Chapter 1: The Game Begins:

Everything had changed the day that girl came to Konoha. The guards tried to stop her, but she disappeared and reappeared ten feet away from them down the street. The guards didn't notice.

She was dressed in a black, long-sleeved dress that was tight at the waist and flowed down to her ankles. She wore ballet-type shoes with ribbons that laced up her shins. She had pale, almost white skin, long black hair (down to her knees) and deep black eyes that you could lose yourself in forever. Some people did.


The girl did not knock. She just appeared in Tsunade's office.

"Um…hello, what are you here for? And how did you even get in?" Tsunade asked the little girl, waking up from her nap.

"I want to play a…game," the little girl said slowly.

"Well, I don't have time for that. What game is it that you want to play? I would recommend going to the Academy, where there's other kids your age."

"I want to play…ring around the rosie."

"That game where you spin around in a circle singing a song? Go play it with…"

The girl cut her off. "The game begins here," she said coldly, fading into nothingness.

Tsunade jumped up from her desk. What the heck was going on here? She quickly opened the door and asked everyone, "Who let that freaky little brat into my office?" No one had any idea what she was talking about. The hallway had been empty.


Later in the afternoon…

"Hokage-sama, there have been about twenty reports of a disease spreading rapidly throughout the city. What should we do?"

"What disease is it?" Tsunade asked the Jounin in front of her.

"We have no idea."

"The symptoms?"

"It all starts with a little pinkish lump on your skin, with a white ring around it. It seems to be spread by rats."

Somewhere in the forest, you could here a little girl singing…

Ring around the rosie…

Ring around the rosie…