Hello peoples! This story is sadly coming to an end, but hopefully I will make the last chapter memorable when I get to it. So enjoy this chapter! Also a little Gaara POV!
Chapter 19: Rescued
I'd lost sight of Temari and Kankuro, but I couldn't worry about it now as an Akatsuki wolf lunged at me. I charged forward knocked the wolf off of his feet. I took advantage of his dazed state and grabbed him by his scruff, shaking him roughly. After I was sure he'd lost consciousness I looked around. I could see Shikamaru fighting strongly against a black wolf who was most likely Itachi. Then I remembered that Tamaki had been by my side, but I lost him in the fight. I looked around frantically searching for my nephew. I heard a familiar howl of pain. My ears twitched recognizing Matsuri's voice. I whirled around to look for her. Then a strong force slammed into me knocking me down to the ground. I scratched at another Akatsuki wolf's face. My claws raked across his eyes blinding him.
The wolf jumped back howling pitifully. "My eyes!"
I broke free of his claws and began searching again. I found Matsuri being held down by two wolves and being torn apart by another. Anger seethed through me. A furious growl erupted from my throat.
How dare they! I charged forward snapping my jaws around one of the wolves' throats and knocking him down.
"Tobi!" barked the other two wolves. The wolf I'd tackled, who I guessed was Tobi, suddenly raked his claws across my throat. I gasped for air as I staggered back. Blood dripped from my wound. Despite the wound on my neck I lunged for Tobi again this time I slammed into him knocking him into a tree. Teeth sank into my leg and I realized that the other wolves were attacking. Another pair of teeth sank into my other leg pulling me off of Tobi. Tobi sank his teeth into my already bleeding throat. I thrashed trying to escape. I spotted Matsuri laying across from me. Her fur was matted with blood her eyes were glazed as she looked back at me.
I couldn't die... not now. I growled ferociously and kicked the two wolves off of me. I threw Tobi off and jumped up headbutting Tobi knocking him unconscious. I turned on the other two wolves.
"L-Let's get outta here!" one of them yelped and they retreated. I walked over to Matsuri to observe her wounds. She had too many wounds to count.
"Matsuri?" I whimpered as I nudged her gently. She growled in response twitching feebly. I heard snarling behind me and whirled to see another wolf walking towards me.
"Aw, how sweet," he growled menacingly. "Too bad you'll have to die together." The wolf lunged and I lunged forward too teeth bared.
I dodged another Akatsuki wolf as I tried to head to the heart of Akatsuki territory. I could hear another set of paws behind me. I whirled around baring my teeth. The black wolf pup stopped in his tracks. It was Akio.
"What are you doing?" I growled at him. He glared at me his green eyes burning.
"I'm going to help you save Yumi," he growled back. I stood there for a second processing that. "I'm not going to let you go alone!" He looked into my eyes again and there was an emotion there I couldn't pinpoint. I nodded and we both pressed on matching stride for stride. Most of the pack was too involved in the battle to notice us. We were almost to the edge of the clearing when a wolf stepped in front of us. His dark orange fur and multiple piercings told me this was Pein, the leader of the Akatsuki. I staggered backward with Akio, growling.
"Where do you think you're going?" Pein glared at us and I felt a tremor of fear go through me stopping my growling. Suddenly I heard a loud growl rip through the air. A wolf jumped at Pein. It was Sasuke, Akio's dad. I ran forward without thinking about it, but Akio grabbed my tail with his teeth.
"What about my dad?" Akio whined. I whirled around to see Pein sinking his teeth into Sasuke's throat.
"Go!" rasped Sasuke loud enough for us to hear. Akio was frozen in place and I had to push him hard to keep him moving. I stopped when we were far enough away and sniffed the air.
I could smell Yumi's scent from here! "This way!" I said veering to the right. Akio followed my lead without question. The smell suddenly got stronger as we got closer to her. The air also reeked of something foul. "What's that smell?"
"Humans," Akio said wrinkling his nose.
"Humans?" I asked, curious.
"Yeah, my dad told me the Akatsuki territory is infected by human things," Akio growled. My ears pricked.
How did Sasuke know? Had he been on this territory before? I was about to voice my questions when Akio suddenly grabbed my scruff with his teeth. He dragged me through some thorny bushes that tugged at my fur. "Akio! What's going on?"
"Shhh!" he hushed me. I heard the sound of paw steps coming towards us. Two wolves stopped at where we'd just been.
"I smell something!" growled one of them.
The other wolf groaned. "You always smell something, Koji!"
"No, I actually smell a Uzumaki wolf," Koji persisted. The other wolf sniffed the air.
"Hm, you may be right," he growled. Koji sniffed at the bush we were hiding and I felt a chill go down my spine.
He's going to find us! I kept perfectly still and held my breath. The wolf barked sharply at Koji.
"Come on, Koji! Unless you want your father to sink his teeth into you I suggest we go join the battle!"
"Shut up!" Koji snarled at him. "I'm coming!"
I sighed when I was sure they were gone. Akio crawled out of the bush. I crawled out too, but not before getting my ear cut on the prickly thorns. I picked up Yumi's scent again, but I also checked for more Akatsuki wolves. We ran through the forest until the trees finally broke up and we reached a tall wall made of something that looked like silver vines. Akio placed his front paws on the vines.
"What is it?" I looked at the vines.
"I think humans call this a fence," Akio confirmed. "They use it to keep wolves out."
"A fence?" I studied the wall of silver vines.
"It's really hard. I don't think any wolf could get through this without getting hurt." Akio pressed on the fence and it wobbled a tiny bit. I looked at him hopelessly.
"But Yumi's scent is on the other side," I whimpered. Akio's ears pricked.
"Then there must be a hole somewhere."
My tail wagged. "Akio, you're a genius!"
"Thanks, I guess..."
I sniffed along the fence seeing if the scent sidetracked for a moment. I walked along side the fence and after doing so I almost fell into a small ditch. "Found it!" The ditch tunneled right under the fence and exited out the other side. I slipped under first and then Akio came after me. On the other side of the fence there was a clutter of human like things everywhere. The smell here made my nostrils burn. It almost overwhelmed Yumi's scent.
"Who would want to live here?" Akio shook his head as if he was trying to clear the scent from his nose.
"I don't know, but Yumi is here somewhere." I stepped forward looking around trying to focus on Yumi's scent only. It was eerily quietly and the sounds of the battle behind us were distant, but Akio's ears pricked and so did mine when I heard a familiar voice.
"What a weak wolf pup!" sneered the voice. "Have you lost the will to live much longer?"
"Dad will kill you!" threatened another voice I knew.
Yumi. I growled as I followed the voices. I didn't need a scent to know who was keeping my sister hostage. I picked up pace letting my presence be known. I spotted Deidara and my sister trapped inside something that had obviously been made by humans. I leaped on Deidara's back snapping my teeth near Deidara's neck.
I struggled to sit up as I watched my brother jump onto Deidara's back. Deidara was taken by surprise and whirled around to shake Tamaki off. I heard another loud growling sound. A wolf that was half Deidara's size ran up behind Tamaki. I'd thought it was another Akatsuki wolf, but I saw his green eyes and instantly knew it was Akio. He leaped up and had his jaws locked on Deidara's throat. Deidara rolled over crushing Tamaki under his weight. He threw off Akio.
"You little bastards," Deidara snarled. Akio leaped at Deidara again, but Deidara swatted him away. He turned on Tamaki clamping his teeth around his neck. "I thought we'd killed you pup!" Tamaki gasped struggling. Akio came at Deidara scratching his flank.
"Leave him alone!" Akio snarled fiercely. Deidara kicked him in the face with his back leg and sent him tumbling backwards.
"Shut up!" he snapped through clenched teeth. Tamaki started clawing at Deidara's head, but it was useless.
"Akio!" I yelled to Akio beckoning him over. "Open the cage!" Akio managed to get up again and walk over. Akio looked at the cage trying to see an opening.
"There's something at the top of the cage. I think it's holding it together," he said standing on his hind legs and putting his paws on the top of the cage. I heard something rattling at the top of the cage. I waited patiently. "I almost got it..."
"Akio! Watch out!" I yelped, but it was too late. Deidara grabbed Akio with his teeth dragging him away from the cage. Akio whirled to scratch Deidara's chest with his claws. Deidara threw Akio to the ground. I could see Tamaki lying limply on the ground. I couldn't just sit here and watch them die! I rammed myself against the cage making it shake slightly. I pushed against the cage again and caused it to tilt slightly. After one more push the cage fell on its side causing it to open up. I jumped out heading straight for Deidara. I jumped on his back scratching him with my claws. I sank my teeth into his scruff. Akio got to his feet and leaped at Deidara knocking him over. He raked Deidara's underbelly with his claws. Tamaki had regained consciousness and joined the fight.
"This is for Yumi!" he howled biting Deidara's neck. I bit Deidara's neck too letting out all my anger. Deidara growled in fury and thrashed lashing out at us. Akio jumped back and Deidara shook us off.
"Enough!" he snapped. "No more playing around!" He grabbed Akio, who was the nearest, and shook him vigorously. I doubted Deidara had realized that he was losing a lot of blood because suddenly his eyes rolled back in his head and he collapsed. Akio crawled away from him.
"Wh-what happened?" Akio growled his voice sounding a little shaky.
"He lost too much blood," I said. "Thanks for saving me."
"No problem," Tamaki said sounding a little smug.
I rolled my eyes. "Yeah, sure..."
"Let's get out of here," Akio said looking at Deidara.
"We can't just leave him here to die," I growled.
Tamaki eyes grew large in disbelief. "You want to help him? He wanted to kill us!"
"Yeah, I know, but he's still a wolf like us," I said giving Tamaki a hard look. Tamaki looked at Akio as if he thought he would back him up. Akio looked at me his gaze soft.
"We'll come back for him later. We need to go join the battle," Akio assured me.
"Battle?" I cocked her head to one side.
"The Akatsuki and our pack are fighting as we speak," Tamaki explained. I looked back at Deidara before we padded off to the thing Akio called a fence. Once we were on the other side. I heard paw steps and my ears pricked. Tamaki sniffed the air.
"More Akatsuki wolves?" Akio asked anxiously. Tamaki bared his teeth.
"No, rogues." As if on cue I saw four rogue wolves padding towards us. Tamaki and Akio stood in front of me growling. A purple she wolf was in the lead. "Get ready," Tamaki growled.
The small pack stopped in front of us. I little growl erupted from my throat as the leader silently observed us. The purple she wolf sniffed the air.
"What are you pups doing out here?" she asked quietly.
"None of your business!" snapped Tamaki. The smaller wolf next to the purple she wolf looked at us closely.
"Momma! They smell kinda like Shika!" the little she wolf said.
"How do you know our dad?" I growled and Tamaki glared at me. I realized I let something slip.
"I helped your dad out once," the purple she wolf replied. "I'm Anko, Naruto sent us to help out in the battle."
Well, I guess I left you with a cliffhanger. Anyway review! If you have any ideas and I'm sure some of you do I wouldn't mind hearing them and inserting them in a chapter.