From Chapter 12 to about Chapter 15, maybe 16, there will be fights with the Akatsuki, but after that, the battles will cool down a bit. (A certain character you see in this has been taught by a shinobi, Ibiki, and the strength you notice in him is not suddenly and blatenly his)

Dawn of a New Era

Chapter 14

The Kage Meeting

Shikamaru, Choji and Ino stand at the gate.

“Hm, Ino, Choji, we’re off to the Land of Tea. Are you ready?”

Ino and Choji nodded. They were his bodyguards on this mission. “Yes!” They cheered in unison.

The trio departed from the village. From beneath the shadows of a tree, a figure laughs and slinks away. “It’s time…”

In the cave…

“Jinrai and Koukishi. I suspect you got the stones?”

“Yes sir.” Jinrai placed the stones on a pillar and it rose up. The stones sparked and levitated. The flew around in a circle, like a dance in harmony. The desintegrated and the chakra flowed into the four scrolls.

“We need the ‘key’ and the final scroll and we’ll be able to realize our objective. And I see Koukishi was in a sqaubble?”

“Yeah, I guess, but it’s not like he would have died or anything.”

“True, I suspect, but he’s still a vital member. Good work.”

Zet suddenly appears in the room. “Master, the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf has left for the Land of Tea.”

“Good, now, our final plan of action. This must not fail.”

The leader called every Akatsuki member into the room. “Here it is. Kakaze, Hakujou and Jinrai, go to the Hidden Leaf to assertaine the final scroll. Kuchia, Jun and I will go to the Land of Tea and spy on this ‘meeting’ of theirs. Hidan, you, Zet and Hitshirezu will stay here.”

Hidan looked puzzled. “Who the hell is Hitshiwhozit?”

From a wall, a figure appears in normal color. “ERK!? What is he? A chameleon or something? Where’d he come from?”

“Mhm, you can say that. He is a special case. He can morph his body, just like a chameleon, to change into the color of his surroundings. He’s gone on practically every mission the Akatsuki has been on, and stayed concealed without anyone noticing. Andother specialty is the fect he has no mouth. He uses a special jutsu only he knows how to use to project hsi thoughts into visibility as so others can see what he needs to say. He has no verbal action.” The hologram explained.

As Kakaze, Hakujou and Jinrai took off, the hologram disappeared. In its place, a hooded figure stood.

“Okay, Jun, Kuchia, we’re off.” A gleam of light reflected off of something within the hood.

In Konoha…

Karin and Suigetsu stand at the gate, knowing Shikamaru had already taken off. “I would like to go with them as backup, but Sasuke’s still in the Hospital…”

“No I’m not.”

Karin shot around. “Wh-S-?!?”

Suigetsu grimaced. “How are you out of the hospital already? After only two days?”

“Because they released me, obviously. But I want to go as back up as well. Come on.”

Karin and Suigetsu glanced at each other as Sasuke headed past them. Before any of them could get too far, Sauno appeared.

“Wait. I want to go too.” She insisted.

Sasuke stopped and turned around. “That’s not a good idea. The chance that Akatsuki could be honing in on the Kage meeting and Konoha is very high. Not too many shinobi can leave this place unguarded.”

Sasuke then turned back around.

Sauno shook what he said away. “But I still want to go!”

“No.”

Team Taiyo then hurried off.

Sauno kicked the ground. “Fine! I don’t need to go…”

Sauno felt the temperature of the air become less comfortable. “That was weird…”

The wind slowed considerably and not a leaf blew.

Kumogakure…

Killerbee and his two bodyguards, Omoi and a boy named Rait, walked towards the gate.

“So, Raikage, we’re out to the Land of Tea where the Kage meeting is being held, right?” Rait asked tentatively.

“Mhm, we’re headed out there, to the Kage Summit, I can take it, it’s to bare.”

In Omoi’s mind, “Ugh, I hope we can stay away from that stupid rapping crap on our way to the Land of Tea. It’s getting on my last nerve.”

The trio headed out of the village.

Kirigakure…

The Mizukage, Chojuro and Ao were about to depart when the Mizukage turned around and glared at Ao. “If you do anything to jeopardize the final result of this, you will be dead.”

Ao gulped, nodded, and the trio departed.

Sunagakure…

Temari had picked Gaara and Tenrai to join her as bodyguards for the Land of Tea and they stood inside the gate.

“Gaara, Tenrai, this is it. We’re going to the Land of Tea. We’re going to be on our toes. Let’s go.”

The three of them then started off quickly.

Iwagakure…

The young Tsuchikage, Kurotsuchi and a boy named Terron departed from their village.

Land of Tea…

“Are you ready, sire?” A young shinobi questioned someone hidden behind a curtain.

“Yes. Let’s go.” The curtain tore in the center and a figure dashed out of it.

A door on the outside of a building exploded off and the man dashed out, heading towards a thin stretch of land at the bottom of a large hill.

“The Kage Meeting is on the Yuay Peninsula. And I, Ishidate Morino, will watch over it.” An approching figure joined Ishidate.

“Don’t be so brash, sir.”

“Heh, don’t worry. It’s not like I’m going to die or anything.” He sped forward and surpassed the man next to him.

“He’s so fast…And I think becoming this land’s first ninja helps him…”

Idate slowed down almost to a complete stop when he came to the thin slab of land stretching out, and connecting to, a larger, circular patch of land out on the water.

He then started walking down that way and the man from before appears by him. “I have finally caught up with you…sigh.”

“You should been running faster. Anyway, that’s where the five kages will meet in less than two hours…I’m still not completely positive why their meeting. Ibiki visited not long ago and spoke to me about some sort of scrolls being stolen from the Great Nations, but since we’re not one of them, I’m not sure what he was talking about exactly.” Idate explained.

“I see…Idate, do feel that you are in iminate danger?”

Idate halted. “What do you mean?” He said with a voice of extreme caution.

“What do you think I mean? That someone around you is about to betray you, maybe?”

Idate stood motionless. “No, I don’t feel that…” Idate turned around sharply, a kunai hidden in his hand. “Should I?”

“Oh no, not unless your instincts tell you to…be alert.”

Idate flipped backwards and released the kunai. The knife stabbed the figure and it exploded. Idate was sent back sliding on the ground.

He darted his eyes around. Suddenly, the water around him started churning and creating whirlpools.

“What is this…?”

Form inside the whirlpools, twisters of water erupted upwards and targeted Idate. Idate summoned Shadow Clones and hopped into the water.

The clones started a rapid swimming around one of the whirlpools and created a reverse spin, stopping the whirlpool. The repeated this on the opposite.

Idate climbed to the land again. He realized a figure standing above him. Before Idate could make a move, it exploded in a Shadow Clone Explosion Jutsu.

Two hours later…

The Mizukage and her bodyguards had come the opposite way of the peninsula, so they traveled across the water.

When the trio reached the building on the peninsula, they glanced around for the other kages, and the person that was supposed to be there waiting for them.

“Hmm, did something happen up there?” Ao pointed out the rubble on the outstretching land.

Chojuro winced. “There was a scuffle. I noticed on our way over here that the water seemed very riled and uncalming.”

The Mizukage thought about it for a moment and headed inside with her bodyguards.

The Tsuchikage and Raikage arrived at almost the same time and greeted each other.

“Hmph, so you’re the new Tsuchikage, eh?” Killerbee questioned.

“Likewise, Raikage. Yes, I am. I’m going inside.” Terron and Kurotsuchi followed closely behind. Killerbee and his BG’s followed them.

Temari, Gaara and Tenrai arrived at the large metallic building soon after the Rai and Tsuchikages.

“Is this the place?” Gaara asked Temari.

“This is where Shikamaru issued the meeting to be held at, so I guess. And it seems the other three kages are here already. All but one.”

“And we’re here. Hello Temari, Gaara, Tenrai.” Shikamaru greeted. Ino and Choji followed close behind.

“So all the kages are here, let;s go inside.” The six of them then strolled inside the building.

Inside, the bodyguards took their places at the back of the very large, ceremonious room.

It contained a long table, as a very high and mighty person might have dinner at on a very special occasion. The walls were made of shining redwood. Bookshelves were lined with dusty books on different material.

The kages took their seats, Shikamaru on one end, Temari on the other, Killerbee on the left, along with the Tsuchikage, and the Mizukage on the right side.

Killerbee turned to Shikamaru. “So, we’re here to discuss the Akatsuki’s rising, right, Shikamaru?”

Shikamaru nodded. “Yes, and the problem has become an ordeal, and the ordeal has become a national emergency.”

The Mizukage placed a hand on the table. “Wait, if this is a crisis, and your village is the only one that still has their scroll, wy aren’t you there protecting it?”

Outside, Team Taiyo has arrived and they approach the building. As they do, Sasuke hears a faint groan from behind. When they turn, Idate lays face down on the ground.

“I-Idate? Morino?”

Inside…

“I see.” The Mizukage settles back into her seat.

Shikamaru begins to speak. “Now, if the scrolls are all gathered into one place and under the wrong protection, the result can be calamitous.”

“Wait, I thought the scrolls, even all together, can’t cause great damage to much if they don’t have natural chakra resources?” Temari questions in reply.

“That is correct. The item they stole from your temple is probably one of the chakra imbued vases. And Sasuke told us that they went to Vigor Cliff to retrieve some of the chakra stones that lie there. But those two items alone won’t be enough, so I believe they’ll strike in another place with a high chakra source.”

“Like where?” The Mizukage asked.

“I’m not sure. But there is one remaining chakra source that is greater than another. Naruto Uzumaki has recently found something that strikes out all other chakra powers, one far greater than anyone imagines. Not even he understands what kind of power he has found…”

“What is this power?” Temari inquired.

“The Ying Kyuubi.”

The room was filled with gasps at his mention.

“But if the Akatsuki were to find out he has the greatest chakra source, even more than the Yang he used to possess, they’d be after him in a heartbeat.” Shikamaru explained gravely.

“Are you saying he sealed it within himself?” Killerbee asked upright.

“He recently discovered it and sealed it inside himself, correct. And the Akatsuki would probably go to great measures to get a chakra source such as that. But if they do not find out, they will probably turn to a lesser source they already have their eyes on.”

Temari perked. “One question. Why is it always Konoha harboring the dangerous and powerful things?”

Shikamaru mulled her words but deciding to pretend he didn’t hear them. He turned his head to hide an embarassed and lazy expression. He turned back serious. “We need to discuss the matter of the scrolls, however.”

Outside, Karin is helping Ishidate recover from his injuries. “I have no idea who I was fighting, but the last explosion was what caught me off guard, to say the least.” Ishidate informed Sasuke. “But, Sasuke, why are you guys here?”

“We’re here as a back-up team for the Hokage. And also because the Akatsuki could be targeting the meeting and could attack at any moment.”

Sasuke felt the wind pick up drastically. He noticed a red flower petal drift by and slide off his cheek and away from them. The water started chruning slowly.

“And that moment…could be…”

“Now?” Ishidate stood up weakly.

“Suigetsu, Karin, something’s coming. I can feel it…And there aren’t any flowers out where we are. That makes me suspicious.”

Sasuke’s sword began ringing in their sheaths. Now more flower petals flew by and hung in the air, only to be blown backwards behind them by the wind.

“S-S-Sasuke!” Karin’s voice speared through Sasuke’s ears and he turned around, sword drawn and swung. The sword only whipped through flower petals.

“K-Karin? What is it? There’s nothing there.

Inside, the Kages heard the faint sound of Karin’s screech, but continued their speaking.

Back outside, Sasuke sheaths his sword and turns back around.

“Suigetsu, did you see anything amiss?” Sasuke asked.

“No, but…”

The flower petals started spinning in a funnel around only Suigetsu. They slowly drifted in the circle. “This is abnormal.”

“I know. They wouldn’t just spin around in one place, and so slowly with the speed of this wind. There’s something wrong here. Is it Genjutsu?”

Karin released any genjutsu, but nothing happened. The flower petals remained in their spin. “Suigetsu, come out of it.”

As Suigetsu took a step, something slashed across his leg. “What the hell?!”

The flower petals started spinning in an incredibly swift funnel. Sasuke released the Chidori Stream and sparked it around the petals. Suigetsu quickly stepped out of them. The flower petals wilted and fell to the ground.

They suddenly started spinning along the ground and the color flushed back into them. They gathered and started stacking to build a figure standing in front of the four of them.

“Agh!” Karin shrieked.

Jun stood before them. “Hello. Prepare to die.”

The woman suddenly dispersed in petals and they whipped down at the foursome. They slashed and cut at team Taiyo and Idate. Sasuke tried to get the otehr three out of the way so he could use the Chidori Stream to shock the petals.

After getting them out the way, he released the sparked electricity. The petals were chain-sparked and burned away.

un quickly retracted the petals not burned and formed again. “I’d better not take another hit like that. You are being very rude here! I guess someone needs to teach you a lesson.”

She released some petals and they created a very thick wall, visibility past it was zero. When they cleared, Kuchia Uchiha was left in their place. The petals formed back into Jun and she smirked.

“Kuchia?” Sasuke expressed, flabbergasted at his son wearing a black robe.

“Hello, father…”

Suigetsu drew the Samehada from his back. The banages on the tip shredded away.

Karin slid to Sasuke’s side and slid her cloak up to reveal her bitten arm. “I know how to use chakra too! Heheh…”

Sasuke stepped one foot forward. “As of this moment, Team Taiyo is ready for anything you Akastuki are willing to throw at us. We’ll guard the Kage meeting for now.”

Kuchia kept his expresionless face. “Really? You’re willing to fight-to-the-death with your own flesh and blood? Even though you know you couldn’t go through will killing me? You created me! But you’re really ready to strike me down, no matter the circumstances? And you too, Karin. My mother, also ready to do it. I know you two can’t kill me. But do you?” Kuchia rebuttled.

Karin made no move to speak. But Sasuke nodded the slightest of nods. “Yes.”

Kuchia smirked. “We’ll see about that. Jun, I’ll handle this.”

Jun nodded and disappeared in an array of flowers over top them. Suigetsu grimaced and followed them towards the building. “They’re petals and will infiltrate fairly easily. I have to stop them. Sasuke, Karin, can you two handle this?” Without a word, Suigetsu knew they could and proceeded to pursue the petals the few meters away from them.

Kuchia’s Sharingan activated. Sasuke did the same. On their way there, Sasuke had bitten Karin’s arm to regenerate some of the chakra he had not yet regained from the battle with Koukishi.

Kuchia created a shadow clone and it dashed forward. Sasuke, with a flick of the wrist, had Kusanagi shoot out of its sheath and strike the shadow clone through its body. Kusanagi proceeded to sheath itself.

“I said I’m ready to strike you down if I need to.” Sasuke said gruffly.

Kuchia smiled and dashed forward. He jumped into the air and threw a drop kick to the duo. Karin and Sasuke split as Kuchia’s crushing kick connected with the ground, but he quickly stood back up and bolted towards Sasuke. Sasuke swung Chokuto at Kuchia, but the boy dodged it. Kuchia opened the cloak and revealed his Janpu Sword. He swung and Sasuke clanged his Chokuto against it. The two guys were thrust backwards. Sasuke formed the chidori in his opposite hand and extended the Chidori blade at Kuchia. Kuchia tried to hit his sword against it, but the sword was scraped away from his hand.

Kuchia then backflipped and jumped away from the electric sword to dodge it. Kuchia then landed adjacent to Sasuke and formed a hand sign. “Fire Style: Ripping Dragon Flame Jutsu!” Kuchia breathed the Dragon Flame jutsu in a large, but thin dragon head with searing flames and fangs bared.

Sasuke retracted the blade and sheathed his Chokuto, and all in one move, he dodged the attack by jumping straight into the air. “I guess there’s no better time than now.”

In mid-air, Sasuke formed two Chidori, separated them, one in each hand, and connected them above his head. He then turned upside down and started spinning. He drilled down towards Kuchia. Kuchia tuck-rolled out of the way of the attack. A large band of smoke erupted, but from within, Sasuke emerged, still spinning. “Chidori Drill!”

Karin smiled. “He’s got the jutsu down. Too bad he’s using it against…ACK!!!” Kuchia landed next to Karin and she had to flop over to avoid being struck with the drill.

Kuchia then stuck his hand out in front of him as Sasuke came one last time. The searing pain drilled into Kuchia. “Agh, too much.” He jumped back and let Sasuke settle down, standing upright, the chidori now dissipated.

The two of them panted. Kuchia glanced down at his burned arm and seared hand. “Hmph, that jutsu’s pretty intense. Let’s finish this here. Fire Style: Dragon Flame Bombs.”

Sasuke formed a hand sign as well and released the Chidori Darts. The two jutsu clashed, and they darts ripped through the bombs. A giant explosion occurred and Karin was thrown by the shockwave into the water.

The kages inside the building now felt the spat outside. The BG’s hopped to action and darted outside, while the Kages stood up, wondering what is happening outside.

Outside, Ao darts forward, almost tripping over the fallen Suigetsu. “What the…? Chojuro come here!” Chojuro appeared by his side.

He kneeled down and felt his pulse. “He has cuts all over his body, but he’s still alive. And…” Chojuro’s eyes darted onto the Samehada lying next to him. “Nothing.”

The petal levitated around the bodyguards. Rait stood right below a cluster. “Hm?” He reached up and grabbed one. It suddenly started spinning and it cut his finger. “Agh?!”

The petals above him suddenly speared downward. Omoi pushed him out of the way quickly. The twosome falls to the ground. “What the hell is this?” Omoi inquired.

Gaara’s sand popped out of the jar and hovered in front of him, ready to protect anyone in danger.

The petals started gathering and turned to form Jun. Next to her, a figure kneels.

“Hmhmhm, hello people. We are here to rain on your parade, so to speak.” The figure spoke as it stood.

“Who’re you?” Kurotsuchi asked.

“I am the leader of the Akatsuki. I ask them to call me Uto, and that’s what I wish you shall call me as well.”

Omoi stood up. “Heh, you say that, but what’s your real name?”

“It’s of no concern to you, really.” The figure pulled his hand to the hood. It bit off one of his gloves.

“Hmhmhm, let’s get started shall we? Chakra Scalpel.” Uto dashed forward, one scalpel in hand.

Gaara’s sand thrust forward, but Uto flipped over it and landed in front of Gaara. “Heheheh.” He slashed, but Gaara was protected by the sand.

Jun sent her petals streaking forward at Tenrai. A blotch of Gaara’s sand quickly protected him and consumed the petals.

At Sasuke’s battle, Kuchia stands, almost unscathed, staring at Sasuke, who was a bit mroe injured, but in same health. “I’d better be going, father. I see that my comrades are fighting up ahead.”

Sasuke’s eyes went big as he turned to see two people sparring with the bodyguards.

Up ahead, Uto slams his hand into Rait’s gut and sends him to the ground. His body evaporates into electricity and shocks Uto’s hand, but the affect didn’t phaze him.

Inside, the Kage’s were becoming restless at not receiving confirmation of anything, but Shikamaru reassured them that anything happening could be resolved by the ninja that were picked to join them as bodyguards.

Choji tried throwing his enlarged fist into Jun, but she avoided the attack by turning her body to petals. Ino tried the Mind Destruction Jutsu on her as well, but she found it almost impossible to deal damage to her mind.

Rait appeared behind Kabuto, but Kabuto extended his scalpel into the Chakra Sword and whipped around. Time slowed as Rait as struck in a vital organ.

He fell and took a sharp blow to the shoulder as well.

“Rait!” Omoi drew his two sword and sent a surge of electricty through them. “Take this.” He flung them like boomerangs at Uto. Uto slashed the swords. Shockingly to Omoi, the chakra blade hacked straight through the two titanium alloid swords.

“How did…?”

Uto appeared next Omoi and threw a side axel kick to his gut. Omoi was sent back spiralling into the water.

Kurotsuchi formed a hand sign along with Terron and yelled in unison, “Earth Style: Terra Imprisonment!” Spears of earth appeared at Uto’s feet androse upwards sharply, trapping his legs.

Inside, the 5th Tsuchikage was becoming restless. “Shikamaru, why do you keep us inside and not out there finding out what’s wrong?”

Mei, the Mizukage, spoke up in reply. “Does it matter? We really don’t need to be involved. If the ninja we chose to join us are really what we think they are, they can handle it. And why whould we trust what you have to say Tsuchikage? Aren’t you the son of the 4th, who almost destroyed the land with the Fifth great Ninja War? Your father assasinated the third Tsuchi, Onoki.”

“Sure, but I never agreed with what he did, and my actions are what allowed me to become the Fifth Tsuchi, so let’s not dwell upon that, Miss Terumi.”

The Mizukage’s face turned red at his mentioning her last name.

Outside, Ao takes a kick to the chin from Kuchia. He lands on the ground, face up. “Hmph, you’ve been quite a hassle. It’s time to end you.” He drew his sword and pointed it tip down at Ao. His face became grave as Kuchia pointed the blade it his face.

Chojuro dashed towards Ao, noticing his life hanging on the line. Chojuro quickly unwrapped his sword. He swung it on the ground right as Kuchia speared down. He was stopped and the water sweeped across the duo.

Kuchia was sweapt away into the water, his sword sinking down. Chojuro slid down next to Ao. “Ao? Are you all right?”

Kuchia had stricken him in the shoulder, but his status was alive.

Rait had the advantage over Uto for a split second, getting him to his knees, but Kurotsuchi threw a paper-ball bomb at them. Rait was unable to escape the explosion, but Uto avoided it easily.

“Shit!” Kurotsuchi placed a hand over her mouth.

Omoi gasped deeply and it was difficult to speak.

“What the hell!? Kurotsuchi!??! First you and Terron let Uto go and now you kill one of my teammates?!”

Tenrai took a stab to the legs from Uto and was slammed up against the metal door. The Kages almost made a move, but Shikamaru made another move to stop them once again. “Hold ON!”

Uto flipped back and joined Jun as she pinned Ino to the side of the building with her flower petals. “Hmph, the kages aren’t joining us. There’s no point in punishing their bodyguards any more. I think it’s time to go.”

Kuchia picked himself up form the water and delivered one more Dragon Flame Bomb. Terron, however, protected everyone with Terra Shield.

Jun placed a hand on Uto and Kuchia and the trio disappeared in a tornado of petals.

The defeated shinobi are speechless as their assailants escape.

After the kages heard nothing more, all five rushed outside to see the fallen shinobi. “Hm, did they flee?” Killerbee asked Omoi.

“Yes…With one of our shinobi fallen…”

Sasuke and Karin found Suigetsu and helped him up.

“Team Taiyo…Did you come as extra backup? Thanks.”

The kages found Idate and helped him. Gaara cut Ino down from the wall with his sand.

“Well, the kages and I all got our meeting finished as much as it would be, so this wasn’t a complete failure…”

Team Taiyo left with their fallen partner, after gathering the Samehada.

Chojuro threw Ao over his shoulders and joined Mei.

“We’re leaving too. Goodbye.” The trio left as well.

The Tsuchikage and Killerbee, along with their bodyguards, minus one, also left the Land of Tea.

Tenrai joined Gaara and Temari with Ino, Choji and Shikamaru by Idate.

“I can’t believe how pitiful this ended up.” Idate admitted.

“Who attacked you?” Temari interrogated.

“I’m not sure, probably one of those Akatsuki goons. But it’s over now.”

Suna departed. Shikamaru made sure Ishidate was all right and they also took their leave.


And there you have it. It’s the end of the Kage Meeting stuff.

Celebrate! THIS IS MY LONGEST CHAPTER IN EXISTENCE, topping off at almost 5,000 words! I couldn’t stop writing, so I also got it out a few days early! Cheers!

See you next time for Chapter 15: Konoha’s Shinobi!

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