislocate, given that he's trying to avoid anything of the sort? He's used to manhandling people, but none of said people have previously been so small or fragile or panicky, so is this a reasonable misjudgement?

- I'm told by smug martial-arty types that someone as inexperienced as B could sprain her own wrist or break her hand by punching him. Would this only happen if she hit the skull? Is is possible to break one's hand on someone's ribs? Ribcages seem to have a lot more give in them than heads. What about when striking back at someone holding her from behind, rather than punching forward?

- Can anyone suggest other useful injuries and how they might happen?

Research: Googled 'judo injuries', 'wrestling injuries', 'common brawling injuries' and variations thereon; the trouble is that the former involve contests between people of roughly equal size and skill, and the latter involves deliberate damage. Read several illustrated women's self-defence books for ideas, but they all seem vastly optimistic about the hypothetical woman's chances, and anyway, I want A to win. Wrestled with brother, but he was alarmingly enthusiastic about hurting me for the sake of verisimilitude, so stopped before any bits of me actually got broken.

Sorry for the anonymous post; I don't have an LJ account. I'd be grateful for any advice.