One week had pass since the search for the Bikochu beetle began and right now, the team had covered a large amount of grounds. Kurenai noticed that the three enemies had yet to attack as they searched the forest meaning they were after the beetle as well. She discreetly told her team about the most likely upcoming battle for the beetle. Hinata wanting to get her Naruto by her side or go to him steadied her resolve. She would not lose her only chance to get him back even if she had to kill the three for it. With that last thought passing by, she mentally prepared herself for a battle knowing they'll attack as soon as the bug is found of if it was even found. As if he was a mind reader, Shino approached her with some good news.
"We found the Bikochu beetle Hinata. My bugs are around the area allowing for us to know its location. We are about to move from here without letting the enemy know of our findings." The two made their way over to the rest of the members and made their way to the location. The three individuals followed the Konoha Nins not knowing that they found the bug.
Shino moved near the bushes and allowed his bugs to take the sack of eggs and secretly placed them in a small contained containing Hinata's necklace so that Naruto's scent would be the first thing they would be introduced to. Once introduced to the scent, the bugs will go towards Naruto's scent no matter how far he was and would stop if they were to be killed. Just as he contained the bug, Ami who was not aware of the fact that there were enemies accidently gave away the fact that they did found the beetle.
"Hey Shino, did you contain the Bikochu beetle yet because I'm ready to go home and take a hot shower." Right as she said this, three individuals jumped out from the tree. The two of them were male and the last being female. The female of the group jumped over and grabbed Ami before placing a kunai to her throat while the other two let out insects from their sleeves. Shino pushed his glasses up before identifying the assailants.
"So it seems the Kamizuru clan from Iwa has resurfaced again. May I inquire as to the reason you find it intelligent to possible attack a konoha Nin knowing this could very well start a war?" The female growled at him.
"Fuck you Aburame asshole. Your clan is the reason why our numbers and our reputation are at an all time low. Secondly, who would know who attacked you if we kill everyone here leaving no witness or survivors. I hate you assholes and every one of you should rot in hell. Now hand over the beetle or the girl gets it." She drew a thin line of blood to further her point. Kurenai cursed her predicament as did Hinata seeing as they would have come here for nothing. Shino kept his composure.
"Why would you need the beetles if I may ask? What could you possibly be looking for that you require these specimens?"
"Well if you must know, we are looking for our grandfather's forbidden scroll to gain our once reputation before the ass of an Aburame came along. We'll become the most power clan in the world and rid the world of your kind." She crackled evilly at their clan's revenge. Shino thought of their situation for the best possible move.
"How about the two of us settle this in a one on one fight for the beetle? No one is to interfere with our match. This will prove which clan is better, the Aburame or the Kamizuru clan." Suzumebachi seeing a chance to get back at the Aburame clan and find the scroll accepted his offer much to her teammate's irritation.
"Fine I accept your challenge but just so you won't go back on your word I'll keep the little girl on our side." She had the blonde male take Ami as hostage while she got into battle position. She flew through some handseals, Honey bee jutsu. Hundreds of bees flew at Shino who in return released a swarm of bugs of his own to cut down the bees. Shino jumped back just as sticky substance landed where he was.
"So every bee I cut down releases honey to trap your enemies in their spot leaving them vulnerable to an attack. I guess I will have to watch where I go if I am to avoid being trapped."
"Well it seems that the Aburame has a brain after all." Inside she was boiling in anger that he figured out her plans to stick him to his spot so quickly. Going through her next set of seals, she called out her next technique, thousand stingers jutsu. Thousands of bees shot poisonous stingers at the young Aburame member.
Using a quick replacement, he evaded her attacks in the nick of time. He was glad that her temper clouded her judgment. Any other person with her technique with a calm mind would have set the stinger attacks whereas replacement having a certain range would have mattered at all. She on the other hand just fired off taxing jutsus in a fit of rage hoping they would hit the target of her hate. He was forced to pull another replacement jutsu to avoid a barrage of stingers again. Shino decided to go on the offense to end the match before insects were harmed. He went through handseals and called out his own technique, Hidden Jutsu: Beetle Sphere. Insects flew from his sleeves and surrounded her before draining her chakra. Once he drained her until she was unable to fight, he recalled his bugs allowing for her to fall on the ground.
"I do believe the match is over and now we'll take our leave with our teammates and the bugs." He pushed his glasses up on the bridge of his nose. Suzumebachi seethed at him having lost again. The thought of another loss by the hands of an Aburame member infuriated her to no end. She would not let this go down without doing anything about it. She motioned for her teammates to let the girl go and waited for him to turn his back. Once his back was turned away from them, she took several ration pills and ate them at once. Her energy shot back up and her hands flew through some handseals, summoning jutsu. A large smoke appeared and once cleared, a large bee was in place.
"Kill them all."
The large bee charged at the group with the intent to kill. Hinata was the first to react. She jumped in front of the path and her arms blurred too fast for the normal eye. Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Palms Guard, she created a net of chakra for the large bee to crash into. The bee stumbled back under the amount of force created by the technique. Ami seeing an opportunity to get back at her for easily catching her threw a scroll and allowed its contents to come out revealing hundreds of now lit paper bombs. Shino and the others seeing the danger they were in grabbed the foolish girl and made used replacement to get behind a tree. Right as they did so, the explosion shook the entire area in a loud boom. The bright lights from the explosion temporally blinded all except Shino due to his dark sunglasses.
Once the explosion was over, they looked out to see the remains of the enemies and also the remains of a small container lying on the floor. Hinata saw what the container was looked over at Ami and slapped her with a chakra enhanced slap.
"You bitch; you killed the beetles we worked so hard to find. What the hell were you thinking throwing that many explosives with us around? You could have injured one of us." She went to strike her again only for Kurenai to interfere.
"There's no need to kill each other over this." She sighed sadly at what this meant though. "We'll have to tell the Hokage about this and she won't be too happy about this at all Ami and neither will the council members. They were looking forward to gaining those powers for Konoha but now that won't be possible right now. They'll probably get another team should another mission like this pop up. Hinata glared at Ami for her stupidity.
"They'll most likely think of us as losers now. Why didn't you think about the things you say or do before you made any course of action? Are you this stupid to think?" Ami whipped her head at her and engaged in the shout contest.
"You're just made that you won't be able to fuck the demon, demon whore. Everyone knows how much you love the demon. Kiba told me that you would kiss the ground he walks on just to please him. He told me that you are an immature bitch and only good enough to be a fuck toy. He told me that was why he tried asking you out in the first place, to get a good fuck. " She received a Jyuken strike to the face making the area she struck go numb. Hinata turned around and kneed Kiba in the sack forcing him to bend over before stomping off leaving two injured teammates. Shino and Kurenai could only shake their heads ay Kiba's misfortune. Shino turned to his sensei.
"How do you think the council members will react to our loss of beetle? Surely they were relying on us to get the beetles to find Naruto but now that said bug is gone, surely there will be punishment."
"There will indeed be some sort of punishment. They would most likely re-evaluate her skills to see if she truly deserves the title genin and should she fail, she will be sent back to the academy, someplace to get basic training or become a civilian. I'm sure Hokage-sama would take her in as a way to show the world that kunoichi isn't too weak for anything and could handle the same type of missions guys receive. She already changed Sakura and Ino into a fine pair of Kunoichi though making them see the difference between Naruto and his demon was scary. Whatever happens to her, let's just hope she survives to learn from her mistakes. Let's head back to report our mission failure." Kurenai recalled the group and went back to report their failure.
13 people lined up in a room all waiting for the one in the middle to speak. The significance of the 13 people is that they are the captains of the Gotei 13 or in one individual's case, both a captain and captain commander meaning said person was the leader of all the captains. They are as following.
Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, the captain of the 1st Division in the Gotei 13 and also the Captain-Commander of the whole Gotei 13. He is an old man with red eyes a very long white beard, and long eyebrows. There are many scars on his torso and head, the two most prominent being a pair of long, perpendicular scars above his right eye, suggesting numerous battles in his past. He wears the standard Shinigami uniform, but its size is greatly exaggerated. He also drapes his haori over his back instead of actually wearing it. Gin looked around and noticed all the captains were present.
Next to him was Sui-Feng, the commander-in-chief of the Onmitsukidō and the captain of the 2nd Division in the Gotei 13. Sui-Feng is a relatively short and petite woman with gray eyes and black hair. Her hair is worn short with two long braids bound in white cloth each ending in a large golden ring. She wears a traditional Shinigami captain's uniform with a sleeveless haori and a yellow obi tied around her waist. Underneath her standard Shinigami captain's uniform, Sui-Feng wears the uniform of the commander-in-chief of the Onmitsukidō, which has no sleeves and doesn't cover the back, though she does wear long black arm bands. Instead of wearing the standard Shinigami sandals with tabi, she wears traditional Chinese shoes with ordinary white socks. Her squad along with a few specializes in something and that something was special ops.
Gin Ichimaru, the Captain of the 3rd Division of the Gotei 13. Gin is fairly ordinary in terms of clothing, and doesn't wear any unique items. His overall appearance, however, is not as normal. He keeps his eyes constantly narrowed to slits, rarely ever opening his eyes which are found to be a bright sky blue. Although he appears to be an early to mid twenty-year-old person, he is unusually thin and tall with very sharp features giving him a skeletal appearance. He now wears a long, white robe over his normal Shinigami hakama. The hilt of his Zanpakutō is visible sticking out from under the robe through the opening down to his waist.
Retsu Unohana, the captain of the Fourth Division in the Gotei 13. Unohana has the appearance of a very youthful woman with blue eyes and black hair. She wears the standard Shinigami captain uniform apart from using an obi instead of the normal sash. Her hair is long and is always worn as a large braid in front. Her squad specializes in Medical, Supply, and Janitorial duties.
Fifth seat Aizen was supposedly killed by an unknown assailant. All they knew was that his body was found stuck to the side of the tower with his sword impaled through him chest. This caused tension to grow because of this.
Byakuya Kuchiki, the captain of the 6th Division in the Gotei 13. Byakuya has slate gray eyes and long black hair, which he keeps up in intricate white headpieces called kenseikan that symbolize his nobility as the head of the Kuchiki family, one on top of his head and another on the right side. He wears the standard captain uniform along with a white scarf. He also wears fingerless white tekkou that cover only the back of his hands.
Sajin Komamura, the captain of the 7th Division. He wore gloves with bracers, as well as a helmet, to conceal his entire body.
Shunsui Kyoraku, the Captain of the 8th Division in the Gotei 13. Shunsui Kyoraku is a tall Shinigami with grey eyes and long wavy brown hair. His hair is tied in a long ponytail and has long bangs that frame the left side of his face. He wears a straw hat and a pink, flowered ladies kimono, which he drapes across his shoulders and over his captain's uniform. He has thin facial hair around his mouth and on his cheeks.
Kaname Tosen, Captain of the 9th Division of the Gotei 13. Tosen has dark skin and dark brown braids. He has pupil-less eyes that are pale lavender, and has been blind since birth. He is usually seen carrying his Zanpakutō in his hand, but has also been seen with it suspended from a string-like attachment on the side of his clothes. He wore the traditional Shinigami uniform with the sleeves rolled up to the shoulder and his captain's haori over it; the uniform is tied with a purple obi sash. He also wore an orange scarf around his neck, white boots, and black, fingerless gloves. He wore clear goggles and kept his hair tied back in a ponytail. His squad specializes in Arts & Cultural, and was in charge of the Gotei 13 Security Force.
Toshiro, the Captain of the 10th Division in the Gotei 13. Toshiro Hitsugaya is short, has turquoise eyes and short, spiked, white hair. He wears a standard sleeveless captain's haori with a green sash around his shoulders, held together by a round clip. The sash holds his Zanpakutō's sheath in place on his back and is tied to it at either end.
Kenpachi Zaraki, the captain of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13. Kenpachi is a muscular Shinigami with a wild and aggressive appearance that fits his personality. He wears a sleeveless captain's haori that has a ragged look to it. He styles his spiked-hair with small bells at its tips and wears a special eye patch on his right. He has green eyes, pronounced hairless eyebrow ridges and a huge scar running down the left side of his face. He is also one of the tallest Shinigami, towering at 202 centimeters. His squad specializes in Melee Combat: Swordsmanship.
Mayuri Kurotsuchi, the Captain of the 12th Division in the Gotei 13 and 2nd president of the Shinigami Research Institute. Mayuri's appearance has a very skeletal look to it with a skull-like visage. His face is painted entirely white with the inner portion of his face painted black with the exception of his nose. His eyes are a golden color and he constantly bares his teeth giving the appearance of him constantly smiling. Both his ears are seemingly replaced with stubbed golden cones. His fingernails are blue and, with the exception of the fingernail on his right middle finger, are all short. The one long fingernail is as long as the finger itself. He also wears a white hat with two ends that point to his right and a large purple scarf around his neck. His whole body, even his face and hands, has been painted black and white. His squad specializes in science.
Jushiro Ukitake, the captain of the 13th Division in the Gotei 13. Ukitake is a tall man with a somewhat emaciated appearance. His hair is worn long, almost reaching his waist. He wears it parted on the left side with one long piece that tends to fall over his right eye. He has green eyes. Ukitake wears the common Shinigami uniform with a long sleeved captain's haori, and a crimson lining. He wears a narrow white obi, in which he secures his Zanpakuto.
Right now they were discussing the events that would take place in a few days with Yamamoto being the speaker.
"In a few days, Rukia Kuchiki is going to be executed as you all know but there is a large possibility that the Ryoka is going to strike during that day. It seems that quite a few were on the same level as our lieutenant and even our captain seeing how one of them was able to beat our captain of the 11th division. These Ryokas are most likely training for the upcoming events much stronger than when they first came here. I have reports of a boy teen named Naruto Uzumaki and Ichigo Kurosaki being the strongest of the group other than Yoruichi. Naruto is the one that fought Kenpachi while Ichigo fought 3rd seat Madarame which is not easy feat. Would anyone like to add to this?" Mayuri came forward.
"I heard a few of them unique abilities such as control over the sand and I find it very intriguing. What would allow any human to gain control over an element?" Yamamoto could see the glee in his eyes showing how interested he was. He would most likely want to cut up said target and do several experiments on him or her. Yamamoto was indeed interested though since he never heard of something like that occurring.
"I find that interesting too seeing as I never encountered someone like that before. I'm sure you will find out somehow now wouldn't you?" Mayuri could only nod his head while imagining the chance to view the DNA of the red head. Sui-Feng was the next one to go.
"I picked up on information that the first group was able to enter the soul society before the lock down happened when the second group tried to enter. Kenpachi mentioned about the group imposing as one of our own then managed to vanish. My squad spent a great deal finding them and we turned up empty for some reason. They obviously know some type of stealth to be able to avoid all of my members." Yamamoto thought over the disturbing news he just received.
"Then it seems that at least one of the groups had training right before coming here. Be on the lookout for that team. I believe that is the same team that took out members of squad 11 before the second group entered the area." He squeezed the bridge of his nose. "Things will get complicated soon and once all this is over, we will need to talk about strengthening our forces seeing how a group of Ryoka could penetrate our walls and cause so much problems all in a few days. This incident shows how weak we have gotten over the years and how much work we have cut out ahead of us. Retsu is there anything you would like to add seeing as your squad will be one of the busiest squad. There will be more injured individuals or possible dead ones." Retsu shook her head.
"There has yet to be a death in soul society except for Aizen but I doubt the Ryoka had anything to do with this. There is no way they could have gotten this close to us without getting spotted besides; it seems as if they went into hiding to plan their moves. Something else is going down in soul society and it will be hard to figure out in all this mess. I find something suspicious about Aizen's sudden death." Yamamoto narrowed his eyes as he too found something off about the man's death but couldn't figure out what it was so hearing someone having the same thought as him made this even more suspicious.
"I thought the same thing too but I had yet to find any type of lead. Whoever it is timed it or I have reason to believe that he or she timed this. It was as if the person knew this was going to happen and used the chaos to make certain moves. Whoever it is must had a grudge against Aizen seeing as he is dead out of all the captains. I will get to the bottom of all of this soon." Gin and Kaname could only watch in amusement at the fact that they were just picking up on the suspicious activities. At this rate, Aizen would be complete with his task before the find out on their own that he was behind the suspicion activities lately. Truly soul society has fallen. Kaname smiled inwardly that at the thought of soul society getting what they deserve after the incident over a hundred years ago.