Zabuza stared at Mejiro before they both clashed together, neither held much back on the other, well as much they could go fully out on each other that is. Mejiro jumped back when a punch was sent her way, in return she sent several kunais his direction which hit home in the chest. Zabuza turned to water, and splashed to the ground. Mejiro didn't even seem surprised by it. The sword rushed past where Mejiro once stood, she was already gone, knowing what was going to happen before it did. Throwing another kunai into the bushes it was replied, going back to Mejiro who caught it before it could hit her chest where her heart was supposed to be.
Zabuza jumped out of the bushes the kunai was sent and sliced with his sword where Mejiro was. It slide straight through her. For a second it looked like he had won the fight when she poof away. Zabuza seemed slightly surprised by it.
"Did you really think that you won over me?" They all turned to see Mejiro behind them.
"Not at all, after all I can only beat over your shadow clones," He replied, his sword ready to attack.
"Good," She answer, she bit herself in the left thumb and smeared her blood on her right arm and a sword popped out from no where. No one noticed the black seal on her arm disappeared.
Mejiro's sword was black, white and red. The blade was white on the tip and slowly got redder the further up it went till it was a so deep red it looked like blood. The hilt was black with two black middle thick black threads that with a ball on each thread, the longer thread had a blood red ball, with a crystal within, and the other one was pitch black with a bright star in the middle.
"I don't want you to think you can actually stand a chance against me," Mejiro told him before disappearing. She reappeared behind him with raised sword, swinging it down it was met with Zabuza's own. His arm shook slightly, but Mejiro's was perfectly fine. Mejiro raised it slightly only to crash it down harder on him, it was met by Zabuza's defense again. Jumping away from her Mejiro manged to leave a deep painful cut in his left arm.
A white fox that looked identical like Mejiro when she turned to a large fox shape stood there looking at him with big silver eyes. Zabuza turned sharply and swung his sword down on the fox that was in his way, it went straight through it. But instead of disappearing or bleeding water seeped out from where the wound was supposed to be, the water that seeped out gathered together and formed a sword. It rotated so fast no aye could watch it, but of course the copy cat had to try as his sharingan spun. The water sword that was now identical to Zabuza's own went straight at him.
Zabuza knew that he couldn't win over such a dangerous sword so he did the only thing he could do; He dived to the left , but still his copy water sword manged to hit him, but just barley, but it was enough, a deep wound score across his sword arm, it would've cut through him if he hadn't dodged as much as he did.
Mejiro stood in front of him, her sword to his neck and a smirk on her face. "You know what this means, right?" Zabuza dropped his sword to the ground where he couldn't reach it. "Good, now let's talk," Mejiro smiled all knowingly at him almost teasing him, just almost.
They both sat down and then just started to run through several hand seals at a rapid speed, Naruto kept an eye on them both, but didn't say anything.
"Isn't that?" Naruto yelled out all of sudden.
"Yeah," Mejiro replied. Zabuza nodded and disappeared without a trace. "Lets go." Then she was gone like Zabuza.
"Ah!" Naruto answered, almost disappearing, but turned in the last second. "And you guys go after ossan," Then he disappeared in the same way Mejiro did.
"What just happened?" Sakura asked confused.
Naruto easily caught up with Mejiro who again had caught up to Zabuza and they were all heading towards his current hideout. There were no question of what was going on anymore, Mejiro and Zabuza had made it very clear. A black headed girl that was really a boy jumped in with a hare in his arms, in fact it was the same hare that Naruto had spotted on the road.
"Haku! Long time no see!"
"Naruto!" Haku turned to him, only close his eyes and turn away. "Kami what the hell happened to you, Naruto?"
"Ask Mejinee-chan," He replied grumpy.
"Hmm, that a very good point actually, go change!" Mejiro replied.
"Yosh!" Naruto slapped his hand together and dismissed the ugly illusion that he decided to wear rather then the outfit itself.
"And when did you change to that," Mejiro asked with a raised eyebrow. Smirking she almost wanted to attack Naruto for his foolishness. But of course she didn't; After all she would've done the same thing.
"A day after you gave it to me?" Unexpected Mejiro laughed and unlike the one she usually laughs, Mejiro actually found it funny, thus she was laughing a laugh you had to be extreme lucky to hear. And luckily for Naruto; she dropped it at that.
Dropping down in a clearing not far from Tazuna's house they all sat down, Mejiro sat left for Naruto and they sat opposite off Zabuza and Haku who sat on his right.
"So how are we going to do it?" Zabuza asked.
"Well, it's not gonna be easy, but we have to pull through. If I am correct Kakashi wants to train you all, then he'll put the first one to manged his training on duty to gourd Tazuna and the bridge since that's the whole point of being there. While that's going on, I'm gonna train Naruto along with Zabuza. And Haku will keep an aye on the training, this man that haired you, the bridge and it's builder. I'm sure that this man isn't going to give you the money he promised, and he'll betray you and try to kill you both. That I'm sure off. So we have to get him before he does, he probably is expecting a team from a village or something like that, but I hardly doubt that he's expecting me; a demon. We can't play at the same team as I have to fight you, and you want your money," Mejiro told them. "We all have to go in for the kill, nothing new. Haku you go after Naruto, Zabuza take on Kakashi. I have to step back, after all I'm just back up and we have to be careful with what we do."
"And how are we going to draw out him out?" Naruto asked.
"Zabuza, Haku you have to lose no matter what, if you don't then he won't show himself, after all he is a coward. Anyway I'll put up an illusion that you both died or something and he'll probably show himself and then you Zabuza have to kill him... or even better, you can come with us. You both can, then there won't be any problem, but all this we have to do in secret or it won't do.…. I should have done this a long time ago; Naruto drop everything. Every illusion you've put up around yourself, everything. But not now, when your team's watching." Naruto smiled, then grinned so wide it even put the name to shame.
Hugging Mejiro around her chest, Naruto kept repeating one thing over and over. "Thank you."
"Yeah yeah. Whatever." Mejiro tried to drag him off, but he was like glue to her body. In other words very annoying for her. "Naruto," She growled after a while of pointless struggling sick of trying to peel him off. "Get. Off . Of. Me. Now." That seemed to do it as he obligingly got of her, still grinning sickly wide. It looked more or less like his mouth were about to split from the effort, but neither Mejiro or Naruto seemed to notice, noted both Haku and Zabuza as they watched him.
"So basically I have to train Naruto with you, Haku have to watch over Naruto's team while watching Gunther, the bridge and the builder. Then I have to fight Kakashi, Haku's going to fight Naruto, and we have to lose to bring out Gunther. Then what about the two brats with the copy cat?"
"Haruno will gourd Tazuna, Uchiha will join Naruto fighting Haku, and I'll see what I can do around here and there and only join in if I see the need for it. That is if I'm correct." But then again when wasn't Mejiro right, she already probably figured what was going to happen. She always did. Planing, figuring out all the possibilities that could happen, all of them each for themselves, Naruto always wondered how she could do that. Planing so far ahead of time that nothing could happen that could take her by surprise, but then again so did everyone else.
And it reminded Naruto so much that he had no clue who Mejiro, the person he called sister truly was. It only made things even worse, despite Mejiro telling him to trust her.
The walk back to Tazuna's house was silent and tense, while they both thought of what just happened and what they both knew would happen. They found them easily with reaching out with their chakara, and they soon found them with the stairs at Tazuna's house. No one said anything as their lost teammate and his company rejoined the group of three.
"You weren't long gone," Tazuna pointed out carelessly, and annoying Mejiro in the process.
"Or it's just you who is slow," Tazuna blushed in anger, but wisely didn't say anything back for the relief of Naruto who was a bit tiered after a long day with his teammates and supposing sensei, who wasn't doing a proper job at all.
Tazuna opened the door and walked into the kitchen with a beautiful woman cocking dinner on the stove. The first thing Mejiro did was scrunch her nose up along with Naruto they made a face of disgust. Both of them agreed to never eat that with a silent look at each other, or any other thing that was served like that. The dinner table was already set and a little boy sat with it in a hat and shorts and a white t-shirt.
Naruto sat beside him and Mejiro sat beside Naruto, and the other followed their example, Kakashi sat beside Mejiro at the last seat, Sasuke sat opposite of Kakashi and Sakura (to Sasuke's dismissal) sat beside him, the young woman sat beside Sakura again, or so it was assumed as Tazuna sat on the end of the table.
"The little boy over there, is my lovely grandson Inari! And that's my beautiful daughter Tsunami!" Tazuna introduced them happily shouting all the same. Mejiro covered her ears in pure pain at his high voice that made her poor ears ring like destroyed bells.
"God lord, don't you know how to not shout?" Mejiro whispered to herself, but high enough for him to hear it, obviously she wanted to embarrass him. And that's what happened; Tazuna flushed, his face turned deep red and his arm quivered noticeable.
"No arguing around the dinner table," Tsunami told them. She walked around and put plates and such around to each person and then she put her cocked dinner on the table that Naruto and his sister denied to eat because of the afoul smell emerging from it.
"No thank you," Naruto denied the ladle very politely. Tsunami stared shocked at him, no one had never refused her cocking, but the silver and blue eyed plainly refused it, without even tasting, it just shocked her. Spleen said.
"We're not really hungry... so don't worry about it," Mejiro reassured her. "If we get hungry we'll get our own dinner," Tsunami stared at her, she really had no idea what was going on, she knew ninjas didn't depend on others much, but go getting their own dinner and refuse a free one was strange. But she still continued her round off people. The others happily excepted her food offer, and dug in. What Tsunami did noticed was the wrinkles of disgust at the blond and silver headed face as they watched them eat her cocking. Maybe she choose the wrong cocking?
'How can people destroy fine meat like that with boiling it in water and such?' Mejiro thought to herself, well aware that Naruto thought something like that as well. The kitsune demon had enough, raising fast and hurriedly, but still with grace. Mejiro swiftly walked across the room in hurried steps that seemed unnatural fast and long. Naruto wasn't far behind her, his hair blew in the wind that he created.
The others stared after them. Shocked, never did anyone expect something like that to happen all of sudden, it was like they couldn't take it anymore.
Mejiro jumped through the forest around them, her ears was perked ready to hear any sound that came her way. Currently it was only the sound of leaves rustling in the wind, and water running down the river, and water falling down waterfalls along with the chirping of birds and rabbis and hares running around along with other small animals. The smell of grass, flowers and water run through her nose, it almost made her sigh and closer her eyes in shear pleasure. She could also feel Naruto's sent; He smelled of sweat and rosemary and oak.
Mejiro's ears perked once before stilling, without a warning she stopped and looked down on the river, spotting the deer she saw she jumped softly down onto the ground, so quietly that it didn't even notice her, Naruto were soon too follow and watched in amaze when his sister transferred and turned into a giant fox. Then the deer noticed the giant fox and set into running, but it didn't get far as Mejiro followed in the race of survival and become food, overpowering it fast she jumped onto it's back, bit it in the back and forced it down by her body wight. Wailing loudly, it called out into the night in pain as her body kept hurting and bleeding, slowly her calls of pain died down and stopped completely as her eyes drifted close and her heartbeat came to halt.
It was dead.
Cutting off a large piece of it with her claws she pushed the piece aside so Naruto could have it, not hesitating to take the piece of meat offered him and gathered firewood and light a fire. Mejiro didn't take any notice of her blond brother. Soon the air were filled with the stank of raw meat and blood along with cocking meat that Naruto's mouth watered at it as the smell of meat filled the air. He could hear Mejiro snort beside him while her snout was filled in blood and her two front paws were spread over where the deep wound was on the deer that laid dead on the ground covered in it's own blood.
Kakashi stared at his students, he knew that he had to train them soon, and he needed to tell them soon, and he also needed to train to get stronger, for some reason he felt like he was really weak compared to that strange silver headed teenager who in truth didn't seem that strong. But apparently she was. It was only one possibility, she couldn't be human. How could someone as young as her be so strong and appear so innocent?.. Maybe he could ask for her help...?
Kakashi's one aye widened slightly but luckily not enough for his students to see him. How could he think something like that? Even the thought surprised him. Did he start to doubt himself? No. No he did not doubt himself. He was confident in his skills... that wasn't even his own even. They were all stolen from others who had gained it by hard work.
Speaking of training...
Naruto stepped through and tried and failed missilery to get away from his sensei and teammates and the annoying eyes of the small kid and the lady that cocked that afoul smell, and of course Tazuna who were eying him annoyingly.
"Naruto, come here," Kakashi ordered him ignorant of his student's feelings.
'Damn it' Naruto gritted his teeth together, but walked stiffly over to him and sat down on the chair as far from them as possible.
"You guys needs to train, we start early tomorrow morning. Get some rest." Kakashi told them. Naruto only nodded his eyes dulling till crystal eyes and he stood firmly form where he sat and almost ran out the door that he just got through. Naruto ran through the forest tears leaked from his eyes. Why was he so weak? Why did Kakashi's words hurt so much? Why? Kakashi didn't train him, Mejinee-chan did. And he knew that very well...
Naruto didn't notice the body in front of himself, he didn't notice the white fur, nor did he notice when Mejiro turned around and spread her arms to catch him. Naruto jumped into her arms and her arms firmly wrapped themselves around his back and waist keeping him firmly in place. Naruto sobbed loudly into her chest, fat tears streamed down his face and onto Mejiro's shirt.
Mejiro didn't say anything, what was she to say anyway to her sobbing brother that cried so heartbreaking. She rubbed circle on his back soothingly, trying to comfort the sobbing blond in her arms. And it was working, slowly, but it worked. Naruto stopped crying loudly and sobbed quietly while tears still streamed down his face, Mejiro's shirt was long since turned wet beyond finding a dry place on the front.
"I know..." Mejiro reassure him in a soft hum that was so unlike anything else he had ever heard befall her mouth. "Don't worry about it, gaki. I'll train you, when we get back I'll ask to transfer you to another," Naruto nodded lightly with his head and slowly he fell asleep in warm arms that stunk of fox, blood and meat.
Mejiro lifted Naruto up and carried the sleeping body bridal style to the closet river, laying him softly down on the wet grass that stayed in the clearing with the river. Turning into the giant fox Mejiro pulled Naruto up onto her back and walked into the cold river that wasn't so could because of her fur that kept her body warm.
When Naruto woke up, the first thing he noticed was that it was dark, and it wasn't like night dark. Then he noticed that he was laying down with a blanket of fur on him. He could definitively hair the sound of sparking fire outside. The cave he was in wasn't too deep or too small. He could also hear Mejiro's hushed voice talking with someone else.
Naruto raised from where he sat, the thick furry blanket fell from him and the first thing he noticed was that he was dressed in something else, it was very simple, a white thin loose shirt and loose pants of the same material.
Walking slowly out Naruto stared at the shape of Mejiro sitting beside that old man that reminded him of someone who had rotted up. And she smelled the same way too.
"Naruto," Mejiro greeted. "Say hello to my old sensei Ryou. Oh and don't let yourself be fooled by his looks," Mejiro told him, calmly sipping her tea.
Gomennasai! Gomennasai! This chapter is only about half done and I can't keep on writing it. I get nothing. It's all empty. So if someone could be so kind and actually beta this and give me some ideas that would be great.
This is not going to be on hold, it's just going to stay like this until further notice (A.K.A. When I publish again) so please bare with me and continue this story at fullest.