Tainted Light: "This time we have Ginger with us! How you doing?"

Ginger: "Uh…good?"

TL: "I've been meaning to ask you something."

Ginger: "?"

TL: "How do you feel about getting pretty much no screen time?"

Ginger: "…actually, I'm a key character for what's going on back in Yami, so I'm good."

TL: "Oh…"

Ginger: "What?"

TL: "I thought you'd be disappointed about not showing everybody you're demon form."

Ginger: *shrugs* "Life sucks. Nothing you can do about it."

TL: *nods* "Yeah…" *turns to screen* "Enjoy chapter nineteen!"


Chapter Nineteen: Our Fallen King

Kitla stalked down the halls towards the dungeon, careful not to let her heels click against the floor. She had changed out of her practice clothes before heading out. She had been planning to just wear her purple outfit again, but got shivers when she looked at it now. Her hand clamped down on her neck. The mark was quite strange, as it hadn't tried to interfere during training. She shook her head, her large braid smacking her in the face. She twitched and tugged her hair back into place. She was wearing a tight black dress that went to her knees embroidered with a golden snake. Its tail was at her right hip, and it wound itself around her waist up to her chest. Her shoes were black leather criss-crossed up her legs with 2 inch heels. She blamed Orochimaru for her style influence. She sneaked down the cement steps, staying away from the torchlight. As she neared the corner she saw movement and melted into the shadows. The shinobi that regularly brought Akumo his food and drink passed her, yawning. Her golden eyes watched him as he climbed the stairway, the stone door sliding shut behind him. She crept out of the shadows after she was sure there was no one else. As she walked past the cells she saw many ragged men claw at their cell bars. When she reached the end of the hallway there was another door guarded by two men. She cursed softly and slid up against on of the cells. She looked in quickly and saw that it was vacant. She remembered something that Kabuto had told her, something about him, "being able to open any door in the compound". She quickly created a clone of Kabuto, snorting in disbelief that she had to pretend to be him.

She walked up to it and breathed some of her black chakra into it. It gave a choked gasp and coughed, coming to life.

"Who's there?" She quickly melted into the clone's shadow as a guard spotted him. 'Kabuto' walked up to them.

"Oh, sir!" They both saluted as he nodded at them.

"Lord Orochimaru has sent me to evaluate if our prisoner has had any improvements towards his...attitude." They both bowed and opened the door, closing it behind him. She pulled herself out of its shadow as it vanished in a poof of smoke. Before her was yet another staircase, this one she could not see the bottom of though. She allowed her heels to strike against the steps this time, allowing the person at the bottom to be alerted of her coming. After what seemed like hours, she finally reached the bottom. There before her was a gruesome sight. The prisoner's silver locks were matted with blood and grime, crimson eyes covered in black silk. Snakes hung from the ceiling, their fangs suspending him from his wrists. Their yellow eyes glittered as they dug their teeth in deeper. Shredded leather strips hung on his, what was left of his clothing. Slashes and cuts riddled his body, blood staining the ground. On all walls were many gruesome torture devices. The entire floor surrounding him was covered with sealing jutsus, barely keeping his massive demonic power at bay. As she neared she noted in disgust that the "caretakers", had thrown his food and water at him. She picked up a cloth and knelt by his side. He started when she wiped his neck, the rag coming away a dark red.

"W-who...?" She sighed as she continued to clean him.

"Look at how far we've fallen..." He slumped his shoulders slightly in relief.

"Kitla." She smiled slightly as she threw the napkin away, tucking her legs beneath her. She frowned and reached up to untie his blindfold. He blinked a few times to adjust to the light. She set the blindfold down beside her, wincing as her hand came back covered in blood. He chuckled hoarsely.

"Sorry. So, what's goin' on?" She sighed.

"Well, I managed to get Nadi out. Problem is now that Sasuke and I have been confined." He snorted.

"Bet Kabuto got a kick outta that."

"Yep. How are you holding out?" He shrugged as much as he could, wincing when the snakes dug deeper into his veins.

"Haven't used anythin' real special yet. Jus' the usual; whips, knives in the gut, yada yada." She rolled her eyes.

"You've still got you're sarcasm so I'd say you're fine."

"Heh. So how are you and Sasuke doin'?" She blushed slightly against her will and turned her head to the side. He cackled, the sound echoing eerily.

"Ooh~ You and the Uchiha are progressin' along I see." She glared at him from the corner of her eye. He chuckled and shook his head.

"The sooner you drag you're ass outta denial the better, kid." She sighed.

"I'm not in denial, it's just..."

"Just...?" She rolled her eyes at him and crossed her arms over her chest.

"Just the fact that he's the last of his clan, an avenger, is completely obsessed with killing his elder brother, and see's everyone else as nothing more then pawns or toys."

"...you have weird taste in men."

"Shut up..." He smirked. She smiled slightly before sighing.

"I should go..." He nodded sadly. He hesitated before answering.

"Jus'...come back okay?" Her heart clenched at the vulnerable look in her sensei's eyes. She picked up the blindfold and retied it. She kissed his forehead before whispering in his ear.

"I would never leave you, my King." A ghost of a smile flitted over his lips as she bowed at the waist. She ascended the stairs, once again creating the Kabuto clone. She melted into its shadow as it opened the door. The men bowed as it walked back past the dungeon cells and into the main corridor. They had almost made it back to her room when low and behold, Kabuto came around the corner. She immediately dispelled the clone and jumped from the wall to brace herself against the ceiling, her legs in a splits. She held her breath as he passed under her. He stopped right beneath her and leaned against the wall as another shinobi passed him. Once he was sure they were gone he looked up straight into her eyes. She gulped, causing a smirk to appear on his face.

"Well, well. Is that the best you could do?" She glared heatedly at him and he chuckled, holding up a hand for her to take. He smiled innocently. She got shivers just looking at it.

"Come down. Don't worry, I won't hurt you." She snorted in disbelief, but allowed him to catch her as she dropped from the ceiling. She looked at him warily as he smiled, his grip on her hand tightening. As she opened her mouth he started to drag her down the hallway. She stumbled slightly but quickly regained her balance.

"H-hey! What are you...?" He put a finger to his lips.

"Shh.." She glared at him but lowered her voice to a whisper.

"What are you doing?" He smiled that stupid grin again.

"Why I'm simply helping out a fellow shinobi in distress." She grunted in disbelief. They reached her room and he finally let go of her hand. She gave a silent sigh of relief as she opened her door.

"Shadow." She turned back around to find him seriously invading her personal bubble. Her eyes widened and she lifted a hand to his chest to push him back. He just grabbed that hand and held it against his chest. She raised her other hand in a fist to hit him, to find it trapped in his chakra strings. She opened her mouth to scream just in time for him press his lips to her's. He pulled her flush against him, hand tightening in her now loose hair. She squeezed her eyes shut in disgust, desperately trying to pull her hand from his trap. Meanwhile he had closed his eyes in pleasure and pushed his tongue into her mouth. She growled when she felt the soft muscle invade her mouth and bit down hard. He jerked back and licked his lips, tinting them a light red. He smirked, disappearing as the strings snapped. She swung her fist angrily, only to hit empty air. His arrogant voice met her eras and her lips pulled back in a snarl.

"I can't wait to see Sasuke's face when I tell him you let me kiss you, my darling"

"You tell him and I'll rip you apart, you pathetic human!"

"Tsk, tsk. That's hardly any way to talk to me Shadow." Her ears tried to pinpoint him.

"Oh yeah? And why's that?" She heard him chuckle.

"I know you went to see Akumo. What do you think Lord Orochimaru will do when he finds out that you sneaked out? And that you got caught." She visibly flinched.

"Exactly. Here's my offer; I don't tell Lord Orochimaru, and you owe me a favor. No matter what or when, you will do as I ask."

"You can't be serious!"

"Oh I am. I already know when I'm going to call on you, and you will answer." She growled.

"Who the hell do you think you are?!" Her voice echoed slightly in the empty hallway. Her ears strained to hear any answer. She sighed when she realized that he had left. She quickly retreated into her room, making sure to lock it. She untied her shoes and flung them at her open closet, flopping onto her bed. She ran a hand through her hair and closed her eyes. A single tear slid down her face in frustration as she slowly slipped unconscious. Now I'm indebted to a monster...


Naruto groaned, groggily opening his eyes. Everything he saw was slightly fuzzy and unfocused. He had a pounding headache and tried to raise his hands to his head, but found himself completely chained up. His eyes widened as his vision cleared. Everyone was unconscious still, wrapped in chains that tied them to the wall, as well as chakra draining ropes. He frowned when he realized he was gagged as well. He tried to make some noise or wriggle around but gave up after a few minutes. He looked around the room and tried to figure out where they were. There were no windows, no shelves or cupboards, and one door. He rolled his eyes. Haven't villains ever heard of Home Depot? He sniggered to himself quietly. He closed his eyes and tilted his head back. A strange creaking sound made him open his eyes and he gasped. Hanging above them was a golden bird cage enameled with leaves, orchids, and hummingbirds. The door was styled just like a normal bird cage, with the exception of the gold chains keeping it shut. There at the bottom, wrapped in green silken sheets, was Nadi.


TL: "So that's what's going on in Yami"?

Ginger: "Yep. People are dropping like flies."

TL: "Wow...all because of them?"

Ginger: *nods* "Mm hm. We kicked them out, and now we've got nobody up there."

TL: "Well...what about Akumo?"

Ginger: *blinks* "Hey...that's a good idea!"

TL: "Have to wait till he escapes Orochi's torture chamber of doom though."

Ginger: "Oh yeah. Damn..."

Tl: *pats her on the head*turns to the camera* "Review please! Pretty pretty please?"

NEXT TIME: A LUCKY GUEST!