Hey guys! Wow, I cannot believe it's been 4 years since I've started this story. Sorry I've been on hiatus for so long. I do plan to finish this story! I just get too caught up in my work and my university studies as well as other projects. But I do want to try and get a lot more writing done this summer. Starting with today!
I just want to thank everyone for their support over the years and all your reviews! Feedback is always welcome and desired. I want to hear more suggestions! What do you want to see happen next? Who do you think the bad guy is? So many questions! And trust me; I'll have some interesting answers for you!
"This cannot be Watanabe Chiaki. Chiaki was a friend of mine back in the Sand. She was killed during a mission three years ago."
Chiaki looked around the group. Suspicious glances stared back.
"Uh…what are you talking about, silly? Are you sure you're not thinking of someone else?" Chiaki said, her voice shaking slightly.
"I'm sure. I know everyone in the Sand. You may have fooled everyone else, but it's going to take a lot more to fool me," said Temari, reaching into her pouch for a kunai. She made a mental note to smack some sense into her brothers later. They should have recognized her too.
Chiaki took a few steps back. Her cover was blown.
The Konoha ninjas and the Sand Siblings started inching closer. Who was this person and what was she up to?
Before anyone could blink an eye, Chiaki jumped up into the trees and ran, everyone tailing close behind. The trees rustled as ninjas rushed past, hopping from branch to branch. At the head of the group was Temari.
Chiaki suddenly jumped up and disappeared.
"You three take the left. You four to the right. The rest of us will continue to move forward. Go, go, go!" yelled Temari pointing to various ninjas. The group gave a nod and went their respective directions.
Naruto, Shikamaru, Hinata, and Sakura sped right. So many questions ran through their minds. Why was this girl posing as someone from the Sand? Was she responsible for their gender crisis?
The group finally ended up in a clearing of the forest.
"Hinata, can you use your Byakugan to scan the field?" asked Naruto.
"I'm on it," he said, her eyes focusing on her surroundings.
"There!" Hinata pointed to the far left. Her form was different but the chakra coming from her was the same. Who was this person?
Chiaki, or whoever she was, now stood as a cloaked figure, face in shadow. Behind them was a high rock wall. They were cornered. But they were ready.
Hands flew up in jutsu signals as a battle ensued. Shikamaru sent his shadow out trying to catch the figure but they were too fast. Since the majority of the group was close-ranged style fighters, they would need to catch them first.
Naruto immediately conjured 50 shadow clones that swiftly ran forward. They blocked any path for the shadow figure to escape but they wouldn't let themselves be cornered. Smoke appeared right and left as kicks and punches were thrown, destroying the clones.
"Rasengan!" yelled a Naruto clone, just missing the cloak of the figure as they jolted higher on the rock wall. They were fast!
"I just need a little more!" yelled Shikamaru, "Don't let them escape, I can catch them."
"To hell you can!" yelled the shadow figure, cocky with their abilities, suddenly jumping the opposite direction from the clones. They were making this too easy.
Except this was part of their plan. As the shadow figure landed on the ground, Sakura punched the ground as hard as he could, the earth crumbling from the force. Not expecting this, the shadow figure struggled to keep balance and stay mobile. But focus on this took focus away from the shadier area of the clearing. Suddenly their movements froze, only the slightest tension of the legs showing effort in movement. Shikamaru succeeded in capturing their shadow.
"Jackpot!" yelled Naruto.
"Hurry!" Shikamaru grunted, "I can't hold her for long!"
The group rushed forward to the hooded figure.
"Now to find out who you are," said Sakura.
His hands reached for their hood but before he could pull it down, he froze. A gasp escaped his lips. "W-wha…" he uttered, eyes wide.
Meanwhile, Sasuke, Ino, and Kiba ran the other way in search of the perpetrator.
"I don't understand any of this!" yelled Kiba in anger, "Shouldn't our village have figured out this chick was a fraud? At least the Hokage!"
"They must be very advanced to have been able to fool everyone," said Sasuke. Her sharingan wasn't picking up anything. Where was she?
Temari, Chouji, Kakashi, Kankuro, and Gaara ran ahead. Shino, Neji, Tenten, and Rock Lee headed back to inform the Hokage. If this was as big of a situation as it seemed to be, Tsunade might be in danger.
They burst into his office. Tsunade looked up from his paperwork, unharmed and confused.
"What's wrong?" he asked, noticing the worried glances of the ninja across from him.
"We've had an infiltration. Temari informed us that Watanabe Chiaki has been dead for three years," said Shino urgently.
"That's ridiculous; she was in my office with official documentation from the Sand," scoffed the Hokage arrogantly. How could he, the Hokage, not have recognized this?
"We're serious. Temari was one of her close friends before she was killed on a mission. We need to take action. We have a team pursuing her now through the forest but very little is known of her abilities. Her clean infiltration of the village hints she might be very dangerous," added Neji.
"Wh-what's going on?" asked Shizune, walking into the room. She looked at the tense glances around the room. Something's wrong.
"There's been an infiltration by an imposter, details unknown, danger level high. Put together a team and send them over to the forest. There is a group of ninjas already pursuing the subject. We need to gather information and provide back-up if necessary. Go!" yelled Tsunade, getting angrier by the minute. Who succeeded in tricking him? They were not going to get away.
Sakura's face shifted from absolute horror to a glazed over, monotonous stare.
"S-Sakura?" Hinata called out? What did the intruder just do? He didn't see any hand signals done.
Sakura remained motionless. His face grew pale as he started to wobble and fall to the ground.
"You bastard!" yelled Naruto, calling out one clone and bolted forward, Rasengan in preparation.
"Wait!" yelled Hinata, head-on attacks were dangerous. The figure's skills needed to be assessed first before their next move.
But of course, Naruto didn't listen. She was almost upon the figure, face red with anger. Right as the attack was about to collide with the intruder, a gust of power pushed Naruto back, crashing violently into the rock wall. She fell to the ground, large chunks of earth pooling around her.
"Oh, now you did it!" yelled the blonde, her whiskers thickening as the Kyuubi chakra started to course through her.
Sakura remained motionless on the ground. She wasn't dead. Hinata could still sense the blood pumping through his veins. But how did he suddenly fall unconscious like that? As Hinata looked closer, he saw the flow of Sakura's chakra growing more and more frantic. It pulsed in a rhythm the Hyuuga recognized. Genjutsu.
Naruto charged forward again, a single tail forming behind her. A gust of power propelled from the shadow figure again but she didn't fly back this time. She pushed forward. The pressure of the gust increased as Naruto struggled to break through. With a cry of aggravation, the power bubble burst sending the power out and knocking Shikamaru and Hinata back. The shadow jutsu broke and the figure shot backwards, landing with a loud thud at the other side of the clearing. Naruto chased after them, ready with another attack. The figure got back on their feet in time to counter. They did a swift group of hand gestures as shadow hands expanded out of their back, enveloping Naruto in its grip.
She cried out as its grap tightened. As a second tail formed behind her, she looked down, eyes on fire with rage, at the figure. Suddenly, as happened before, her eyes widened before she fell limp in the shadow grip.
Shizune ran through the forest. With her were two ANBU officers. The other ninjas were told to stay back and await orders once more information is gathered.
Kakashi turned his head as his sharingan picked up the chakra from the power burst across the forest. A few miles east, Sasuke felt the same burst.
The two groups of ninjas raced to the clearing.
"You guys are making this too easy." The figure said with a smirk.
"Not so fast!" yelled Shikamaru, his shadow racing forward in an attempt to overtake the tendrils flowing from the figure's back. The two patches of darkness locked hold as they each struggled to overtake the other.
Hinata started to run forward.
"Stay back!" yelled Shikamaru, strain showing in her voice. "She may overpower me at any moment. Keep your distance and be ready."
A moment later this came to pass as Shikamaru was thrown back. The force of the wall and a particular hit to the head took her consciousness as she crumbled on the ground.
Hinata took a few nervous steps back. What could he do? There was going to be no chances for a close-range attack.
At that moment, a spark of lightning appeared as Kakashi dove for the figure. Not expecting this, the figure was hit and slid back. They quickly regained composure and ran forward ready to attack, but the other ninjas were upon them. They surrounded the figure, each ready with their own attack, enough different talents to have a much higher advantage. The intruder was cornered.
"Who are you?" growled Sasuke.
"Well wouldn't you like to know," chuckled the figure confidently, but behind that, was an uncomfortable swallow. As talented of a ninjas as they were, the chance of being overpowered by the shear majority was high.
As the figure took a step back, desperately trying to think of a new move, the clearing filled with smoke.
The ninjas looked around, prepared for anything. They covered their mouths and noses. This could be anything. Dust based, sleep induction based, anything. Kakashi quickly surveyed the contents to decipher it but remained stumped. There was a certain glitter to it that she didn't recognize. Before she, or any of the other ninjas in the clearing, could have another thought, their eyes fell heavy as they fell down.
In her last few moments of consciousness, Naruto viewed a familiar silhouette jump forward through the smoke toward the shadow figure.
"You idiot!" she heard the woman say. Then there was darkness.
"I had this under control!" yelled the figure.
"Yeah, I can see that," said Shizune sarcastically. She did a few hand signs and removed her disguise. "See? It's not as easy as you think."
The figure glared. "Well what's done is done."
"Let's just get out of here."
The two walked past the unconscious ninjas.
"Hold it! Kill them now, this is the best chance we will have."
"No. It'd be too many too soon. We need to be patience," said the Shizune-imposter as she stepped over the two dead ANBU members who accompanied her.