The blades of vengeances have fallen swiftly. The shinobi are no more as 'Absolute Justice' has returned...now, it is the Samurai that rule the Five Major Nations!
But at what cost? Have they become the very thing that they despised the most...? Heroes and villains seem to change roles every day, but one thing is for certain - we yearn for our freedom, for days gone by where we flew the skies unhindered.
The fact that she was bound at the wrists made carrying her a lot easier on Ao's mind; without the use of her hands she wouldn't be able to use any weapons or jutsu, and even if she managed to knock him down, the other two would've undoubtedly killed her before she got far. Still, there wasn't any reason to take chances.
Every now again, skimming through the tree lines as nothin' more than an ebony blur, he would slow down his pace to activate his sensory abilities. The range wasn't too impressive, but it was more than enough to see if they were bein' followed.
Fortunately, he never picked anythin' up -- yet. There was still a good amount of ground to cover, but they were making good time. "We should be at the border docks in a couple of hours."
Now that my group had left the gates, we had a few simple things to look into - mainly ensuring that our 'vip' managed to make it back to the Mizu border without any sort of conflict. With her arms bound the way that they were, it would surprise me if she were able to do anything that would seriously dampen our plans to return the missing ninja to the Mizu nin, but you could never be too certain with ones who had thrown themselves into the realm of lawlessness.
While all of these thoughts were zooming through my mind, the group was moving along at a brisk pace... not quite fast enough to be really draining on my stamina, but not a leisurely pace, to be certain. Each jump from trunk to limb and beyond sent me a little closer towards the group's destination... hopefully, it wouldn't be too much longer before we reached the border and then we could be done with it all.
Nero remained quiet throughout the journey, well, ever since it had begun to say the least. For the simple fact that making conversation had never been his strong suit, and it hadn’t seem like it was a trait that was attributed to any of his two teammates. Thus, tranquility was their only form of communication, complimented by whatever their body language gave off, and however it gave it off. For now, none of the three, well four—considering their subject—were giving off any sort of vibes that might have suggested the will and urge to initiate a conversation—which, was of course understandable. Yet still, very dull.
Sighing, the young Uchiha excreted a sign of tediousness as the team continuously jumped from one hard branch to the other. His sigh was more to express his frustration with the lack of action that they had encountered so far, he felt as if keeping his senses activated and alerted was all a nuisance and a complete waste of time. Nevertheless, he knew that it was best to stay connected with his surroundings—just in case they were to be abruptly ambushed.
After all, they had long since distanced themselves from the Fire Country—and had since, inched closer to the Water Country—therefore giving him even more reasons to stay alert, now that they had reached unknown and potential enemy territory. Based off his own estimation, he figured that only a small distance should now separate them from the official boarder of Kirigakure. “We should be arriving soon” he said as the long forest came to an end, emerging in its place, a wide sight of the tropical land known as the Water Country.
Yeah, it wasn't too far off. Ao was surprised the little bitch hadn't woken up yet, but then again, they hadn't been gone for too long. Only a couple of hours had passed since they had left the village; the road this far had proved to be rather dull. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't hopin' that they would get assaulted on the way to Mizu no Kuni. However, this had just gotten boring - no conversation, no problems, no nothing.
"Yeah, we've probably only got a few more minutes to go." The sun's position in the sky hadn't changed too drastically, but it was enough to tell the time.
Still, his mind was on the girl he was carrying. She still hadn't even moved. "Think she's dead?"
The sound of a voice almost startled me out of the sense of complacency that had begun to wash over me. Our travels had been... boring, to say the least, with no love lost between the three who made their way to Mizu no Kuni carrying the 'precious cargo' of a Nuke-Nin of the same country. Beyond that, there had been no sign of struggle amongst the woman... either the Hokage had given something to the woman to make sure that she would remain asleep, or something fishy was likely to be going on.
As those thoughts ran themselves through my head, I felt myself becoming more alert, suddenly making sure that I noticed the minute changes within the scenery. The trees were beginning to get less dense, and each jump from limb to limb required a little additional effort on the behalf of the kunoichi. It wasn't that I was getting tired, per say, but the whole dull atmosphere coupled with the physical exertion was enough to make anyone go berserk.
I heard the one in the white robe reply to the other male who was of our party, and then he spoke in general, asking a rather unique question. I pondered it only momentarily before I answered.
"No, I don't think so," I said, looking at the woman. "She's breathing, at least, but she hasn't made a single move. I think the Hokage's agents must have given her some kind of drug to make her more... complacent and willing to return to the country of her origin." I paused, then continued. "What about you, though? You haven't spoken a word since we've left, really. I haven't even caught your name."
Post by Aiko Yukina on Apr 25, 2011 17:10:02 GMT -8
Aiko bobbed up and down on Ode's back, remaining silent and still as the three shinobi transported her back to Village of the Mist. She had been doing an excellent job of playing dead for entire trip, allowing their minds to wander. She heard two of the ninja speaking with one another. "Think she's dead?" one of them asked, no doubt curious about her still form as they traveled. Aiko didn't feel very much like moving at the moment, aggravated that the three of them had manhandled her in such a way. First an Anbu black ops ninja interrupted her potential lunch, dragging her from the ramen shop as she fought for her meal.
Now these three were dragging her across Fire Country in the most in-courteous of ways. As a loud obnoxious growl escaped from the Genin's stomach, a frown appeared on her lips as she slowly opened her eyes, her blue orbs examining the area around them as well as the shinobi carrying her. Turning her head to look at the one called Ode, Aiko announced quite angrily "I'm hungry. Take me to the Mist quickly, I want food." her voice dripped with irritation as her stomach began to twist itself into knots.
I won't kill you unless you give a reason to... I am the rivers and the wind... I am Shadow Rose... -҉ Aiko Yukina
His want for something more than silence was soon answered the moment that he announced to the team their approaching arrival to the boarder of the country. To his surprise, the lad in the white cloak had been the first one to raise his voice, and speak up rather than remain clung in his own confined world. Nero had raised his eyebrow at the mere fact, yet nevertheless was pleased to have initiated some sort of a conversation—to him, it was a slight social improvement—since it wasn’t in his repertoire to begin with.
The young Uchiha had intended to reply to the question, and express his own opinion on the matter that was issued. He himself had been internally analyzing the state of their subject—on whether she was even still alive or if it was all part of an act to lure them to that belief. She sure had fallen under questioning, but hadn’t been interrogated about it, until now. Desiring to respond to his comrade’s query, Nero opened his mouth with his mind beginning to formulate an answer; however his attempt was to no avail. For the moment that he had tried to voice his opinion, his other partner swiftly spoke over him and expressed her outlook on the matter—definitely beating him to the punch.
He glanced over at her attentively, and gradually concurred with her every suggestion. It made sense after all, that, the kage would do such a thing to the woman in order to make it easy for the group, to return her where she belonged. It was then that an interesting sharp turn was taken by the same partner, as she addressed a matter that they had previously ignored. And that was to introduce themselves to one another. How was it that a squad went on a mission without knowing the names of their respective members? Nero felt ridiculous at the mere thought.
In the Shinobi world, in order to achieve success as a Squad, as a group—one most first attain the state of a friendship, of loyalty and comradeship. They had failed to achieve the latter. “Yeah… that’s odd if you ask me.” he voiced his opinion and immediately, upon doing so, the subject that was being carried saw it best to hoist her own voice on their current state of position. Part of Nero complied with her begging, because his hunger had also invaded his stomach and was slowly slithering its way up to his mind. Yet the other part, felt like it should act like a soldier, and inform the subject that she was in no position to make any sort of demands… hell, even speak whatsoever. “You will get your food, once we arrive at the border. For now, don’t be a nuisance.” He said somewhat coldly, not even bothering to glance over the subject. Instead, his eyes returned to the road ahead, as they seemed to have arrived at the border—where they were scheduled to meet with members of the Hidden Mist.
[ OCC: Devious, since you're staff, can you move us to the Water Country? I mean, I don't know it works, lol. But... uh you guys decide. I think we've arrived at least... ]
Ao wasn't here to make friends, but for some reason he felt compelled to shed even the slightest bit of light on the woman. For someone without the capacity to feel, or at least it was soemthin' he'd been trained to do, he sure did act pretty weird sometimes.
"My name is Ao." His response was brief, but not because he wanted it to be. He'd sensed somethin' up ahead - they'd finally arrived. "We're here."
If it wasn't clear before, it would be then; he was completely ignoring anything and everything that their guest was saying.
Finally, at long last, we had reached our location. Getting the name of my teammate, I decided to store that information in the back of my mind for further use. Since we were here, it was time to begin the hunt for the people who we would turn this woman to.
Nero had remained silent when his two teammates familiarized themselves with one another. Of course, he had been tempted to barge in, and introduce his self to the crew, but figured that it was best to just keep his lips sealed. There would be another time to make friends, he said to himself, just not today. And with that, he allowed tranquility to be his sole form of communication as the group began searching for their alleged trade partners.
Post by Aiko Yukina on Apr 27, 2011 19:10:44 GMT -8
Aiko sighed and returned to her still position on the man's shoulder. Clearly he was going to ignore her and the other man had promised her food when they arrived in Mist. Deciding that she could wait a little while longer, she had taken to playing dead once more. They weren't too far away it seemed, and the one carrying her didn't seem too upset about her being dead weight. Of course, she didn't weigh that much to begin with. Looking around with her eyes alone, the Genin waited to be dropped off in her new location.
[Exit (not that I have a choice in the matter ]
I won't kill you unless you give a reason to... I am the rivers and the wind... I am Shadow Rose... -҉ Aiko Yukina
Now that there wasn't anything binding them to this piss-poor nation, Ao couldn't have been happier to be leaving. So, Kirigakure shinobi weren't versed in manners, eh? The next time he crossed that man-- a face he would never forget --he would make sure there wasn't a Jounin lurking around to save his ass. Still, he couldn't help but feel as though he'd embarrassed his mock-up teammates.
"I apologize for how I reacted to what that guy was saying." He didn't even bother looking at his two comrades, which were probably pacing along the canopy of the forest just as he was. "I just -- I don't know."
The truth was, he didn't. He didn't know Kaorin well enough for her honor to mean anything of importance to him. Likewise, it wasn't like the Mist shinobi threatened her life. So, why? Why did he react so violently; they damn weren't dating, that was for sure. Needless to say, it bothered the boy to no end.
With the 'present' finally returned to its proper place, Mizu no Kuni, my team was able to up and leave. It had come close, certainly, to being a true combat situation, with Ao even going above and beyond to defend me from the bastardic assault that I had faced. The thought of someone I barely knew coming to my defense was certainly a good feeling... I glanced over towards Ao and felt a slight blush beginning to bloom on my cheeks.
Then, Ao spoke, apologizing for his behavior, explaining that he wasn't even sure what had come over him. A million difference scenarios blazed their way through my mind - did the Will of Fire burn deep within him? Did he already consider me nakama? Were we, perhaps, destined to truly be teamed together for a long while now? Was it possible that he even... fancied me a little bit? I managed to gulp back the hopeful thought that someone as good-looking and protective as Ao might be interested in me like that. Instead, I spoke.
"It's alright, Ao. Thanks for sticking up for me - you too, Nero. I was trying to bait him into a foolish mistake there as well, but he didn't fall for it. A pity, but we can always pay him back some other time, right?"
And with that, we would continue on our way back to Hi no Kuni.
It was all said and done, and that which had seemed inevitable at first had been ultimately avoided. Truth was, as much as he longed engaging into a fight, Nero actually didn’t want to have to face the consequences that potentially came with breaching the Hokage’s orders—especially doing so on enemy grounds. Granted, they outnumbered their trade counterparts, but nevertheless they were still at a disadvantage in terms of surroundings and battle terrain.
The Mist shinobis likely knew their own turf better than anyone else who dared confront them in their own backyard. They would have undoubtedly known where to strike and how to utilize the battle field. Additionally, if it were ever needed, they’d have immediate support from their countrymen, thus eventually outnumbering the small group of leafies that consisted only of a three men squad. Sighing at all the possible battle scenarios that would have taken place, Nero continued to march at the same pace of his comrades. Trailing away from the border of the Water country, they began venturing back home upon succeeding their mission. It was quite interesting—to internally recap what had transpired over just half an hour ago. And ponder on how things could have gone the other way, had it not been for that one simple intervention.
Now that he further thought about, he could do nothing but wonder about what sort of actions his teammate would have taken, had he not been barricaded. Speaking of the devil, internally that was, he suddenly spoke out loud, drawing Nero’s attention away from his inner self as his eyes travelled from the road ahead—only to land on his comrade. “It’s cool.” He said sharply yet with a calm tone to his voice—gradually shifting his eyes towards Kaorin who spoke almost immediately. “Right..” there was a slight sense of doubt in his tone with that last reply. He simply didn’t know what to think of her suggestion. And so, he remained quiet—covertly urging to question AO on his actions. But, figured that it was probably best to just let that thought rest in the back of his mind.
With that, they’d reach the exit of the country and near the entrance of Hi no Kuni.