Chapter 45 – Finals, part 1

It was a beautiful day at the Chūnin Exam Finals. People who had gotten tickets to see the event was piling into the stadium. The contestants were making their way inside and were led out into the field. As they entered, Midoshi couldn't help but wonder where Naruto was. She didn't see any member of his team and was curious. She turned when she saw a new face as an official trying to gain their attention. However, before he could speak, the sound of a cannon was heard. Everyone looked around and then turned their attention upward to see a giant black ball. It was descending toward everyone.

Everyone cleared out as the ball neared. They watched as the ball unraveled to reveal team Anko. They all landed on the ground, each in a pose. A large sign landed on the ground. It read 'Konoha's Super Awesome and Unbeatable Team, Team Anko'. Pyro shot in the air as Anko gave pumped her fist in the air.

"No need to worry folks, Team Anko has arrived!" Anko exclaimed. Everyone looked at the team like they were crazy. After a while, a huge cheer went through the crowd as they clapped for the show. Hiruzen, who was up in his Kage seat, pinched the bridge of his nose and sighed. Anko looked real happy by the reaction. Midoshi was amused by it. The new official, Shiranui Genma, walked up to Anko and her team.

"If you're done embarrassing yourself, can we please get this show on the road?" Genma asked with a smirk.

"You loved it and you know it." Anko said. She then faced her team. "Alright team, you have my permission to go all out. Show no mercy and spill some blood."

"You really need to stop that." Yakumo said. Anko just smiled and vanished. Genma got everyone in line and they faced the crowd. Anko appeared next to her friend, Kurenai. The red eyed woman looked at Anko with frustration.

"Was that entrance really necessary Anko?" Kurenai asked.

"Maybe, maybe not but I got the crowd going." Anko said. Kurenai just sighed while Asuma chuckled. Back on the field, after the Hokage gave his speech, Genma had just given the last of his instructions. Naruto could feel the eyes of Midoshi and Gaara on him but he ignored it. He took a deep breath and readied himself for the battle that was about to start.

"Alright, let's begin. Everyone besides Uzumaki Naruto and Midoshi leave the field." Genma ordered. Jakken bumped fist with Naruto while Yakumo hugged him and wished him luck. Naruto turned to face Midoshi who was across from him. Having his staff out already, Naruto got ready. Midoshi just smiled at him.

"Don't be so tense Naruto. This is going to be an enjoyable battle. You should relax." Midoshi said.

"Nerves, you'll have to forgive me." Naruto said with a smirk. Midoshi got into her stance as did Naruto. Genma looked at the two and saw that they were ready.

"First match of the finals, Naruto Uzumaki of Konohagakure versus Midoshi of Otogakure, begin!" Genma said. Naruto took off and thrust his staff at Midoshi. She blocked it with her bracers and lashed out with her sash. Naruto jumped back and started to use the first form Hiruzen taught him with the staff. Midoshi moved easily around the stabs and was within Naruto guard. He thrust out with spear-hand thrust that Naruto ducked. The two engaged in a fast pace close quarter's battle, which neither of them landed a blow on the other.

Midoshi spun in a ball after avoiding Naruto's sweep. She lashed out with an axe kick. Naruto blocked the kick but it broke the staff in two. Midoshi landed and landed a spinning kick to his chest. She turned and was about stab Naruto with her hand but Naruto's hands were already in a seal.

"Doton: Doryū Taiga! (Earth Release: Earth Flow River)" Naruto shouted. Midoshi was swept up by the river of mud. Naruto quickly did another set of hand seals. "Doton: Doryūdan! (Earth Release: Earth Dragon Bullet)". A dragon head appeared and fired off several balls of mud. "Katon: Karyūdan! (Fire Release: Fire Dragon Bullet)" Naruto launched a stream of fire, which ignited the mud balls. Midoshi looked at it in surprise until she was consumed by the attack. She hit the wall on fire. Naruto waited for the flames to die down but he could clearly see a burning husk. Midoshi popped out of the ground, ready to impale Naruto when a clone appeared to grab her wrists.

Midoshi was very surprised but that only lasted after Naruto drilled her in the face with a punch. Midoshi was sent flying but was able to flip out of her fall and land on her feet. She rubbed her jaw but she did not feel it break. She looked at Naruto with a mocking pout.

"That was not nice Naruto. You don't treat a lady like that." Midoshi said.

"Considering that you wanted a fight, you shouldn't really be surprised by what just happened." Naruto said. Midoshi scoffed and stood straight.

"Point taken. How about we stop playing around Naruto? No more pot shots at each other. Let's just go to our hearts content." Midoshi said. A serpent appeared around her arms and moved to her hand. The snake then spat out a weapon. It was sword with a flat blade that had a different pommel that a regular sword. Midoshi grabbed the blade and stuck it into the ground. Naruto summoned Sora and had the chimp turn into his naginata form. Naruto got into his stance and waited. Both were channeling chakra at each other and everyone could feel the tension between the two.

"Attack!" Naruto shouted. That's when the field was filled with clones. Midoshi was really surprised by this but she did not lose her cool. She just held out her hands at the clones that descended on her.

"Sen'ei Tajashu! (Many Hidden Shadow Snake Hands)" An army of snakes appeared from her arms and launched themselves at the clones. They were all destroyed by the snakes. Midoshi was surrounded by the smoke that was created by the dispelling. She barely dodged the blade of the naginata. She ducked the swipe made by Naruto but could not dodged the knee from Naruto. Naruto furiously stabbed at Midoshi who was able to recover and dodge. She jumped away to gain some distance but Naruto wouldn't let her.

"Fūton: Daitoppa! (Wind Release: Great Breakthrough)" Naruto said and launched a wind attack. Midoshi was sent flying through the air and slammed into the stadium wall with some force. Naruto was on her and reared the naginata back to end the fight. Midoshi was not going to let that happen. She flicked her wrist to make the blade vibrate. Naruto saw this and quickly raised Sora to block. Midoshi lashed out and connected with Naruto's shoulder. Naruto was surprised as he swore that he blocked the strike.

Midoshi smirked and was on the attack. Naruto ducked dodged and attempted to parry the strikes but he was still getting cut. Sora was very confused as well.

"What's going on Naruto? Why aren't you blocking?" Sora asked seriously for the first time.

"I am but I can't predict that blade. It moves like a snake. I know how she's doing it but it is one thing to know than to stop!" Naruto said. The blond was taking too many cuts and he was slowly losing steam. Naruto took some blood from one of his wound and placed it on his palm. He quickly did some seals and slammed his hand on the ground.

"Kuchiyose no Jutsu! (Summoning Technique)" Naruto shouted. Midoshi looked at the smoke before a ball of water came at her. She swung her sword to cancel the technique. She cut the bullet in two and it crashed on the ground. Another bullet of water came at her and she attempted to cut it too but this time, she was cut in her arms and her blade was sent flying out of her hands. She sucked her teeth and held her cut up arms. The smoke had cleared and in front of Naruto was a toad that had on lipstick and a bow. Naruto let out a sigh in relief. Gamariki looked at the cut up Naruto and scoffed. He looked at Midoshi who was standing.

"So, you are fighting her? I guess I can let you off the hook. She is no joke." Gamariki said.

"No shit. It's a good thing that we got rid of that sword. We're going to have to take her out before she can get that sword again." Naruto said.

"Very well, let's do this beautifully." Gamariki said while striking a pose. Naruto just pinched the bridge of his nose at the toad's antics. He could have sworn he heard Gai cheering. Midoshi just smirked at the duo and did the same thing that Naruto did.

"Kuchiyose no Jutsu!" Midoshi shouted. Naruto and Gamariki tensed, waiting for the smoke to clear. When it did, Midoshi was holding a very large boa. Gamariki seem to growl at the sight of the serpent. The snake looked at Midoshi and hissed angrily.

"I thought I made it clear that you were never to s-s-summon me!" Mamushi hissed angrily.

"I wouldn't summon you but I figured that you would like to come out and deal with someone you know. I remember a certain toad that placed you in a very nasty genjutsu before throwing you off a cliff in the summon world." Midoshi said with a smirk. Mamushi snapped her head around to see Gamariki glaring at her.

"Well, well, if it isn't the fairy." She hissed.

"You shut your mouth, you brat!" Gamariki exclaimed. Naruto looked at his partner with a raised eye.

"Do you two have some type of history?" Naruto asked.

"That little tart is the daughter of Manda! She had the nerve to call me that name and to bite my beautiful skin, leaving bruises! It took days for those blemishes to heal! My beautiful skin," Gamariki said sadly. Naruto just sighed again. Mamushi turned to Midoshi.

"I will help you this time. I'm going to roast that toad and feast off his bones." Mamushi said. She slithered off Midoshi as the girl did some quick hand seals.

"Doton: Chidōkaku! (Earth Release: Moving Earth Core)" Midoshi called out. The ground under the two dropped to the ground. When they looked around, they saw that they were looking up in a square like hole. Naruto readied himself and stood next to Gamariki. Mamushi attacked suddenly but Naruto was able to feel her coming. He nearly stabbed her but she moved quickly. She spat out a blob of black liquid at the group. They jumped away to avoid it and Mamushi disappeared back into the rock.

Naruto observed the liquid and caught a smell. Before he could warn Gamariki, Mamushi attacked again. If she couldn't eat either one of the two, she would spit out the black liquid. She did this a couple of times and the area around them would get smaller. It wasn't long until the two were back to back on a small piece of dirt.

"Damn it, she's surrounded us with this oil. How the hell can she do this anyway? From what Ero-Sennin told me only the toads can produce oil." Naruto asked.

"Well, she infiltrated our home and consumed some of the oil that we produced." Gamariki said nervously. Naruto looked at him out of the corner of his eye and saw the sweat rolling down him.

"Oh my god, it's your fault that she can do this, isn't it?!" Naruto shouted. Gamakiri did not answer him because Midoshi decided to attack.

"Katon: Hibashiri! (Fire Release: Running Fire)" She called out. A flame of fire ran down the hole and touched the oil. It ignited and the two were covered in flames. Looking for a way out, it was quickly sealed off by Midoshi's next words. "Doton Kekkai: Dorō Dōmu! (Earth Release Barrier: Earth Prison of Magnificent Nothingness)" The sky was blocked out by the earth jutsu and blocked any escape. Midoshi kept her hands on the dome as Mamushi came out of the ground and slither around her.

"Very soon, it will be over and I'll have my meal and revenge." Mamushi said. Midoshi was smiling as well. That was until something hit the dome and blew a hole in it. It also sent both her and Mamushi flying in a watery vortex. From out of the hole, Naruto was riding Gamariki and they quickly got out of the oven. They landed and faced the two who were standing up. Naruto channeled his wind chakra and Gamariki gathered his water. Naruto placed his hands on Gamariki's back and they shouted their attack.

"Fūton: Gama Teppō! (Wind Release: Toad Gun)" They shouted. A powerful and fast stream of water came rushing at the two. It began to spread, covering a large area. Midoshi and Mamushi had to dodge the attack. It continued on and smashed into the stadium wall. The wall gave way and the attack punch a large hole into the side of the stadium. Midoshi reappeared on the side of the wall and looked at the damage that the jutsu had caused. Midoshi looked at the damage with surprise and looked at Naruto.

'Perhaps I should have taken my collaboration jutsu training more seriously. That attack would have seriously hurt.' She thought. Naruto looked at Midoshi and realized that the fight was going to be more difficult as it went on. He licked his lips and closed his eyes.

"Gamariki, Sora, you two step back and get clear. What I'm about to do is going to be dangerous." Naruto said. Sora returned to his regular form while Gamariki looked at him. When he opened his eyes, they were red. The two summonses nodded and got out of the way. Midoshi saw the same thing and smiled.

"Time for you to go. Feast on the toad and the monkey. It seem that Naruto is about to get serious." Midoshi said with glee. Mamushi left her without even asking and sunk into the ground. She watched as Naruto clapped his hands and expels his chakra. Only it was not his blue chakra.

It was red.


Authors' Notes: I read over the chapter that I posted and I did not like it. It was the reason I had not update in a while. I redid the chapter and I like this better. The fight was clean and detailed. I enjoy this more than the original. Now I can get to work on getting the finals and invasion done. Enjoy the re-made chapter.