Guest Star Posted April 13, 2010 Report Share Posted April 13, 2010 Episode 1 : The End is Only the BeginningEpisode 2 : The Plan Revealed! The Ultimate SacrificeEpisode 3 : Retreat! The Pursuit Is On!Episode 4 : Clone vs. Clone! All-Out BrawlEpisode 5 : Hidden in the Mist![/align] [spoiler=The End is Only The Beginning] 1: The End is Only the Beginning! Rain poured from the sky; in buckets, it almost seemed. For days it had been like this; massive amounts of rain continuing to fall; a “dark cloud” hanging over the head of the Leaf. He watched from the window, occasionally wiping his hand across the surface to clear his path of sight. Five days. It’d been five days since the Hokage had disappeared. No one knew what had happened to her, or where she went. Or at least, if anyone did, they weren’t talking. Her advisors remained confident she’d return, continually stating that she merely went away on business; it was nothing. That might have been true, had it not been for the constant attacks. For the past five days, mysterious attackers dressed in light blue gear have been spotted attempting to harm town citizens. The squads had been assigned to certain sections of the village, with the sole task of protecting the village citizens. Who the attackers are or where they are coming from remains a mystery, but the elite fear that should they continue, there will be no way of stopping it. The lack of a leader in the Hokage's absence had brought a chaotic order to the village. With no definite figure in charge, there's been constant fighting amidst the citizens themselves, making it even more difficult for the squads to identify the enemy. One thing was for sure; whether or not the advisors were being honest, the Leaf was in trouble. There was no way around it. If she had gone away on business, there was still no one here, no one in charge. It wouldn’t be possible to appoint a “temporary leader” in her place without riling up all of the citizens. The main priority right now had to be the Leaf’s security. And that’s how he came up with the idea. The squads. Get the squads together and assign them to separate sections of the Leaf. With four ninjas in each squad, they would be able to fight off enemy attackers somewhat easily. But how long would that last? With the amount of cloaked ninjas that have attempted to attack in the past five days easily exceeding one-hundred, there had to be something going on. If the enemy gathered their resources and came back stronger, there would be no way to fight them off. Although he knew nothing about the enemy, there was one thing that he knew for certain. If the Leaf was engaged in any sort of war without a leader; it would be impossible to fend off the attacks. It seemed only the squads themselves were seeing the importance in getting along. While they generally did anyway, some people – due to panic – were acting in a chaotic manner. People didn’t see why one person should get the job as leader over another, and of course, that led to fights breaking out. It wasn’t easy for squads to focus on breaking up fights between the same citizens they were attempting to protect. The only thing that made the enemy stand out was the light blue cloaks. There were no symbols on them, making it impossible to identify what village they were from, and they didn’t use any Jutsu. It was simple hand-to-hand combat, and up against guys like Rock Lee and Guy, they were absolutely no match. It was almost as if they were trying to get a sense of the Leaf’s fighting style. Figure out what they were up against, recruit, then come back stronger. It was a brilliant tactic, the most simple to think of yet the most effective in some ways. For that reason, the squads had agreed that they would refrain from using Jutsu unless it was absolutely necessary. So far, it hadn’t been. That was a good thing. How long would that last, though? Lady Tsunade’s top advisor, Shizune, who would have most likely been named “in charge” had Tsunade gone away on business, was no where to be found as well. That further fueled the fear that something bad was going to happen. And while he and the others had done all they could to avoid it to prevent mass panic, it was becoming more and more convincing with every passing second. Thirty minutes had passed since he stepped into the Hokage’s office. What was normally off-limits to the rest of the village (without permission, of course) was paid no attention to. That was the least of their concerns, and he wanted to get a good glance at the village, see if he could identify anyone, see anyone “out of place”, but he couldn’t. There were few people outside due to the rain, and the only ones he could identify were the squads themselves, stationed and prepared to fight. It was almost like a giant jigsaw puzzle that you didn’t want to complete, for fear of what you’d find out upon doing so. Most of them - himself included – were younger fifteen, sixteen years old. To fight off an entire invasion, even if they had a strategy, would be physically impossible. He stood, keeping his focus on the village, continuing to watch for signs of movement, but there was nothing. Just the merchants attempting to make a sale or people walking into and out of shops. It was frustrating. Knowing that you could be in great danger, but not knowing how to stop it, because you don’t know what you’re up against. That’s when the man charged. The man had been hiding underneath the desk for hours, meaning he was concealed before he even walked in. Facing the window, there would be no way to defend himself as the man, armed with a Kunai, prepared to make his move. Light blue cloak and all, the man demonstrated great speed by making the jump from the desk to the far left side of the room in one swift movement. “I’ve got you now!” He swung. He connected. The Kunai pierced his chest. His face cloaked, the man formed a half-smile, followed by a quiet laugh of confidence. “Easier than I thought.” He had done it, just like that. Until the substitution exploded. The man gripped his Kunai and pulled it back as his target disappeared into a puff of smoke, which then vaporized. “What’s this? A substitution?!” The man was shocked; he had spent hours waiting for his one strike; his one chance to get the upper hand, only to have his plan foiled by a mere child? “Is that the best you can do?” He’d uttered his first words in quite a while not to show arrogance, but to get inside the enemy’s head. He wasn’t a fool. He’d felt the man’s presence the second he walked in. Using common sense, he knew the man wouldn’t just charge right away. You rush things, and you waste your one shot. He was right in one respect; the man did have only one shot, and it failed. Impressive execution and speed, but not enough. Still, the man was armed and he had nothing but his hands. There was realistically only one way to take the man down, but it would take a lot of skill, and just the right angle. His location hadn’t been given away yet, but the second he moved he’d give it away. “Heh-heh. I’m just getting started. Come on, kid, it’s gonna take more than a substitution to beat me.” As he spoke, the man turned in different directions, Kunai at his side as he prepared for an attack. “As you wish.” He stepped out with only one foot. The man did a one-eighty spin, turning to face him almost immediately. He was stopped, as he’d intended, and the man dashed toward him. So far so good. He jumped, ducking under the enemy and landing on his feet on the other side of the room. Now he was back in front of the window. Him, not the substitution. The man knew it, too. He had to admit the man was far faster than he was, but speed wasn’t everything. “You can’t outpace me, kid! Don’t even try!” The man leapt, and charged right toward him. Outpacing him wasn’t needed. So he stood. Remained right in place, about to be met with an unfortunate fate. “Giving up, huh?!” The man yelled, still in the air. He swung, but dropped to the ground before he could connect. Seconds later, he hit the ground. CLANK! The Kunai followed him, landing right at his side and making contact with the floor. The man tried to move, but couldn’t. He couldn’t seem to do anything. “What—what in the world is going on here?!” “You’re fast, but you think almost as fast as you move. And that’s not a good thing. You see a skilled ninja thinks over every approach before making a move, whereas you see an opportunity and jump on it, ignoring the possible repercussions.” He paused, taking a breath. “I gave away my location on purpose, knowing you’d waste no time making your move. It was when I jumped under you that I pressed my hand into your chest, each fingertip sealing off one of your chakra points. Now, without access to any, you find yourself unable to move." "There's no way a brat like you could out-manuever me! This is some kind of trick!" The man tried to stand, believing his own words, but was soon disappointed as he found himself practically pinned to the ground. “Here’s the thing.” The man was obviously in denial. He did his best to look up, at least attempting to look him in the face, but even that wasn’t easy. “It’s not a matter of whose more powerful. It’s simply knowing your opponent. Your moves are so predictable, and with you having no knowledge of mine, you made yourself an extremely easy target. And now, look where it’s gotten you.” He stared down at the man, breathing heavily, as it wasn’t a simple task to outmanuever him. He said it was, but he didn’t want to let the enemy know he was weak. Suddenly, the man began to laugh. That was odd. “Wha—what’s so funny?” He stared down at the man, who had managed to lift his head off the ground enough so that he was looking at him face-to-face. “Do you think you’ve won? Did you honestly expect it to be that simple?” “I don’t understand. He’s pinned to the ground, he can’t move, I’ve sealed his chakra points. Wha—what is he saying?” He stared down at the man and his eyes widened as the man’s cloak became surrounded by a bright blue energy, looking very much like chakra. He stepped back, feeling the force of the energy. He shielded his eyes for a moment with his arm, then lowered it. The cloak was gone. The man began to stand, still laughing. He was a tall figure, perhaps about six feet tall. He was decked out in another light blue cloak, only this one looked less thick. Underneath that was a black t-shirt and a black pair of shorts, perhaps the same length as his. Judging by his face, the man had to be somewhere around thirty years old, give or take a year. That wasn’t so much the problem. The man had just lost access to all of his chakra points, and yet somehow he was standing, smiling, and not at all hurt. “Shaking already?” The man laughed again. “I don’t think you’ve even begun to understand what you’re up against, kid.” That was it! The symbol, the four wavy lines, the Village Hidden in the Mist! “So he’s a Mist Ninja? I don’t have much experience dealing with their kind of Jutsu. He could be right; I don’t know if I can handle this guy on my own. One of my best moves didn’t even phase him. What was the deal with the cloak?” The man looked at him, as if he knew what he was thinking. “I can tell what you’re thinking.” He grinned. “You’re wondering what happened to my cloak. It’s a Jutsu. One known as Mist Armor.” The man paused. “It’s just the start of my abilities, but any damage I might take while the Armor is in effect, is automatically nullified once it’s removed.” “Hmm...” He didn’t say anything. What was there to say? The man had outsmarted him. He knew he could take the risk because he’d be fine afterwards. And in the process, he’d been able to discover exactly what he was going to be up against. Now that the man knew what he was fighting, all he had to do was fight long-range and there’d be nothing to stop him. “Speechless. You’re in a league far beyond your own, kid. The whole village is. But sadly it’ll be you who learns the lesson first. Now then, it’s time for you to die.” The man stepped back, and both of his hands became surrounded by mist. What to do? NEXT TIME! “This guy’s good. With the Mist Clones, and his ability to dodge pretty much all of my attacks, I’m not really sure how I’m going to be able to take him down. The only way I can think of...no, that’s too dangerous. It appears I might have no choice.” The Plan Revealed! The Ultimate Sacrifice! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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