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The ruins of the once mighty village. Beware what lurks inside.

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PostPosted by Sawtooth » Sun May 20, 2012 7:16 pm

"Doesn't even look like me."

"Sure do, figure it's like looking through your breath on a mirror. You even look pretty through dense mist. I bet the honeys in Lightning Country don't share your lack of enthusiasm. But there's other things they'd like to share, ahh?"

A rough elbow nudge was delivered, but its target remained solid like an oak tree. The former pierced through the puddle, considering how long it would be before they found their way back. This much mist is just too damn eerie.

"And we're deprived of our honeys, cour'esy of your horrid idear of noodling us into the cahoodle. Else, we'd yet be chillin' inside the icy Palace. The icy Palace. Cold outside, warm on the inside? Wit' snug beds? Perhaps it was all a dream."

Natu broke the stare-off first, bracing back into his upright posture. Water flowed from the oval into the muddy nothingness etched out by his right shin. The imprint was deepened with a passage of time. He shut his eyes and rattled his head back and forth. "Still on about it, huh. Was that long enough for you guys?"

A mumbled aye was given, to his backside. If he didn't take the initiative, his motley crew would probably hang out, bicker, be merry, and make light of it all for days. Not that he personally had much to go home to... nobody ever kept in touch. Briefly trained by (several) of Kumo and Yuki's G.O.A.T.s, but mustering a lasting bond was beyond him. His life was an oil slick, bringing people to him as quickly as dropping them out of his reach. Home was a several thousand mile cry away from proximate, speaking of "out of reach".

These two escorts were the closest company he'd had since... well, a flakey Sage and his happy little band. To be abruptly dismissed by your own blood was something completely new to Natu. He wasn't sure what to feel, because up 'til then, things were removed from his life. They didn't just flippantly putter through then dip out like some enigmatic ghost.

"Ah, I'm jus' kiddin' Na'u. Yew arn't too bad. Don' worry, we were available, an' Oxman said to ge'h yew home. I'm in two thirds of a mind t' do it!"

"Yeah, I'm sorry. If I thought I could hold my own the entire trip, I would have never asked Tomo."

"Your broad back home best be fine, though. You do have one or ten right? If we did it all for jack-"

This time, he was on the receiving end of a raw elbowing.

"I mean hell yeah I'm cool with it. What you think, fool?"

"Oh. It's neither of you guys' fault we're here. Besides... I like walking."
In moderation.

Misted foliage, oddly shaped rocks, and smooth white stones crunched beneath their heels.
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PostPosted by Sawtooth » Sun May 20, 2012 11:49 pm

No more than thirty minutes later, they could no longer rely on sight for reference. It'd take a chainsaw to cut through the omnipresent mist, and as soon as it rolled in, their path drunkenly swerved from homeward to a complete boomerang back toward the ruins of a civilization.

Several humid hours in, a hand plowed into Natu's collar mid-stride.

Again.

"Heard that?"
"Spare the theatrics, yeah? One more time an' I migh' jus' mince ya into ribbons an' leave you for someone else t' find!"
"It's alright, Iriym. He's just a little edgy. I get it, I don't like this either. Look, I can try getting above this mist..."

A blur of legs flashed. Using his basic chakra control and agility, he ended up on a prominent treetop well above the mist. With the help of his chakra laced feet, he got his bearings based on the constellations and the night was saved!

Or, rather, that's what should have happened... if anything happened at all. In reality, he never even reached the "ended up" anywhere step. It was perplexing, because he still sensed his chakra loss. Even so, there were no results to show for it. What was even more disturbing was that the chakra at his feet did not behave normally, as any attempts at climbing that tree, or any, left him on his ass.

"Something is up with my chakra."

Enel's straining was pretty obvious in his timbre. "Hell? My doujutsu was just--...hnnng--what? Shit."

"Witchcraft!"
"Damn, real cute. It's cool, I you were proven a hyprocrite 'fore we all died."
"Nobody's dying anywhere. Actually, I once read that people who are lost in the wilderness die of shame."

Enel beamed at that.

"Dunno about you, I'm feeling shameless."

"Dolt, he's sayin' they die of regrets."
"Exactly. Why me? How could this happen? What could I have done differently? It eats them up inside, and it distracts them from doing the one thing that would have saved their lives."
"Yeah, right... like what?"

"Thinking."

There wasn't much they could agree on, but the sagacity of those words was a transparent exception saturating their faces. Well, if they were visible. On the note of visibility, crossing the uneven and inhospitable island terrain blind was no easy feat. Progress was limited with a tree-to-tree basis. Nonetheless, some ground was inevitably covered.

Splash.

A slight pause preluded another best foot forward.

Splash.

"This can't be right..."

Splooshh.

A train of flesh and seeping expletives jetted Natu forward. His knees submerged, and his head was halfheartedly strung just above the rippling puddle. This time he couldn't see anything at all. But his gnarled gut told him the instinct was spot on: something was very wrong.
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PostPosted by Sawtooth » Mon May 21, 2012 8:00 pm

"Well he was 'ere, not one second ago! 's not my damn fault the man 'as issues."
"We need to find him before we get out of here..."
"Oh, c'mon! He can handle 'imself."

A prolonged and awkward stare was had.

"Maybe he found a beau'iful lady and she led 'em to safety! Let's meet up with 'im out o' this bloody mist."

Kiri wasn't much less unnerving when the sun was shining. Worse, even, considering the way the beams sparsely splotched the mist and made it glow at random where light broke through the canopy. Fine particles drifted in the air, undeterred by anything going on around them.

"Look... do what you want. I'm not abandoning Enel."

He was already paving steadily forward by the end of the sentence. Branches rustled; an inconspicuous monkey went about his business picking at some unsightly fruit.

"Hah, 'ave fun on you're ownsies, yeah? Right? You even listening. I'm not wastin' my time damn it!"

As the latter words were spoken, it was obvious that they weren't getting any farther behind the leader.

Yeah. Thought so.

"Ugh, would yew ge' a whiff of that? Smells downright rotten."

- - -

"Hell are you? Shit you're an ugly mug. Are you by any chance related to an Iriym?"

His ankle snared in one of the creature's jaws, he wondered aloud... right into the two floating red orbs hovering in the bottom skull's left eye sockets. A large feline paw mauled him out from the gape and into a half-shattered wall, finishing the job. A slight pop violently snapped out as he was dislodged.
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PostPosted by Sawtooth » Sun May 27, 2012 8:35 pm



It was as if God took a cleaver and sliced through the land. The mist looked as through it was pressed against glass, and under no circumstance did it protrude from the edge of the forest. The change in terrain was almost immediate; one step would take you from dirt to sand. Natu said nothing, but the features were clearly the same. He hadn't been here since... perhaps it would suffice to say "It's been a while".

Wait, we made 't out? Jus' like that?"

Normal time didn't seem to have much of a presence here. The moon was out, glimmering on the bluish-silver sands. The dunes seemed to roll slowly, perpetually, flickering and casting down ever changing shadows.

Ethereal as ever. Not surprising considering the otherworldly tastes of he who rules this inner sanctum, king of his submerged kingdom.

"I think I see someone on that dune."

He directed towards a speck far off in the distance.

"I don' see anything..."
"It could be Enel. Let's go."

A cool, dry breeze nipped at revealed flesh. They got farther and farther away from the forest, but the hooded figure never got any closer. Hours were exhausted. After Iriym grew weary, the duo paused to rest. Natu looked out to the lone figure once more, but it seemed to phase out of his view like some sort of mirage.

His ears were lanced with a hoarse yell.

Natu's orbs slid left, glimpsing the man up close. He looked down for footprints, but all he saw were his own. The dark man's robes were pitch, but not so much as his skin.

It was a true black which seemed to suck in the very moonlight that played upon his clothing. But it was beautiful... unnaturally beautiful. His flesh was like a portal to the universe. Stars glittered and winked, suns died, galaxies rotated, novas exploded, comets soared... all within the confines of his skin, and the term "skin" is used loosely here.

It was wrong. It felt wrong. Like it didn't belong here. Like it was grander than — no, too amazing for — reality. He was horrible, absolutely horrible, yet simultaneously wonderful. It was maddening to see him: swarthy, slender, and sinister. But neither member of the party could take their eyes away.

"And through this revolting graveyard of the universe the muffled, maddening beating of drums, and thin, monotonous whine of blasphemous flutes from inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond Time; the detestable pounding and piping whereunto dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic, tenebrous ultimate gods — the blind, voiceless, mindless gargoyles whose souls are I."

The words seemed to flow into their minds, rather than their ears. A long silence transpired, before one of two broke free of his spell and stirred from the splendid nightmare.

"Where... is Enel?"
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PostPosted by Sawtooth » Tue May 29, 2012 8:53 pm

The words echoed throughout the land, reverberating in Natu's own ears until he buried his head in the sand. A crimson river dripped from either earlobe. He cried out, but the air was ripped out of his lungs before he released a single note.

"At the time he is tested, he rises or falls. Unto you, I will bestow the first lesson."

The echo ceased as abruptly and painfully as it began. From his bone-white clutch he released his temple, while the sand cascaded down his curls.

"Enough, you're not yourself! Stop being so cryptic. What do you want?!"
"Neither is the believer bitten from the same hole twice, nor does one hand clap."

Natu looked away from him, gathered in the new landscape. The darkest dark had fallen upon them, and there he was curled on some sort of glass. His eyes somehow adjusted, now revealing that everything was some shade of black. Even the glass, perhaps like some opaque obsidian. It could have covered all of Kumogakure. Iriym lay leftward in a crumpled fetal position, peering down at...

It seemed as though they were suspended above a pit of the endless fashion. But far down, what must have been miles and miles, he saw the horrors which stalked beneath them. Barely, he made out the repugnant faces of titanic black demons. They were one massive huddle, complete with limbs and tentacles reaching above.

Forgetting about Enel, he suddenly didn't feel so safe.

"Salvation is fifty yards away. He who first touches the structure of mud brick shall not surrender his mind to the beast. You will want to perish, and no longer deserve your manhood. Ultimately, it will be I who claims the loser."

There it stood, a pillar, beckoning like some sort of beacon. Like everything else, it was black.

"What it the point of all — ... Iriym?"

The nothingness that so pervaded throughout this void had also reached the spot where Iriym was laying. Natu's ears perked to the rapid shuffling, and he was through thinking about the situation. The glass shrieked, dimming to a whisper only after he instinctively sent chakra to his feet. His eyes started to glaze and his mind shut down, but his right calf lunged him forward at such velocity that the strange glass chinked chaotically, then chased after, trailing a raging symphony. Air roared past him them as it was sucked into the abyss, now tearing off chunks the size of his head.

Iriym was lighter, but Natu was fitter. Slamming step upon step, Natu overtook him within arm's length of the ancient pillar, but was punted to a kneel before he reached it. The layer underneath Iriym gave on his next step, dragging him down. Soon, the shattering fissure, which now creeped vehemently along, would drop them both.

"Oh! damn poetic, dolt. All you 'ad to do was stay in the mist a little longer and we would've had you any blasted way."

Natu frenzied a look between his doom, his friend, and his leg. "Iriym?"

"Yeah, we're both 'bout clocked out, let's see your face before the end. We aren't even part o' Tomoushii's guard. Still, we baited you out nice and well to Kirigakure. Who'd suspect MIST in Kiri, right? That mist, yeah? It wasn't affecting your chakra, it was sapping it entirely! But two people have to be in proximi'y or it'll wear off within hours. Speakin' of hours, another two 'n you'd getting on well with your ma and pa."

"Iriym, you... my parents? How would you know them?"

"Heh. Why not? Know this: we're all briefed on the results of everyone's missions. My mentors left training me to get it done, few days later trainin' is back on and I catch the word of two Kumogakurian Soratodai havin' been blown to peas and carrots. Most of us do 't for the simple things; cash, power, affection. Well, they did it for free. Seekin' a promotion, surely."

The rupture had almost crawled to Iriym's leg.

"Son of a bitch...! What ties do you claim!?!"

His teeth flashed. "Maybe next time."

The beaming faded when the floor cast him down.

Quickly he faded into the arms of the bottom feeders. Natu had never heard a man screech before, even in agony. It may have been utterly unbearable, had not it ended so... abruptly.

It only seemed to worsen the situation.

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