Her eyes were closed behind the blindfold, smiling slightly at Maya's stubborn concern as the girl vanished.
Whatever Yuuko had planned... it would be nothing compared to fighting her beloved. She had managed to keep up with him well enough once before, in a way, until he had infected her chakra. But that had been when she had Raidra fighting alongside her. Genjutsu would be a problem. If he figured out a new chakra plague, it would be a problem.
But this... surviving in the wild, evading traps, this was a basic that she needed to renew and retrain into her new strength before she could face those other problems.
It was something she had to do.
She breathed slow and deep, listening as she took the first step from the clearing and back into the forest, crouching low to move on all fours, her arms turning silver-scaled and her hands scaled and clawed, carefully trying to compare the scents around them as she moved in the direction Yuuko had left hours before.
And when she finally began moving forward, she tracked the faintest of the group in the hopes of not ending up right back where she had started, moving low and slow as she adjusted to the hunt. An hour later she had moved only a few yards, breathing deeply, before she rose to her feet, moving along at a steady walk with her hands held slightly in front and to the side of her body as a precaution.
Finding Yuuko would take a good while, but she had the patience to avoid rushing, only speeding up when she was confident in her ability to track him and the world around her.
(Kudos to Arzur for making the pic! ;D )