Distance

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A new thing I’m trying til I’m caught up with New Era. Distance Part 1

~Crimson Daybreak~

The bright of the day started to fade distantly in the horizon, almost like it was toppling over in a tall house of Jenga blocks. The light was fading, and so was his soul.

Nothing had been left in the empty void in his heart. It was just an open hole of sorry and despair. Crying had been the only thing to soothe him for years. But now, he could just bite his lip.

Crying had left him. He wanted to be better as a person. But this couldn’t be fulfilled, as that void in his soul was being ripped farther and farther apart at the seams, popping and splintering until he wanted to cry so badly. Now, there was no room for crying; he would no longer do this.

Tomorrow would be different, he promised himself as he huddled into the brambles, watching the sun set over the horizon, darkness crawling over him and the dusk just biting the land. Tomorrow, things will be different, he echoed to himself. Day had turned to dusk…the light was gone. Everything was gone for now, except the thoughts…of deepening freedom. Noise. Sound. Rustling. The bushes made noises.

His eyes snapped open quicker than ever, taking in all views. Nothing was around. Not much he could see, but much he could hear. In front of him, a shadow slashed across the ground.

Duh, it’s dark…there’s going to be shadows.

But he felt cold. The shadows of darkness had begun to freeze him once again. However, something was wrong. It hadn’t been this cold in a long time.

He stood up, peeking above the brush. Nothing except the cliff he was two meters away from, and the trees that surrounded him back towards a forest. Suddenly, something leaped towards him, a white gnarl of silvery wind that smacked him in the face.

He sprawled backwards into the brush, struggling against the force that bombarded him. As he cleared it, he found it was an animal, a being with fur, silvery, glittering fur. It licked its chops as it gave off a scratchy ‘mew’ sound. The boy smiled. It was a cat, but it looked extraordinary.

You are no ordinary animal, are you? he spoke to the cat. It closed its eyes and fell asleep, there in his arms. He slid forward to get out of the brambles and sat in the silver moonlight, shining down upon him and the little life in his arms. Is this what it feels like…to hold a life? he thought.

He cradled that cat as it started to shiver from the blistering cold. For hours, he held the cat, even when his eyes started to turn red, he held it in his warm embrace, keeping it safe.

Soon, dawn had begun to spread over the land, a very light hue of gray and yellow hit him. His eyes were closed, but they peeked open, bloodshot and crippled from lack of sleep the whole night. The cat’s eyes blinked open. It stretched and stepped out of his arms. Starting to walk away, the boy barely saw a red and white mark on its back, right under the glittering fur, that now in the daylight, turned bright orange.

The cat seemed to fade. However, even in his tiredness, he could make out that the symbol was the Uchiha Crest, his own crest. He, Sasuke Uchiha, had a connection to that animal. He would find out what it was… Right after he got some sleep. Sasuke slumped on the ground, shut his eyes gently, and started to drift away in a land of feathers.

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Dawn of a New Era 17: Twilight Part 1

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The series is drawing close to it’s ending! And the ending…will be explosive! (This isn’t a hint, the series won’t end for another good amount of chapters…)

Dawn of a New Era

Chapter 17

Twilight Part 1

Sai and Yamato meet Shino at the gate of Hidden Leaf. Pakkun and the skinny brown dog await with him.

“Sai, Yamato these two are leading us to the supposed base of Akatsuki. Are you ready to go?”

Sai pats the 4 scrolls on his back. One big one, then the other three get smaller as they go down his back. “Yep.” He says with a smile.

Yamato nods as well. The hounds head off and so do the trio.

In a grassland outside Konoha…

Naruto sits, on the ground, meditating. After the hours he spent doint it, he took out his scroll from his back and opened it.

After opening it, some of the ink was smeared beyond legibility. “That…can’t be good. This ink doesn’t smear…”

Suddenly, the grass around him became rustled. Three figures darted around him in a cicle.

“What the…?”

They stopped and glared at him. “We’re Grass Ninja sent frmo the Akatsuki to capture you. Come easily or we’ll kill you.”

Naruto smiled and stood up. “Right. If there’s an option to fight, I choose that one.”

The ninja smirked and dartde straight towards the center. Naruto vanished with a gust of wind.

He appeared behind one and hit him with a Rasengan.

The remaining two scattered. The one hit with Rasengan gathered himself up off the ground.

“You bastard…He!” His arm turned into a vine and it snagged Naruto’s arm. “What! Hm, Wind Release: Aero Slash!”

The vine was hacked in two, releasing his arm. The man retracted the vine and it turned into his arm again.

“I’ll take care of you! Aqua Rasengan!” The rasengan contained water swirling around it now and he dashed forward. Before the ninja could move, he smashed the Rasengan straight into him. The Rasegan took care of him with the additional water.

“Now…Summoning Jutsu!” The scroll he had in the center of the field turned into the huge Gamakichi. The two other ninja appeared. Gamakichi used the Water Bullets on one. It dodged them and shot a vine out and wrapped it around Kichi’s leg. Kichi pulled out his sword and sliced it easily in half. He then used Toad Blade Cut and finished off the foolish ninja.

Naruto then dashed towards the remaining. Kichi disappeared.

Naruto swiftly ran around the last ninja, gaining speed as he went. “Air Release: Body Vanish!”

Naruto quickly evaporated into the wind. The powerful wind current continued to surround the ninja. Suddenly from above, Naruto came down, his fist glowing with chakra and air.

“My new jutsu: Wind STyle: Air Bomb!”

Naruto collided and a massive explosion filled the area.

Naruto stood up from the crater, no ninja in sight. “Hmph, the jutsu comes into contect with an openent even a little…and it’s goodbye. The massive amount of wind chakra inside that jutsu is even more condensed and even more than the Rasengan itself. Heh, capture me, my ass.”

Naruto picked up his scroll, raveled it an sat down, continuing to meditate. In his thoughts, “I still don’t like the fact that the ink was smudged. Could this have a connection to maybe Sai? Or am I just thinking too much?…Whatever. I haven’t seen Sai since he helped me awhile back…Hm…”

Base…

Zetsu appears behind Kabuto. “Sir, the Grass Trio lost against the Uzumaki. Horribly.”

“Meh, it doesn’t matter much…”

“Leader.” Koukishi’s voice rang out.

“Koukishi, you seem recovered?”

“Yes, I’m fine now.”

“Good, because there’s a mission you and Kuchia must achieve.”

“Hm?”

“The final scroll has been apprehended. So now, we need one more chakra source. We may just have to resort to our own chakra, but for now, this is our objective. You and Kuchia must capture Naruto Uzumaki. He already knows what to do. I have briefed him. Head off ASAP.” Kabuto informed.

Koukishi nodded and summoned his bird. Kuchia appeared, looked Koukishi in the eye, nodded and hopped onto the bird.

A few minutes later, in the sky…

“The way he’s pairing us all the time, I suppose we’re permanent partners…” Koukishi observed.

“Unless you die.” Kuchia put bluntly.

“Hm, so there’s no possibility you could die first, huh you little-?”

Kuchia stayed quiet and turned his head.

Koukishi cooled down and turned back around.

In a mountain range miles from Sunagakure…

Pakkun and the other hound continue to lead Sai, Yamato and Shino somewhere towards Iwagakure.

“Hm, Yamato-sama, are these hounds as reliable as Kakashi and Konohamaru say?” Sai asks out of the blue.

“Yeah, they’re as dependable as, say, the Inuzuka clans members, like Kiba’s sense of smell.”

Soon, they came across where the range split into two more roads. “When the Leaf Squad returned from their trekk out here, they said that the Akatsuki abandonded their placement in Terrace Valley, but moved somewhere more concealed…” Shino observed.

The hounds nodded. The right would take them to Terrace Valley. So they turned to the left path that lead higher up into the Mountains.

From the ground, Zetsu appeared, distraught. “Their headed to base…!”

He disappeared…

Moment slater in the hideout…

Zetsu warned of the approching enemies.

“So they’re coming here? Then we’ll face them head on. I expected a battle from those three…”

“Kabuto-sama, it’s not the three you expected! It’s some other Leaf Shinobi…” Zetsu argued.

“Hm…Oh, I see…Hakujou, Jinrai, I require your assistance to head into battle!” Kabuto called out.

Jinrai and Hakujou appeared at his side. “Battle you say?” Hakujou smirked.

The trio disappeared.

Hitshirezu and Zetsu followed behind, as to get clips of the battle of their own.

Outside…

Shino halted the team. “Something’s coming. Everyone, try to be aware.”

Sai pulled out his first medium-sized scroll and a brush.

Shino’s bugs started to surround his arms.

Kabuto and his partners appeared in front of them, Kabuto upon a large boulder blocking the path, with Jinrai and Hakujou standing in front of it.

“Hello, Leaf Shinobi.” Kabuto greeted hollowly.

“Kabuto Yakushi?” Shino said, flabbergasted.

“Yes, and I’m glad someone from the Leaf actually remembers me. To bad I don’t remember him. But no matter. We’ll settle things quickly.”

Jinrai dashed forward. Shino’s bugs shot out. Jinrai sllid under them, nearly avoiding the chakra sucking insects.

Yamato, Sai and Shino scattered.

Yamato shot wooden logs from his hands down at Hakujou. He splintered them with an Air Palm and jumped into the air. “Hyuuga’s like Hand-to-Hand, you should know that!”

His hand started moving extremely fast, throwing jabs into Yamato in mid-air. He went up in a puff of smoke, to reveal a wood log in his place.

Yamato appeared on the ground below Hakujou and shot two more wood logs up into the air. They wrapped around his legs, pulling him down. “Gotc’ha!”

“On the contrary! I have you! 8 Trigrams: 128 Palms!”

Jinrai shot the Quadruple Wolf Turbine out and down towards Shino. Shino jumped to dodge two and put up an insect wall to deflect the others. Jinrai came from behind with a Chidori.

Shino backflipped over Jinrai, dropping a female bug onto his shoulder.

Shino quickly lashed a whip of insect out at Jinrai. Jinrai dodged this, but realized some of the bugs had latched onto his arm.

“Damnit. Stupid little bugs!” A lightning surge skimmed across his arm and immediately fried the bugs.

Shino gasped. “You killed them…You bastard!” Shino dashed forward. He slammed his foot on the ground and kneeled. Line of bugs streamed upwards quickly, striking Jinrai continously.

“Hm, that’s a clever move.”

Jinrai activated his Rinnegan. He formed three slow hand signs. “I remember when I was still a Lightning Ninja…I was around Konoha when that Pein guy demolished the Leaf Village. And the Chibaku Tensai was a very interesting Rinnegan move of his…And you know what? I admired it…So…Chibaku Tensai!” Jinrai stuck a hand out.

Shino started feeling a gravity force upon him and he was suddenly pulled from where he stood. Jinrai charged a Chidori and held it out for Shino to land on.

When he came into contact, his body immediately fell into insects. “A sub jutsu…?”

He appeared behind Jinrai. Having his hand unfolded, he whispered, “Insect: Cloud of Redemption!”

His insects, in sheer numbers, shrouded Jinrai fully, encasing him in blackness. “Insect: Typhoon!”

The bugs then twisted up in a tight twister and released Jinrai onto the ground.

Sai drew three falcons on his scroll and they sprang to life. The birds crashed into the boulder Kabuto stood upon. He jumped into the air, used his Chakra blades and began to spin.

Sai didged his potentially deadly attack and drew a lion. It sprang off the page and charged Kabuto.

Kabuto sliced it in half with his blades and dashed forward.

Sai put his scroll down and charged. He drew his sword and clashed quickly with Kabuto. They slid past each other.

A bretahless moment passed, but then Sai’s sword split into two from halfway up.

“You’re skilled.” Sai said with a sarcastic smile.

“Likewise.” Kabuto said, with the same sarcastic air.

Sai drew his brush again and lobbed it into the air quickly. With a hand sign, he yelled, “Ink Style: Ink Rain!”

Kabuto flipped and rolled to avoid this attack. “That [aintbrush holds an unbelievable amount of paint, funny…” He said after going at it for more than a minute.

As the ink lay on the ground, Sai smirked. “Ninja Arts, Ink Style: Poisonous Ink Insertion!”

The ink suddenly shot back up at Kabuto. He avoided most of it, but some of it hit him and leaked into his body.

When he landed, he was already grimacing. Sai started explaining. “After doing extended research, I fused my ink with a certain type of fast acting poison that attacks the immune system and technically destroys it. Afterwards, it attacks your brain cells and kills you very slowly. Have fun with that.”

Kabuto smiled. “Heh, I can heal myself before anything…Uck!” He lurched forward.

“Hmm, then you’d better do it fast, because the poison will destroy your immune system in less then 5 minutes after being inserted. And, of course, I won’t give yout ime to heal.”

He pulled off the huge scroll from hsi back and unrolled it on the ground. He drew a long dragon which shot off the paper. It arched down towards Kabuto.

Kabuto formed the chakra blade again and attempted to block the attack. The ink crashed into Kabuto. In a second, he appeared from the ink dashing towards Kabuto.

But as soon as he stepped upon the ink on the scroll, he began to sink down into it. “Hmm, you keep falling into my traps. This ink acts like your a drawing and takes you into the paper. Goodbye.”

“Disruption!”

From behind Sai, Kabuto appeared, slashing with hsi Chakra Blades. Kabuto hacked Sai acrs the body. An Ink Clone evaporated.

“Argh, he sensed my Clone Jutsu.” Kabuto barked.

“Yep, you’ve used one since that dragon hit you. I’m not stupid.”

Kabuto grimaced. He placed a hand on his chest. Sai’s face became serious all in one second. “You’re not going to heal yourself. Ink Style: Tornado.”

The ink behind Kabuto began spinning and rose up into a funnel. “Remember, that ink is fused with poison, and if it hits you, you’ll die within ten minutes. The more ink that hits you, the faster the poison will spread.”

The tornado streamed towards Kabuto. Sai dodged and the tornado was on a track towards Kabuto. Kabuto flipped out of the way and formed a hand sign. “Ninja Arts Seal: Chakra Retainment!”

He placed his hands on the ground and a green light in the shape of a snake appeared. “Heh, take this.”

The light spewed towards Sai. It hit him and started draining his chakra. “Argh, it’s taing my chakra, what kind of jutsu is this?”

“It’s one I assertained a long time ago. Now your chakra is mine…Uck…!”

Sai forced a smile as he struggled. “I guess your immune system is almost out. No matter what you do, by this time, the poison has spread too far to destroy it.”

Kabuto stopped the seal. “Whatever. Now with my chakra replinished, I can force up some healing power to at least slow the poison.”

He placed a hand on his chest once more and started healing himself.

Sai grimaced boldly. He pulled two medium scrolls from his back and rolled them out on the ground. He drew two hawks and they grew from the paper. “Hm, Ink Style: Duo Hawk Dance!”

The hawk sped forward. They caught Kabuto on the arms and took him into the air. The released him, flew a bit high up and then came down sharply, spinning around each other in a graceful dance.

Kabuto smiled devilishly. He tore off his cloak. Both arms were scaley, as well as his face and his hair had turned mostly black, with just some white streaks here and there.

“HAHAHAHA!”

He formed purple chakra blades and began spinning. The hawks were hacked apart and he darted for the ground. When he landed, he smirked. “DIE!”

He dashed forward. Sai looked sheepish as he jumped out of the way sideways.

Kabuto followed him, slashing menacingly. He finally backed Sai up against a boulder and slashed his neck. Sai screamed in horror and hopped to the side.

He felt where he struck. “Ugh! That’s bad…He almost cut my windpipe, also nearly severing an artery. I need to get it treated or I’ll…Hah!”

Kabuto struck down. Sai leapt backwards and skid across the ground, landing on one knee. “Looks like I cut your throat a bit. HAHAHAH! Looks like you need to get it looked at!”

Sai frowned deeply.

Yamato slammed down with his arm in a wood hammer. He flipped a bit and kicked the handle of the hammer. Wood blocks shot out of it towards Hakujou.

Hakujou began to spin. “Rotation!”

The wood was demolished. Yamato landed an retracted the hammer. He glanced over at Sai. He noticed him covering a spot on his neck and blood was seeping through the cracks between his fingers. “Sai!” He mentally screamed.

Hakujou appeared in front of him and almost delivered a “One Hit Death Jab” to his chest. “You can’t avoid me if you’re occupied on someone else’s fight!”

Jinrai sighed.

“You know, I don’t feel like fighting really, insect boy.”

“I don’t care. Real shinobi don’t just say things like that in the middle of combat. If you’re going to be like that, there won’t be a next time.”

His bugs shot in a sharp spear towards Jinrai. He rolled his eyes and avoided the attack. “Meh, I’m leaving. I don’t care what Kabuto says to me later. I’d rather not be here.”

Jinrai disappeared.

Shino was left to stand, his thoughts blank. “WHAT THE HELL!”

Yamato noticed Jinrai flee. “Eh?”

Hakujou stood and looked back and saw Jinrai fleeing. Hakujou turned around, his face devious. “Ditto.”

He disappeared. “WHAT THE HELL!” Yamato thought as well.

Kabuto stood, his anger calming. He walked forward.

“I might as well just kill you here…Huh?”

Sai stood up and dashed forward. He thrust his Paintbrush, tip sharp, into Kabuto’s chest, right near his heart.

Kabuto and Sai stand for a moment. Yamato and Shino look on, flabbergasted to also see Kabuto slapel through Sai’s abdomen.

Sai fell forward, releasing the paintbursh, only for it to fall to the ground. Kabuto’s scalpel retracted just as he fell. Kabuto smiled as the blood dripped from his mouth. He placed his hand on the wound. “More poison. But it won’t be of danger to me until after our plan is realized.”

Kabuto started walking forward and disappeared in smoke. Yamato and Shino dashed to Sai’s side.

Yamato turned Sai over easily.

“Sai!”

Sai spoke weakly. “I never thought I would die so stupidly. I was a bit careless to say the least…ack…Yamato…could you please thank Naruto…for…being my friend…I don’t think I actually have…regrets…” Yamato placed a hand on Sai’s face and closed his eyelids gently.

Shino sat quietly.

Yamato picked up the paintbrush. “Sai…I’m sorry.”

In the village…

Yamato and Shino return. Naruto walks out of the hospital. “I’ve been attacked twice today! By those grass ninja and then by the damned Akatsuki. Those guys were rou…Yamato, Shino!”

Yamato walked up to Naruto, looked him in the eye with a solemn and woeful look. “Naruto…”

He handed him the paintbrush. Naruto looked at it for a moment. Then he realized. He grasped it with an intense grip, almost shattering it. “This is Sai’s, isn’t it?” He said, his voice almost to a quiver.

“Yes…The Akatsuki…”

“Damn those wretched Akatsuki. They’re gonna pay!” Naruto said, his eyes gleamed with red as he looked up.


And that concludes Chapter 17.

Yeah, I know some people may be mad for this…But understand, I thought it would be kind of…uh…hmm…good night!

Dawn of a New Era 16: Chained Hope

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Dawn of a New Era

Chapter 16

Chained Hope

“Blast it! Where is Hakujou? He took off only a few kilometers ahead of me. Hmm…”

Up ahead of Jinrai…

Hakujou skips across the branches of trees. “So what I was told was false info…Well, then the shrine must be out here somewhere. What is that?” A white light, along with a ripping sound, greeted him.

Suddenly, he realized an attack. “AH!”

The whole area he was within was crashed through.

Farther behind, Jinrai hears the shriek of Hakujou. “What was that?”

Neji, TenTen and Lee continue to hop through the trees.

“Aren’t we still following him, Neji?” TenTen asks.

“Hm…Ugh! We’re not following him anymore!”

Lee turns his head. “Then is he following…?”

Suddenly, a kunai streaks through the air. TenTen catches the movement and deflects it with another. The team lands on some branches.

Kakaze appears on a branch behind them and in front. “Guys, a Shadow Clone!” Neji warns.

“You three are persistent. I don’t get why you followed me! I’ll just kill you here, heh!”

In the village…

Shikamaru gathers Sai, Kakashi and Yamato in his office.

“I understand the Akatsuki just attacked you two, correct? Yamato, Kakashi?”

Yamato nodded. Shikamaru noticed Kakashi’s eye bleeding. “You use the Kamui twice didn’t you? Kakashi, get to the hospital. Sai, Yamato, I have a mission for you two, along with Shino Aburame who has been given a short prompt. One of Kakashi’s ninja hounds brought the cloak of one of them to us and has found the scent of a possible Akatsuki hideout. I’m sending you three out to find it.”

Yamato and Sai agreed and departed.

In the forest…

TenTen throws two scrolls in the air and they turn into poles. She twirls them around and goes into a stance.

Neji activates his Byakugan. “Lee, you and I can handle the one behind us. TenTen, you take that one.”

TenTen nodded, along with Lee. The three of them, with quick mvoes, dashed off the limbs. TenTen slammed both poles down on the limb kakaze stood upon.

Kakaze jumped and flipped over her and landed on a limb a littel farther down on a shorter tree. He threw three shuriken at her. TenTen smirked and deflected them, throwing one pole into the air. She threw the remaining pole at Kakaze sharply. The pole in the air turned into a butcher knife. The one flying towards Kakaze turned into a knife as well. Kakaze grasped the limb above him and pulled himself away. The knife flew back towards her with a strong attached.

SHe grabbed both and darted towards Kakaze. She flung them and it slashed the limb he was on, catching him off guard. With another scroll transformation, she has a giant flale.

Kakaze had only enough time to put his arm in the way of the attack. He was taken up in an explosion of dust and bark as it crashed into him, sending him downwards.

Neji landed next to Kakaze and blew him away with Sky Palm. Lee then appeared where he was forced and kicked him hard in the side.

As Kakaze started to topple over the edge, his body began to glow. “Shadow Clone Detonation: Kunai Trap!”

The clone exploded and kunai knives flew in every direction. Lee took cover beside Neji as he used Rotation.

When the knives started shooting, a Kakaze appeared behind Neji. Neji had no time to move, so Lee kicked him into the air. “Dynamic Lotus!”

Lee darted into the air and wrapped bandages around him. He then kicked him into the stomach, sending Kakaze flying downwards in bandages. Lee quickly grabbed a stray and yanked. Kakaze rolled back upwards towards Lee. Lee delivered a Dynamic Entry to his abdoman.

When Lee landed, another clone was in front of Neji.

“How can he make clones without concentrating He’s being throw around by TenTen over there. It seems impossible to do that. 8 Trigrams: Mountain Break Attack!”

Neji dashed forward and jabbed Kakaze in the stomach. But as the chakra began to form, paper bombs on Kakaze started to burn. Neji’s eye grew big.

Kakaze detonated.

TenTen was thrown back from the explosion, the real Kakaze ducking down.

“What was-?” TenTen took a punch to the face. She slid back.

“Who are you anyway…?” TenTena sked quickly as she wiped blood from her mouth.

“Kakaze, and that’s all you need to know.”

“Wait! Kakaze of the Hidden Leaf? You’re a weapons legend! You left the village four years ago though…Everyone thought you had died…You were a prodigy…”

As she began to take out the scroll on her back, she countered herself. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t kill you!”

She wiped blood on it and formed a hand sign. “Take this! Death: Chaotic Shuriken Storm!”

The scroll rose into teh sky and released thousands of shuriken flying down into teh spot where Kakaze stood. He reached into his pouch and pulled out three scrolls. He swiftly unraveled them and kunai sped into the air to counter the shuriken.

TenTen couldn’t believe it when ecery one of her shuriken were deflected. “Heh…But that sto;; ;eaves you open!”

A scroll transformed into a scythe and she flung it at Kakaze. Kakaze countered with a scythe of his own. The scythe he deflected however, turned into three smaller ones. He smirked as the scythes detonated from concealed paper bombs that transferred from the bigger scythe he had.

“Ugh, he’s too good…”

Neji and Lee appeared next to her suddenly.

“Neji…I need room to attack him! Do it!”

Neji smiled. “Lee, TenTen, get right next to me!”

Neji focused and began spinning. “8 TrigramsL Supreme Rotation!”

The original rotation grew 10 times bigger and covered more area, destroying all trees surrounding him for one kilometer. He stopped spinning.

Kakaze appeared from underground. “Hm, that was impressive, but it’s not going to kill me!”

“It didn’t intend to!” TenTen appeared a few feet behind Kakaze. She threw three sword-like kunai at him.

Kakaze turned around and deflected them. The swords landed in the ground. “Exactly what I wanted.”

“Sealing Jutsu: Three Pronged Handle!”

The handle of the swords started glowing with chakra. They streamed towards Kakaze and hit him. A circular chakra ring surrounded him very thin.

Lee dashed forward and jumped into the air. When he was directly above Kakaze, he focused all chakra into his foot and missiled downwards.

“Take this! Leaf Screaming Breakout!”

Lee made contact and the ground erupted into slabs of stone all around.

TenTen let off the jutsu.

She fell to one knee. “That takes a lot of chakra, just to seal for a few seconds. But then again, Lee needs a perfect angel to use that move, or else it would be useless…”

Lee jumped back and sighed. “Is it done?”

Kakaze crawled out from underneath some rocks. “Nope…Ugh…That was pretty good…But…”

From behind Neji, Kakaze grbbed his arms. “Shadow Clone Explosion: Kunai Storm!”

Neji’s eyes grew big once more. He was taken up in an explosion.

“NEJI!” Lee and TenTen screamed in unison.

TenTen weakly stood to her feet. Neji fell on the ground, breathing but weak. Lee dashed to his side.

“Neji? Neji!”

“You’re gonna pay for that. You almost killed him…Take this!”

She reached into her back pouch and pulled out a small length of chain. “Lee, help me out for a sec!”

Her chain enlarged. She span around and the chain flew towards Kakaze. It hit him and took him in the circle with her. It slowly wrapped him up. She continued to swing. Lee dashed across the still moving chain for a split second and jumped into the air. TenTen let go of the chain and it flung into the air.

The rest of teh chain surrounded Kakaze. From underneath, Kakaze attemped to make the hand sign to detonate his body in a Substitution Jutsu, but to no avail.

Lee opened the 6th Gate. “Take this! True Hidden Lotus: Prism!”

Lee grabbed the chain and unwrapped it. When Kakaze was exposed, Lee started bashing him around in a very small area, going incredibly fast, close to the Hidden Lotus, but in a rpsim shape. The yellow chakra wake left a prism shape in the air.

Lee then delivered one more punch to Kakaze’s stomach and kept going until they reached the ground, then he practically drilled him into the ground.

Lee hopped back and his gate form let up. He dropped to a knee.

TenTen joined him at his side. “Lee, did you get him?”

“I think…?”

Suddenly, Kakaze began to stand up, very slowly. “You…It’s very hard to kill me, because my will…”

“Is weak.” A voice from behind Kakaze finished. “Mountain Breaking Attack!”

A beam of energy pulse across the area. TenTen pulled Lee to the side as the attack streamed across the ground.

When it cleared, Neji was left, to fall on the ground.

TenTen and Lee were speechless as to what happened. TenTen dashed to Neji’s side immediately. Lee followed close behind, but in a walk.

Ahead…

Jinrai kicked Kiba across the ground, for him to be slammed into a tree.

Hinata stood up weakly. “8 Trigrams: 64 Palms!”

Hakujou avoided the first 16 hits, but the rest he took the attack. Hakujou slid back. “Hello, Hinata…Hm, seems you learned that move at last. TOo bad it doesn’t have a very good effect on me! 8 Trigrams: Four Sky Palm!”

He thrust the air from his palm and struck her. Hinata was thrown back violently across the air, to hit a tree hard enough to crack through it.

Hakujou walked inside the shrine and picked up the scroll. He walked outside and handed it to Jinrai. “That was fairly easy, to tell you the truth. But where’s Kakaze?”

Jinrai shook his head. “I’m not sure. He was following me, but I guess he got in a fight with someone back there. Pssh, he’ll catch up. Now that we have the fifth scroll, the boss can finally do what he’s been anchoring to do. Let’s go.”

Back at Team 10…

Lee takes Neji back to the village and TenTen dashes ahead to find out what’s going on at the shrine.

Hitshirezu appears with his fingers in a hand sign. He had captured all the data with his jutsu.

At the shrine, TenTen discovers the wreckage. Kiba had been knocked out and she found Hinata unconscious as well up ahead against a fallen limb.

“Oh my! They got the scroll! DAMMIT! That was the last one! I need help getting these guys back!”

Neten, Crino and Koggie appeared behind her. “TenTen-sama! What happened?”

The girl, Koggie asked. “Team 3, can you please help me get these guys back to the village?”

In the village an hour later…

TenTen leaves Shikamaru’s office. “The last scroll has been stolen…This…is not good at all…The whole world is in jeopardy…But…THey’ve only gotten two chakra sources right?”

Shikamaru grabs a book from a shelf in the storage room a minute later and reads the story of “The Scrolls of Hope.”

“The Scrolls of Hope, hidden in Sunagakure, Kumogakure, Konohagakure, Kirigakure, and Iwagakure, can work when two or more are all together. However, no damage can be done without very powerful chakra sources. The amount of chakra needed is more than an entire village’s ninja, depending on the size, to combine all chakra together at once.”

Shikamaru sighs and smiles. “Then the stones of Vigor Cliffs along with the vase they stole from Suna will probably not be enough. So they’ll be after another source…” He drops the book.

“Naruto.”

In the hideout…

Uto takes down his hood as Jinrai and Hakujou appear with the scroll. “Good.”

He places it on a pedestal and it rises. “One more chakra source.”

Hitshirezu appears and prokects what he has encountered lately. “Hm, so Kakaze perished.”

Hakujou frowned. “Hmph. I guess it wasn’t a big loss, right?”

Jinrai crossed his arms and closed his eyes. “Hm, so Konoha is also harboring the Ying Kyuubi.”

Hakujou’s eyes grow massive. “What! Are you serious? Then are you suggesting…We got and capture it?”

“Not now…Not now.”

“Then when?”

“We need to wait about a week. There is no time to get it at the moment.”

Jinrai’s eyes open. “We’ve already gotten the last scroll. Why not get it now?”

“Because Koukishi and Kuchia are the only ones strong enough to get it. And Koukishi is still recovering. Just wait.”

Hakujou sneered. “Hmph. I don’t get why we need to wait a week. They’re only minor injuries, Kabuto.”

Jinrai’s arms fell. “Kabuto?”

Kabuto took of his glasses. “You’re leader. I thought you knew that.”


How many of you already knew it was Kabuto? Hmm…

Well, the next two chapters are sure to be heartbreakers. See ya!

Dawn of a New Era 15: Konoha’s Shinobi

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Dawn of a New Era

Chapter 15

Konoha’s Shinobi

“Think we should head in? You’re the leader of this brigade.” A blunt voice called out to the shadows beneath the walls of the Hidden Leaf.

“Sure, I guess it’s time. All seems tranquil beyond the walls. Jinrai, head in.” Another wispy voice replied.

“Right.” Jinrai skimmed up the walls and ontop. Once there, he charged a good jump into his legs and lept.

Kakaze and Hakujou slunk inside the gate.

On top of the Hokage Monument…

Kakashi and Yamato look across the village.

“Hm, peaceful. I like it that way.” Yamato spoke gently.

“I agree, Tenzo.” Kakashi replied equally gently.

Kakashi’s face turned grim as he noticed the fact-paced movement on top of the roofs of the village.

At the base of the monument, Hakujou descends from a rooftop and feels around the rocky mountain. “There’s definitely an opening here somewhere. Maybe a crevice, or slot that isn’t quite…Hm?”

A slab of rock pushed in tumbled over. As he glanced inside, there sat a pedestal with a scroll sitting upon it. He reached for the scroll on the pedestal, but as he seized the tightly wound paper, the rocks glowed with a blue light and floated back into place, trapping Hakujou inside.

“Ugh, I should have detected this chakra seal with my Byakugan…” Hakujou grimaced.

Jinrai and Kakaze scaled the side of the monument, hopping from bridge to bridge.

They reached the top and the twosome were face-to-face with Kakashi and Yamato. Kakashi whipped out the swords on his back.

Jinrai kept his sturdy face. “Hey, I guess you’re itching for a fight. If that’s it, we’ll give you one!”

Kakashi side stepped as Jinrai jumped into the air. Yamato kicked the ground a thin slab of wood shot into the air and wrapped around one of Jinrai’s legs and binded it. He was pulled down hard and slammed into the ground.

Kakaze dashed towards Kakashi. Kakashi dashed forwards as well, his swords ready to strike. Kakaze and he went into a Taijutsu squabble, each throwing kicks and punches and slashes, with each dodging them more gracefully than the last.

Kakashi finally created two Shadow Clones. One rushed forward and threw a punch, to which Kakaze caught. But another jumped into the air and charged the LB. He came down onto Kakaze and the small area exploded.

Jinrai picked himself up and grinned at Yamato. “I always liked people who fought back well enough to meet my standards. But that’s the bad thing for them.” Jinrai formed a hand sign and summoned the Twin Lightning Turbine.

Yamato backflipped into the air, landed on an uprising pillar and kept rising into the air.

The turbines swpet across the ground, but changed direction and traveled upwards towards Yamato.

Yamato formed a hand sign and the wood around him enlarged and shot up and around him, forming a casing to protect him.

“Hmph, no you don’t!”

The turbines crashed into the wood, but only a bit of damage was done. Jinrai dashed up the side of the pillar. Once he got to the top, his Grand Chidori was fully charged. He ripped through the wood like it was a sheet of paper, but he soon realized that noone was inside. He erupted through the other side and landed far on the ground.

Suddenly from behind, a blunt object thrust into his back and sent him flying attached to it.

Yamato stepped from the wood. “Wood Traveling Technique.”

He then formed hand signs, bit his thumb and smeared it across the ground. “Summoning Jutsu: Woodling Manifestation!”

A large tree sprouted high above the ground. From the hole in it, a creature burrowed out.

Jinrai kept no expression. He dashed forward, hand sign formed. “Lightning Style: Lightning Bullet!”

He opened his mouth and two lightning bolts shot out. The fused together and a bullet sped towards Yamato’s tree.

The creature inside jumped out and enlarged in size. It began spinning towards the bullet. “Heh, Mokuton Dive!”

The creature blasted through the lightning bullet. Jinrai dodged it as it came for him. The creature landed on the ground.

“What is that thing?”

Yamato appeared next to Jinrai. “A diversion!” He slammed his elbow into Jinrai’s throat and kicked him away. He then summoned the humungous wood cage around Jinrai.

Jinrai smirked and released his Reality Check, morphing the duo’s places. Yamato let the cage down.

“What the hell was that? he switched areas with me with…” Yamato now saw the eyes of Jinrai. “His Rinnegan!?”

Kakashi and Kakaze fought hand-to-hand, avoiding kicks and punches. Kakaze tripped Kakaze and kicked him back in the ribs.

He then opened his cloack and revealed wires full of kunai. He grabbed them and let them loose at Kakashi.

“Ugh! A net wire explosive kunai trap!” His Sharingan began to spin and he jumped into the air. The kunai followed him, detonating throughout the path. He formed a hand sign. “Wind Style: Extreme Turbulet Air Bullet!”

The wind bullet streamed directly into the path of the kunai, throwing them way off course and detonating them.

Kakashi landed on the ground adjecent to Kakaze. “Summoning Jutsu: Eight Ninja Hounds!”

The eight hounds appeared in front of him. “Pakkun! Lead the Eight Hammer Drill!”

“Right.” Pakkun replied.

Pakkun jumped onto the ground. Four of the hounds charged forward. Two snapped onto each arm while two more slammed into Kakaze’s stomach. Pakkun then jumped onto his head, bit him and jumped off the other side. Three more then charged Kakaze again and Kakashi followed with a Lightning Blade.

“Take this!”

The lightning blade exploded on impact with the ground.

Yamato avoids bolts of lightning from Jinrai by creating pillars of turning wood. “This is getting difficult! Wood Style: Thrust!”

Two columns rushed forward. Jinrai jumped on top of them. “HA!”

They then arched back and slammed into Jinrai. “What!?”

Yamato appeared in front of him and knocked him to the side. Jinrai skidded across the ground.

“Kakashi!”

Kakashi avoided a Windmill Shuriken from Kakaze, plus the two coming back at him. Kakashi placed his hand above his left eye.

“Kamui!”

“What is this?” Kakaze felt the area around him start to shift, He quickly realized danger and hopped into the air. The Kamui sucked the bottom of his robe, which thus tore it from his body. Kakaze landed on the ground. Kakashi’s eye bled a bit.

Kakaze grinned. “That little attack did a number on you I see!”

Kakaze reached into the two pouches on his legs. “This is where it shall end!”

He pulled out two scrolls. After unraveling them, he summons two sicles. “Take this!”

Kakashi looked up and saw the two scythes coming towards him. Kakashi stepped to the side and dodged them.

Kakaze then picked up the scrolls and kunai, blades and other shuriken started shooting out at Kakashi. Kakashi grimaced. He pulled out his own kunai and started deflecting them with relative ease.

Kakaze smiled.

At the base of the mountain, the wall Hakujou was concealed behind, bursted outwards. “Damn chakra seal!” He kicks a rock with frustration.

Hakujou hears the sounds of battling above him. “Hehe, looks like Kakaze and Jinrai couldn’t wait. Does that mean I should just go ahead? Heh…” Hakujou sails over the rooftops.

Jinrai snapped his fingers and a wrapped bomb in front of Yamato detonates, throwing him back. “Ack!”

Yamato landed on one knee.

Jinrai notices Hakujou leaving. “Kakaze, Hakujou is retreating! Come on!”

Jinrai skids down the base of the mountain. Yamato finds a final effort in trying to stop him by jutting out log of wood as he descended, but to no avail as Jinrai skillfully dodged them.

Kakaze gets a close shave at slicing Kakashi’s armor with his machete`.

“I’m coming, Jinrai!”

Kakashi suddenly charges two Lightning Blades and dashes forward. “Lightning Blade: Double Speed Lightning!”

He charges both into Kakaze’s stomach. He then kicks him backwards and thrusts again, this time throwing him into the air. When Kakaze came down, Kkashi thrust the chidoris into him once more, sending him flying.

A few moments passed of no movement. Kakaze then stood up, only minor injuries noticeable.

“That was all right. But i must be leaving…So long!” He disappeares, but bombs fly towards Kakashi. With no time to move, the bombs detonate in front of his face.

Kakashi opened his eyes only to see wood protecting him. Yamato appears beside him.

“They were tough. But…Kakashi! They’re headed out to the Hidden Leaf Forest! That’s where the scroll is!”

Down on the rooftops, Lee spots them heading his way. “Ugn, those are Akatsuki!”

Lee pickes up speed by dashing and then forms the Night Phoenix on his left arm. Jinrai looks straight ahead. “Hmph, whatever!”

He rolls himself into a ball with lightning in a kind of aura around him. Lee made contact with it. The explosion threw him into the streets of the village. Jinrai landed on a roof. “Heh.”

Jinrai then takes off again.

Kakaze hops across a street Neji is waiting for someone on. “Akatsuki!?”

Without another thought, Neji takes chase. Kakaze sees Neji following him. He spins and releases shuriken at Neji.

With a hand sign he says, “Shadow Clone Shuriken!”

The shuriken multiply. Neji lands on a roof and performs the Rotation. The shuriken are immediately deflected.

“Argh!” Neji is about to pursure again when TenTen and Lee appear at his side.

“Neji, that’s Akatsuki right?” TenTen asks.

“There’s no time for talk! We have to catch up before they get into the vicinity of the scroll!” Neji insists. The trio heads off out of the village and onto the path of Hiddan Leaf Forest.

Konohamaru had just checked in about a mission with Genma when he saw the Akatsuki leave, with Team 10 hot on their trail.

“They may need help! I’d better follow.”

In the Hidden Leaf Forest…

Hinata and Kiba guard the shrine at this time. “Hinata, do you see anything coming at all?” Kibu inquires.

Hinata looks on with her Byakugan. “No, there’s nothing approaching. I think the scroll is safe for now…”

Akamaru appears from behind the shrine and sits by Kiba. “Hmm…But the way the trees are moving to the wind. It feel unnatural. Like they’re sad…”

Hinata nods to herself.

At the hideout…

Uto stands next to a pillar, his face turning red from pain. “Please…It’s not quite time…If you come out now, you’ll be in too much of a weak state…to survive!”

His glasses fall from his face and shatter on the ground. “Don’t! Stay within!”

“I will give you two weeks before I…come out!”

“Fine…I’ll get things done in two weeks…HAHAHAHA!”

Dawn of a New Era 14: The Kage Meeting

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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!

Dawn of a New Era 13: Crossroads

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Dawn of a New Era

Chapter 13

Crossroads

Hidan collapses in the middle of the valley, almost to his destination. “Damn, that girl was a bit tough. Psh, yeah right…even though I am exhausted. And I can’t believe that Kibu died…Although, his death wasn’t quite that surprising. He wasn’t that strong in the first place, seriously.”

From his left side, a claw appears. “Hidan…did you s-say Kibu died?” Zet inquired as his head appeared.

Hidan snorted. “Yeah, but sorry to disappoint. His body was crushed.”

Zetsu chuckled and his face took on a desperate expression. “I’m not picky, Sand Village right?”

Hidan’s eyes grew a bit larger. “You really are crazy. I said his body was crushed and you can’t salvage anything from it.”

Zet cursed under his breath and melted into the valley wall. Hidan gathered his scythe and headed back towards the cave.

In the cave, Hidan handed over the scroll to Koukishi, who proceeded to place it on one of the stone pillars, which rose up into the air to join the other three.

“Hm? Where’s Kibu?” Koukishi asked.

Hidan frowned. “Bah, that fool died on me. He was up against that Gaara guy. His body was pulverized.”

Koukishi crossed his arms and shook his head. “Tsk, tsk, go figure. He was calm and focused, but paired with the most brash person here, he’s the one who died.”

Hidan sneered. “Eh?! You’d better take that back!”

“Koukishi, how is it you’re the one getting into all the fights around here?” Hakujou asked sarcastically as he walked into the room.

“I don’t get into fights. I get into small disagreements.”

Hidan cut in ferociously. “YEAH RIGHT YOU FOOL!”

Koukishi waved him off, The hologram appeared in front of them.

“Koukishi, you and Hakujou are to head out to Vigor Cliff. There are some powerful chakra imbued stones out there. We need much chakra to fuel our objective.”

Hakujou’s throat tightened. “Me and Koukishi?! I would rather die than go with him!”

Koukishi sharply replied, “That can be arranged, you know.”

“Enough! Just go!”

Koukishi smirked as he and Hakujou headed out.

The hologram began speaking to Hidan. “So, Kibu died? This is very compelling. You did retrieve the scroll, however?”

Hidan nodded. “Yes, I did. It’s up on the pillar.”

“Hm, I think it’s time I showed my true self…The raid on Konoha will wait awhile, so our team can recooperate. What we need to do now is find liable chakra sources.”

“Wait, if the scrolls are fused with a huge amount of power, why do we need so much chakra?”

“Because the scrolls cannot act on themselves. Combined with all the Akatsuki’s chakra, the scrolls still wouldn’t be powered enough. With the stones, Vase of Turning Souls, and one more item, there should be enough, including the final scroll. Our plan is unfolding perfectly. Understand?”

“Understood.”

Hidden Leaf…

“Hey, Sasuke, where are you going?” Suigetsu asked his teammate as he started out of the gate.

“I’m just headed…out for awhile. I’ll be back. Just stay here until I return…” Sasuke started away from the Hidden Leaf.

Over in Ichiraku Ramen Shop, Iruka and Naruto sit inside the shop.

Naruto receives his bowl. After adding some seasoning, he begins slurping some in.

After a few bites, he sets down his chopsticks and turns to Iruka. “Iruka, you lead Uzuna, Sauno and Hizuka’s team, correct?”

Iruka gulps down his bite and replies, “Yes, why?”

“Well, I was wondering how Uzuna is doing. Before I left, he had just graduated the academy, and then I came back and he was a Chuunin. I was just wonding how well he’s been doing in his training.”

Iruka set his chopsticks down. “Well, about a year ago, Konohamaru taught him the Rasengan, and since then, he’s been doing well. He mastered it in about seven weeks altogether.”

“Not even two months? Impressive.”

“And he’s also been practicing his Shadow Clone techniques, getting them better and better. He created a variation of your Uzumaki Barrage technique as well.”

“Really?” Naruto asked surprised, as he began eating once again.

Iruka started again as well. “Yeah, and it’s really elaborate. He has it perfected. He has also been trying to mix the elements within the Rasengan, like you actually. He’s had no luck with that, however. That reminds me, how have you been doing with that technique?”

Naruto nodded. “I’ll show you in the Training Field after this.”

After the meal, the duo headed out into the field.

Naruto stood in the center, Iruka well away from him.

“Blazing Rasengan!” Naruto formed the Rasengan, fire chakra mixing into it, creating the Blazing Rasengan.

He released it then. “Now…Aqua Rasengan!”

The normal Rasengan molded with Water chakra, forming the Aqua Rasengan. He released it next.

“Now…” He formed the normal Rasengan, mixed it with fire chakra and created the Blazing Rasengan. Then he mixed the water chakra, creating an Air Rasengan, Fire Rasengan and Water Rasengan all-in-one.

He then formed a clone to help him stabalize it. Then, as he started running towards a boulder, he smiled. Once he got close, the clone let go and he smashed into it.

The boulder flew into large chunks scattered around the field. The remaining pieces were left with embers and drops of water.

Iruka clapped. “That was very impressive. Only two elements away from finishing your father’s objective!”

Naruto smiled and crossed his arms around his head. “Yep…Iruka, where did Sasuke go? I saw him getting ready to leave before we went to Ichiraku’s.”

Iruka thought for a moment. He soon snapped his fingers. “I’m pretty sure he said he was going to Vigor Cliff.”

Naruto let his hands fall. “Hm. Vigor Cliffs…I think I’m going to follow him. Temari sent Shikamaru a message that the Akatsuki stole a huge chakra source of some kind from that Temple there. And doesn’t Vigor Cliff have some sort of special chakra-imbued stones of some sort?”

Iruka nodded and Naruto disappeared.

At a rocky clearing, free of trees…

Koukishi and Jinrai stop and glance around.

Koukishi smirks as he hears a nearby stream flow. “That’s the end of the forest area…Vigor Cliffs shouldn’t be too far from here.”

Jinrai nodded, and as they took a step, they hear quick footsteps from behind them. Suddenly, Sasuke’s figure appeared, his face looking sturdy and his clothes back to the original outfit. He was ready for anything.

“Hmph, what are you doing out here? Are you looking for a fight?” Jinrai barked.

Sasuke let his head fall over sideways a bit as he looked at them curiously. “I guess you’re Akatsuki. What business do you have at Vigor Cliff?” He asked sternly, no waveirng in his expression or demeanor.

“Hmhmhm, Jinrai, let’s comply with him. Yes, we are Akatsuki. But, why do you want to know our business?”

“Listen, we can stand around and play 21 questions, or you can tell me why you’re here.”

Koukishi gave a relaxed smirk of playfullness. “How about you answer my question, then we’ll answer yours. Or we really can fight.” Koukishi lifted his hand from his sleeve and waved it in front of Jinrai. He nodded and headed off in the opposite direction.

Sasuke noticed this movement and sharply streaked forward. Koukishi was as quick as he was and caught him off by throwing a kunai in his direction.

Sasuke dodged it by a hair, noticing the skilled accuracy the throw was. Koukishi then made a slick move to turn and throw a punch in his direction. Sasuke slid to the side and drew his sword quickly.

Koukishi was still following his movements and retrieved a kunai and threw it in front of him, causing the blade to cry.

“He’s quick.” Sasuke said in his mind.

Koukishi stood straight anbit his thumb.

Sasuke winced. “A summoning…?”

Koukishi then rubbed the blood on his opposite palm. “Ready?”

Sasuke toughened his expression, motioning for his blade once more. “Sure. Let’s party.”

Sasuke dashed for Koukishi, his sword ready to slash.

As he approched, he released the chidori stream forward from the tip of his blade. Koukishi darted stright into the air.

He opened his palms and formed a hand sign. “Blood Revival Bird!” The blood on his hand separated and formed the bird, and he proceeded to land on top.

The bird swooped down towards Sasuke.

Sasuke avoided the swoop. “Heh, you’re not very tactical are you?”

Koukishi scoffed. “Actually…”

Sasuke suddenly heard the unwrapping of a ball bomb in front of him. He quickly jumped back as it exploded.

Sasuke flipped and slid back on the ground. The bird hung in the air. Koukishi kept an expresionless face.

“I suppose you want this fight to be a bit more than it is. If not, I do. I hate dull moments in life.” The winds of the bird morphed and two balls of blood fell towards Sasuke. They hit the ground and splattered into perfect circles.

Koukishi hopped down from the bird and landed about four meters from the blood splotches. “Wanna see my kekkei genkai in its full prowess?” He formed hand signs and the blood in front of him wavered. The blood slimbed up and formed two rough figures.

Koukishi’s fingertips started bleeding a thin sliver onto the ground. The strands flowed into the puddle. He yanked on them and the figures charged forward. Their arms connected to create a clothesline. Sasuke releaed the Chidori Current as the clothesline charged at him. The blood was splattered apart and Sasuke bolted forward.

As he passed the broken blood, the puddles released needles at him. “Blood Accupuncture!”

Sasuke twisted his body, his sword shielding him from the needles.

Koukishi severed the lines to the puddles. He built up an amount of blood in his mouth and spit it out in a large ball. Sasuke flipped over it. The ball splotched against the rock wall on the other side of the battleground.

“Hehe. Now it gets fun.”

Koukishi formed a hand sign and the puddle on the ground shot towards Sasuke and grasped onto his leg. He tripped over onto one knee.

Koukishi waved his other hand outward and the blood bird swooped down towards Sasuke. He made an attempt to flee the attack, but the blood kept him placed firmly onto the ground.

“Damn…” The bird crashed into him and exlpoded in a huge wave of blood.

Koukishi smirked, but knew it was not over yet and glanced around for his enemy. Suddenly, he heard a screeching noise. He hopped to the side, but was not quick enough and was speared with the Chidori. The chidori easily entered his body and the duo stopped moving for a moment.

In Sasuke’s mind, he speaks, “Did I get him directly?”

Suddenly, the body around his hand turned into a blood clone and shot in strands up Sasuke’s arm. They drilled into his shoulder and plastered onto his entire arm.

Sasuke grimaced in pain as he scanned the area for Koukishi. Suddenly, the blood splotch on the opposite wall started moving and a build climbed slowly out of it.

“You haven’t yet experienced that my power allows me to travel to and control my blood from whereever it is.”

“How are you able to use so much blood without…dying?!” Sasuke said patiently.

“My blood cell recreation process is alot faster than toe normal human being and my body is constantly creating new blood cells. I’m able to use as much blood as needed without fatality or any harm to me. I could let most of the blood in my body drain onto the ground right now, but in a few minutes, all of it would be regained! I can’t be killed by any normal way, you see? And my blood, when fused with a considerable amount of chakra, the blood can be condensed and act my impenetrable shield. You can’t win. And now, my blood is hardened onto your arm and there’s no way you can use it. I could also crush your arm right now if I wanted. But I want to leech this battle a little longer.”

The blood behind him shot in a thick stream towards Sasuke. Sasuke tuck-and-rolled to the side to avoid it. The blood curved back and splashed down in front of Koukishi.

“Now I want to reveal one of my strongest jutsu. Blood Revival Art: Ultimate Beast!”

The blood started morphing and climbing upwards into a very large, muscular build. After forming, Koukishi threw off his robe and stuck his arms inside of the build.

The arms and legs formed and a large, untorn blood beast stood. The arm fell off and turned into smaller figures, connected to the bigger’s body by small, lanky strands.

The two figures dashed forward laggily. The moulded together and formed a walking blood-drill. Sasuke winced as it came towards him. He stood up straight and activated his Mangekyo Sharingan. “Amaterasu!”

His eye shot out a large black flame towards the blood drill. The fire pierced and ate the blood and chakra down. The flames spread down the strand and entered the large figure. Koukishi saw the danger in this and quickly released the jutsu and his arms.

“Damn, you’re very persitent…Huh? This jutsu again?!”

He noticed the large black phoenix prowling down on him. “He used this on me in Iwagakure.”

Koukishi morphed his hand quickly and formed a small dagger-like blood spear. He lobbed it into the center of the phoenix. It went straight through without piercing and the phoenix fell on top of him. The land he was upon spread into black fire. Sasuke’s Tsukiyomi diminished the black flames.

The blood on his arm released and dripped off. He shook the remainding drops from his shoulder and stared at the wreckage.

He suddenly noticed Koukishi dashing towards him with another dagger. Sasuke formed the Chidori Darts and threw them at Koukishi. Koukishi deflected a portion of them by throwing his dagger, but he was stabbed in the leg by some. Sasuke formed a hand sign and the darts in his leg electrocuted Koukishi.

Sasuke found this opporotunity to shoot the Amaterasu at Koukishi. Koukishi managed to move up into the air.

Sasuke winced and shut his eyes. “This is the end of you…I only have a bit of chakra left so only a bit of this will work! Susanoo!”

Koukishi saw the mystical aura surrounding Sasuke, as six bones attached to him. A head formed, along with one arm. As Koukishi was losing altitude, Sasuke screamed, “You’re dead!”

Susanoo swung its sword upward in a clear, one-hit slash. Koukishi’s eyes grew bis as he turned his arms into blood and wrapped them into a sphere around his body. “This is the last of my chakra.” The chakra swung around him and condensed.

The sword slashed him and in a large white light, Sasuke shut his eyes to avoid going blind.

After the smoke and light cleared, Sasuke fell to his knees and released Susanoo, the ribcage dissipating along with the sword and Yata’s Mirror.

A puddle of blood sat in front of Sasuke. He glanced up as he panted and noticed it bubble. Koukishi’s head popped up, also panting exhaustedly.

“You…That was…powerful…I can’t believe I survived…no chakra…”

Koukishi climbed from the puddle onto both of his knees. “I guess you sruvive this time.” Koukishi murmered.

“I was about to say the…same thing.” Sasuke rebuddled. Koukishi uneasily stood up. From behind him, he smirked and flung his arm forward. A ball of blood rushed forward at the exhausted Sasuke. He had no warning to avoid the attack.

As the ball flew toward him, something sliced in half, a clean cut right through the middle.

Naruto appeared in front of Sasuke. “Hmph, I never thought I’d have to save your butt again.” He formed two Rasengan and flung them towards Koukishi. “Rasen-Yo-Yo!”

Koukishi flipped and ducked the swift attacks. “Dammit, if I’m even scraped by one of those, I’m done. No chakra left to actually do anything after I use a blood revival. I have no choice but to retreat-huh!?”

Suddenly, Naruto’s yo-yos were deflected and severed from their chakra strings. The orbs desintegrated. Jinrai appeared at Koukishi’s side.

“Koukishi, have a nice bout?” Koukishi panted his answer.

Naruto and Jinrai stood, waiting for the other to make a move. Naruto shook his head. “There’s no point in an extended fight here. You obviously got what you wanted, and the other two of us are out for the count. There is no reason for a brash battle. Just leave.” Naruto ordered sternly, no quiver or let-off in his voice.

Jinrai stood for a moment, pondering the likeliness of deceit. Koukishi nodded and the duo departed in a puff of smoke.

Naruto glanced down at the befallen Sasuke and they gave each other a thumbs up. Sasuke then tried his best to pick himself up.

He and Naruto trekked out of the land area safely. On their way out, Naruto had a feeling of nervousness.

“If that guy that came to his rescue got the stones…that could be a finishing touch to whatever plan they have up their alley. We have to keep on our toes.”

In the Hidden Leaf…

Naruto checked Sasuke into the hospital. His injuries included minor laceration and bruises.

In the Hokage’s office, Naruto informed Shikamaru of the incident.

Shikamaru laced his fingers and set his elbows on the desk. “So they may have gotten to the stones…”

“Mhm.”

“And there have also been no reports as to where the Akatsuki may be hiding at the moment.”

“But, Shikamaru, maybe that’s just it. Maybe they’re not hiding.”


And, we end this chapter here! As I may have said, I”ve been planning this battle out for a long time, and the time finally came to unleash it!

I just want to know: Do you guys like Koukishi’s ability? Do you not?

See you next time for Chapter 14: The Kage Meeting!

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Dawn of a New Era 12: Carnage

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Dawn of a New Era

(This one is rated T!)

Chapter 12

Carnage

An ominous wind sweeps across the Hidden Sand like a tidal wave.

Gaara sits inside the Kazekage’s office, the Third Eye floating on the window cill, watching the outsides.

“The Akatsuki must be in hiding. I’m still wary from that last two. They stole something from the shrine, but we have no way to find out what. Something valuble, something they may need.” Temari says with an air of disgust.

Gaara nods. “I think I have an idea. Put it together like a puzzle: they were inside the shrine with some of the most powerful and valuble objects in existence. They could have stolen something for power, like one of the vases, or a slab of metal…It really could be anything.” Gaara explained in answer.

On the outside of the gate, a figure lurked.

“Hehe, this shouldn’t be too hard.” Kibu grunted.

Hidan’s face turned red. “Hmph, don’t get to full of yourself. I haven’t seen your abilities yet, but I’m sure they aren’t anywhere near the power of mine!” Hidan calmed as he and Kibu jumped onto the top of the gate.

“Let’s see, I guess we must scale the side of this thing over to the west side of the village. I see a small shrine over there, tsk.” Kibu observed.

“Like to play tactical I see, Kibu. Let’s just go!” Hidan let out the slightest of smiles as they dashed around the brim of the gate.

Inside the Kazekage Mansion, Gaara’s third eye spotted the figures running across the gate. Gaara sprang from his chair and out the patio door. His sand lavitated so that he could ride it and zoomed over to give chase to the Akatsuki.

Temari followed closely behind on her fan.

Hidan noticed Gaara and Temari soaring towards them and drew his scythe. “Kibu, oncoming foes!”

Kibu turned to see them coming his way.

Hidan jumped and threw his scythe towards Gaara. Gaara dodged it, but the scythe lurched back and sliced the sand around him.

Hidan smiled and landed on the wall. He skid down the side and made a head dash for the shrine. Kibu followed closely on top of the wall.

Temari hopped off her fan and used the Wind Scythe Jutsu.

Kibu clasped his hands together and his hand molded into each other. Jumping, he dodged the wind attack.

Hidan felt the wind hit him as he was lifted through the air. “Ahh! Kibu, do something!”

Kibu landed and his hands came apart. He then thrust his arms in the air. They headed straight for Gaara.

“What? Are his hand made of rubber or something?!” Gaara abandoned his sand and fell to the ground, landing on one knee. Temari joined him.

“I heard you, and you’re half right. Not rubber. My entire body…is made of clay!”

“What?!”

“Oh yes, after my brother died, I took a liking to the clay art, but I couldn’t find a good enough outlet to express the beuty of my clay art, so I molded the outsides of my body and created my own clay sculpture.”

Hidan caught what he had said and made a grotesque face. “That’s weird and gross. But anyway…” Hidan quickly headed towards the awaiting shrine.

Temari took chase, as Gaara took on Kibu.

“Hehehe, a sand ninja as my opponent. I don’t think this’ll be hard!” Kibu scoffed.

Gaara placed a hand on the ground. The sand around Kibu started flowing down in one point. Kibu glanced down. “What is this…?!”

Gaara smiled. “I’m able to control sand by my own free will. Battling me down here is a foolish mistake.”

Kibu smirked. “Hehehe, don’t give me petty talk!” Kibu stuck his hands into the sand as he sank in. Gaara finally used the Great Sand Burial as Kibu’s arms and legs were sunken.

As they were crushed, Kibu made no move to show pain. “Hmph, I have to admit, this hurts a bit, but you can’t kill me with it!”

Kibu attempted to climb from the sand, managing to get uncovered.

Gaara frowned and sent a sand wave towards Kibu. “Then I’ll make sure it hurts everywhere.” The sand crashed into Kibu, burying him fully.

Gaara then twisted it into a tightly wound typhoon sticking up into the air. He then formed Sand Shuriken and sent them into the air. The sand continuously struck the wall of sand, no mrecy shown.

Finally, he collapsed the wall and used yet another Great Sand Burial to finish the job.

“That shoould be the end…” He then saw a gray arm poke through the sand.

Soon, a full body was shown. “I said…” Kibu spoke in a broken voice, “you can’t kill me with this.”

At the shrine, Hidan knocks Temari away with the staff of his scythe. “Leave me alone, bitch!”

Temari struggled to stand, as she was struck in the stomach. She finally twirled her fan and blew wind on Hidan. He was picked up and thrown into the air.

“Now it’s time for my jutsu! Wind Scythe: Break Apart Twins!” She closed her fan and closed her eyes. Wind chakra sliced the seal, and she separated them. Opening them up, she had two smaller versions of her fans.

“Wild Fan Blade Dance!”

She jumped into the air and did different twists and flips, hacking at Hidan with her fans.

He finally fell to the ground, deathly injured from the attack.

Temari smiled. “Now I suppose we finish this! Double Fan Win-?!”

Hidan threw his scythe at her and sliced her leg. She fell onto one knee, clutching her injured knee.

The scythe came back and he easily stood up. Licking the blood, he swept his foot around him from the blood her shin shed.

“Hm, you have sweet blood…I guess I’ll finish you slowly, since I like the sight of you cowering in pain!”

He revealed the stake from his robe. He lifted it up and dropped down, drilling it through his leg, the same one she was injured on.

She screeched in devastating pain. “ACK!”

Back at Gaara’s battle, he had sand encasing Kibu’s arms.

Gaara formed a sand spear. The sand drill speared through the air towards Kibu. Kibu’s body was pierced straight through, the spear sticking out both ends.

Without taking an eye off Kibu, Gaara walked over to his body. He released the sand from his arms, the particales falling to the ground below. Suddenly, Kibu’s eyes flung open and he opened his mouth.

From inside, a ball of clay was released and it plastered itself across Gaara’s midsection. “What in the…?!”

“I’m not dead you freak!” Kibu polaced his hand on the end of the spear and it molded into it. He dragged it out of his body and threw it to the side, the sand dissipating.

The clay started to run down his legs, hardening. “Gah, I can’t move.” Gaara was frozen in place.

“HA! Now I have you. But just in case you try something…” He molded his arm into a giant knife. “I’m going to hack off your hands…!”

Kibu raised his hand up and slung down with the knife. His hand was suddenly stopped by quick-moving sand.

“Hm, my emergency san din my gourd is my ultimate defense. You can’t break through it.” The sand enveloped his arm all the way up the shoulder.

“Sand Burial!” The sand crackled and fell to the ground, his arm inside.

“Hehehehe, you think that affected me at all?” Kibu said quietly as he gazed at his fallen arm.

“Not until this.” The sand slithered up his leg and encased it. “Sand Burial.”

Kibu’s eyes grew big as the sand around his leg crackled.

Gaara moved his hand and the sand moved away, the leg inside as well.

Kibu lost his balance and fell on one knee. “You BASTARD! Now it’s time to die!”

His other hand, which was now a knife, swung towards Gaara. His sand knocked it off course and it sliced the clay around his midsection. Gaara could move freely again.

Kibu turned his arm normal and reached into his back pocket. “Heheheh, with me I carry around a special type of clay i can insert my chakra into and duplicate my brother’s action by…exploding it!”

He took some clay out and began to mold it.

“This is just like that Deidara guy from the original Akatsuki!” Gaara lurched back and his sand started to form a small sphere on the ground around him.

Kibu used his one leg to spring off the ground. He threw the clay into the air and landed on top of the sphere. His hand started to secrete onto the sphere. It created a thin outer layer on the sand.

“Now it’s time to die.” The clay from his pocket landed on top and began to melt inside because of the outer layer.

Gaara noticed the clay oozing inside. It plopped down onto the floor of the sphere. Gaara’s eyes grew big.

The outer layer of the clay began to seep in as well in sharp points. Gaara expanded the sphere as he saw the strands begin to move around. He dodged the attack as they speared around him.

“Ha!”

The small amount of clay suddenly detonated inside.

Back at the shrine, Hidan leaves Temari on the ground, her life hanging by a thread. He grabbed the scroll from inside the shrine.

He raised the stake once again. “Now that I’m done here, it’s time to finish the job of you. Take…thi-”

“NO!”

Suddenly, a whip lashed out and snapped the stake out of his hand. He was startled so he accidentally stepped out of the triangle again.

“Wha-?”

Matsuri appeared. “Leave her alone! Now that you’re out of the circle…” She snapped the whip again and it lashed him across the waist, sending him on his back.

He quickly grabbed the chain of his scythe and twirled it around, the scythe flying towards Matsuri. She jumped, dodging the scythe. Hidan whirred up and continued flinging the scythe.

Matsuri dodged the attacks and made her way into the center where Hidan stood. They started a Taijutsu bout. She kicked him in the stomach and thrust the Byhrou into his stomach. She sent him flying into the shrine wall.

Matsuri stood straight and rushed to Temari’s side. “Even the Kazekage down…I have to get her out of-…What?!”

Matsuri noticed Gaara falling from the detonated sand sphere.

Kibu hopped down from the top and loom over him.

Suddenly, Matsuri felt a sharp blow to her head and her world fel away from her.

Hidan stands, his body now mortal. “I won’t finish you off here…Neither one of you…Kibu, let’s…What in the world?!”

Kibu’s body had been encased in a sand wrap. Gaara had his hand on it, holding him in place. “This will kill you! Sand Manipulation Body Burial!”

The sand pressurized on Kibu’s body inside and crushed his entire body. The sand fell away from him and Kibu fell forward as well. Gaara fell to his knees.

Kibu uttered some weak words. “Though you have taken me down…My clay will kill you…” The clay wrapping the sphere shot towards Gaara.

His sand whipped up and hacked it to bits, protecting Gaara.

Hidan grimaced. “Man, I though I could return with Kibu…But I guess he just had to die. Well, I guess his strengths weren’t as adequate as I thought. I’m outta here.”

Hidan made his escape, avoiding Gaara’s weak attacks of Sand as he fled.

Gaara helped Temari and Matsuri to the Sand Hospital as he watched Hidan get away with the scroll.

In the hospital, Gaara let Baki know of the happening. “NO! The scroll was stolen?! That’s four now…Konoha is next! Quick, get a letter out there, ASAP! Konoha needs to be prepared for what awaits them!”


That’s the end! The fourth scroll has been stolen, so what will happen with Konoha!? (gasp)

See you next time for Chapter 13!

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