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Chapter 5

*~*Normal PoV*~*

Neji bent one hand over in the air above him, then let the other hand low in front of himself, preparing to battle. This was known as the Hyuuga stance, and the byackugan could be seen in his pale eyes. Sasuke hid something in his pocket and readied his sharingan. It was time.

"I suggest you forfeit this dual," Neji said haughtily, "before you lose miserably." Sasuke laughed at Neji's ignorance. At this point, Sasuke wouldn't stop fighting until Ember herself told him to... or he died.

*~*Em's PoV*~*

"I know this is a lot to ask, but could you help me find him?" I asked Kiba. He looked at me in surprise.

"Are you worried about him?" Kiba questioned. I slowly began to stand despite my fatigue.

"Of course. He's my friend, and I'll always worry about him," I replied. I felt a flash of pain shoot up my back again. I was going to need someone to look at my back soon. I was sure that I was putting too much pressure on it.

*~*Normal PoV*~*

Sasuke glared at Neji, a smirk appearing on his face. Neji grew angry and ran towards Sasuke. Sasuke didn't even move, but once Neji reached Sasuke, he jumped just out of reach. Neji growled and jumped at Sasuke again and again, Sasuke always remaining just out of reach. Neji then stopped and retook his Hyuuga stance, anger flaring in his eyes. He was tired of letting out strong bursts of chakra from his palms.

"Stop moving!" Neji snapped. Sasuke smirked again.

"You can't hurt me if you can't reach me," Sasuke replied. He jumped five meters away from Neji.

"Eight trigrams, Sixty-four palms!" Neji yelled and ran at Sasuke again. Sasuke didn't jump back that time, and Neji landed his attack.

"2 palms, 4 palms, 8 palms, 16 palms, 32 palms, 64 palms!" Neji cried as he hit Sasuke with several chakra bursts. At the sixty-fourth palm, Sasuke reached out and grabbed Neji's wrist before he could continue his attack. Neji gasped in surprise and amazement as he looked up at Sasuke.

"How are you still standing?"

*~*Em's PoV*~*

Kiba let me ride on Akamaru as we traced after Sasuke. I stared straight ahead, watching for Sasuke. Akamaru was a good dog, and I didn't feel afraid of falling off his back.

"Well, well, well... If it isn't Ember," a man said. He had white hair and round glasses. My jaw dropped in realization, 'It's Kabuto!'

"Ka-Kabuto!" I gasped in horror. The man smiled evilly.

"I thought I'd killed you," he replied, pushing up his glasses.

"Well you didn't!" I snapped, glaring at him. He was the one who set the trap on me and Sasuke! He had been trying to kill me from the very beginning! He wanted me away from Sasuke, but I had no idea why.

"I'll just have to finish the job now," Kabuto said. He pulled out a kunai and flew at me. I leaped off of Akamaru's back and spun back around on my toes. Kabuto jumped at me, and I pulled out a chakra blade. Sparks flew when our weapons connected. I cringed as pain fluttered through my spine.

"Still injured from the rocks?" he snickered. I grimaced and pushed him back.

"No! Not at all!" I hissed. Akamaru tackled Kabuto out of no where, and I jumped back in surprise.

"I'm not going to let you get yourself hurt; you've still got to stop Sasuke, right?" Kiba said. I nodded as Kiba ran at Kabuto. Kabuto growled unhappily.

"So she's already obtained a new boyfriend?" Kabuto asked with a cruel smile. My eyes narrowed.

"I never had one! Nor will I give up on Sasuke!" I yelled, knocking Kabuto to the ground. I held the chakra blade over Kabuto's neck.

"You're going to die soon, Ember," Kabuto spat, chuckling and appearing to be at the verge of insanity. I sliced his neck open, freeing the crimson blood from him. I had to make sure he was still human...

"You don't know my fate," I growled.

*~*Normal PoV*~*

"Look into my eyes carefully," Sasuke commanded Neji, who looked up to see his Mangekyo sharingan. Neji felt the world begin to spin, and when it stopped the scene seemed to be the same. Neji's eyes widened in surprise.

"I was in a genjutsu from the very beginning!" Neji cried in horror. He stared at Sasuke in pure annoyance, but Sasuke simply smirked.

"You didn't hit me once," Sasuke pointed out, letting go of Neji's wrist. He jumped back, away from Neji, gracefully. Neji started to run at him, but suddenly felt to the ground, motionless.

"What's going on?" Neji gasped, "Why can't I move?" Though he could still speak, his byakugan had deactivated.

"You felt an impact, didn't you?" Sasuke asked, crossing his arms over his chest. Neji's eyes widened in realization.

"I hit myself!" he exclaimed, causing Sasuke to smirk arrogantly.

"And now, here you are... defenseless and unable to fight back," Sasuke growled, pulling out his sword. Neji bit his lip as Sasuke cut open his stomach. Neji let out a small cry of pain, and Sasuke turned his back to Neji, continuing on his way.

*~*Em's PoV*~*

I could smell more blood. It was sickening. Akamaru whined when we came across a boy lying on the ground, bleeding out. I jumped off of Akamaru's back and summoned the blue light to my hands, and I began to heal him.

"Sasuke, again?" Kiba sighed, crossing his arms over his chest. I nodded slightly, tears jumping to my eyes. What is making him do this? Once I finished healing the long haired boy, I began to undo the paralysis that was prohibiting him from moving. This took longer, and Kiba began to grow impatient.

"What are you doing now?" he asked. I sighed softly.

"I'm un-paralyzing him," I replied.

"Why's it taking so long?" he inquired.

"It's not as easy as it looks!" I snapped irritably. Somehow, my slight outburst didn't even bother Kiba.

"Is he almost conscious?" he questioned after a few seconds.

"His chakra is still blocked in places, but assumably... yes," I told him.

"Wait... So, do you know or do you not?" Kiba continued.

"I don't!" I cried, unlocking one of the last chakra paths. The boy groaned softly, his fingers twitching. I let out a small sigh and leaned away from him. I was nearing exhaustion. I watched the boy open his eyes. He slowly lifted his head, staring at me.

"Who are you?" he asked slowly, stiffening at the sight of me.

"I am Ember, the medic nin," I told him, giving him a weak smile.

"That's right! She saved both of our lives today!" Kiba added, ruffling my hair. I frowned, dragging my fingers through it in an attempt to fix the damage he'd inflicted upon it.

"Akamaru's been more helpful than you so far," I hissed in a threatening tone at Kiba. He frowned and shut up. I patted Akamaru on the head, who wagged his tail happily in response.

"Traitor..." Kiba muttered, crossing his arms. I rolled my eyes and ignored him.

"What's your name?" I asked the boy. He stood, surprise flickering through his eyes.

"Hyuuga Neji," he told me, "...and thank you for healing me." I smiled slightly.

"You're welcome," I replied, "...Do you know where Sasuke went?" He looked at me in even more surprise.

"Why are you looking for him?" Neji asked.

"He's my friend, and I'm worried about him," I answered.

"If he's your friend, then why'd you help us?" Neji inquired.

"Because it isn't right to just let people die," I told him and turned to Akamaru, "Will you still help me find him?" Akamaru barked, wagging his tail. I took that to be a yes.

"I'll stay here with Neji," Kiba said as I climbed onto Akamaru's back. I nodded to him and waved.

That was a fun chapter! My favorite one to write though is the "fourth" battle. I can't wait till you guys get to read that one!

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