Konoha Gaiden [Private] in Fandom Role Plays Posted July 8, 2015 · Report post [Glued State] As they made their escape Jin was thinking about what came next. In the heat of the moment he had found a quiet focus in his new objective: To get Yuri out alive. There was no time yet to grieve their fallen leader, and if he had been overcome with trauma then he'd probably be dead already. Instead he focused on doing what his father had always considered top priority, to control the flow of the battle. He had already gathered the facts. There were 12 ninja chasing them, all working together. Yuri had provided them an advantage with her surprise attack, which had also left Ayame wounded, hopefully for good. At any rate she probably wouldn't be after them herself, but her team were organised, and had been keeping tabs on them all along. They knew their tactics, their abilities, and they probably knew the terrain far better than Jin or Yuri. The situation was exceptionally bad, and their chances were slim. He knew that with such a large group after them, they would likely split in to smaller cells and come at them from all angles. Even if they kept running, Eventually they would tire and get caught. If he was going to keep the upper hand then they had to change their tactics. He made sure Yuri was still close, and he signalled for her to stay close to him. Then he dropped from the tree tops and landed on the earth below, rolling to adsorb the shock of the fall, before moving on at a quick but silent pace. They had moved in to the cover of closely grouped trees, and he brought up his fist, level with his shoulder, signalling for Yuri to freeze. Then he pressed himself against the trunk of the nearest tree, and cupped his hand to his ear, signalling for Yuri to listen. He brought his hand down to waist height, and Yuri crouched when he did so. He crouched down with her and waited. There was a soft tap in the distance and one of their enemies dropped from the tree tops. He stood still for a moment, lifting his chin and slowly sweeping his gaze around, trying to find any sign of them. Jin crouched lower to stay out of sight and held his breath. Their enemy was alone, and was standing out in the open. Perhaps if they rushed him they would be able to overcome him together, but that was a big risk. They had to look for an opening and make a break for it. And yet...why was this ninja alone? Jin narrowed his eyes as he watched the man, and then he motioned for Yuri to get ready. He put his hands together and two shadow clones appeared at his side, crouched down and out of sight. One of them quickly performed his own seal, and in the blink of an eye had taken the appearance of Yuri. Jin gave his clones a quick nod, and then they took off while the ninja's back was turned. As they crossed the clearing, another ninja fell from thre tree tops and dropped them both in an instant with a pair of kunai to their backs. Just as Jin had expected, the first ninja had shown himself as a decoy to lure them out of hiding. The other had remained waiting in the trees, ready to strike at them. When the clones disappeared in a puff of clouds, the enemies had reacted by fanning out to sweep the area. This had it's good and bad points. All of this meant that they had managed to avoid detection, for now. However, it also meant they would start searching more aggressively, now that their plan had failed. He gave Yuri a nervous glance and then tried to think of what they could do. They wouldn't fall for another clone distraction. Then his eyes widened as a sudden realisation came to him. It was risky, but it was the best chance they had. [Fake] They shot out of their cover and sprinted across the clearing. Then, a second pair of them went off in the opposite direction, slowly and clinging to the cover of the trees. The enemy ninja rounded on them immediately. "Not this time!" one of them snarled as he lunged towards Yuri. Jin stepped in front of him, kunai drawn and the pair clashed. Jin dodged the flurry of blows and struck back, before the other enemy stepped in and countered his strike, and together the enemies pinned him down and cut him to ribbons. Only for Jin to explode in to clouds and disappear. "A double bluff!" One of them cried. "Sneaky brat! Get after the real ones!" He added as he sprinted off over the clearing, after the real Jin and Yuri, but they were long gone. [Hakubo] Jin and Yuri had made their way out of the woods and had found themselves at a large cliff face, with a waterfall flowing down it, and a thick mist coating the bottom. Jin pressed on and motioned for Yuri to follow. They climbed the rocks around the waterfall, and edged around the side and slipped through it, in to a small cave that was hidden behind it. Jin let out a sigh of relief and sat himself down on a rock. "Okay..." Jin said, pausing as he took a deep breath. "...We should be okay to talk now. I...well, I think we have a lot to talk about. However, we need to think of a plan before we make another move. Let's assess the situation and try to think of something."Wiping the blood from her goggles, Yuri leant against the cool stone wall and caught Jin's eye before speaking, "Sensei is alive, Jin."Jin simply stared at Yuri in disbelief. "...Are...are you sure?" He asked."Mm... i'm sure." Yuri nodded, licking her lips, "His wound was smoking, and the tissue was healing. I don't know how, but I think once the wound is healed he'll wake up - so long as Ayame and her ninja don't notice." Yuri shook her head, "I can't believe Kaoru was Ayame, or... the other way around, I don't know. Was there ever even a Kaoru?" "That's a question for another time." Jin said. He had been wondering the same thing, and the thought of what might have happened to the real Kaoru made his stomach turn. "If sensei is alive then that complicates things. We can't just leave him. That means...we need to go back.""But... Ayame was powerful enough to kill Hisato, more or less... and she has a whole bunch of other ninja who I didn't detect, even with my bugs surrounding the area. It was like, they must have seen them and choose not to kill or interact with them, but somehow masked themselves from my bugs..." This thought stuck with Yuri and she frowned, trying to think."So we leave him to really die, then?" Jin said with a frown. "Tell me, what would a ninja do in this situation? I'm not even sure I know any more...""I don't know..." Yuri wished she had the answers, but she didn't. Every thought screamed for her to run home to Konoha. But she couldn't. "We can't leave him, not if there's a chance he's alive. But... we're just genin..." "Says the girl who blew Ayame's leg off." Jin said. "You...you don't even realise how talented you are, do you?""I'm not talented." Yuri muttered, "Hisato got killed, and I just... froze.""As I recall...you saved our lives and gravely wounded our opponent." Jin said. "You did just what my dad would expect. You brought the flow of battle back within our control, just like he teaches with his Taijutsu, y'know?""It's not good enough." Yuri bit her lip, "Mira would have killed her and she would never have fallen into a trap like this..." Yuri stared at the waterfall rushing over the exit to their cave, "When she was my age, she was sent on high-ranking missions. She was so strong, they awarded her a Jounin rank after two missions... I can never compete with that.""Yeah but...it's not all about being tough, is it?" Jin said. "You should believe in yourself more, Yuri. I believe in you."Yuri held her head up and smiled at Jin, "... thanks." She took a deep breath, "So, when should we leave? Do you have a plan?" "Not really." Jin admitted. "I made a bunch of clones while we were running. They're spreading out and keeping watch. There's still 12 out there for the moment, one for each of the bad guys. The only trouble is I don't pick up on what they've seen until they are dispelled. But I figure if we stay here then I can record what they find out and build some knowledge about these guys, their techniques and stuff. Y'know, beat them at their own game.""Right..." Yuri nodded. She was proud of Jin, but she couldn't say it. He was intelligent, and clear-minded even when everything went wrong. She took a deep breath and pulled her left sleeve back so she could see her hand. With a moment's focus, she pooled insects in her palm and concentrated. They swarmed over her hand and tried to reach out, as though she was making a blade, but as they started to form, they fell apart and returned to her palm. "Damn..." She muttered, shaking her head, then let them return."What's wrong?" Jin asked. Yuri looked at Jin and then back at her insects, "I'm not really supposed to talk about it..." She said dejectedly, pursing her lips. "My sister would be mad.""Okay." Jin said with a nod. "Well then...I suppose we should try to come up with a plan." Jin stood up from the rock and took a step forward, but stumbled and fell down to his knees. He pushed himself back to his feet, his hand shaking as he did. When he looked up there were beads of sweat dripping down his face. "Sorry I...I tripped.""Are you okay?" Yuri asked, putting her hand on his shoulder."Yeah...I..." Jin sighed. "When you create shadow clones you seperate your chakra equally among them. So with 12 out there my chakra is split 13 ways. It'll come back when I dispel the jutsu, minus any they've used. But...I guess that's one of their weaknesses. I'm not as strong when I'm split up.""Oh... I never learnt about shadow clones. My sister said we can't use them." "It's a potentially dangerous ninjutsu." Jin said. "It can put the user in a real bind if it's abused. But I don't really have any other options...right..." Jin stopped in his tracks, staring off at the back of the cave fearfully. Some colour had returned to his cheeks, and despite his shock he looked a lot better. "All of them...at once!" He gasped. "But how did they...oh no!""Jin...?" Yuri squeezed his shoulder, "What is it?!" She whispered fearfully"All my clones just got killed at once...and none of them saw who did it." Jin said fearfully. "It was a co-ordinated attack. But how do they know where we...the dog!" Jin spun on his heel so he was facing the entrance to the cave. "Ayame is a tracker! That wasn't a lie! That dog, remember? We need to run!" Just then a small husky dog with an eyepatch and a blue neckerchief stepped through the waterfall, snarling viciously at them. They were too late. Ayame knew where they were, and they only way out was blocked.