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    **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Fri Jul 23 2010, 04:10


    CHAPTERS
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 7
    Chapter 8

    Pein’s ears rang. The entire group was completely silent, stunned by the news. The silence was deafening, and it seemed to travel all over the forest, for no sounds were being made. Azuki stared at the trio of Storm ninja expectantly. Someone should say something. But not even Reshii had a witty thing to say to ease the situation up. The hot sun glared down and the wind began to pick up, rustling the leaves in the trees.

    “It’s been… burned?” Aki asked softly. Azuki nodded sadly.

    “Everything?” Pein said. Azuki nodded at this too. Tears sprang at Pein’s eyes. She angrily turned away so as not to show her weakness. Soon, someone else joined the group, shouting as Azuki had.

    “AKI! PEIN! DARNAS-- oh.” Kagamiko strode into the clearing. “Azuki found you first.” She looked over at the ninja. “Did you tell them?” Azuki nodded, as if nodding were the only thing she could do now. Kaga looked mournfully at the ninja. She hugged all three of them tightly before explaining their new situation.

    “So,” she began, rubbing her eyes. “We’re going to live in Inferno. Since Clair is a regular visitor to Storm, and since Inferno used to be Sun, then Ketsu figured that they might show us the same hospitality.” Kaga turned to the two Mist ninja. “I’m assuming you’re the firefighters from Mist, right?” The two nodded. “Well… since there’s no more village to protect--” Kaga laughed, but had no humor in her voice. “You should probably go back to Mist. Tell Des what happened and I’m sure he’ll give you credit for it.” Temari nodded, and started to turn away. Reshii narrowed her eyes at the spot she’d been spacing off to.

    “No.” she deadpanned. The other ninja looked at her.

    “What?” Aki, Kaga, and Temari said at once.

    “No.” Reshii repeated. “I’m not going back. I refuse. I’ll go with you! I know people in Inferno! If they don’t give you lodging, I can persuade them! I can be of use to you!” She turned to the team. “Plus,” she continued. “You know I’m trying to restore my clan. Maybe I can find a few members while I’m traveling with you.” Aki started to shake her head.

    “It’ll be too dangerous--” she began, but was interrupted.

    “It won’t be dangerous!” Reshii scoffed. “You know who you’re talking to right? A member of the Teishoku clan! I can camouflage myself better than any ninja in WOTN!” To prove her point, she disappeared into the background and reappeared.

    “WOAH!” Kaga exclaimed. “How… how did you do that?!” Reshii beamed.

    “It’s my kekkei genkai! I can change color at will too!” She changed her hair color rapidly before turning to Temari.

    “If you wanna go back, Temi, go ahead. But I need to go with the Storm ninja, if they’ll let me. Tell Des where I’m at, okay?” Temari blinked at her before smiling.

    “Well… okay then.”

    “Wait wait wait!” Kaga said. “We haven’t said you can leave with us yet. How are you so sure that you’ll be joining us?” Reshii grinned mischievously. Temari laughed.

    “Once she sets her mind to something,” she said. “She doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”

    Ten more minutes of arguing happened before the Storm ninja agreed that Reshii would be useful, and let her come with them.

    “But!” Kaga said. “Azuki? Can you go with Temari and escort her back to Mist? I’m pretty sure that these woods are safe for now, and you’ll probably meet up with other search party people, you know? So, take her back to Mist and meet us in Inferno. At least one of us will be there, in case Clair doesn’t let us stay there, okay?” Azuki nodded, smiling slightly.

    “Will do Kaga,” she said, turning in the direction of Mist. “C’mon Temi!” They began to walk off, but Pein had a sudden epiphany.

    “WAIT!” she exclaimed, unzipping Reshii’s bag.

    “Hey! What are you--” Reshii protested, but silenced herself as she saw Pein take out a very sleepy Harlequin. Pein ran over to Temari and Azuki.

    “Take Harlequin.” Pein said. “I can’t keep track of her while we’re traveling, you know? She seems to like you okay. Just… make sure you let her sleep on your bed at night okay? And… and pet her when you get home okay? I’ll come and get her when Storm is back on its feet, okay?” Pein put Harlequin down. “Be a good kitty,” she said, patting the black and grey cat on the head. “I’ll be back for you soon, sweetie.” Harlequin mewed, almost as if she understood, and began walking with Temari.

    “Bye!” Reshii called, waving after the two. She turned back to the group of somber Storm ninja.

    “We… we should go see the village.” Darnas sighed. “Before we head for Inferno. We’re not that far away.” Aki and Pein agreed. Kaga looked at them sadly.

    “You’re not gonna like what you see. Everything’s been burnt to a crisp,” she said. And when they arrived there in a matter of hours, they saw she was right.

    They didn’t like what they saw. Even the cement walls that Pein had thought un-burnable were gone. The ground was littered with ash and soot, everything completely scorched. As she looked around, Aki could see that even the Kage building had been burned down to only the first story. The residential district houses were down to their foundations. Whatever trees were in the village were gone now. The plains were blackened, and so were the trees amongst which the ninja were standing by. But, Aki noticed, nothing besides the village and the surrounding area was burned. Her gaze narrowed at the sight. She looked off in the distance and saw that the plains to the far east were untouched.

    “This…” she began. “This was a controlled burn.” The other four looked at her in confusion. “A controlled burn.” she repeated. “Look!” she pointed to the eastern plains. “You see where the blackened grass meets the dry brown stuff? Why isn’t that burned too? And why didn’t we get scorched last night when we were camping? We were close enough to! We’d been making good time, and were going to be back a day early!” Aki narrowed her eyes. “Plus,” she said. “There was no storm last night. We would have seen it or heard it.

    “Whoever burned our village was doing sloppy work last night. Because while they burned everything including the streets into ash, they didn’t take into account that we may notice the controlled burning! And maybe they could beg spontaneous combustion, but that still doesn’t explain why the far plains are fine!” Aki sat down on a blackened log, frustrated at everyone, even the ninja around her. But, she was mostly frustrated with herself. She knew they shouldn’t have stayed at the Mist village that night. She had felt it in her gut, but she didn’t listen to it. If they would have been moving like they had been the past two days, they would have made it back by last night. They may have been able to stop the nimrods that burned her village down. Aki put her head in her hands, and gripped her hair. If frustration was ever tangible, it was there in that moment.

    Reshii looked around her with sad eyes. “This place looks like it should be cool…” she said softly. “The dark grey clouds, the plains, the forest… and I can even see the mountains in that direction.” Her sad gaze hardened as she stared into the ruined mess of what was once the Storm village. She vowed that she’d help these ninja get their village back, and catch whoever burnt it down. This she was certain of. Her clan would have to wait -- this was more important.

    Pein struggled with herself. She wasn’t sure whether to scream or cry, or both. Instead, she looked at her village with a blank face. She’d lived here so long, that she could almost see where everything should have been. Right there was her house. And three foundations away from that was Aki’s. The Kage building was over there, the biggest pile of ash. She could still tell any passing person every street name and what was located on that street.

    A twig cracked behind them. All four spun around, either putting their hands in their weapons pouch or in position to do a handsign. A figure was running in the forest, faster than any other ninja they’d seen before. Before they had time to react any further, the figure was gone. The ninja were silent for a moment.

    “Ten ryo says that was the person who burned the village down.” Pein said.
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    “Did they see you?” the voice asked. The person in the light scoffed.

    “Do you honestly think,” she said “that they’d catch me anyway? Besides, even if they did see me, they couldn’t see me that well. I’m dressed in all black, as you can see, and it’s quite hard to spot someone running as fast as I can dressed in black in that scorched forest.”

    “Even so,” the voice said. “Did you see them?”

    “Yes, I was spying on them for a time in a tree that seemed rather stable.”

    “Did they say anything?” The person in the light paused.

    “Yes, in fact they did. One of them noticed the outlying plains, and saw how they were untouched. She figured out it was a controlled burn, and the simple fact that no storms had sprung up that night,” the person said cautiously.

    “Serious? You were doing sloppy work last night.”

    “I know, and I was counting on some form of storm. But you told me then or never. And trust me, I always do what I set out to. Always.” This seemed to satisfy the person the woman had been conversing with. A bag of money flew out from the darkness and landed at her feet.

    “Here is your payment. Now, I permit you to leave,” the voice said. The woman picked up her payment, and counted the gold coins slowly.

    “Thank you,” she said before slipping out of the light, and out of the room. Shugo sighed.

    “Well now what?” he said. The voice chuckled.

    “Well, now that Storm is burned down, and Glacier fled from theirs to Shadow, things are going according to plan. We don’t even need to desecrate the village.” The voice laughed. “Now, we’ve got a cooperative person from the Kaze clan.”

    “Yes we do, but that’s not the clan ability that we’re in need of right now is it?” Shugo asked.

    “No, not really. We need the Shourai Clan and the Teishoku Clan’s cooperation. Though… I wouldn’t mind getting the ability of the Ukatousen clan.”

    “Telling the future and camouflage?” Shugo asked incredulously. “I say the wings are more important than telling the future.” The voice sighed in annoyance.

    “You’re not seeing the big picture, imbecile! The Ukatousen clan is much less likely to cooperate with us, don’t you see? I’m surprised we even got cooperation with the Kaze clan. But with the Teishoku clan broken up, and the Shourai clan so few, it’s possible that we can have members trust us--”

    “Before we deceive them.” Shugo finished blandly.

    “Yes. And this is why having Ama missing is so troublesome. He knew of our plans, and he even knew who the clan members were. However, he left before he could share that important detail with us.”

    “Like I said before,” Shugo said. “Ama can’t go running into villages willy-nilly. It will cause a major uproar, and besides. Who would believe him?” You could hear the leader smirk.

    “Of course,” he said. “But still. Be careful who you tell our plans to. Because we need these abilities combined to be unstoppable. And once we’re unstoppable? Why, my dear Shugo, we can do anything.” Shugo shrugged off the redundancy so as not to enrage his leader. Only once had he seen the leader officially be enraged, and he wouldn’t like to relive it again.

    “And of course,” Shugo said cautiously. “There is the matter of the member who left a very long time ago.

    “As if she remembers anything!” the leader scoffed. “Your memory-taking jutsu is very powerful. How did you learn it?” Shugo was silent at this.

    “Picked it up in my travels,” he replied after a moment. “So what village is next?”

    “Well,” his leader started. “Let’s give them time to settle in and think it’s safe again. Then… It will be this one. You know the plan, it would be best for you to remember it.”


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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by Destinykil on Fri Jul 23 2010, 23:21

    very nice
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Sat Jul 24 2010, 04:27

    Thanks Des! :D
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by UreshiiQ on Sat Jul 24 2010, 17:16

    Dang these are good OwO
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Sun Jul 25 2010, 04:22

    Thank you Reshii :D I love your avie. It's Mion! :D
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by UreshiiQ on Sun Jul 25 2010, 06:49

    You're welcome :D
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    Post by Toshii on Sun Jul 25 2010, 10:15

    higurashi's awesome and so is pein's chapter! :D nice work :3
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Sun Jul 25 2010, 19:25

    UreshiiQ wrote:You're welcome :D
    And you watch Higurashi too? :O
    I do watch Higurashi sometimes! :O

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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by sabaku no ketsueki on Mon Jul 26 2010, 23:08

    Holy crap it is Mion. I didn't notice that.

    ACTUALLY, Now I think teh ebil villian is Jose >D
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by Icarus on Mon Jul 26 2010, 23:29

    whoa. it was like looking at an actual episode of Naruto.... you know without all the

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    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Tue Jul 27 2010, 04:00

    Icarus: Thank you! :D I appreciate it!

    Ketsu: xD I love how you're trying to guess the villain xD
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    Re: **Lightning Fires**Chapter 7

    Post by sabaku no ketsueki on Tue Jul 27 2010, 23:02

    It's fun! :D
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    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Wed Jul 28 2010, 04:01

    You'll be surprised actually who the villain is xD
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    Post by Toshii on Wed Jul 28 2010, 04:01

    well until then, I DEMAND MOAR

    i'm just kidding XD
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    Post by PeinQAkatsuki on Wed Jul 28 2010, 04:04

    Haha! I'll write more I swears D: This week is really busy though.
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    Post by Toshii on Wed Jul 28 2010, 04:11

    yah D;

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