Chapter 8 – Hidden secrets (Part 1)
Kirisawa rode her mountain bike down the narrow street, turned right and
stopped. She looked about her and spots the rubbish dump. Just as Umi had told
her. 1090 Misayate Street. That was
the address that bitch wrote. According to what she hacked from the police
files, the resident living alone at that place was by the name of Mdm Saeko.
must thank Koganei for teaching me how to be a hacker.
rode onwards to the left of the rubbish dump, expecting to find the house where
the dark-haired, handsome stranger (whom Umi had excitedly described) lived but
there was none.
Maybe I went the wrong direction
bicycle tracks printed themselves onto the stone cold ground. Vertically,
horizontally and diagonally.
Where the heck am I going? It’s like I’m going around in circles!
clicked a few buttons and placed the handphone next to her ear. There was no
battery! Impossible, I just charged it this morning. Nani? No connection?
flapping of a bird’s wings broke the quiescent surroundings. Fuko’s eyes
darted upwards. It was a dove, greyish blue in colour. It was looking down at
her. Its eyes were purple.
dove then stretched its wings backward for a few moments and slapped them
together, producing a gale.
wheel moans painfully.
leaned against the wall of the long hallway, sipping muddy hot water known as
coffee. At her last sip, she took a deep breath and blow heavily. It has been 2
months since the Akatsuki Clan had attacked Recca. Now, it seems like they have
never existed at all. She looked up and sees Kurei standing in front of her.
Just I’m relieved that Recca is showing sighs of gaining conscious.”
ka,” Leaning next to her. “Kagero, I want to ask you something.”
my mother involved with the Akatsuki clan in anyway?”
not!” outburst Kagero, staring at him right in his eyes. “What makes you say
I was defending Recca from that white-caped girl. A guy in sliver armour came to
her aid. He said that something about keeping a promise to my mother 400 years
ago. So, I’m wondering how mother is connected with the Akatsuki.”
you trust his words?”
now, I’m not sure. But Raiha & I managed to remember the symbol that the 2
armoured guys wore on their amour,” unfolding a piece of paper. “It’s
something like this.”
Kagero, shaking her head. “Frankly speaking, this symbol doesn’t make
sighed warily. “Looks like we are really stuck big time. Sometimes I seriously
wish that Yanagi could just heal Recca at one shot so that he could tell us what
actually happened to him.”
doesn’t have the strength to do so. And there are lots of nurses working this
area. The less people know about Yanagi’s healing power the better.” Replied
Kagero, pressing his hand.
the way, tell me. How did you know that Recca was going to be attacked by the
…” groaned Fuko, removing her helmet and rubbed the bump on her head “If I
wasn’t wearing this, I would be a goner. OH NO!!! My bike!! It’s in
smithereens!!” Scanning through the sad pieces of metal, plastic and wire for
possible survivors. A wheel creaked in response.
… why … why.. that … stupid bird!!! WHEN
I GET MY HANDS ON YOU, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR FEATHERS WILL PLUCK OUT ! NOT
ONLY THAT! YOUR FINAL RESING PLACE WILL BE MY STOMACH!!! YOU HEAR ME!!!”
shaking her fist in the air.
o suru, Fuko Kirisawa?’
spin 80 degrees to the right and sees a dark-skinned woman, standing with a hand
on a hip, dressed in clothing that revealed more than it hid. The
scorpion-shaped medallion tied round her neck gleamed with pleasure.
phoenix told you?”
nodded Kurei. “He came to me in my sleep…”
son of the Phoenix. Heed to what I shall say to you. From 2 days from now on,
your brother, Recca Hanabishi will die.
What do you mean?
death has been foreseen…
white flames exploded from the ground and soared to the skies. Among the white
flames, I saw a man. His posture was like a self-sacrifice saint. It was Recca.
Before him was a white-cloaked woman, hair like midnight covering her pale face.
She plunged her hand right into Recca’s heart. The white flames instantly fed
upon Recca’s body, his skin, flesh and bone. His ashes fell at my feet. I
knelt down and held a fistful of the glowing amber coloured ashes. 8 tongues of
red fire seeped through the gaps of my fist and floated towards the open arms of
the white cloaked woman. The 8
tongues transformed into a globe and landed upon her hand…
you understand what you have seen, Son of Phoenix? It’s the destiny that the
son of the Hokage dies.
blood of the son of the Hokage will atone for the sins of his forefathers.
what about me, am I not a Hokage?
name you are but never will you be in status.
tell me that you have forgotten how the Hokage outcast you and your mother? How
they deny your birthright as the firstborn of the flame? Reject you as the
rightful 27th Hokage leader? The moment they did so was the end of
your Hokage inheritance.
was in the past. I no longer live in the past. All I’m asking is to know why
are you telling me all this?
because of your mother, Reina…
mother? What does she have to do with this? Explain to me the meaning of the
scene that you had shown me. What does it signify?
no more, Son of Phoenix… ask no more…
“… That was when I awoke. Afterwards, Neon, Raiha and I took the earliest train to Tokyo.”
white-cloaked woman that was mentioned in your dream. Is it the same
white-cloaked woman who attacked Recca?”
believe they are the one and the same. What I don’t understand is how mother
is related to the Akatsuki or what the significance of the dream. I don’t know
about you, Kagero but all this secretive talk is starting to annoy me and…”
Suddenly, a sharp pain penetrated into Kurei’s chest. His knees fell onto the
ground. Beads of perspiration gathered at the sides of his face. Kagero rushed
to his side.
Fuko ferociously hailed showers of dagger-shaped winds onto Suna’s barrier.
Suna pressed her lips tightly as she saw the hairline cracks darted across the
outer layer of her barrier. Muttering
a vulgar word, she pulled out a bangle from her arm and chanted. The bangle
enlarged and exploded in a large mass of dust.
heavily, Fuko waved streaks of wind against the blinding atmosphere. Like having
a life of its own, the dust avoided the winds and flew straight in Fuko’s
face, forcing to drop her guard. Acting swiftly, Suna grabbed Fukos’ left arm
and pulled her forward. Bending her knees, she brought her right arm between
Fuko’s legs and clasped her right leg. Her right shoulder drove into Fuko’s
side. The scorpion medallion glowed in yellow colour as Fuko gets lifted up,
wheeled across Suna’s shoulders and throw aside. A loud thud of a falling body
letting Fuko to recover from her fall, Suna wrapped her left arm round Fuko’s
neck and pulled backwards while her right hand pushed the back of Fuko’s head
forward. A choking cry came from Fuko while Suna completed her strangle lock by
gripping her right elbow with the left hand.
the fight from a roof stop stood a man dressed in leather pants and linen shirt.
His dark hair streaked with strands of silver tied in white silken ribbon.
Boredom reflected in his grey eyes. On his left shoulder, perched the
Mayonaka-senpai,” spoke the dove. “Seems like Suna Arashi has a better luck
with Fuko Kirisawa than Kaze Yousei.”
on what do you believe so, Nichi Hato?” Long fingers fingering the ends of the
at Suna’s bangles on Kirisawa’s arms and legs. They are preventing her from
doing anything against Suna’s strangle lock. You see, by pressing the
opponent’s throat with the left forearm and pushing the back of the head
forward with the right arm. Suna’s arms are like a pair scissors. Very soon,
the pressure on Kirisawa’s throat will increase and she will be strangled to
too early to conclude a Sluth’s
fight against a experienced fighter like Kirisawa.”
thought that her brain would burst open if she doesn’t do something fast. The
dusty air was thinning and Fuko was able to see clearly. She sees the bangles on
her arms and legs. No wonder I was not
able to move. Closing her eyes, Fuko concentrated her thoughts on Fujin.
Fujin responded and sent a whirly wind punch at Suna’s face. Her strangled
lock loosened, the bangles dematerialised. Immediately, Fuko jammed her elbow
right into Suna’s side, mashing her ribs.
gave a cry and rolled over to one side. Her hand placed over the injured area.
Fuko drew in deep breaths of air while she rubbed her sore throat.
fastened a black belt across his waist, pulled out a drawer and took an object.
It was wrapped in brown paper. While he was unwrapping the object, Neon slammed
the door wide open.
are you alright? Kagero told me what happened back at the hospital….” Her
eyes widen; she brought her fingers to her mouth. Kurei was dressed in his Uruha
suit, in his hand was the unwrapped object – a facemask, painted with the
symbol of the Hokage.
have to go, Neon,” walking towards her. “Someone is waiting for me.”
Closing the door behind her. “Why? What does he want from you?”
less you know the better.”
must you go?” Trembled Neon, her voice quavering.
answering, Kurei placed the mask on his face and walked past Neon. His cold eyes
broaden the moment Neon hugged him from behind. Her face buried in the red
his hands over Neon’s, he said, “Within 1 hour, I want you to leave Japan.
There’s a plane ticket on the dressing table...”
that you’ll do this,” putting her hands away. “Please Neon…”
I won’t let you die!” She blocks Kurei with her arms. “Let me go with
mustn’t, it’s too dangerous. The faster you leave Japan the better.”
protested Neon, releasing her emotions. “I won’t leave you…”
you won’t do this for me, then do it for the sake of our child!”
stared at him in shock and disbelief, was Kurei lying? Yet, it sounded real and
removed his facemask; he looked so gentle and loving just like on the day of
it’s true, Neon. You are carrying our baby. The Phoenix told me when I was at
the hospital. He also told me that they are after you because I rescued Recca.
That is why you must leave Japan. They mustn’t find you. Please forgive me.”
Wiping her tears with the tip of his red sleeve, he held her closer. ”Forgive
me…” He lifted up her chin and gave her a long sweet kiss.
running motor of a motorcycle echoed throughout the streets. Litters of dried
leaves brushed aside by the roaring wheels. Umi was literally hanging on for her
Slow down! Do you want to get us both killed?”
Fuko might not be lucky like she was the last time.”
“How do you know that she is at Misayate Street?”
drew a big blue circle around an address that belong a customer who came earlier
in the afternoon. Suna Arashi is her name.”
address happens to be 1090 Misayate
the address of the last delivery that we were supposed to make! But the
customer’s name was Taka…”
Furthermore, from what I check in the directory, the house numbers at Misayate
Street is from 1070 to 1085.”
Arashi groaned and slowly stood up. Her hand placed over the injured side. My ribs must be fractured. She looked at Fuko, who turned around and
did some stretching exercises. The ore of Fujin shot a beam of light into her
eyes. Her jaw clenched. Darn, if she uses
Fujin, I may be done for. The most I can do is to avoid the attack, other than
that…Fuko winked at her, her lips curled into a nasty smile. Tension
thumped in Suna’s stomach. This is
it…She’s using Fujin… nani?
her surprise, Fuko pulled the lower lid of her right eye and stuck out her
tongue. “Let me tell you that Fuko Kirisawa will not be easily defeated like
the last time!” Waving her hand, “Jaa ne, say hello to Kaze Yousei for me.
Tell him that I want a re-match, ok?”
the heck is she doing?!?
Suna still stunned by Fuko’s action. “Matte! Aren’t you going to finish
are you saying? You’re injured. The fight is over.”
Fuko signed and shook her hand. “Look, sister. I don’t believe in killing your opponent to ‘finish’ a fight, ok? By the way, can you tell me who’s the bird that attacked me? Cuz it’s going to get payback for destroying my mountain bike!”
don’t believe this…”
copper red rays and dark shadows coloured the rumbles of the fallen warehouses
surrounding Shiroka. The silver-laced hood still covering her face. In her hand
was 2 tiny urn-shaped transparent bottles one was grey the other dark crimson
red, string together by an extremely delicate silver silk thread.
You know what to do Shiroka…
smile curled at the corners of her pink lips while she tied the bottles around
her neck, slipping them beneath her clothing. Sounds of footsteps were heard
behind her. Stoical and impassive.
you for coming…” said Shiroka.
let get me straight,” Fuko scratched her head, “You are here so that you
could be promoted to a higher level of Akatsuki?”
swallowed her pride. “Yes, if you want to put it in that way. I’m considered
as a Sluth, the lowest level ninja of the Akatsuki. Since Kaze Yousei
couldn’t kill you before, I thought that if I could defeat you and get Fujin.
My status will be raised as an Ohara
Hato gulped down drops of water fed by Mayonaka, who fondly stroke its feathers.
“Seems like Suna is talking too much, what are we going to do anything about
dayo, Nichi Hato. Suna won’t last for long. Her skills are still crude and
pathetic as ever.”
are so harsh, Senpai. You were once a Sluth
before. Except that you become a Queth
in an amazingly short time. Thank goodness that I’ve nothing to do with this
political status stuff.”
because you are a Taraxen, a spy.
There are only 3 of you, no more no less. As for that Sluth,
her feeble attempts to reach higher will only shorten her life line.” Feeding
a strip of raw meat into Nichi Hato’s beak. “We need not do anything about
ka…” said Fuko, swinging her arms lightly. “So, there are basically 6
ninja levels – Sluth, Deshu, Ohara, Fukl,
Maje and Queth. Apart from them,
are Taraxen, in another word - spy.
But there’s others levels higher than Queth.”
like Kamiga like Hogosya – sama and
Goei – sama, they are bodyguards to protect our leader, Lady Yogen. She’s
the one who wants your maudoughs.”
I think I understand your little hierarchy. Why does this Yogen person want our
to do with the Kami no hitos.”
no hitos? Who the heck are they?”
Akatsuki full moon, they will be 4 kami no hitos who will appear. We are
supposed to find them and prepare them for the ceremony of uniting.”
the uniting of…”
strong gush of wind blew against the girls’ faces. The ore of Fujin dimmed at
the sight. Tiny spikes of wind poked against Fuko’s skin. Grains of sand swept
across the area towards Suna. A grain of sand scratched across her cheek. The tongue needs to be tightened. A sharp stinging blow slapped
across her face. She fell face down. The grains of sand gathered themselves
around her wrists and ankles, hardening every few seconds.
Fuko forced herself to take a few steps against the blowing wind Her hand
touched something solid. She looked up. Her eyes widen in shock.
her was a crystal-blue barrier.
you for coming…” Shiroka turned around and greeted the masked red-clothed
man, “Kurei.” Waving her arms in a mocking gesture. “We didn’t get to
introduce ourselves when we first met. My name is Shiroka. I suppose you have
seen me in your dreams.” She glance at his arm, “By the muscle tension on
that arm, I can tell that you didn’t expect this. What makes you think that
I’ll not know what the Phoenix has told you?”
bangles jingled at Kurei’s wrist. Shiroka curled a slight smile. “Your wife
must be at the airport by now. What an obedient wife you have. Is that you can
do to protect her? I can track her easily. It doesn’t matter where she
the talk. I know your game.”
not a game, Kurei. I’m just stating the facts. Your wife is pregnant. That
will give me an upper advantage. Even more when I’m done with you.” A fiery
bow materialized by her hand. “She can run for all I care.”
She held up the bow, drew back the string until her knuckles gazed at the
angle of her jaw.” I’ll hunt your whore down until she burnt into ashes!”
Releasing her fingers, the fire arrow speed towards Kurei, who leaped just
enough to allow his sleeve to have a neat tear. The arrow plunged into the
ground, erupting white lava needles beneath Kurei.
wings shot out from Kurei’s back and hovered themselves upon him, protecting
him. Kurenai howled in triumph. Shiroka laughed cold laugher.
futilely pounded the barrier with her fists. “Suna! Suna! Daijobu ka?” Why am I so useless? Suna is injured. Who knows what Kaze Yousei might
do to her? Fujin, why are you not responding to me? Fujin?
helplessly watched the winds tossing and turning the grains of sand around Suna.
Suna’s face turned. She groaned. Are you
have disgraced us terribly. Not only that, you gave a little information of us
to an enemy. Are you intending to become a traitor?
I’m not. It’s just that…”
won’t do anything, Sluth. Let me give your tongue a taste of what I would do
to with people like yourself.
thin whip-like figure appeared above Suna Arashi’s back, wavering up and down,
before it strikes down like a cobra onto it a prey.
“YAMETE!!!!” yelled Fuko, banging her fist onto the barrier.
of torment pierced the atmosphere like shattered glass.
spread open her wings and pelted fire at Shiroka, who quickly transformed her
bow into a shield to defend herself. While doing so, she used her right index
finger and scribbled wavy lines onto the ground. Chalky-coloured mist
spontaneously surrounded Kurei. Shiroka proceeded to twirl her finger. In
response, the mist, like cloth, bind itself around Kurei. The white larva once
again, erupted beneath and wrapped the bounded Kurei into a ball.
fire swirled around the larva ball and cracked it. Fiery wings of the Phoenix
flapped themselves towards the skies, bearing them was Kurei. Shiroka tightened
her fist. For a brief moment, Kurei looked like fiery red-clothed warrior behind
the setting sun.
you can fly Kurei. However unique that a flame caster can combine himself
together with his fire creature. Then again, it is possible for 2 souls – his
and Kurenai’s – to combine as one. But that doesn’t stop me from getting
what I want.
a single jump, she leaped herself higher than Kurei, her right hand holding a
fiery jagged–edge dagger. She strikes down but Kurei parried her blow with his
right forehand and gripped her right wrist. Moving in behind her, he pulled her
right arm straight towards her rear and locked her neck with his left arm. His
wings enclosed themselves, stinging the edges of Shiroka’s cloak.
to me,” hissed Kurei. “What does that silver-armoured guy who saved you the
other day meant by keeping a promise to my mother? What does she have to do with
should have kill me when you had the chance.”
dig her left fingers into Kurei’s left arm, out came 4 thin needles that
stabbed right through his arm – Bone and skin.
Kurei released his hold at the excruciating pain. Shiroka turned around
and punched her fist into Kurei’s stomach, spin around and thrust her elbow
into his back. Kurei felled downwards to the ground. His injuries would have
been more severe had it been not for Kurenai who caught him in her arms and
landed him softly on the ground. Kurei tightly held his bleeding left arm, his
lips set in grim position as he watched Shiroka’s feet lightly touched the
have become soft, Kurei. How pathetic, I thought that you would provide a more
exciting challenge than Hanabishi.” A staff materialised by her right hand.
“As for you, Kurenai, your new master awaits you!”
do you mean by that?” demanded Kurei, still enduring the pain of his left arm.
please, Kurei. You mean that the Phoenix didn’t tell you everything,” she
smirked. “After all, why should he? He isn’t the real Phoenix.”
eyes widen in shock. “Then, the Phoenix that appeared to me was just…”
simple copy of the original. In order to let you believe that the Phoenix is
telling you the truth. You believe in him the moment you saw me attacking your
baby brother. It’s an old trick. That’s right, Kurei.” She held out her
staff in front of her. “If you’re smart enough, you’ll realised that I’m
not after Neon. I’m after Kurenai.”
weird movements with her fingers, she chanted.
the wings of time
To the ancient ancestors of Akatsuki
Grant me my desire
The soul of Kurenai
The angel of Phoenix
The soul of unshed blood”
his sleeve, Kurei took out some sharp-curled circled darts. He raised his arm to
strike. I rather die than let you take her
away from me. A warm touch was felt on his raised arm. He looked up and sees
Kurenai. Her face looked so peaceful and yet sad.
Kurei. No more bloodshed
Is this your voice I’m hearing now?
my love. It is. On the day I died, our souls unite as one. You made my dying
wish come true. I’m grateful for that. Today, you’re lifted from your
You are not going to…
though the Phoenix that Shiroka created had tricked you, one thing can be
certain. Neon is carrying your child.
She took her the mask off Kurei’s face and gently brushed her fingers against his scar
love you Kurei. I always have since the day I first met you. And I want you to
live as a normal person. Live the life that I couldn’t have. Your child will
need you as his father. Let him not bear the sins that you have carrying upon
your shoulders. As for Shiroka, if you kill her, you’ll destroy the key to
your answers about your mother. For your child, I’ll give myself to them. You
need not fear for I’m already dead.
long as I know that my love is alive and has a family who loves him, it’ll be
enough to endure any kind of hell.
opened her wings for the last time and charged towards Shiroka. White flame
burst in several directions. Her hood fell off, causing her black to fly about
wildly about her face. Her eyes turned white.
her soul bring about what thou had foreseen.
As the pure child of the flame.
Which destiny thou have chosen for me
I command the fiery spirits of Akatsuki
To take her to the mystical world
Where thou awaits her.”
staff morphed itself into a portal-like shape, glowing in amber red. Shiroka
opened her hands in a receiving manner. “Yes, Kurenai,” watching the angel
flying towards her. “Come, they are waiting for you… nani?”
wave of purple flame penetrated through Kurenai and its direction straight at
Shiroka. However, the portal, which is in front of Shiroka, sucked the flame.
High pitch scornful laughter was heard. Shiroka smirked in pleasure. Then,
hellish screams followed. Nani? Her
jaw clenched at the sudden pain. Bile and blood was on her tongue. They are affected by his flame. But how? No physical flame can touch the
spirits. She snarled at Kurei, who was panting continuously while enduring
his loss at the time. Desperation yet determination shook in his eyes.
won’t let you take her away from me.”
It’s already too late…”
“Even so, Shiroka,” Kurenai’s voice whispered in her mind. “I’ll not let you hurt Kurei.” Kurenai grabbed Shiroka from behind. Her wings enclosed around Shiroka. She smelt the smell of burning clothes.
went behind me when I was distracted by Kurei.
I said, I’ll not let you hurt Kurei.
you won’t defeat me.
having a mind of its own, the portal closed itself and went in Shiroka’s body.
She threw up blood. A left silver armoured hand merged out from Shiroka’s back
and into Kurenai’s chest, absorbing her. Caustic pain gripped Kurei’s heart.
screamed Kurei, releasing every single power that he has at Shiroka. Another
portal materialised in front of Shiroka, spitting out tiny globes of silver.
Diminishing Kurei’s flame as they flew. Before he could evade them, each tiny
globes shot through his body, limbs by limbs, bursting each of his vital veins.
Dark blood spurted like water from a burst pipe. The last one aiming for his
forehead. Kurei helplessly stared at it, his heart pounding with every second
closer to death. Then, long black sleeve covered his eyes, knocking him down to
the ground. When it was removed, Kurei weakly looked at his rescuer. It was
woman, wearing an unusual earring, holding extremely long and thin needles. The
tiny globe, knowing that it has missed its target, make a turn and dived in
striking position. With confidence, the women threw her needles at it. With one
perfect hit of the needles, the tiny globes into pieces.
murmured Kurei, coughing up more blood.
still,” commanded Kagero, wrapping strips of cloth over the wounds. A howling
interrupted her causing her to turn. Her eyes broadened at the sight. Half of
Kurenai was already absorbed in the silver armoured hand that had merged out of
Shiroka’s back. Her cloak was burning under the intense heat that Kurenai made
in her struggling attempt to escape. She was kneeling down, her face sweating
heavily while she concentrated. Despite her hair blocking the full view of face,
there is something familiar about her.
a war cry, white fiery flame engulfed both Shiroka and Kurenai. Howls of defeat
trembled the ground, followed by eerie laughter. Kurei groaned in agony, Kagero
instantly place the hilt of her dagger into Kurei’s mouth to prevent him from
biting his tongue. She gasped at the sight of hot steam rising out of Kurei’s
scar. She turned around and sees a massive beam of blinding light coming towards
them. Kagero threw herself over Kurei like a shield. The blinding light covered
them as quickly as it did came. Then, there was silence. Kagero lifted her head
and looked at the unconscious Kurei. Shock widens her eyes.
scar on Kurei’s face was gone.
Fuko continued to bang on the barrier in frantic despair while she watched Kaze
Yousei torturing over his prey. Angry red whiplashes scarred the flawless skin,
horrifying Fuko every second, her legs collapsed. Her fists losing strength,
sliding down against the barrier bit by bit. Suna’s screams ringed constantly
in her ears. Tears swelled in her eyes. A drop felled onto the ore of Fujin.
crack of the whip.
glowed at her sudden strength. A typhoon of wind exploded from the ground,
tearing down the barrier. Gusts of clear smoke paved her presence.
said Nichi Hato, pecking his wings. “Kaze Yousei is not going to be happy
about this. Ne?
imperturbably arranged tied up his hair and said, “Maybe.” Standing up.
“I’m going off now.”
where? Aren’t you going to stay and watch the fight.”
“It’ll be over in less than 5mins,” answered Mayonaka in dull tone. “There’s somebody I have to meet.” He walked away and disappeared.
in less than 5mins?” repeated Nichi Hato. “Jaa, boku wa minakereba narimanai
(Then, I must see this)!”
Yousei resentfully looked at Fuko who was feeling Suna’s wrist for a pulse. Yokatta, she’s alive! Glaring at Kaze Yousei, she said, “Though
I may not be able to see you. I’ll make you pay for what you done to her.”
(why)? She’s not even your ally.”
is she your enemy. What kind of a person are you who injures his own
wa watashi desu (I am that I am) And your Fujin is mine!”
spirits materialised in front of Fuko; each of them had a butterfly-shaped wing,
having a figure of half-woman, half-bird, and all of them smiling at her with
murderous intent. Fuko grinned with anticipation. Fujin,
ikou! She jumped up. “Fu…
what is this? I can’t move at all!”
at her were the wind spirits, each of them blowing a thin frail of wind thread
at her. Fuko examined her situation and discovered that she was at the middle of
a wind spider web. One by one, the wind spirits came closer, making Fuko unable
to move with each minute.
gloated Kaze Yousei. Fuko felt a cold breeze on her cheeks. “Since I could not
defeat you with the fake Fujin illusion before, I decided that maybe this will.
I won’t waste time like I did before.” Hatred tinted in his speech. One wind
spirit responded to him and placed her lanky fingers on the ore of Fujin,
creating a small barrier around it as she slowly took out the ore out. Fuko
useless. Fujin won’t work in my presence you already know that. As for you, my
prisoner, I shall need you alive until Fujin unites with me. Afterwards,” he
laughed wickedly. “It’s revenge.” Cracks darted across Fujin maudough.
Kaze Yousei laughed even louder joined by his spirits. A gust of wind snatched
maudough from Fuko’s arm and tossed in the arms of the wind spirits. With each
toss, bits of the maudough fell off. Fuko, powerless and too overwhelmed by this
sudden twist, could only watched the tormented play. It hurt her and cut her
deeply, as her beloved maudough became nothing than worthless dust. Kaze Yousei
happily glee at his new amusement.
go, my spirits. We have a new toy to play now.”
said a greyish dove, landing next to Suna Arashi. “What about her?”
Sluth? She can die for all
I care. Nichi Hato.”
I’ll have to clean up this mess,” sighed Nichi Hato, extending his wings
over everybody. Soon, they were transported back to the Akatsuki fortress,
leaving behind the ruins of the battlefield.
gently touched Kurei’s face. His entire face was smooth and firm. There were
no traces of the famous scar that had once engraved fear into the souls of any
rivals when Mori Kougan was alive. Unbelievable.
Kagero turned around and looked
at the black-haired girl. Her white cloak had reduced to ashes. Her skin
slightly scorched. She was dressed in a ninja suit, 2 tiny urn-shaped
transparent bottles were dangling from her neck. She was taking in deep breaths
as she tries to recover as quickly as possible.
that she has the strength to defeat Karyu and Kurenai. Kurei’s scar only
indicates that Kurenai is in the hands of the Akatsuki. The same thing must be
applied to Recca as well. But why? Why do I have this feeling that she looks
like somebody I know?
staff materialised next to the ninja girl, who uses it to help her stand up.
Still leaning against it, she turned and looked at Kagero, who instantly gasped
Impossible,” Kagero standing up as her eyes stared intensely at the ninja
girl. “You’re alive? But how?”
Kagero. My name is Shiroka. Reina was my mother.”
Impossible,” argued Kagero, staring at her uncanny resemblance. “Reina has
only one son – Kurei. How can it be that she could have another child?”
birth was never made known. Reina knows about this. Yet she didn’t acknowledge
me as her daughter. She chose Kurei instead of me. If I was chosen, I could have
been the next leader of the Hokage,” White flame slowly merged around Shiroka.
“She chose Kurei over me. She chose him over me.” Rancorous hatred blazed in
her dark eyes. “Tell him that I will be waiting for him.” Shiroka vanished
together with her flame.
slumped to the ground, transfixed by Shiroka’s words.
has a daughter. And she is a flame caster. A Hokage flame caster.”
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