Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

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The country of Raikou no Kuni, home to countless towns amongst the northern mountains, southern forests, eastern plateaus, western plains, and craggy coastlines, the untamed wild outclassing all. Nomads roam these wilds and Dai Boeki no Michi, the Great Trade Road, while the ruins of Kumogakure no Sato have become a dangerous place where evil gathers, and Garyuu no Yamajiro is rumored to have a group seeking to gain the trust of the reclusive Ryuujin....

Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Raika » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:10 pm

Dull sapphire eyes stared down across a small village from atop a cliff, the simple entrance to a deep cavern beyond that Kiyoshi-san had decided to furnish rather than just leaving it as it was....

Long hair flowed freely in the breeze, brushing the endless tears streaming down her cheeks. Sapphire-scaled arms rested in her lap, claws lightly tapping out a rhythm on the stone. Bare, scaled, clawed feet hung over the precipice, and a long, slender tail was curled comfortably around her, its tip twitching every now and then.

All the little changes she had done over time as tests of how her condition had improved and never bothered to reverse or complete the transition between human and dragon.

A flash came from the village, and she blinked.

The vista before her when she reopened her eyes was not the familiar mountains and forests of her homeland, but rather a strange forest of purple foliage, she sitting atop a green, purple-mossed rock.

All silence and stillness, but for her own breath and heartbeat and those of the man behind her, the scent triggering memories of blue hair and golden eyes and a nature as fierce and warm as hers typically was.

Her tail swished, lightly brushing against his leg in greeting, not in the mood for figuring out who controlled his body or not.

After a moment, her head finally turned, her face expressionless and eyes still dull, everflowing tears still streaming, the reddened flesh beneath the liquid showing that she had been crying for days... perhaps longer.

But when she spoke, her voice was calm and flat.

"This... isn't what I expected for our next meeting."
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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Kaitou » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:06 pm

Locked in a struggle akin to the path of his life, Onoda Myaku battled hard against a foe he wasn't sure was entirely human. It had all started on one of those sleepless nights where the body never knew whether it was waking or sleeping. The sound of footsteps sprung the soldier into action like a spring coiled back to its breaking point. The creature, sea green with eyes that took up each side of its frontal lobe, made the first action that would lead the two into interlocked combat that seemed to span villages. The oddest thing was that the man felt like he was on some kind of bad drug overdose during the entire ordeal. The world snapped through colors of all shades with each strike against the man-thing. In places it burned with fire while others were cold as ice. He even found himself chopping through the darkness of a void dotted by bright stars and floating spheres of color.

It all ended when he reached to grab the creature for the final time. His hands locked around an oval rock and then pain seared through his body as both his eyes blazed through the night with a blue light so strong enough it could have blotted out the sun.




Zouka Michio sat astride his chestnut mare, spitfire, as he descended slowly into the valley that would lead him to the next village. A yawn emitted from the man's lips caused by the tribulations of a long day in the saddle. His muscles would thank him in droves whenever he ultimately sank them into a tub full of ice water. A lazy pat to Spitfire's neck made him reconsider. Perhaps, a hot bath would be superior to the former. If his luck was in good form then the man might be able to get a good pair of ankles to go with the venture as well. There was just nothing like home grown women. Michio stretched with a giggle on his lips. Tonight was going to be fantastic.

At least, until his entire world flashed blue and he was literally thrown into another dimension.




The night wasn't in the least bit, agreeable. The man with golden eyes and the weight of the world upon his shoulders turned, repeatedly, in against the cold earth. Once blue hair had become a mat of long black hair as wild as his most feral nature. He dreamt of many things these days. Of his father, slain by the hands of his mortal enemy. Then, there was his mother, wishing for him to grow into a fine man even as his enemies clawed the very life from her throat. He dreamt of his comrades in Kumo and the peace that had settled over their lives in his absence. This quickly degraded into the souls of thousands killed from his direct touch, pulling him down...further into the abyss of hell.

"...it wasn't me!" His voice was a harsh whisper as he jerked out of his sleep. Hands that reached in the direction of whatever accuser was in the dream now stopped short of a familiar figure. One he hadn't seen in too long to remember. The world was lit up in vivid colors of no place he had seen in the waking one. Perhaps, this was another dream? There was no way she would be here.

"Omoi-kun...?" A tear slid from the corner of his eyes. One he wouldn't have shed in her presence had this been the real world [ Little did he know it was ]. "Even in my dreams all I do...is cause you pain."

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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Raika » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:26 pm

She snorted softly.

That answered the question of who controlled the body.

But what did he mean by--oh.

A clawed hand rose up to wipe at one of her cheeks, gazing absently upon a single teardrop hanging from a clawtip before shaking it off and rising.

"This? This isn't your fault, of all things. Life just decided to take a turn for the worse, that's all."

Light steps brought her to him, absently examining his blackened hair before meeting his golden gaze.

"Also, this doesn't feel like a dream, Kaitou-kun. There's too much to see, to smell, to hear. Probably someone's pocket dimension, or an alternate dimension altogether.... I always seem to find my way into places like this. Hm."

She turned, tail absently swishing as she crouched and poked at a small flower, its purple stem flowing into black and white petals.

At least nothing was trying to eat or kill them yet.

Omoi rose again, pacing back and forth as she looked upwards, seeking a glimpse of sky... orange.

"Fascinating. On another note, how is your condition?"

She was perfectly calm, practically absent-minded as she approached her friend again, lightly walking around him with a medical eye, apparently not bothering to care too much about their current location.

After all, it was just another thing to add to the list of things going wrong.
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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Kaitou » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:18 am

"Spitfire, I don't think we're in Kumo anymore..." Michio tapped lightly on the reins for the steed to come to a halt. Not that he needed it since the animal was far more intelligent than many he had encountered.

No, shit, Sherlock.



The voice of his horse slipped into his thoughts and earned her a good smack on the rump. While the animal was every bit of talented he had ever seen packed into a natural battle horse she had a mouth worse than any sailor he had met. Figured with his luck he would find the one perverted, stubborn, and smart mouthed mare in all the land, which lead him back to his current predicament. There was something definitely wrong with the surrounding area and he it wasn't just the fact that green leaves had been replaced with purple.

Michio dismounted to run a finger over the nearest shrub,"It's as if everything was off a step..."

A quick pulse of his kekkei genkai tapped into the finer compartments of the natural world. Information slowly poured into his boding in a unique "feeling" that just about blew his mind. Even the flow of the universe was different, so changed that he couldn't have been in a genjutsu. Yet, it wasn't until he felt through the threads of the world for the unique signatures of his loved ones that he knew he was somewhere else entirely. They weren't even faint beats notifying him of their existence. There was nothing but emptiness...

Well, that wasn't completely true. There were multiple hearts beating in the area and one was within a good half mile of his position.




"A turn for the worse? Did something happen to Otoha?" At first the thought of pregnancy popped into his mind, but he wasn't quite sure the level of the duo's relationship would make that an issue. Still, it was an odd dream to be having. He leaned forward to inspect her features. There was something wrong with her.

Her next words made him take a step back. Pocket dimension? That was a scientific anomaly only broken by particular jutsu. The mere existence of such a thing would make him have to rethink his entire policy on a multitude of topics. His doujutsu leapt into being, unsuspectingly taking a look at Omoi's vitals before shifting to the outside environment. Her body was in a flux. Not only was pulse elevated there was an unusual taint to her cell formation as if some form of major damage had been recently fixed.

He turned to inspect the rock she had previously been sitting upon. His vision shifted down to an atomic level as his brain compared the structural formation of objects here compared to what he knew. "I don't want to admit it, but you might be right. If this was a dream, then my precontrived mental notes on how life should be formed would not have changed. What I’m seeing now is completely alien."

"Fascinating. On another note, how is your condition?"

Kaitou grunted as he righted himself, giving the appearance that he was getting old in his age despite his perfect physical condition. Her mannerisms were beginning to bother him. If he combined this with the state of her body then there was something she wasn't telling him. In her pacing he caught her with one arm, grip harder than any cast of iron, yet pressure soft enough to cradle a flower. Golden eyes descended on her with all the judgment of a brother who sensed abuse to his sister.

"What aren't you telling me?" Suddenly a shock ran through his body with enough intensity that he had to press a hand to his head. He pushed Omoi away as the wave of bloodlust ran through his body with enough pressure to fell a normal man. What was causing it? Then, he sensed it. The sound of a man about to pull a trigger. Rapidly the location heightened to the point where he could hear the sweat gliding down the mortal's face.

By the time the sound of a bullet hit the air Kaitou had already intercepted it's path. A hand flickered across his face to grind the sniper's bullet into powder. "You can tell me later. Enemy one a clock on the black ridge about a mile off."

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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Raika » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:19 am

The sudden attack allowed a quick evasion of the subject; she didn't want to tell him until she could properly place the seal on him.

Nonetheless, thoughts of battle brought up some minor issues.

"I can't use my chakra well at the moment, so don't expect too much phasing unless it's very minor.... It's been a long time since we last fought together. Hope you haven't forgotten the basics of teamwork."

The final comment was more of a joke than anything, though her emotional state made it bland and deadpan.... She knew about the old adage "an Eta-Naru never forgets".

And meanwhile, quickened breaths and heartbeats were closing in, movements sounding clumsy to the huntress as she lightly cocked her head to the side before simply moving to the point where her back faced Kaitou-kun's, just listening and waiting....

Faint whispers of men, steady... steady men... aim... fire!

The two dragons who had once called Kumo home were already in movement by the time their attackers fired, Omoi smoothly dodging but staying near her partner, hissing a challenge as old-blood-instincts stirred and she crouched, tail swishing, suddenly more feral than calm.

The humans closed in and she launched at them the moment they were close enough, tearing out the throat of one unfortunate soul before leaving deep gashes in the next's abdomen, slashing and leaping and snarling and killing with the eyes of a wounded animal.




Raika cursed the world.

One moment she had been on one of the decks of the airship that had become her new home, the next a blue flash down below had drawn her attention and suddenly she was in this strange place.

She needed to get back to Ryuuchi... but how the hell was she going to do that, she pondered, standing on the topmost branch of a tree in the midst of a sea of trees. Purple leaves, orange skies, black clouds.... The entire place felt off, and it felt too real to just be a genjutsu. Brown eyes turned pupiless blue, seeking out other life in the eerie quiet--

...that chakra signature....

The kid who had helped her evacuate people that fateful day that the village she had lived in for so long was destroyed.

It was her best chance so far, so she darted towards him, spanning the distance in hardly any time at all before simply jumping back to the ground to join him and his horse, a frown on her lips.

"Fancy meeting you here... wherever here is, anyway. You wouldn't happen to know, would you?"
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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Kaitou » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:07 am

"An Eta-naru never forgets." His smile showed all the calmness of a man who had did battle for a living. Granted, he was a little worried about her condition. She couldn't use chakra very well? For a mednin that would have been a crippling blow and he knew she now ranked among the best in the country. There was something she was keeping a secret from him. Lucky for her he didn't have the time to dig for more information. Not only did he have to focus on the battle ahead, but he had to reign in the demon that was his feral nature less everyone involved regret waking.

"Here we go!" Years apart hadn't ruined their synergy in the least. Omoi dodged with all the skill of a feather while he rotated around to protect her blind side. The impact of the blunt objects made did as much damage to his body as a knife scraping rock. It did spawn a feral roar from the receiver though. Enough to make a couple of the black garbed enemies hesitate in reloading.

Omoi's body launched forward and Kaitou followed suit in a run that would take him catapulting off her back into the next man. As her claws raked hell through his chest, so did the twisting leg throw of Kaitou's take down snap the man's neck with enough force to impale an unfortunate shooter. A pink tree similar to oak fell where the duo died, crushing another who had just loaded up to take a shot on the dragoness. A snarl brought the old kumo nin to his partner's side. Where she slashed, he broke bones in her wake. So, they went forth to the beat of their own violence until the last man standing crumpled into a pile of tears. He tossed his weapon aside in complete surrender to the superiority of the two fighters.

A booted foot came over to lift the man by his chin. Tears ran onto Kaitou's black pants for the man was forced to look up. The cotton shirt that used to clothe the missing nin had been torn off in combat leaving only streaks of blood, none his own, dripping from his chest. "Tell me where the sniper is and I'll leave your fate to the gods."

The man shakily pointed in a general direction to Kaitou's pleasure. He was then promptly, lifted to his feet and thrown like a missile in a coordinate pin pointed by heightened senses. There was a single gunshot in response to the action, but if he was lucky the long distance attack would have broken the sniper's legs.

Golden eyes turned back to inspect his companion, "You okay?"




The alarming speed of the person was enough to spurn Michio to enter a defensive stance. One hand rested over the pommel of lionheart while the other prepared for hand seals, should they be necessary. However, to his surprise and subsequent pleasure the mysterious object was none other than the great healer herself. A small part of him wondered how long he would last against the sannin, but that was quickly pushed aside for thoughts that made more sense; like finding a way to get himself out of this situation.

"Hell, if I know." Michio grunted, then all but slapped his mouth from the rudeness. This is what happened when you hung around stinky mercenaries for the majority of your life. All the culture that was supposed to be beat into his body was lost in favor of manly camaraderie. "I mean, my lady, I have no earthly idea."

His hand ran roughshod through his hair while his eyes attempted to adjust to forest wood that seemed to have jumped right out of the girliest magazine in his world. Clear blue eyes suddenly turned accusingly on the new arrival. "I don't suppose you know? Wouldn't put it past you Kumogakurians to add to that bloody maze forest of yours."

Spitfire slapped at his neck with her tail which brought color to his cheeks. Right. He was talking to a lady. Words like bloody were not meant for their ears. His mother would have torn his hide should she have found out what he had developed into over the years.

"I doubt you would cause this anyway." Michio sighed, then leaned back onto his horse. "By the way, hasn't anyone ever told you not to surprise a soldier like that? Ya half scared me to death."

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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Raika » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:37 am

As he turned the remaining foe into a weapon against the sniper, Omoi was crouched on the ground, claws digging into gray dirt as she fought to contain the chaos of her heart and tame her ferality once more.

She couldn't break just yet. Not while Kaitou-kun had his own inner beast to tame.

If either of them went on a rampage right now, it could trigger the other into instability.

Focus.

Sapphire eyes closed as she slowed her heartbeat and breathing, relaxing her muscles.

"You okay?"

Omoi rose to her feet, absently brushing dirt from her hands and claws before gesturing to the blood spatters all over her figure.

"None of it's mine. Now... we should start trying to find a way back to our own world."

With that, she leapt upwards into the trees until she was perched atop the amethyst canopy, dulled sapphire eyes searching the apparently endless sea of leaves for other signs of life and islands of black stone, the still air proving long-distance scent tracking rather useless for the moment.

The sounds of her partner joining her in her roost, his heartbeat and breathing, the shifting of leaves from their movements.... Beyond that was silence.




Raika chuckled softly at the soldier's antics and the apparent reprimand his mare gave him.

"I deal with blood, gore, and death for a living and I've always felt more at home in the wilderness than in civilization. You're free to drop the formalities. By the way, I never caught your name. Or your horse's."

The last bit was punctuated with a friendly nod to the mare, perfectly aware of the intelligent glint in her eyes while Raika's remained calm and gentle, an undercurrent of ferocity still lingering, untamed by the stresses and requirements of her old position as Medical Department Head.

So far they seemed alone in this world, to the sennin's knowledge. But if they could find a way to solve the mystery of the blue flash she saw and find a way to get home... perhaps they would find others here in this strange world. If it was the flash that pulled them here, others had likely seen it, hadn't they?
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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Kaitou » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:06 am

"Thank the burning stars!" He would have hugged the woman had he not suspected she would have clobbered the ever living hell out of his soul. At least, she could do something like that? There were a lot of rumors swirling around the kumo legend. Some even said she had come back from the dead after staving off an attack from the fiendish Sasaki Ryuuchi. He had only seen bits and pieces of the man in combat, but anyone who walked away from that guy, much less rose from the dead, was pretty untouchable in his book.

The young captain decided to regain his bearings by rummaging through the saddlebags of his steed while he spoke, "You can call this beauty here, Spitfire. I suppose I should give her my last name and all...but I think that would only make her more stubborn. Bloody fema-"

He was forced to pause when a foreleg of the creature kicked up purple colored dirt all over his pants. A sly cough issued from his lips before he continued. "Anyway, the name's Michio. Zouka Michio."

Although he held status in his own circle of acquaintances, the man suddenly felt pretty unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Then, again, he had never been one for titles. As long as he could eat, sleep, and gamble there wasn't really much more left that would satisfy his desires. Maybe a warm companion to keep the frost away at night, but that had been so scarce in his life it was more of an added option than a necessity. His thoughts were interrupted by the sounds of combat coming not too far to the east.

"I don't pretend to know what's going on in these parts, but if there's trouble about, we best be heading in the other direction." Michio jerked his finger in the direction of the battle, then promptly began moving away. "What do you say, super woman?"




"Ah..."

His forehead creased as he watched the woman, no longer a girl, effortlessly scale the nearest tree. How time had passed through the years. Somewhere along the line he had gone from a hotheaded young boy with a heart filled with foolishness, to a man burdened with the responsibility of a culture. His eyes roved across the path of destruction wreaked out among those weaker than themselves. Their garments were an assortment of mostly black robes, but they all bore an insignia stitched onto the back of their wardrobe. No matter how much he wracked he brain he couldn't bring up any known organization with three six pointed stars aligned in a triangle.

The man could only shrug before powering his way straight from the ground to alight just a bit higher than his somber companion. His legs hung loosely over a plume of leaves while he sat comfortably upon the frail objects of nature as if they were as sturdy as any normal chair. The hint of a smile found its way onto his face.

"You know, Omoi-kun. If you take away the strangeness of the circumstances...it's been a while since we've been able to be like this."



Kaitou leaned back against both his arms. He knew he should probably be moving to track down the crippled sniper, but his legs just wouldn't move. In the light of the green moon he found an odd beauty to their situation.

"Do you really think we're in another world?"

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Re: Frayed Reality (Kaitou)

PostPosted by Raika » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:29 am

Raika raised an eyebrow at her companion's antics and subsequent choice to head in the opposite direction of the nearby combat, brown eyes blinking pupiless blue to find distant chakra signatures, one blazing like a beacon even at this distance while the other was fainter, yet far more familiar....

"Omoi?" she muttered softly, a slight frown forming on her lips. The second one... ah, that was right. She remembered it from some years back, before Fei was turned to stone.... "Eta-naru Kaitou... hm."

"Michio.... You may have lived your life choosing your battles, but in a situation like this, even a battle can be a valuable source of intelligence. Especially with the battle over and two comrades in its direction."

And with that, she began walking at a steady pace in the direction of her student and her partner, keeping an eye on their chakra signatures in case they moved.




"You know, Omoi-kun. If you take away the strangeness of the circumstances...it's been a while since we've been able to be like this."



Sapphire eyes strayed to her partner, the smile on his lips having a calming effect she hadn't experienced in what felt like forever.

Would it really be so bad to give in and seek comfort? Tell him everything that had happened and let him help carry the burden?

Of course it would be. With things the way they were... it would lead to potentially deadly chaos. She refused to let that happen.

"Do you really think we're in another world?"

"It's the only possible explanation for all of this. The world here doesn't fit with ours. I doubt even a genjutsu master would be able to build this level of detail. Besides... I suppose you could say it feels like we're in another place. I've made my own pocket dimension, I've gone time travelling in an odd machine that was larger inside than out.... I suppose you could say that I'm used to sensing differences like that by now."

Sapphire eyes gazed upon the green moon, listening to the melody of Kaitou-kun's, and her own, heartbeat and breathing.

He was running out of time. Fall was nearly here....

A soft, somber, yet lilting melody spilled from her lips in her native tongue, softly rumbling in her throat, singing of the coming winter and the hope of spring and life coming anew....

It was all a race against time, her recovery against his lingering lifespan. She just had to win.

As the melody played out, ending softly, the ghost of a smile graced her lips and she reached over, gently ruffling her partner's blackened hair before signs of her old warmth vanished once more.

And the tears still flowed, unending... but at least he had helped her calm down.
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