"What's it like, being a legend? An answer to so called prophecy? Looking at how lonely and unfulfilled you act, I feel I can relate." Mankou had said while training that day.
"I will tell you the story, then. Of the one whom the Sword Priests said would some day return order to The Way. But first, your samurai training begins."" said Musashi...
Another round of daikon kunai flew through the air in their direction. Mankou and Kotani both raised their swords, protecting the governor. Each of the darts were sliced and deflected, until the third wave exploded before impact. The force sent both samurai to the side, yet Chi stepped forward with an arrow on his bow.
"The exploding daikon should do it, boss!" said Ayumu. Just after saying so, an singing arrow was stopped short of entering the young shinobi's throat.
"Great. Now get the hell out of here, kid. Before you hurt yourself." said Sekisei, making a hand seal to complete the seal on the kunai he held. Another set of hand seals produced several more kunai formed by metal chakra. Another arrow cut through the air only to be tossed aside by one of the kunai.
"Too much for you, two?" said Chi. He shot off several more arrows even as the dust was still clearing. A flood of kunai was the reply, some finding a mark on the three samurai. The kunai that sunk into Mankou's arm gave a little flash, and a voice rung out in his head through the fuinjustu cast on it.
"You're gonna have to step up if you want to keep your cover... And your head."
Sekisei finished several hand seals, then unleashed a cloud of kunai toward the governor. Chi dropped the bow and took out both of his Konbuki swords. He then braced himself as the kunai fell. Mankou stepped in front of him.
"One sword does you no good." Musashi had said after knocking Breath out of Mankou's hand.
Mankou drew Tear, figuring it was a lesson to use both swords after the other had been cast away. Before he could ready a slash, Tear also hit the ground. Mankou looked to his sensei. Musashi pointed to the swords with the stick he was using.
A strong thwack of the stick came against Mankou's hand as he tried to pick up tear.
"Pick the other one up with that hand." said Musashi.
With his right hand, Mankou held Breath.
"That arm is the dominant. Strong, focused, dexterous. This is your slicing arm."
With his left, Mankou unbuckled and swung Tear round.
"Your left, while not dominant, is just as strong. Fast, and deliberate. This is your slashing arm."
With skilled precision, Breath rang against kunai after kunai. Tear, as well, tore through the air scattering dozens of kunai with each swing.
Kotani and Chi were motionless, yet every kunai was deflected by the lone swordsman. Mankou turned his head toward them.
"I've got this guy." he said as Sekisei closed in. Mankou met the swords that formed in Sekisei's hands with his own. Chi gave a casual nod and made to direct the governor. His sister seemed conflicted and Kotani refused to so easily abandon her rival duelist.
"Let the man do his work, Kotani. While we do ours." said Chi, tapping his sister's blade with his own.
With resistance, she obeyed her brother. Kotani momentarily turned back toward Mankou as he dueled with the shinobi instead of her.
"Jigan..." she muttered into the wind...
Kin's red hair fluttered fiercely as fast as her body flew through the air, over the wall, and through the open door on the side of one of the buildings within the governor's compound. The flight chakra around her body filled the area with a slight twinge of heat. A breeze cooled it down again as Kin's flame colored sandals rested on the wooden floor. The style of the house was so traditional. It was very unappealing to Kin, and she felt as though she could defecate all over the silly paper walls without a second thought.
Beneath Kin's red tinted glasses, her blue eyes scanned around for anything the boss, Sekisei would consider good intel. Her attention was easily drawn to the nearby sounds of struggle, then a girl shouting.
"Is that you, Reiko?" said Kin, bolting out of the room and into the hallway. She ran right into someone who was definitely not her team mate. Kin released a blast of flight chakra so not to plow right into the girl. Her sharp blue eyes, looking purple from the red of Kin's glasses, caught sight of the concentration seal Asuka was making. She was no samurai, Kin deduced. But, could she be...?
"You aren't that damn traitor we've been looking for all this time, are you?" said Kin, lifting up her fists, readying her Taijutsu...
Within the shade of a tree just outside the wall, a lone woman ninja sat, observing what was happening at a comfortable distance. She was ready to give her report, yet was unprepared for what was happening this moment. There was no way she could reach her superior at this rate.
Not without being found out.
At least, Ai was sure of it.
At length, Ai decided to chance it anyway. At this point, how could things get any worse?
As the medium weight kunoichi lowered down to the ground, going along the wall, she suddenly stopped dead. A sharp metal edge held to her throat reminded Ai quickly just how bad the situation could get.
"My name is Reiko Sukkaku. What do I call you, besides Traitor?" whispered the other ninja.