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  1. ShadowofMiracles Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 28, 2006
    star 1
    IC: Ryuu, Yuudai
    Chuunin Exams: Konoha Gates

    It had been a week since their team decided to enter the Chuunin exams. Nothing much happened during that week for Yuudai, because he needed to let his hand heal. He spend his time reading scrolls about different types of jutsus and even went to Konoha's library to do some research about the Chuunin exams. However he couldn't get too much information because there were restrictions he came across, but he did find out that a long time ago when the Chuunin exams took place in Konoha there was an attack. That was all he could really get because any other info was restricted and when he asked about who it was that had attacked Konoha no one answered, some even looked terrify.

    This had interested Yuudai, but he couldn't find out anything else so he just put the subject at the back of his head. He would ask the Hokage about it later, he would most likely answer him since he was already teaching him the Rasengan. It sometimes still surprised him that the Hokage had sort of become his teacher, he was grateful to him for teaching him.

    The Jounin leader for Team three, Kuuki Zurui, had gathered Team Nine, Team One and his own team at the Gate of Konoha. He would be their guide as well as the ambassador to Sunagakure. He hadn't really heard about him until he introduced himself to them that morning, but if the Hokage appointed him leader then he must be a good ninja.

    He asked for everyone to introduce themselves, Team One was the first up with Tochigo Akako, Hio Onikami, and Hlaalo Eno. Then was their team with Seishou introducing himself first then Karen and finally himself. Lastly, Team Three introduced themselves, he had heard that they were the best genin team among them. Hyuuga Nikorasu, Hakkai Cho, and Inuzuka Tsume with a nin-pup by the name of Tenro, whom had surprised everyone by introducing himself.

    It was the first time Yuudai had heard a dog talk, it was surprising to say the least...

    When introductions were over, Zurui made all the Genins go in to a large formation. Team One formed a line straight in the middle while Team Nine was scattered along the right side. Tsume and Tenro had the upper left side with Cho at the bottom left, while Nikorasu had the back all to himself. Zurui took the lead as they took off.

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    Chuunin Exams: Sand Village

    It had taken them Three days to arrive at the Sand Vilage, this was the first time that Yuudai had travel so far from Konoha or at least that's what he thought. For some reason traveling in the desert made him feel like he had taken this path before a long time ago, it was like he had gotten deja vu. However he ignored those memories, they would only trouble him and he needed to stay in focus.

    When they reached Sunagakure's gates they greeted the border patrol and entered when their registrations were filled out.

    Yuudai was impressed by the Sand Village's unique buildings, he had never seen such styles before. It was so different from Konoha and it was probably as big as Konoha too meaning that there was probably a lot more to see. Unfortunately he would have to do some sight-seeing later because they needed to get to the Hotel that was reserved for them. After they unpacked, Zurui gave them permission to go and explore Sunagakure so all the genins went to take a good look around.

    Yuudai was debating whether to go with them or not, they were a big group and he wasn't use to being around so many people. Sure he had been with a lot of kids during his time in the Ninja Academy, but he always kept to himself and people didn't really try to approach him.

    In the end he had to go with them because even though they could go and explore it was probably best for them to stick together. Otherwise the other participants would pluck them out one by one.

    "Oi watch where your going will ya"

    Yuudai looked up, Oni had accidentally ran into a tall brown hair teen with tattoos all over his face. He was wearing all black and had a something wrapped around in white bandages on his back, he looked intimidating.
  2. Jedi_padawan_leigh Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Feb 13, 2003
    star 4
    IC: Sato Manami
    Konoha Gates/Sunagakure


    It had been exactly one week since the nominated genin teams had received the news about the chuunin exams, and now they were preparing to travel to the wind country, to the hidden village of Sunagakure. It had been decided that the candidates were to travel to the sand village in groups, Manami?s group being led by a Chuunin named Nara Makoto. Unfortunately Kenji-sensei was unable to come with them.

    As well as Team Five, their were two other Genin Teams travelling under Makoto?s charge. Team Six and Team Eight. In the eyes of other ninja, the members of these two teams were referred to as rookies. And were about a year younger than the members of Team Five. But rookies or not, they were here and ready to participate. Introductions were made and Manami greeted the new genin with a friendly smile, hoping to make them feel a bit more at ease and quell any nerves they might have been feeling. She was a little nervous herself, not knowing exactly what they would endure throughout the course of these exams. They would just have to wait and find out they reached Sunagakure.

    Makoto?s group arrived a day later than the other groups, their travelling movements hindered slightly by wind storms as they made their way across the deserts. The land of Wind could not have been anymore different from the land of fire. The heat from the sun the arid dryness of the air and invasiveness of the ever present sands irritated some of the genin, and even Manami felt a little bit of discomfort in the sun. Pulling a small cylindrical pot of sun ointment out of her pocket, she put a rubbed a little on her face and the exposed parts of her arms, before offering it to the others. Going through these exams would be hard enough, but going through them with chronic sunburn would be even worse.

    Eventually the group made it to a large canyon area. It lead to the boundary of the village and after being verified by the sand?s border patrol they were eventually allowed inside. The unique architecture of the village was present all around them as Makoto led them to their hotel. Makoto then allowed them to explore the village a little, and the leaf genin took to the streets. It had all been good clean fun, until, as they were walking, a rock fell and landed in front of them. Followed by three ninja who jumped down from a ledge above. They were wearing the symbol of the rain village. A girl and her two team-mates, identical males, save for their eyes.

    ?Leaf ninja eh??so I heard your village is pretty weak. Care to prove us wrong??

    The grey eyed twin said, laughing with his companions. It was with that, that Jiraiya suddenly started charging towards the challengers angrily. Manami frowned and was about to set off after him to stop him, when suddenly one of the newer genin, what was his name again, Nurako? Formed his own hand signs and disappeared, reappearing in front of Jiraiya and stopping his hands. Manami ran over and stopped next to Jiraiya and Nurako, who was telling the hot-headed Uzumaki boy something

    ?Don?t you know that they are observing us!?

    She put her hand on Jiraiyas shoulder

    ?He?s right Jiraiya, calm down. They are trash talking, trying to see how we react?

    She frowned and then looked at the rain ninja. Brawling in the street after not even half an day of being here would be damaging to all involved. She addressed them, a serious look on her face

    ?Listen, it won?t do any of us any good to be kicked out of the village on our rears before the exams even start, so why don?t you save all that pent up energy for the real thing?


    TAG: Team Five, Team Eight, Team Six/Tee
  3. Sarge221 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 9, 2006
    star 5
    IC: Kyousei, Alec
    Konoha, Kyousei Home


    With some small scissors, Alec carefully snipped the herb from the plant before placing it in the pouch that he had set on the table. It had been perfect timing that the plant had finished growing, the herbs having fully matured, all in time for the upcoming Chuunin Exams. With some more careful snips, a few more herbs were collected into the pouch which he then tied to his belt once he was finished. Hopefully he wouldn't need too many of these, whether for their main or secondary purposes.

    Turning and making his way out of his room, Alec stopped when he saw that someone else was waiting for him.

    "Careful with that," Amiko spoke, having already dropped down to her knees and spreading her arms out.

    Smiling, Alec walked the rest of the way into his mom's hug, his own arms wrapping around her to return the squeeze that she gave him.

    "I will, mom," Alec replied, stepping away and giving the woman that he had inherited his hair from a grin. "Just need to remember our lessons."

    No, admittedly Alec hadn't exactly tested them out for real. He had his lessons with his mother, been told what to do and how to use them, practiced as well as they could, but he hadn't tried out the real thing. But his mother had spoken that as long as he remembered their lessons, on what he should do, then he should be fine. And the lessons from Sakura-sensei. Those special lessons that he received would probably help as well.

    ----

    Konoha Gates/Sunagakure

    There were some big names in the other teams that they were to be traveling with, most prominently Uzumaki and Uchiha. Alec tried not to let these deter his enthusiasm to participating, and hopefully succeeding, in the upcoming exams, making sure to be polite, bow and shake hands when the introductions were made...and nudging one of his other teammates when they seemed a bit too...stiff. Nukaro didn't seem to have that problem but Shiro had been a bit unhappy; Alec remembered how the latter teammate had been a lot less enthusiastic then he and Nukaro was even with the announcement of the Chuunin Exams.

    Unlike the walk that they had to take during the one - and only - C-Rank mission, it wasn't a clumsy woman that slowed them down but rather the occasional sand storm that blew through their path as they made their way to the Sand Village. His mother, being the medical-nin that she was, didn't leave her son totally unprepared for those. Alec knew to pull that half-mask over his nose and mouth when those occurred and Amiko had given him some goggles to place over his eyes. The storms were nowhere near as bad as they could've been but the protection was appreciated nonetheless.

    It also left him plenty of time to think of Samari when he didn't have to worry much about the sandstorms. He still kept his thoughts about the small woman to himself and neither his parents nor Sakura knew about his concerns for a client that had seemed like she was setting his whole team up. Alec had been tempted to ask Kotetsu but he had remained silent. He was only a Genin after all and such business was probably none of his.

    But if he succeeded and became a Chuunin maybe he could risk asking. That was if he succeeded. Well, that would just be extra motivation then.

    The thoughts were put on hold when they got to the village. And they were not kidding at all when they called it the Sand Village. The sand was everywhere. If they were going to stay here for a while then it was definitely a good thing that his mother had given him those goggles. Though he had removed the equipment when they were at the hotel, he had pulled his mask back up and his goggles down when he went off to explore the village with his and the other teams.

    ?Leaf Ninja eh?.so I heard your village is pretty weak. Care to prove us wrong??

    ...Where they ran into their first bit of trouble in the form of three ninja who's bands designated them as Rain ninja.

    Jiraiya decided to face this troubl
  4. BartSimpson-SithLord Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jan 24, 2002
    star 5
    Kuuki Zurui
    Various Locales

    It had only been a week since the announcement of which teams the Leaf would be sending to Suna in order to take the Chuunin exams, and Zurui knew by the sheer number of teams that they would have to split them up into separate squads. What he didn't expect was for him to be the only Jounin accompanying the entire group. Zurui sighed as he waited for his teams to arrive at the gates to Konoha. It really is bothersome being in charge of so many. His mind then shifted towards the fact that, as the highest ranking representative for Konoha, he was also acting as an ambassador between the two countries. That means I'm going to have to face Gaara again... he shivered. He's really scary when he's angry. So's Temari for that matter. Maybe they'll have cooled down since the mission. Yeah, be positive Zurui. He puffed out his chest, then the image of Gaara glaring over that desk re-entered his mind and he shivered again. I really wish another Jounin would come along.

    It wasn't long before the teams began to filter in around him. They were scheduled to be the first group to leave Konoha, and he had been given the task of accompanying Teams One, Three, and Nine. When the teams had all gathered, he began to ask for introductions, leaving his own squad to introduce themselves last. Of course, if they succeeded, they wouldn't be his squad any longer. Once the introductions were complete, he had the Team One form a normal formation line behind him while the others were to delta out from there, with Nikorasu watching the back especially. Taking the point, they began their journey.

    Suna

    The journey wasn't nearly as eventful as his last trip to Suna. This time they arrived just behind a sandstorm, the air still dryer than usual from the event. Entering the canyon path that lead to Sunagakure, Zurui met the border patrol and provided the proper credentials for entering the village. Zurui lead the teams to their lodgings, allowing them to soak in the village and get their bearings. It would be important that they knew the lay of the village and how to make their way around so that they wouldn't be late to any of the testing segments. As he told the children to have fun, but act responsibly, he made his own way through the village. It had been too long since he'd had a nice leisurely stroll through his native village. Yes, nice and leisurely, not a care...not a care in the...world.

    Zurui sighed heavily. I really should go visit the Kazekage.

    The look on his face was one of trepidation and laziness as he made his way towards Gaara's office. Maybe no one will be there. We are far earlier than expected. Yes, no one will be there and I can at least say I tried. Then I can meet them outside of official business and catch up like friends instead of officials and ambassador. Just forget all that bothersome business.

    Zurui was in luck as far as Gaara went. The Kazekage was nowhere to be found, out on some business. Zurui gave a sigh of relief until he noticed that Temari was there. Preparing for a verbal accosting for allowing his genin to mess up that mission, he was surprised when she greeted him warmly with a smile. Giving a warm smile and a wave to his longtime friend, he entered the office. "Hello, Temari. I'd like to say I'm here only to catch up and report on the first group of leaf candidates arriving..." he trailed off and sighed again. "But I'm actually here to formally apologize in person for the actions of genin squad during the package delivery."

    Here it comes, this is when she'll get scary.

    TAG: GM



    Uchiha Tatsuya
    Konoha

    Tatsuya had spent the week following their acceptance of Kenji-sensei's nomination by trying to press for information of what the Chuunin exams would be like from his father. His father kept tight lipped, however, and seemed to be visibly upset by the news of his son entering the Chuunin exams. It wasn't a notion of Tatsuya not being ready, it was as if the very notion of the Chuunin exams
  5. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

    Administrator
    Member Since:
    Jul 13, 2008
    star 7
    Daitô Shirô
    Daitô Family Home, Konoha


    "1...2...3...4...5..."

    Shirô continued counting as he repeatedly stuck the log that sat in front of him, his katana moving as quickly as he could manage. Which, as it turned out, was slightly faster than he could safely handle, and the cuts on his arms from that day alone were a testament to this fact. He didn't have much to occupy his time, lately, what with the Chuunin exams approaching and his being forbidden from smithing practice. So he had taken to everting all of his energy on sword training. Needless to say, every log in a mile radius was getting slaughtered.

    He paused for a moment to wipe the sweat off of his grime-free brow. Here he was, eleven years old, and training his heart out to kill people as effectively as possible. Fortunately for Shirô, he wasn't capable of wrapping his mind around how disturbing that concept could truly be. He was just agitated that he had to study ninjutsu to begin with. He dreamt of someday finally being allowed to settle into a life of forging weapons. Perhaps even getting married, having some kids... just, not being a ninja. What the heck difference did it make if he was a genin or a jounin if this wasn't what he wanted to do to begin with? To say nothing of the fact that he wasn't any good at it. The Chuunin exams would merely serve to emphasize that point.

    His thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the rear door sliding open and being closed again. He turned to face the newcomer, and paused before he was able to speak. It ws his father. "H-... hello, father," he managed, averting his gaze as if merely gazing at the Daitô patriarch could somehow blind him.

    "Shirô," his father returned, his tone steely cold. It was never "son," never "my boy," always "Shirô." Always. "I see you've been training with one of the spares."

    "Y-yes, sir," Shirô stammered with a quick nod.

    "You know, I've always found something rather puzzling," his father continued, purposefully crossing in front of the spot where Shirô had affixed his gaze, forcing the youngest Daitô to turn it in the opposite direction. "Your hair is iron grey, a sure sign that you are my son. And yet..." He bent down to gaze directly at Shirô's face. "And yet, you are so incapable, so unmotivated... you can't possibly." He clutched at the side of the boy's hair. Shirô felt his fists tightening in anger, but he forced himself to retain a more or less neutral expression. "And yet here is the hair. To think any progeny of mine could be so utterly worthless. Sometimes I think, perhaps, you would be happier had you simply never been born."

    That had been too much. Shirô had allowed his father to get away with insults before, but that - that had just gone too far. Before he even realized what he was doing, his sword arm lashed out, the blade dashing towards the man's neck...

    Whereupon it was easily dodged and, before Shirô could even blink, he found himself with a small, but deep and painful cut across his left cheekbone. "You are forbidden from having that wound treated by a medical ninja," his father remarked, as he coldly returned his blade to its sheath. "Let the scar serve as a reminder of what happens when you lash out at your own kin. Now get out of my sight."

    So Shirô found himself wandering through the massive regions of sand several weeks later, occasionally rubbing at what had, fortunately, proven to be only a very light, raised scar. Of course, massive didn't quite do the amount of sand justice. The fine rock was everywhere, and got in everything - at one point he had even found a bit in his katana's sheath!

    Then there were his companions. Alec, Nukaro, and the other Genin (He hadn't even bothered remembering their names, they would all get promoted past him in the end, anyway), all seemed either excited or nervous. Not a one wasn't here of their own motivation, a desire to prove themselves. This didn't serve to accomplish much aside from causing Shirô to feel somewhat isolated, and indeed a bit frustrated. To add to all of this, three />
  6. blubeast1237 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Apr 10, 2007
    star 5
    Nominki Nukaro
    -Sunagakure


    Seeing that Jiraiya's teammates had come to hold him off, Nukaro let his the boy's wrists go and walked back to his own team, though Alec seemed on edge ready to attack. Nukaro waved him down. "Alec, don't waste your energy. These guys don't want to start something like that right now. Not with us here." He high-fived Alec and turned to Shiro. "Yo, what was that, Shiro?"

    Shiro did not seem like the same person since they had been told that they were going to the Chunin Exams. He was darker, dry, and sometimes downright mean and Nukaro felt that he and Alec, as his teammates, should be there for their friend. He had seen how Shiro's father treated him around the village, so he obviously could not talk to him about what was going on.

    "Yo, we're your friends, so you can tell us what's going on." Nukaro made sure they were out of hearing range of the other teams. He wasn't concerned with the Rain Ninja, Mung had his eyes on them, but he did not want the other teams thinking they were vulnerable because they were arguing. Nukaro folded his arms. "Now tell us what's going on with you. What's with the katana and the cut across your face? Also, you're not dirty. You're always dirty, Shiro!"

    Nukaro looked at Alec. "We're your friends, not just your teammates."

    Tag: Team Eight
  7. Lord Vivec Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Apr 17, 2006
    star 7
    IC: Hlaalu Eno

    After a week from the Chunin Exams announcement, Eno was ready to make the trip to the Sand Village with the other genin. Most of them didn't know him well, but he got along well with his team and he was sure he'd get along with the others. After packing his stuff, he made his way to the gates of Konoha to where his team and two other teams were, including a Jounin named Kuuki Zurui. Eno introduced himself to all, most of whom had not seen him much before.

    After the three-day trip to the Sand Village, Eno and the other genin unpacked their belongings in their hotel rooms and started looking around the village, familiarizing themselves with their surroundings and each other. It was poor Oni, though, who accidentally ran into each a Sand Ninja and his scary looking companions.

    "Oi watch where your going will ya."

    The Sand ninja looked like one he'd seen from the history texts. But that was not important right now

    ?You must be here for the exams. Is this what the Leaf send?kinda of pathetic.? He said sarcastically as he looked at the rather small stature of Oni and the blindness of Seishou.

    Eno stepped forward to help Oni stand straight, for he must have had quite a shock when he ran into the guy.

    Cho, standing nearby, commented to try and diffuse the situation.

    She spoke, calmly as she smiled a bit. "Not everything, is as it appears." she said gently, with a smile. "And anything else, we shall let the tests determine that." she said, as she nodded. "But, we will watch out step. Thank you."

    Nikorasu, Eno thought, yeah it was Nikorasu, was also intent on diffusing the situation. He put his hand on Oni's shoulder and spoke to the Sand Ninja.

    "Besides, what is it to you how pitiful we may seem? All the better for you in the exams, no? However, I know that the boy didn't mean it, and we don't want a fight just now."


    When a genin named Yuudai (Eno was starting to get good with the names) said that they would be best on their way, Eno couldn't agree more. He turned to his teammate Oni and said "Come, don't pay attention to these guys. You'll show them what you're made of when the exam starts."

    He turned to the rest of the group. "I suggest we go." He then gave a rather menacing stare, one that meant don't mess with an assassin, and turned back to Oni "We still have much of the city to look at before the exams start. Let's go."

    TAG: Oni, Team One, Three, Nine, TEE
  8. Radiance Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 19, 2007
    star 4
    IC: Inuzuka Tsume

    Tsume continued to watch the events unfold below. Nikorasu showed up, along with a couple others from the Leaf Village. It seemed that a good portion of the genin that Tsume had arrived with were in the immediate area when the little accident had happened.

    It didn?t have to go down the way that it did, but the Sand ninja seemed to want to try and bully the rookies. Tsume couldn?t tell if they were older or not, or whether they themselves were rookies by looking at their backs from his vantage point on the roof.

    His right pointer index finger and thumb spun the hidden shuriken around in his pocket in boredom. He knew he was out of earshot of the entire group so he spoke to his immediate companion, his serious, deeper tone taking over.

    ?What do you think Ten??

    Tenro looked down at the situation and sniffed slowly.

    ?Ai think we could take them ourselves. Two on thlee isn?t terrible odds yoo know.. espeshaly conseedering your new technique. Could end it in three moves.?

    Tsume smirked and shook his head.

    ?Collateral damage Ten. Too much collateral damage. Besides, I have utmost confidence in your skills, but I still don?t fancy taking on three at the same time. We aren?t that strong yet. But thanks for the vote of confidence??

    Tenro shrugged his little wolf shoulders and closed his eyes again.

    ?Heyyy.. what I em I here for after all??

    Tsume adopted a dangerous smile, accented by the red markings under his eyes, it made him look very fearsome. He didn?t return his shuriken to his ninja pouch just yet. But instead locked eyes with Nikorasu on the street below. Whether or not the Hyuuga boy had seen him prior to that, Tsume didn?t really know. He gave Nikorasu a quick raising of his chin to let him know that their backs were covered if and when they wanted to walk away.

    Tsume crouched down to his haunches in a wide stance and rested his elbows on his knees, the shuriken still spinning on his finger. His smirk dissipated as he started talking to himself.

    ??.doesn?t matter if you can beat the enemies in front of you, you don?t have to be faster than the opponents you can see... Sand Genin??

    The shuriken stopped on his finger.

    ??You just need to be faster than their friend, right behind you?.?

    Tsume and Tenro didn?t leave until the situation itself had been resolved. Always making sure that nothing happened. And he would not be taken by surprise for anyone watching him ? for he had Tenro. It could be said that Tsume had a Byakugan in his own right. It had been described to him earlier in life as a sight being able to encompass 360 degrees. Tsume was always aware of what was in front of him, whether it be by direct human sight, his heightened sense of smell, or his heightened sense of hearing. And Tenro was always paying attention to what was behind them. Not much paying mind to what was in front of Tsume because Tsume himself took care of that. His vision being much worse than a human?s, Tenro relied on his ears and nose to detect anything behind them at all times, especially when he was walking beside Tsume, and not riding on his head as he was now.

    Even when he goofed off, there was always an innate danger sense about Tsume. He was alert at all times, in all groups, save for when he was with his family. He considered it as a kind of readiness code that could be broken down into colors.

    White, yellow, orange, red, and black.

    Each stage of the code brought a new level of alertness to it. If you were in white, you were completely oblivious to your surroundings, enjoying yourself to the fullest extent and could be taken off guard by anything and everything that happened around you.

    Yellow was basically walking around in a state of caution. Being aware of possible threats and identifying them.

    Orange meant the elevation from yellow, you had already identified a threat and battle was imminent. Which brought you into code Red.

    Red was actually being in battle itself. It was the best way to be in combat, as a steady progression from yello
  9. Ktala Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 7, 2002
    star 6
    Cho-tana
    Sand Village

    Cho quickly saw that if they stayed still, others would chime in, when it really wasnt necessary. Some had voiced her opinion, but one was on bordering rude. So she opted to continue on. She gave a polite bow to the sand ninja, and cautiously backed away. IF the rest of these folks wanted to start a fight, she was NOT going to join them in their folly. She had said her piece, and was calm. Their words didnt bother her one bit. So she walked away, looking at the rest of the buildings they had been looking at earlier.

    She looked over, and saw the other members of her team, and gave them a wink. She turned, and walked to another set of buildings. She was a bit hungry now, and finding a place to eat would be nice. And then perhaps she would head back to their room, so she could study, and plan for the exams.

    And stay away from any other trouble.

    "Anyone else hungry?" she asked as she walked away.



    TAG:Anyone who is walking away. Teams Three, One, Nine, Tee
  10. Teegirloo Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 26, 2005
    star 6
    GM Note: Next week the starting of the Chuunin Exams. If you haven?t got your extra jutsu in please do so soon.


      ************Squads Updates************



      Story Arc: The Chuunin Exams - Unwelcoming PT II


      ~KazeKage?s Office~


      The warm smile of Temari seemed to help Zurui calm his nerves a bit. Worried that the last time they met would dampen relations. He came to apologize for the incident that happened in the Land of Lightning. His team was responsible for the failed mission that resulted in tensions with the Land of Lightning and the Sand. Which in turn created tension between the long standing alliance the Leaf had with the Sand.

      Giving a warm smile and a wave to his longtime friend, he entered the office. "Hello, Temari. I'd like to say I'm here only to catch up and report on the first group of leaf candidates arriving..." he trailed off and sighed again. "But I'm actually here to formally apologize in person for the actions of genin squad during the package delivery."

      Her face showed it all. There was an almost sad expression upon her face before it turned back to it?s hard straight face expression.

      ?I am afraid that it?s not so simple my friend. It has caused us nothing but grief. Kazekage would be less accepting of an apology due to the tensions that have mounted up because of it. The feeling is almost like a betrayal though I know it was never intentional. The Jounin Council are furious and the villagers know all about it. The Leaf will not get a warm welcome this time around.?

      She stared in to her friends eyes and showed that this was not what she hoped for. It tore at good standing relations that now seem to be a thing of the past. She gave a slight glimmer of hope.

      ?Maybe the exams will help mend the tensions.?

      TAG: BaSSil

      ..............................................


      ~Sunagakure, Village Hidden in the Sand~

      The day was long and it was getting longer with the unintentional confrontation with some Sand Ninja, who were accidentally bumped in to. People passing by couldn?t help but look. Their faces looked as cold as the Sand Ninja toward the young Leaf Genin. The Sand Ninja laughed as the one in make up made jokes about how pathetic the Leaf were by they way they look.

      "Not everything, is as it appears." Cho said gently, with a smile. "And anything else, we shall let the tests determine that." she said, as she nodded. "But, we will watch our step. Thank you."

      More laughter came from the Ninja after Cho had finished. Then a Nikorasu came over putting a hand on the shoulder of Oni who remained quiet during the entire conversation.

      "Besides, what is it to you how pitiful we may seem? All the better for you in the exams, no? However, I know that the boy didn't mean it, and we don't want a fight just now." He caught the glint of the other boys' Sand Ninja bands. "And I am sure you do not wish to embarrass your village by starting one, so as she said, let's just save it for the exams. We shall see then, my friend." Nikorasu calmly said trying to keep the tension from rising anymore.

      Yuudai and Eno implored the Leaf Genin to go on their way, but one of the Sand Ninja started to say something.

      ?Friend, the Sand and Leaf were once allies but not since the Land of Lightning incident, which the Leaf acted on its own accord and started problems. We are not your friends, I doubt that we ever will be again. You better do more than watch your step, your not in Konoha anymore. Cmon guys let?s go and leave these pathetic excuse for ninja alone.?

      They walked away as they did one of the brutes with blond hair looked up and snarled at where Tsume and Tenro were upon the electric pole.

      Oni wiped his brow and thanked his comrades for defusing the situation. Akako and Seishou were also glad that it was over, but knew that they would most likely see those Sand ninja again in the exams.

      They continued their tour for a li
  11. Radiance Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 19, 2007
    star 4
    IC: Inuzuka Tsume

    The situation wound down and people began to disperse. A blond Sand nin looked up to where Tsume and Tenro were and snarled.

    On the inside, Tsume burst out laughing. Snarling was normally something that Tenro would do to someone he didn't like. His outward appearance however remained unchanged. He locked eyes with the Ninja and gave him a challenging wink, but said nothing. He knew that they would face off eventually. Whether it be in the exams or otherwise.

    Tsume stuck his shuriken back into his pouch and hopped down to the ground. He extended his stride a bit to catch up with Cho and Nikorasu. He stuck around with them for the remainder of the evening, if only for security with a crowd. He didn't want any more incidents happening to his fellow squad mates.

    As the night wore on, Tsume found himself thinking about what they could do to mend the relations with the Kazekage. It was pretty obvious that the Sand Ninja themselves didn't care for their Leaf counterparts in the least, and in fact, seemed to have been looking for a reason to throw the Leaf into the fire at a moments notice. That in itself seemed to be odd to Tsume. Why would their long standing allies all of a sudden turn their backs so quickly and attempt to take up arms once again? Especially given the relationship between Naruto and Gaara.

    Such a simple action like a dog losing control of himself in a public area had such consequences as throwing allegiances into question and make friends into enemies over night? That just didn't seem right. And at the center of it, stood Tsume and Tenro. He had been solely responsible for the relations that had been destroyed. And so he felt equally as responsible for finding the solution to mend the ties that he had broken. That entire mission had been a success until he had opened his mouth. Things degraded from that point on. All blame could rest on Tsume, though politically it was Konoha and the Leaf Ninja as a whole.

    That did indeed bother him deep in his soul. His simple inability to keep his mouth shut could very well have been the catalyst to start another war. The smallest of pebbles landing in the ocean, but making the biggest splash imaginable.

    Back at the hotel that night, Tsume sat leisurely against the far window sill, looking out into the night as he spun a kunai around by the ring, as it rested on the wooden pane. He continued to look out into the night as he spoke to his comrades in the room behind him.

    ?Hey guys.... what do you think... we can do to mend the political ties between our village and the Sand? I don't think simply passing the chuunin exams are going to suffice. We need to actually do something that matters to both sides... I am drawing a blank right now. But there has to be something that we can do...?

    There simply had to be something. Something to appeal to the Kazekage, something that his village needed that they couldn't get on their own. Some way... that they could help without ruining things.

    He waited for his comrades to respond as he looked out of the window, deep in thought himself.

    What he had really been asking them, was not what they could do as a team, but what he could do as the person responsible, to make amends...

    tag team three
  12. Ktala Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 7, 2002
    star 6
    Cho-tana Hakkai
    ~Sunagakure, Village Hidden in the Sand~

    People passing by the group, as Cho started to leave, rather shocked her. Their faces looked as cold as the Sand Ninja toward the young Leaf Genin. Why such hostilities. Surely, not one lack of payment could cause so much grief? She began to suspect that the words that man had stated earlier were coming true.

    She didnt care if the other Sand Ninja laughed. What did chime in her ears, was what some of them had said after Nikorasu spoke.

    "Friend, the Sand and Leaf were once allies but not since the Land of Lightning incident, which the Leaf acted on its own accord and started problems. We are not your friends, I doubt that we ever will be again. You better do more than watch your step, your not in Konoha anymore. Cmon guys let?s go and leave these pathetic excuse for ninja alone."

    She winced, turned and watched the other Sand ninja move away, thankful that the tension had been dispersed. Something much more deeper was going on here. Those shady folks they had heard talk about war... seemed they had been hard at work. Cho was quiet, no longer hungry, and wishing for some trees. Not this trip. She smiled at the other groups who were with them.

    "Let's get out of here." she said gently.

    They continued their tour for a little bit longer before calling it a night. Each squad had their own rooms.

    "See you guys later!" Cho called out to the other groups. "And good luck!" She then turned to head for her own room, her thoughts quite heavy.


    TAG: Team One, Team Three, Team Nine


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    Back at the hotel that night, Tsume sat leisurely against the far window sill, looking out into the night. Cho was concentrating on her newest Jutsu. She had wanted to talk about how the team might face these tests, having never really seen a Chuunin exam before. But her thoughts were interrupted as Tsume, looking out into the night, spoke to his comrades in the room behind him.

    "Hey guys.... what do you think... we can do to mend the political ties between our village and the Sand? I don't think simply passing the chuunin exams are going to suffice. We need to actually do something that matters to both sides... I am drawing a blank right now. But there has to be something that we can do..."

    Cho looked over at Nikorasu for a moment, a sad look crossing her face, before she looked back at Tsume. She stood up, and walked over towards the window, leaning her back against the wall, as she spoke.

    "Did you see how the villages looked at us today? Half of them looked like they wanted to spit on us, than talk to us." She sighed. "Some things...cant be fixed so simply. We had heard those other people, talking about trying to start a war. Seems like they were right." Cho rubbed her head. "Problem is, we dont know what was said or done, after we left. And it seems that it was something more than just a simple loss of payment." Cho slid on the wall, down to sit on the floor.

    "Tsume, both of our villages run on reputation. A village's reputation can make or break a deal. Right now, with no other information to go on..we would only make the situation worse...." Cho wiped her eyes. "Im surprised they even invited us to participate, seeing their reactions." she added softly. Cho sighed softly.

    "Right now, the only thing we can do, is try to prove that we are worthy to take the exams. To not let them get to us. To show that we are better, and that, insults or not, we can get past this." Cho pulled down her hair, letting it fall long, as she stood, and looked out the window like Tsume was doing. "And maybe then, we can earn the right to 'fix' things. But we need to pass those exams first. As a team."

    Cho gave Tsume a gentle pat on the shoulder, before she turned, and headed out. "I'll be right back..." she told her team. Cho didnt thing she would be seeing much sleep tonight.


    Cho headed over towards Zurui Sensei's room. She gently tapped on the door, to see if he was in, and to hope she was not disturbing him. She let her hair stay down for the moment,
  13. Jedi_padawan_leigh Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Feb 13, 2003
    star 4
    IC: Sato Manami
    Sunagakure


    Manami could see that Jiraiya was still raging inside as herself and the other leaf genin tried to prevent him from rushing the Rain nin. Tatsuya backed her up also but all the young Uchiha got was a defiant gesture from his hot-headed team-mate. Manami resisted the urge to groan in frustration. Then another voice interjected, the voice of Jiraiyas younger sister Uzumaki Kiyoko. She reprimanded him for his antics, wagging a disapproving finger at her brother which finally convinced him to back off. But not without a warning glare at the rain ninja. That could have been the end of it, but one of the members of Team Eight had to have the last word

    "They've got a point, Jiraiya, it's not like this crap's worth fighting over, anyway. Oy, You three. What gives? A village is a village is a village. Is being the best really all that important?"

    The red haired twin with green eyes responded sarcastically.

    ?With thinking like that only proves that you Leaf, have grown so weak, that you don?t know the true meaning of what strength is. It?s not worth fighting such weak ninja, in fact you should just go home, cause you wont get any further than the first round. That?s of course if you actually survive.?

    Manami frowned slightly at the rain genin?s words as he led his team away. After they had gone, she blew out a breath as the tension in the air finally ebbed away. However the faces of the local villagers around them told a different story. A mixture of disapproving and unimpressed looks. She guessed that they didn?t seem to appreciate the leaf candidates being here in Sunagakure. She knew that Konoha?s ties with Suna had become strained somewhat lately, but it was the rain ninja who had instigated the whole thing, why were they getting all the grief? In any event they decided to continue with their short tour of the village, before heading back to the hotel before it got too late

    Back in Team Fives room, Manami was in the bathroom washing up. She splashed some water on her face and then let her red wavy hair out of the ponytail she wore. Her hair had grown considerably since she first became a genin and her ponytail was now longer. She, like many of the veteran genin was going through adolescence. She had noticed the changes in Tatsuya and Jiraiya?s height. She had not grown as much as her male team-mates, but she had gotten a little taller as her body went through the changes common in children of their age. Drying her hands, she exited the bathroom and walked over to her bed, her hair still hanging loose. Sitting at the edge of the bed, she looked at her team-mates. The incident with the rain ninja was still very much active in her mind, as were the green eyed twins parting words. She picked up a book that she had been studying ?Effective Implementation of Genjutsu Techniques? but couldn?t find the enthusiasm to read it yet. Sighing softly she looked at her team-mates once more

    ?What a day?I was nervous about these exams before?but the fact that everyone here seems to already hate our guts isn?t helping?


    TAG: Team Five, Tee
  14. BartSimpson-SithLord Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jan 24, 2002
    star 5
    Kuuki Zurui
    Sunagakure

    Zurui knew what Temari's words would mean the moment he saw her face grow saddened. Bracing himself, he took her words in stride. ?I am afraid that it?s not so simple my friend. It has caused us nothing but grief. Kazekage would be less accepting of an apology due to the tensions that have mounted up because of it. The feeling is almost like a betrayal though I know it was never intentional. The Jounin Council are furious and the villagers know all about it. The Leaf will not get a warm welcome this time around.?

    She stared in to her friends eyes and showed that this was not what she hoped for. It tore at good standing relations that now seem to be a thing of the past. She gave a slight glimmer of hope.

    ?Maybe the exams will help mend the tensions.?


    Zurui nodded. "I never expected my apology to solve the tensions. I just wanted you to know that, as a member of both Suna and Konoha, I will do everything I can to make sure the two nations stand proudly together once again. But I agree, if there is anything that will help ease the tensions, it will be the chuunin exams. Though we both know it could just as easily further the division."

    Not wanting to leave on a sour note, he spent a few more minutes catching up with Temari while playing close attention to if he was disturbing her work. Once the friendly portion of the conversation was over, he made his way back out into the village. Walking around, he pulled out his necklace filled with sand from this very village. It had been his home, his birthplace. Though he he was leaf commanded his loyalty, sand still flowed through his veins. These tensions saddened him, and he was determined to make sure the exams moved smoothly.

    Later that evening, Zurui stood staring out over the village. He wasn't exactly in his room, he had positioned himself outside of the window, using his chakra control to stand on the side of the building. Deep in thought, he barely heard the soft tap upon his door. Making his way back into the room, he could hear Cho on the other side of the door.

    "Zurui Sensei...may I speak to you for a moment?" she asked

    Zurui opened the door, trying to put on a face of friednly confidence for his student. "Please, come in." he invited her.

    Once inside, she stood silent long enough that Zurui felt she might need a little prodding. "What's on your mind?" he questioned.

    "Something's been bothering me since our failed mission. Things that seem a bit .. strange. I dont know how to put it.." Cho stated, twirling a bit of her hair behind her, as she tried to figure out what she wanted to say.

    "From when we first found those Sand Ninja, dead in the cave, it has been strange. Like it was a set up. And the package delivery. That man, was hostile to us, before we had done a thing. If he didnt like either village, then why deal with us? Or Sand for that matter. It was like he was trying to find a way to provoke something. Knowing that messing up our relationship would cause problems. And those guys talking about starting a war, came from his shop, so something was going on. And its' obvious, from the .. " Cho frowned, remembering the incident in the street. "uh.. reactions, we received today, that something a lot more than what actually happened is being said." Cho looked up at Sensei Zurui.


    Zurui's face saddened when she mentioned village reactions. Could it have really gotten that bad so fast? Had the nature of the split really affected the alliance between his two homes that much?

    "Do you think, you could have your weasels check out what is being said about what happened?" she asked him softly. "I think we're being turned into scapegoats, and a lot more is happening than what they are telling us." She looked down, and gave out a long sigh. "One guy losing face, shouldnt case THIS much trouble... unless something else was said or done..."

    Cho was fighting the serious urge to stare down at her feet, as she looked back up at Sensei Zurui.


    Zurui was quite for a few moments, his face a mixture of confusio
  15. ShadowofMiracles Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 28, 2006
    star 1
    IC: Ryuu, Yuudai
    Sunagakure, Village Hidden in the Sand

    Yuudai had left the group a while ago.

    He wasn?t really that far away from them, he knew that if he looked back he could probably still see their figures in the distance. He wasn?t sure if anyone had even considered his suggestion about leaving since most were still trying to avoid fighting by trying to talk to them or to tell them off.

    Yuudai wondered if any of them would realize that those sand ninjas? weren?t the type to listen or care about what they had to say. All they were doing was rattling them up, trying to get under their skin, probably because they had nothing better to do.

    When it came to those situations, Yuudai knew that the best thing to do was to ignore them. He knew that they knew that they couldn?t fight them without getting in trouble with their own village. They were all talk and he didn?t have the time to listen to them, he was sure there was something else (anything else) that was more important.

    Like getting something to eat?

    Yuudai spent the rest of the day touring Sunagakure, it was an interesting village that was so much different from his own. However he enjoyed his time, more or less people couldn?t really tell if he was or not, he eventually ran into the genin teams in the evening. Everyone decided they had enough for the day and retired to their respective rooms.

    Yuudai was in a room with his team, but he didn?t really feel like resting so instead he decided to go out and do some late night training. With all the touring that he did that day he didn?t have the time to try the third stage of Rasengan that the Hokage taught him before leaving.

    He was walking through the hallways when he heard some people talking. His ears perked as he recognized the voices from Team Three, it was coming from the room next to him. He was starting to walk away, whatever they were talking about was none of his business and it would be rude to listen in.

    ?Hey guys.... what do you think... we can do to mend the political ties between our village and the Sand? I don't think simply passing the chuunin exams are going to suffice. We need to actually do something that matters to both sides... I am drawing a blank right now. But there has to be something that we can do...?

    Yuudai stopped his walking, as his interest perked up. He had heard from the Hokage that there was some small trouble between the Leaf Village and the Sand Village because of a failed mission by one of the genin teams. Yuudai had to wonder if said team was Team Three.

    Maybe those sand ninja weren?t all talk?if we had done something to insult them it only makes sense that they would want to pick a fight?not just them, but any other sand ninja contestant might be out to get us?

    The young genin wasn?t sure about confronting Team Three because if he was wrong than not only would he embarrass himself, but he would have wrongly blame them for something they might not have done.

    "Did you see how the villages looked at us today? Half of them looked like they wanted to spit on us, than talk to us." She sighed. "Some things...cant be fixed so simply. We had heard those other people, talking about trying to start a war. Seems like they were right." Cho rubbed her head. "Problem is, we dont know what was said or done, after we left. And it seems that it was something more than just a simple loss of payment."

    So Team Three was the reason behind the strain ties between the Leaf and Sand. Yuudai closed his eyes concentrating so he could hear their next words.

    "Tsume, both of our villages run on reputation. A village's reputation can make or break a deal. Right now, with no other information to go on..we would only make the situation worse...." Cho wiped her eyes. "Im surprised they even invited us to participate, seeing their reactions"

    Yuudai opened his eyes, now that he had heard everything he wanted to go in and ask for an explanation. He had noticed that there were some people who would glared at him as soon as they saw that he was a Leaf sh
  16. Ktala Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 7, 2002
    star 6
    Cho-Tana Hakkai (Hakkai Cho-Tana)
    Sunagakure


    Cho looked up at Sensei Zurui, after she mentioned the village reactions to them. She found herself chewing on her lip, and tugging her hair a bit, when she saw the look on his face. So he felt it too.

    Sensei Zurui was quite for a few moments, his face a mixture of confusion and disappointment. She held her look, willing herself to keep focused on her Sensei as she waited for him to reply.

    "I'm not going to lie to you. The fact that I nominated you and your teammates for this means I think you're ready to hear the truth. Remember there were some suspicious activities going on between Grass and Rock that I mentioned before the mission when we were determining routes. From what I know, that's being instigated by a mysterious group. If they aren't just involved there, but have organization the likes of which has only been seen once before, we may be looking at something far larger here. I agree with you, something does seem very very wrong here."

    So, diamond man might be a part of the mysterious group? They would have to have something to gain, by starting a war. Her train of thought stalled, when she saw the look on Sensei's face. So, he had ties here as well. This was simply getting worse and worse. He sighed, looking down to the ground with a deep sense of emotional pain on his face. "Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Cho. I'll do anything to keep this alliance together, even if I'm the last one holding onto both nations."

    Well..he wouldnt be the last one. Her adoptive bro was married to the lady Temari. There had to be a way to fix it. She gave a deep sigh. Pausing to stand, Zurui went to the window. Cho watched him as he moved. "From what you've implied about the citizens, I almost think that not all that actually occurred was reported. I have a feeling I may find some surprising inconsistencies from the actual events when I send out the weasels."

    No suprise there. It's probably going to come back three times worse, she thought to herself. Turning back to Cho, he gave a reassuring smile, "I'll get to the bottom of this. You just concentrate on yourself and your teammates."

    Cho nodded. "I am. But .. I'm just ... worried about Tsume. Im used to being an outsider. On my own." Cho gave a gentle shrug of her shoulders, frowning slightly. "But to have folks you've never met before, blaming you for something that might or might not have happened .." Cho's frown deepened, and she blew a strand of hair from her face, as she tugged on her ribbon. She then looked up, her face neutral once more, as she spoke suddenly.

    "Im sorry Sensei Zurui. I've taken up a lot of your time. Have a good night." She gave him a half smile, and then turned, and exited his room -

    -back out into the hallways, and find a young man standing out in the hallway. He was near her room. Was he lost? She frowned as she looked at him. He was one of the other Leaf Village ninja. He had been with them, with the confrontation of the Sand Ninja. Yuudai, wasn't it?

    "Everything alright?" she asked the student, as she crossed her arms in front of her. She had a lot on her mind at the moment, and she simply wanted to sit and think about what she had just heard about.


    TAG: BSSL, ShadowofMiracles, Team Three, Tee
  17. Chukles38 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 10, 2005
    star 5
    IC: Hyuga Nikorasu
    The Village and their Room

    Nikorasu listened with little interest as the Sand Ninja brushed him off and left. That was what he was going for, and it didn't matter if they felt that the two could never again be allies. Any man foolish enough to turn down potential allies so easily was in idiot, but..... still, something didn't sit well with him about this whole situation. But, what could he do? He sighed, patted Oni's shoulder, telling h9im to be more careful, and then joined up with Cho. Soon after, Tsume caught up and they spent the rest of the day doing.... well, whatever, really.

    Later, the team members were all in their room, but Nikorasu was still a little edgy, despite his attempts to relax a bit. Tsume spoke.... Nikorasu noted the serious tone. It would appear he still blamed himself for the failed mission. It was a legitimate request though.... what could they do to fix their screw up? Cho gave a perfectly acceptable response, and then excused herself. Nikorasu stood up from the chair he had been lounging in and leaned up against the wall next to Tsume. He took a minute to organize his thoughts.

    "In all honesty, Cho's right. There's not much we can do. This whole situation is.... bad. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I think Cho is onto something. She's mentioned several times that there is something very fishy about our mission and the events surrounding it...." Nikorasu considered something for a moment before continuing. A smile crossed his face as he nudged Tsume with his elbow. "Tell ya what, let's just focus on getting to Chunnin. We can do a lot more that way...." He paused, as if to build suspense and get Tsume's attention. When he next spoke, his voice was obviously joking. "Although, I wouldn't get your hopes up, wolf-man. I bet your first opponent will be wiping the floor with you." Nikorasu laughed a bit, further trying to reassure his friend that his only aim was to cheer him up.

    However, Nikorasu didn't wait around to hear Tsume's response. He heard Cho's voice out in the hall and furrowed his brows. Curiosity got the best of him and he pushed off the wall, opening the door to see her confronting a boy out in the hall. He didn't say anything, merely leaned against the door frame to see how things played out.

    TAG: Team Three, Shadowofmiracles, Tee
  18. ShadowofMiracles Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 28, 2006
    star 1
    IC: Ryuu, Yuudai
    Sunagakure

    "Everything alright?"

    Yuudai turn to look at the voice that was addressing him, it was Cho and she looked like she was waiting for something. He had been so caught up on his thoughts about confronting Team Three that he didn't even notice her presence until she spoke to him. He frowned, which was barely visible, for letting his guard down. Yuudai watched as Cho crossed her arms, he shook his head realizing he hadn't answered her yet.

    "I didn't mean to eavesdrop..." Yuudai turned to face her, his eyes had change to garnet, "But was your team responsible for the strain ties between the Leaf and the Sand..."

    The way he had said it made it sound more like a statement than a question. There were probably better ways to have asked her about it without sounding so blunt or rude, but it wasn't like Yuudai to beat around the bush. The matter was very serious and he needed to find out everything that happened before making wrong conclusions.

    Just then Nikorasu appeared.

    Yuudai watched from the corner of his eye as he leaned against the door's frame watching them with those blank Hyuga eyes. He was probably analysis the situation, waiting to see what would happen and how to react according to what will happen. It was everything he expected from a Hyuga, they were famous for their Byakugan and easily the most powerful clan in Konoha as well as one of the oldest and strongest.

    He looked back at Cho wearing that same unemotional expression as he waited for her answer. He didn't want this to turn bad, but it could go either way depending on their feeling concerning the trouble they had caused the Leaf.

    He would have to see how things played out.

    TAG: Team Three, anyone
  19. Chukles38 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 10, 2005
    star 5
    IC: Hyuga Nikorasu
    Hotel

    Nikorasu folded his arms and sized up the boy in the hallway. Yuudai had given an apology for eavesdropping.... a rather lame one, if Nikorasu was to judge. He had also asked... or perhaps stated, that the relationship issues between the two villages was team three's fault. That had not been hard to overhear through the door. Nikorasu did not like this kid. He was far too blunt and unrefined. The kid could use a lesson in tact. That was easily evident by the incident earlier in the day and this current conversation.

    Nikorasu figured that this was as much his conversation as Cho's, so he didn't feel bad responding before she could. "It was our mission that is blamed for the strained ties, yes, but whether or not it is our fault is still a mystery. Details don't add up, but there is little to be done about that now. I suggest you just focus on the exams, as we will."

    And it was true. It served no point to dwell on who was at fault. What is done is done, and little could change that. For Tsume's sake, Nikorasu hoped he wasn't overhearing this conversation, but he knew he had. Nikorasu sighed. His teammate blamed himself too much, and now this little punk was running around accusing them of ruining the relationship between the sand and leaf villages. Nikorasu kept examining the situation, and quite sure the boy would have more to say shortly.

    TAG: Shadow, Team Three, Tee
  20. Ktala Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 7, 2002
    star 6
    Cho-tana Hakkai
    Sunagakure, Hotel

    "Everything alright?" she asked the student, as she crossed her arms in front of her. She saw a door open, and Nikorasu leaning against the door frame.

    Yuudai turned and stared at Cho. It took a few moments before he responded.

    "I didn't mean to eavesdrop..." Yuudai turned to face her, his eyes had change colors. 'yeah, right.' Cho thought to herself, as he continued. "But was your team responsible for the strain ties between the Leaf and the Sand..."

    The way he had said it made it sound more like a statement than a question.

    Cho was annoyed. But she was even more annoyed when Nikorasu suddenly spoke up.

    "It was our mission that is blamed for the strained ties, yes, but whether or not it is our fault is still a mystery. Details don't add up, but there is little to be done about that now. I suggest you just focus on the exams, as we will."

    Cho's eyes flashed, but she said nothing. The last part of his statement was true enough, but... well, too late for whatever thoughts she had on the matter. Nik had decided to respond. Cho uncrossed her arms.

    "Study for the exams. Anything else, feel free to speak to Sensei Zurui about it."

    Cho walked past Yuudai, and not even looking at Nikorau, as she passed him, entering the room she shared with them. She walked to her area, not saying a word, as she sat on her bed, her face carefully neutral.

    "Good night."

    She had a lot to think about, especially after talking with Sensei Zurui. True, she was not going to sleep much, but she didnt feel like talking to them. Not yet. She laid down, turning away as she closed her eyes, and began to think of all the information she had learned. She gave a deep sigh. She had to think about the upcoming exams. That was their first priority. Anything else, would have to wait. Once Sensei heard back from his weasels, perhaps they would find out more.



    TAG: BSSL, ShadowofMiracles, Chuckles, Team Three, Tee
  21. ShadowofMiracles Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 28, 2006
    star 1
    IC: Ryuu, Yuudai
    Sungakure

    Their reactions were somewhat expected

    That was what Yuudai concluded as Nikorasu and Cho each answered his question/statement. The Hyuga already didn't have a liking to him, he could clearly see it by his tone and the way he looked at him. Apart from being one of the most honorable clans in the Leaf Village, the Hyugas were also known for how easily they disliked other people. Yuudai wasn't sure if it was because they thought of themselves better or simply because they weren't that social, but it didn't really bother him.

    Yuudai was used to this kind of treatment.

    Cho seemed more annoyed towards him, and apparently her teammate, so her answer had been quick and short. However even Yuudai could tell that she wasn't totally annoyed with just them, but that it was something else. She had told him to talk to their sensei if he wanted to find out more, but that was almost out of the question for Yuudai. As she walked passed him and ignored her teammate, Yuudai almost wished that she didn't have to go. There were still some questions he needed to ask her.

    "Just so you know..." Yuudai said before Cho completely left, "I didn't come to blame anyone, I was just looking for some information."

    Yuudai had done some research on previous chunin exams, but when it came to the exam that took place in Konoha there was always a blank. He had dropped the subject at first, but after further researching, and sneaking into a few restricted areas of the library, he had come across an interesting find. The Invasion of Konoha.

    Supposedly it was a joint invasion done by two villages that had vendettas against Konoha. The main village was Otogakure, they were the ones that had set up everything and the plan seem to be mostly theirs. However the other village was hardly mentioned. In fact, information about that villages action was highly restricted and he couldn't find any details about it but he was starting to have his suspicions.

    Cho had already left, but the Hyuga was still there by the door. He faced him, his eyes changing to a crimson color.

    "Do you believe that your mission was a set up?"

    TAG: Team Three, anyone
  22. Radiance Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 19, 2007
    star 4
    IC: Inuzuka Tsume

    Tsume gave a weak smirk as Nikorasu joked with him, and then went out to see what the commotion in the hallway was.

    Tsume looked at Tenro, who shook his head. Tsume spoke quietly to his friend.

    ?I know Ten. I know? we will think of something though.?

    It was roughly around this point that Tsume?s ear flicked as he picked up a snippet of conversation out in the hallway.

    "I didn't mean to eavesdrop? But was your team responsible for the strain ties between the Leaf and the Sand..."

    Tsume dropped his eyebrows. So it wasn?t only the Sand that held his team responsible, but the Leaf as well. It seemed like team three was quickly becoming public enemy number one.

    His heart ached further as Nikorasu answered the boy before Cho could.

    "It was our mission that is blamed for the strained ties, yes, but whether or not it is our fault is still a mystery. Details don't add up, but there is little to be done about that now. I suggest you just focus on the exams, as we will."

    Tsume was getting less and less worried about the exams, and fretting more on how he could fix things.

    Nikorasu may as well just walked up to Tsume and punch him in the face for the comment he had made. To Tsume, that meant, ?Yes we are to blame for why everyone hates us all but don?t jump to conclusions yet because there might be something else working too.?

    Until that other person, persons or thing was found out, the blame and weight of two villages rested upon Tsume?s shoulders. It was quite a burden to bear for someone his age.

    Cho came back in after excusing herself. Tsume could tell without looking at her that she was deep in thought. She wanted to be left alone, like normal. When Cho started to think to herself, it was time to shut up.

    Tsume was once again feeling a bit of strain between him and his team. He didn?t want to put up with it right now however. He hopped up onto the window sill and began to climb until he and Tenro reached the roof of the hotel. The stars looked the same out here as they did back home.

    The Genin settled down on the rooftop and put his arms behind his head, staring up at the sky. His senses were still aware of his surroundings, but he let his mind drift a little. Things were getting bad. He still stuck true to his thoughts earlier.

    Becoming a Chuunin simply wouldn?t be enough. But a thought occurred to him.

    ?Ten? we now don?t have a choice.. We have to go for the golden prize.?

    The wolf looked over in curiosity.

    ?Why do you say that??

    Tsume stared out at the stars.

    ?If we become Jounin?. Then the sand will see that it wasn?t incompetence that has strained the ties of the nations. They will have to acknowledge that there is something else going on and that it wasn?t purely our fault if they see that we had very skilled people on that mission. A Jounin level wouldn?t fail a mission like that, and we had Zurui Sensei, Cho and Nikorasu with us as well. There was no way that mission should have went the way it did. Short of the shop owner getting killed?nothing should strain us this much. Don?t you think??

    Tenro considered for a moment, then laid his head on his paws.

    ?You might be onto something. I don?t know if it weel work but, best idea we have so far??

    Tsume nodded.

    ?It?s an idea at least?lets see if it works..?

    tag team three, tee
  23. Spatz Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Oct 10, 2008
    star 3
    IC ~ Onikami/Karen

    ~Sunagakure, Village Hidden in the Sand~

    The day was long and it was getting longer with the unintentional confrontation with some Sand Ninja, who were accidentally bumped in to. People passing by couldn?t help but look. Their faces looked as cold as the Sand Ninja toward the young Leaf Genin. The Sand Ninja laughed as the one in make up made jokes about how pathetic the Leaf were by they way they look.

    "Not everything, is as it appears." Cho said gently, with a smile. "And anything else, we shall let the tests determine that." she said, as she nodded. "But, we will watch our step. Thank you."

    More laughter came from the Ninja after Cho had finished. Then a Nikorasu came over putting a hand on the shoulder of Oni who remained quiet during the entire conversation.

    "Besides, what is it to you how pitiful we may seem? All the better for you in the exams, no? However, I know that the boy didn't mean it, and we don't want a fight just now." He caught the glint of the other boys' Sand Ninja bands. "And I am sure you do not wish to embarrass your village by starting one, so as she said, let's just save it for the exams. We shall see then, my friend." Nikorasu calmly said trying to keep the tension from rising anymore.

    Yuudai and Eno implored the Leaf Genin to go on their way, but one of the Sand Ninja started to say something.

    ?Friend, the Sand and Leaf were once allies but not since the Land of Lightning incident, which the Leaf acted on its own accord and started problems. We are not your friends, I doubt that we ever will be again. You better do more than watch your step, your not in Konoha anymore. Cmon guys let?s go and leave these pathetic excuse for ninja alone.?

    They walked away as they did one of the brutes with blond hair looked up and snarled at where Tsume and Tenro were upon the electric pole.

    Oni wiped his brow and thanked his comrades for defusing the situation, despite the fact that he was offed as to how they neglected to notice that he bore the sand symbol on the left end of his scarf, having sewn the plate from his sand headband, and his leaf headband to the scarf. Karen was impressed that the sand genin were even considering picking a fight with a group much larger than their own. Akako and Seishou were also glad that it was over, but knew that they would most likely see those Sand ninja again in the exams.

    They continued their tour for a little bit longer before calling it a night. Each Genin heading for their rooms which they shared with their squads. Only Zurui Sensei had his own room, though Oni left with his father to his family's district in the village, while the Chuunins shared a room of their own. The rooms allowed privacy for each team to talk amongst themselves about the days event and the exams itself.

    Oni looked upon the day in his mind as he followed his father to the geust house, disapproving of the unwelcome greeting. Karen sighed inwardly as she fell asleep, not impressed with the genin's lack of respect.


    Tag ~ Tee
  24. Ktala Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 7, 2002
    star 6
    Cho-tana Hakkai
    Hotel Room, Sand Village


    Cho walked past Yuudai, and not even looking at Nikorau, as she passed him, entering the room she shared with them. Cho did pause however, when she heard Yuudai's voice speaking behind her.

    "Just so you know..." Yuudai said before Cho completely left, "I didn't come to blame anyone, I was just looking for some information."

    Cho paused, turned to look at him for a long moment. She then nodded silently, and continued on her way to her bed. She had much to think on.

    She passed Tsume and Tenro, giving them a slight nod, as she laid down on her bed. She began to think on what Sensei Zurui had told her.


    She saw Tsume hopp up onto the window sill and began to climb, Tenro following. She grinned slightly. He and Sensei had similar habits. She went back to her thoughts, thinking on what Sensei had said.


    About a half an hour went by, long after Yuudai had left their door, when Cho sat up suddenly on her bed.

    "Arrgh. Idiot!" she fiercely muttered to herself. She then looked around to see if Tsume or Nikorasu were still awake.

    "Uh.. guys. Are you awake? I just thought about something..."

    She sat up, coming through her hair, as she pulled it around in front of her face. She spoke softly, so that they would be the only ones to hear her words. She pulled her legs up, sitting in a lotus position, as she looked at her team mates.

    "I went and spoke to Sensei Zurui. Alot of stuff that is happening now, is not making sense, so he is going to check into it. But I just thought about something he told us."

    Cho gave a sigh, spreading out her hands. "On our last mission, Sensei told us about some suspicious activities going on between Grass and Rock that he mentioned before the mission when we were determining routes. Do you remember? Well, he just told me, that he thinks that it's being instigated by a mysterious group. If they aren't just involved there, but have organization the likes of which has only been seen once before, we may be looking at something far larger here."

    Cho's voice went softer. "Remember those creeps we heard about, when we got into town. They are probably part of it. What if something happened to the guy after we left? Since his uh... 'outburst' was seen by a lot of folks, it would not be too hard to imagine that we were blamed for it. And it would explain alot." Cho frowned, looking at her teammates.

    "If that is true, then it could be true that those same creeps came HERE. To instigate more rumors. Or to cause more trouble." Cho paused, looking very serious.

    "Especially during the Chuunin Exams."

    Cho paused, to let her words sink in. She then grinned. So, we're going to need to be very careful for the next couple of days...and show em we are NOT what they think."

    Cho have her partners a wink, as she waited to see if they had anything to say.



    TAG: ShadowofMiracles, Team Three, Tee
  25. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

    Administrator
    Member Since:
    Jul 13, 2008
    star 7
    Daitô Shirô
    Sunagakure


    The rain ninjas hadn't fully followed what Shirô had meant, but it didn't matter. He had no doubts about the fact that he'd be eliminated in the first round - were gambling associated with the Chuunin exams, his odds would be astronomically low - there was no need to insist something to the contrary out of some deluded sense of pride in a home he only associated with isolation and failure. Of course, he was too young to adequately grasp all the emotions he was feeling, so his response was a more casual shrug and a sigh-filled reply of "Whatever."

    On the way to the hotel, Nukaro decided to give him the fifth degree, and really, it was too much to handle. Nukaro and Alec were his teammates, yes, but they were also liked doing this sort of thing. How could they be his friends when, in a perfect world, he would have never met them? "What's going on?" Shirô blinked, "what's going on?" He wanted to explode, wanted to just tell Nukaro to mind his own damn business, to just go away.

    He wanted everyone to just leave him alone.

    But now, in front of all the other teams, was not a good time to lose one's cool. And so Shirô managed to hold himself together until they got to the hotel room, whereupon he promptly closed the door.

    "Okay, Nukaro, now I can tell you what's going on. You listening?" Shirô didn't bother to wait for a reply. "Good. What's going on is I hate this. I hate being a ninja, I hate assignments, I hate being bad at everything I do. All I want to do is make weapons! And I can't!" He was probably starting to cry. Whatever. "Instead, because of all this Samari crap, I'm not allowed to work the forge anymore, and all my smithing tools got taken away! So I picked up a crappy spare katana and trained myself with it. Hell, I don't even know why! And then the scar? This is... I tried..."

    He stammered. "I... I-I..."

    "I tried to kill my own father!" Now he was probably bawling his eyes out. Whatever. "He just treats me like crap and I hate him and I hate being ninja and just... I just want him to die! So now I've got a damn scar on my face because I tried to kill someone in my own family! My own family!"

    He slid down to the floor and sat in a heap, sobbing uncontrollably and burrowing his head in his knees.

    Whatever.

    TAG: Team Eight

    OOC: Wangst is surprisingly fun to play.
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