Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

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Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:53 am

Hozukimaru was stuck between a rock and a hard place. He was standing on a cliff, facing a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, his back to a drop that meant certain death. His sword was far away, behind the wolves, he was out of kunai, and his chakra was severley drained. His vision was starting to blurr from the loss of blood, an open wound in his arm dripping blood on the fresh white snow. The wolves began to bare their fangs, and move in closer to him. He tried to stand but his head started to spin and he collapsed to one knee. Suddenly the lead wolf rushed, and the rest of the pack followed. He blocked the first attack with his forearm, blood squirting out of it, but as he blocked, the other wolves launched at him. He tumbled backwards off the edge of the cliff, bringing two of the mongrels with him. As he fell the wind around him screamed. He turned over and saw the ground racing towards him.

THUD!

As he hit the floor, wrapped in his blanket and drenched with sweat, Hozukimaru woke up. He had fallen off of his bed. He got up slowly, brushing himself off and looked at his clock. It read 5:06 am. He walked to the window and looked out. The view was really something, all of the lights reflecting off of the water, clashing with the darkness. He looked at it for a while, His mind regressing to a time long ago...
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:46 am

He flashed back to a night long ago, the last time he had looked out to the distance. He was back in Kiri, and he had just finished a mission a few hours prior. He was startled by a loud, single knock at his door. He walked out of his room, down the hallway and towards the door. As he neared the door he saw a red peice of paper laying on the floor. It must have been slipped under the door. He opened the door and looked around but nobody was there. As he came back inside he picked up the note and began to read it

To : Hozukimaru Hirameke

We have a use for your skills. This is not a solo mission. your pay will be determined upon completion but will range from 50,000 ryu to 100,00 ryu. These four people must be captured alive and brought to the spot designated. These two people will be your assistants. We know you will accept. Please be at the rendevouz point at 6:00 am

Lin Kuei**


Inside the note's folds were a map, four pictures with red trim, and two with green. he guessed that the two green were his teammates. One looked familiar, but he couldnt remebmer from where, and also two of the targets looked familiar, but he couldnt palce them either. He looked out to the east, looking off into the misty background. He thought about what he had to do. It was surprising that they would send him on an assasination mission so soon after the last one, and he was slightly cautious because he knew it was going to take a lot of planning.He stashed the note then looked at his clock again. 5:36 am

He quickly got dressed, gathered his thoughts, his equipment, and a small amount of food and put on his assasins outfit then ran out of the house. He only got a few steps forward then stopped and turned around. Running back in he looked in the top of the closet. He shuffled through a few things until he found what he was looking for. He pulled down a slightly battered fox mask, complete with kunai scratches, and a burn mark. He placed it on his neck and ran out of the house agin, into the distance. He was looking for a river that ran backwards, and a large tree with a red scarf attached to it. Who knew that would have been one of the last times he would see Kiri.
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:53 am

Hozukimaru was dashing through the woodded area near the river, searching each tree he saw for a red scarf. there were plenty of trees so it could take a while but he had a few minutes to spare.

as he turned a corner to search a tree he saw something red flash in his periforeal vision. He skidded to a halt and turned to it, and was surprised. He saw the scarf, but that wasn't what had caught his attention. What he saw was the red hair of one of the shinobi that was designated as one of his partners.

"So your my partner for this mission as well. Wow looks like were going to be working together huh."

"Kayokai!"

A small tinge of anger welled up, but he let it die down because he knew the mission was more important. He hated this kid with a passion, but knew that he was one of the stronger nija in his class. As far as missions, he trusted him, but outside of that, it was damn near hate. Kayokai began to say something and then stuck his hand out, but Hozukimaru was already mid jump, deciding to sit in the tree and wait for the third member of their team to arrive.

Kayoukai watched as Hozukimaru jumped up above him to a branch and completely ignored his offer. Anger welled inside Kayoukai, but he was trying to calm down as there was a mission at hand and he would need his chakra. Kayoukai looked at Hozukimaru who was just waiting in the tree. He jumped up in to a branch near Hozukimaru and threw 2 kuni at the portion where the branch connected the the tree. The kuni split the branch making it fall with Hozukimaru on it.

"Fine, no truce then" said Kayoukai in a emotionless voice

The branch began to fall with Hozukimaru on it. He jumped off, landing on the ground below the tree. The branch hit the ground next to him with a loud thud, breaking into a few large peices. Hozukimaru was not pleased with losing his seat but could not afford to waste his efforts on someone that wasn't a target.

"Hey, cut that out, we have a job to do" he yelled, looking up at Kayokai sitting in the tree. He walked over to the portion of the branch with the two kunai, extracted them and placed them in one of his pouches. Under his voice he mumered " You wont be getting these back, unless theyre in your back" .

where is she..., he asked himself as a ray of sunlight finnally crested over the horizon, illuminating the morning sky. He could see the sun begining to lighten the sky and knew that the allotted time was approaching. There was no sign of the third person, a green haired girl, and the mission called for punctuality.
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:12 am

"Oh my gosh, im late" said Shina as she abrubtly sat up. She had ben awaken by a ray of sunlight that irritatingly was shining in her face. She had received a red note under her door before she went to sleep last night with instructions to be at some tree at 6:00 am. She quickly got dressed and ran out the door, glancing at the clock. 6:03 am it flashed. She was lucky she lived close to the reverse river but she wondered how she would ever find the tree. Shina decided to run and hope the other 2 ninja were around.

Shina ran towards the reversed river looking for her partners, and she probably would not of found them if they hadnt been causing such a ruckus. They looked almost if they were ready to fight and she thought it would be good to intervene.

"Hey, did you two get the note too?"

She knew the answer but just wanted to take their minds off of whatever they were thinking of. It worked and Kayokai dropped from the tree to introduce himself. Hozu was till staring at her though, not because she was extremely cute, but because he felt like he had met her before somewhere, long long ago.

"Sorry about drooly over there im Kayoukai, and you are?"

"My name is Shina, lets get this over with, im sleepy" she said with a big yawn. Her eys sparkled in the fresh sunlight as she walked over to the other ninja, hoping to get an introduction to him too. As she got closer he snapped out of his daze and looked at her. "My Name is Shina. You look really familiar, have I met you before?" She looked at him up and down, but still couldnt figure it out.

" My name is Hozukimaru. I have the feeling we have met before, but i'm not sure where. I think we should get going though. Its a long walk to the shipyard and were gonna need a boat to get to the first guy. It says he lives on Kyoshi Island."

As he said that he pulled up his sword a little and began to walk towards the shipyard.
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:38 am

Shina walked behind Hozukimaru, keeping pace with him but also trying to catch up with him. She couldnt figure out why but he seemed so familiar. "Ok so we have to capture four people right? Wouldnt it be easier to split up since there are three of them and three of us?", Shina asked. She looked back to see Kayoukai following them closely.

"The three we have to capture are all above chunin, so it is going to take all three of us to get each of them."

There wasn't much else to be said, so after that the conversation became very stagnant and time began to fly. As the sun came high above the group they finally reached the docks. Kayoukai walked up to the docks first, noticing that there were a number of boats there.

"So um which one are we going to board? I mean theres alot of boats here. There has to be a certain one for us right?"

"We need a boat that is fast, and small, to better conceal our selves, and to keep things moving. The note had a boat laid out for us, but it didn't give any descriptions, just that it would be the one best for the job." Hozukimaru scanned the docks looking for a boat that looked suitable. There were twenty or so boats there, some large, some small, but none that looked acceptable. None except for one. It was a small black boat with a single mast, and a decent sized deck. He looked around for where to rent it but saw no signs, only a frail old man sitting a few feet away from the boat, leaning against a mast, apparently asleep. No one would have recognized the Lin Kuei emblem on his jacket unless they had really studied the note, but this indeed was the right boat.

"Are yall coming, or should I leave without you?" he yelled from the edge of the boat.

Kayoukai walked in to the boat and looked at the girl on the dock.

"So what about her? "

Shina had sat down while Hozukimaru was looking for the boat. She was comfortable, and the cool breeze felt good against her skin. She looked up at he clouds and watched them pass, and she thought she saw a pig in one of the clouds. She didn't even notice that slowly she drifted off to sleep

So what about the girl?... Were they talking about me...wait, am i sleep?

She yawned wideley and then got up, brushing herself off.

" I'm up, i'm up" she said as she walked to the boat and boarded. She found a spot on the left side of the boat by the water and sat down, crossing her legs and looking up at the sky. She suddenly felt very sleepy again but she decided she had slept long enough, so she got up and went over to Hozukimaru, hoping to start a conversation.

Hozukimaru looked across the boat at Kayoukai, his face frowning as though he had something crawling on him. Whoever it was who assigned this mission must not have known the history between the two, otherwise he never would have put them on the same team. Hozukimaru could not stand kayokai one bit, and he did all he could to not push him off the boat. Thinking about it made him smile, and he turned around to find Shina walking over to him. They had a three hour boat ride to the place they were going and they could not afford to sit around aimlessley while they waited. The least he could do was to get to know his teammate a little better.

Turning to Shina he said," Since we are going to be capturing someone who is supposedly stronger than any one of us I think it would be best to work as a team, and to do that we need to know what each of us specializes in. Right?"
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:53 am

A few hours later the group had gone over their strengths and weaknesses, the strange rivalry between Kayoukai and Hozukimaru not helping the situation. Shina had gotten them to calm down for a while, but one small spat had landed both of them in the water, to which Shina only laughed, and the boatman only took notice. It seemed that there was a change of plans though, as during the trip a crow had landed on the boat with a note attached to its leg. the note read...

" The mission has changed. three other teams have been sent out each to another location and target. your duty is to capture the first target and kill him. capturing him will not be neccesary. his name is Jin, and he is a ex chunin from the hidden waterfall villiage. his offshore island where he resides is covered in traps, but for a skilled ninja team these obstacles are nothing more than distractions. he is a water user and has no unique bloodline. we want his head delivered to building 32 a in the town center, in a black bag. that is all.

SKEIHAI**"


After that, Hozukimaru, shina, and Kayokai all took a litttle nap in their corners of the boat, though shina was indeed closer to Hozukimaru than to Kayokai.


As they jumped off the boat on the beach of the island they were met with no resistance, and as they made their way through a dense forest the situation was still the same. The rouge's hideaway was located in the center of the island and moniterd by a series of weak ninja, however there were ways of getting the job done that would bypass them easily.

"Okay, so we are supposed to be assasinating an ex kiri ninja named Jin. He is a water user and lives in a complex at the center of this island. I know the original sheet said capture, but along the way i received this" he says as he tosses the new note to Kayokai.

"Anyways when we get close enough Shina can tunnel under the ground using her earth abilities and plant these."

Hozukimaru pulls out a scroll and unseals it to reveal a bunch of excessivley large exploding tag.

"We can find a way to keep her covered while shes doing this, but if we encounter him early...we wont need it. We'll have shina begin tunnelling about a quarter mile from the place, then we'll serve as a distraction. "
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:08 pm

Hozukimaru and Kayokai were in the trees surrounding the base doing recon. Shina was in her location on the other side of the complex about to begin her portion of the plan.

"I think that we should take out the guards slowly so that they can have time to send for more, which will draw them in to our side of the complex, but we need to do it as slowly as possible so that they dont think were strong enough to require too much force, and so we ourselves dont get out numbered."

Hozu initially spotted 11 guards outside and kayoukai found three more hiding in trees. They could only guess that there are others inside. their best bet was to take out as many as they could by rounding them up into a single place. Hozu knew that Kayokai used a lot of water clones, and that would probably be the best way to get them all out there.

Kayoukai was thinking the same thing and instantly summoned 15 water clones, which would be weak, but would serve as a good distraction. they all charged in different directions, but ran so that they would meet up at one point eventually and get the guards that were chasing them slaughtered.

"Lets Go!"

Hozu pulled up his mask, concealing his identity, and then he dove out of a tree straight for one of the guards that was nearby.

The guard looked much older than he was but that didnt matter. Age meant nothing when dealing with ninjas. The guard, who happened to be looking up and to the left of him only heard hozu at the last moment and guard quickly turned to the right but it was too late. A fist collided with his jaw the instant he turned and the guard was brought down with one hit, his face bleeding badly, sadly for him he got up and looked at hozukimaru. He should have stayed down.

with a nice little jump hozukimaru lept in the air, drawing his sword and chopping into the mans skull, ending that fight as quickly as it had started. The man fell face first and Hozu springboarded his next jump from the mans back, somersaulting in the air and landing behind him where he pulled his blade from the mans head, ripping it through bone and flesh, then chucking it into the face of the next guard, who was accompanied by two others, but fell just like he was alone. The two guards infront of him quickly drew their blades and rushed Hozukimaru, who was now un armed...well, at least unsworded. it didn't matter though, as they rushed him, both of them held their swords in a high guard which left their beodies open. although they had armor their faces were uncovered.

Quickly pulling mousture from the air as he ran two iceballs formed in his hands, which he chucked at the guards. The one on the left got hit, and quickly dropped his sword when he was covering his face. The other one knocked away the ball with his sword, but that was his mistake. now his sword was down, and his stance was off. Hozukimaru quickly stepped on the back of the guards sword, pinning it to the ground, before runing up the blade one step and kicking the guard hard in the face, sending him flying bacwards into a ple of crates. He quickly kept moving, grabbing his sword from the face of the second guard he slayed.

Stopping in his tracks he realized he had only taken care of three of them...where was the one he hit in the face with the iceball....

At that instant he saw a large shadow looming behind him, and he lashed out with his sword, slicing the man in half before he could even sneak attack him.
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Re: Flashback: The Red Note that started it all...(solo)

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:51 pm

These guards aren't even shinobi... what a waste of life...

Hozu ran through the guards as quickly as he could, Kayoukai dispatching many guards as well. Before long, they were all gone or retreating into the complex. There was a large series of explosions that signaled them that Shina had her part of the mission accomplished as well, and now it was simply time to clean up the mess and check to make sure their target was aactually dead.

The complex was almost in ruins, with fires everywhere, and different explosions sfrom flamable goods going off. The few guards that had been left were also dead, body parts scattered everywhere. The smoke was pretty intense, but the masks they wore all protected them from the most harsh of effects. The pair of Kayokai and Hozukimaru quickly found their target, who somehow was still alive, if barely. His left arm was missing, and his legs were trapped under a crate. He was bleeding to death, and his eyes were barely open enough to see who had come for him. It seemed as if he didn't need to see them to know though.

"Heh... I guess the Lin Kuei finally caught up to me..."

as he said that his eyes closed, and he simply died. It was then that Hozu noticed that the tattoo he bore on his remaining arm was the same as the symbol that the man on the boat had been wearing, though this mans had been scratched through and charred almost to un-recognition. As he thought about it for a moment, trying to figure out what it meant, Kayoukai noticed the one thing that Hozukimaru had failed to realize, the sizzling sound of an exploding tag. In all the commotion, the sound was muffled and hard to hear, but Kayoukai somehow managed to hear it.

"Hozu, run, exploding tag!"

Though he had heard it, he couldn't identify where the sound was coming from, and so he simply turned tail and ran, with Hozukimaru leading by just a few steps. The tag went off, having been hidden behind Jin, and destroyed his bodywhile also catching the floor on fire. At some point he had managed to booby trap the room, and the fire quickly spread along the floor towards the two ninja. It followed them and began catching up to them quickly as they tried to make it out of the building onto regular earth. The pair, realizing that they weren't going to be able to outrun it tried to create some sort of technique that would quell it, but the water that Kayoukai spat at it simply put it out where it hit, but not putting the whole blaze out. Hozukimaru tried to do something, but he had no water to work with at immediate, so he couldn't use his ice to stop it, and they were running so he couldn't stop.

"Doro Houshi!"

A flow of mud appeared behind them as their saving grace, Shina managed to find them just at the right moment. her mud flow technique stopped the fire in its tracks, separating it from wahtever it was that it was feeding off of, and the three ninja ran off quickly, watching as the building burned behind them. Finally, as they reached the forest, they caught their breaths and were able to walk the rest of the way to the shore, where the boat and old man were waiting on them. He stepped off the boat, seeming less frail than before, and placed his hands up in handseals. The three were very surprised and got ready for a fight, however, after a puff of smoke cleared, they were only greeted by a bow from a black robed ninja wearing a mask. He told them that this was a test, and that they had passed, giving them the opportunity to join a secret ninja alliance known as the Lin Kuei.

It wasn't an immediate process, but the three of them had each completed other missions for the Lin Kuei under the guise of village missions. Their success prompted the higher ups to test them on a team setting which they as well passed. That opened up the door to their entry, however it was ultimately up to them whether they would join. If not, all memory of them would be wiped clean. They all had a week to decide, and in that time, they would be watched, and on the last day, they would have their opportunity to either join... or to go back to their regular life as simple shinobi.
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