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Phantom Blue: The Chimera Project

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Chapter Zero: Prologue

It was a quiet night...

The sky was clear, devoid of clouds and millions of stars dotting the inky blackness that was the night sky. Hanging high up above everything was a bright full Moon...

She sighed as she throttled back on her patrol boat. Her fellow team mates were manning the guns and watching the rear. The three of them were some of the best that the Konoha Military forces had to offer. They were currently assigned to help guard a deep sea research lab called Phantom Blue. It was supposed to be top secret to the highest degree, meaning only the Hokage and a Council-member that helped fund the lab, Danzo.

"Ano...Kiba-kun. Have you spotted anything yet?" She asked her animalistic and canine loving team mate, Kiba Inuzuka.

He had shaggy brown hair that was kept short, black eyes, and red fang tattoos on his cheeks. He was also wearing the Konoha Military: Navy Branch uniform, like the rest of them, but with a few modifications. A pair of baggy black pants with dark blue, grey, and black camouflage markings from the knee down, a black sleeveless under-armor shirt with a white and grey wolf on the back, a heavy black leather jacket with a hood, and a pair of black steel-toe boots with a metal plate in the soles and another covering the heels.

Turning around from his spot at the gun at the front, Kiba looked back at her. She was wearing the same kind of pants of Kiba, but tighter, a black long-sleeve under-armor shirt that pushed up her ample chest and made her breasts seem bigger and fuller, a large black and navy blue hoody that hid her perfect hour-glass figure well and covered her hands, black boots like Kiba's, and black fingerless gloves. Her hair fell down to her perfect shapely rear in a waterfall of dark blue, almost black, and her eyes were a light lavender with no pupils. This was Hinata Hyuuga, heiress of the Hyuuga clan.

"Nothing yet, Hinata. How about you Shino?!" Kiba called out to the third member on the boat, Shino Aburame.

Shino was sort of an outcast among people other than the team and his family. He always wore a pair of baggy black pants with the dark blue, grey, and black camouflage from the knee down, a dark blue high color jacket that hid his face from the bridge of his nose down, steel toe boots, a black hooded trench coat, and a pair of black sunglasses that doubled as swimming goggles for whenever he had to get in the water. Shino's hair was brown, but no one knew what his eye color was due to his ever-present sunglasses. Shino also didn't talk much, but when he does, it was smart to listen to him since it is most likely something important...

"Nothing." Came the short and emotionless tone of voice Shino always used, not even bothering to turn around from his spot at the rear of the small aquatic craft with an assualt rifle at the ready. Hinata sighed. The three of them had been a team ever since they joined the Konoha Military Academy. They were all about 21 and have been loyal soldiers of Konoha for the past 3 years. She didn't know about the others, but Hinata had only one regret for joining the Military...

'Where did you go, Naruto-kun? Why did you just disappear?'Hinata thought sullenly. Shaking her head to clear it, Hinata banished those thoughts from her mind for now and focused back on their duty.

"Well...Our shift ends in a few minutes, so we should start heading back to base." Hinata suggested as she turned the small patrol boat around and in the direction of the Phantom Blue research facility.

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He absolutely hated these people...

For the past four years, he had been experimented on. He had been on his way to meet up with his girlfriend when all of a sudden, nearly twenty Konoha Root Anbu soldiers surrounded him and captured him. He knew who had given the order for his capture...He knew why he was here...He knew who was going to die for their ignorance and arrogance...

Inside a large fenced in pen in the water in the middle of the surface level of the Phantom Blue research facility, heavily guarded and accessed by only the top scientists in the facility, was a creature that was once a 'normal' 16 year old teenager. He still retained his human appearance, but he was...different. He still had his shaggy blond hair and his whisker marks...but...

The tank was exactly 100 meters across, 150 meters wide, and 250 meters deep. Scattered around the area were small islets made up of sand, rock, and tall grass. Below the water, it was nothing short of a series of miniature canyons, caves, and tunnels with sea grass and various kinds of tropical fish swimming in the salt water directly from the ocean. It was night time, so lights that surrounded the tank were on and all of the guards patrolling the area had night vision goggles to help aid them in keeping an eye on their 'prisoner'...

A guard walking by the large 'cage' that held their most prized experiment narrowed his eyes at a small disturbance in the water and the humanoid shadow within the bluish liquids cool, dark depths. He flinched when he saw a small flash red as the being swam by him in flurry.

The guard calmed down when the shadow disappeared and the water calmed down again. As he walked away, the creature poked his head out from below the water's surface. His head was exactly like a humans, but his eyes were blood red and slitted, three dark and thick whisker marks on each cheek, and several verysharp fangs stuck out from behind his lips. Two were his longer than normal canines on the top row of teeth, two more fangs between them and on the bottom row of his sharp teeth, while one more stuck out from the bottom row on either side of his canines. His blond hair was about shoulder-length and streaked with dark green and navy blue.

'Danzo...Just you wait, ya bastard...I'll have my revenge...' He thought before slowly sinking below the surface and swimming away, accidentally going under one of the lights that ringed his cage.

Along his spine were thick black and red scales and a large powerful tail extending from the base of his spine. The tail and scales looked like that of a crocodile's, only black with flecks of red in random locations. His hands had sharp black claws that were easily an inch long and equally sharp black claws on his feet that were only about a centimeter long. He also had webbed toes and odd fin-like crests running along the sides of his forearms. On his elbows and knees were two-inch long spikes, most likely made of bone, and a serpentine dragon tattoo ran up the right side of his back, over his right shoulder, and spiraled around his right arm, ending just before his wrist. The dragon image was solid black with flecks of red covering it's 'hide' and blood red eyes. He wore only a pair of black pants torn and shredded from the knee down and help up with a red rope.

A moment under the light was all the guards near it needed to startle them and put them on high-alert. He had a habit of trying to escape by climbing the fence between the water and the walkway, only to get hit with a few thousand volts of electricity to stun him enough so that he let go.

With a dark growl that resonated through the water easily, he went deep within the cool waters to a series of underwater caves he created in the stone and sand at the bottom of his tank. It was where he kept the only possession he had when he was tossed into the tank.

Climbing out of a small pool of water in a rather dry cave, he stood up straight, although hunched over slightly and standing on the balls of his feet, and shook his head to get any excess water out of his blond/green/blue locks before walking over to what could be best described as his 'den'.

His bed was just a bunch of dry sea grass that grows at the bottom of his enclosed water-world. Next to it was a medium sized rock with a hand-made picture frame, built from wood and stone shards, with a picture of a blue haired woman that looked to be about 16 in the arms of a blonde haired man of similar age. At the bottom of the photo were a few words.

"To my dearly beloved,

-Hinata Hyuuga and Naruto Uzumaki"

Naruto laid down on his 'bed' with a soft hiss of air escaping his throat, sounding almost exactly like the hiss of a crocodile or alligator. His eyes were sad and yet angry at the same time. He missed hisHinata-chan. When it came to Hinata, his mind was fractured into three main segments. One wished for her to be happy. Another hoped that she would be waiting for him when he manages to escape as well still love him. The final part wanted her to be close to him...

Unknown to Naruto, but Hinata has been in the very same deep sea research facility, both ignorant of their beloved's presence being so close, yet so far away...

'I miss you, Hinata-chan...'Naruto thought as he gave one last loving and sad glance at the picture before going to sleep, curled up in a ball with Naruto's tail curled around him and the end of his tail acting as a make-shift pillow for him. If a woman were to see it and get past the fact he had a tail or his current surroundings, they would think it looked kind of cute...