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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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Silence continued to dominate their interaction, and once the assault was over, and Junko could think again, she felt rather nervous about it. She couldn't help what she had done, and it frightened her a little bit. Did it frighten Shikaji? Was he displeased with her display? She handed over the kunai eagerly, no longer really wanting to touch it, when he'd reached for it. She stood quietly, fidgeting with her toe against the ground and avoiding looking at anyone before finally, her husband held out a small square of paper. She blinked at it, then let her confused gaze rise to the lavender eyes of Shikaji before he explained, telling her exactly what the point of the exercise was. She looked at it, and took the item in hand, not really knowing what to expect. Well, of course it would be nothing! I'm not a ninja or anything, wouldn't senpai have sensed my chakra or something? she thought to herself, waiting for the thing to react. She stared at it, not understanding exactly what focusing her energy could really mean. Junko stared intensely at the unwavering piece of paper, imagining some kind of light or something pulsing from her spine down her arm and through her fingertips to the paper, but no matter what she visualized or what she felt, it did nothing.

When she glanced up again, Shikaji was smiling, and a flush passed Junko's cheeks, warmth flooding through her face and her heart, which had previously kept its usual slow pace, began to rapidly hammer in her chest. “Thank you, Shujin-sama... Junko is pleased if you are pleased,” she stated honestly, but she couldn't make this paper do anything, which sort of felt like a failing in the presence of such praise. Still, Chojiro didn't seem to be down on her at all, and though she was certain he exaggerated, she couldn't help but give a little giggle and raise her hand to lightly clap against his own. “Th-thanks, senpai!”

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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Chojiro's reaction to the turn of events was boisterous to say the least, but not altogether unexpected. It made Shikaji roll his eyes, a slight laugh leaving his lips at the sight of Junko and Chojiro completing an awkward high-five. Retrieving the unaffected sheet of paper from Junko, Shikaji focused on it, watching the little piece of paper crinkle up suddenly, the sign that indicated Shikaji possessed a lightning nature. Crunching the paper into a small ball, he shoved it down into his pocket. "It doesn't look like you have a chakra signature; at least, not enough of one that it makes the paper react. That means that you probably weren't a ninja before. Given your skill with a kunai, though, I would guess you were a samurai, or a soldier in some daimyo's army, maybe," he explained, trying to picture in his mind's eye an image of Junko, armed to the teeth, engaging in a fierce battle. It was, admittedly, a strange image, thought it seemed at least a little bit familiar.

"Does any of that sound familiar?" He asked, wondering if perhaps coming close to the truth would spark some kind of rush of memories for Junko. After receiving her answer one way or the other, he wrapped an arm around her waist, pulling her softly against him, as if protecting her from something. Certainly, there was nothing at the present time to be afraid of, but he had just hurled several weapons at her. She could have been hurt, even if it was just simple training, and that was the last thing that Shikaji wanted. Even the thought of his pristine wife being marred caused a rush of anger to well up inside of him, mixed with a primal desire to protect her.

Glancing over at Chojiro, Shikaji made a motion forward with his head that indicated that the group could keep proceeding onwards along the road. "How long do you plan to keep your clones out scouting?"

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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The crispiest of high-fives was had and Chojiro pulled his hand back with a sharp inhale and shook it vigorously. "Ouch, Junko! Not so rough next time, I'm fragile." He said jokingly as his laugh mixed with Shikaji's. Retrieving the paper from his wife, the usual reaction of it crinkling occurred and then it was put away likely to never leave that pocket again. The Akimichi began to turn, expecting them to get back to it, when Shikaji said something so unbelievably stupid that it nearly caused him to fall over.

"No chakra signature?" He blurted out, "You mean it took that paper test to prove that to you and not the fact that, oh, I don't know," he gestured to himself, "I COULDN'T SENSE ONE?" He balled his fists and hunched his shoulders, leaning forward and showing his bottom teeth to his friend, "No respect, I get no respect around here." He sighed, a hefty and defeated sigh, before dropping his head in defeat.

"I had planned to keep them out as long as you guys were training but I guess now that you're done they can probably be called off. Or I could keep them out scouting ahead, whichever really. All depends on how fast you want us to cover ground."

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Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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At least Chojiro seemed to want to keep things light, and she managed a brief, apologetic nod. "Of course, senpai! What was Junko thinking?" she asked aloud, her eyes full of mock surprise and regret. Shikaji's arm around her was comforting, and as he spoke, she tried to imagine herself in some strange armor, in service to some lord or even in one of those funny robes that monks sometimes passed by in. It didn't seem to fit. None of that seemed like it was correct, to her, but then again - it was mostly just that she couldn't remember. Even then holding that weapon didn't feel exactly right, even if she could manipulate it well. It was like she was removed from the action a step, like she was hiding behind the knife. And isn't that what they're for? Protection? she wondered to herself, trying to settle the feeling of wrongness in herself. It wasn't bad, just that the kunai wasn't ideal. I'd like to be able to move my hands more.

"Junko doesn't know about any of that... but..." she started, unsure of how much she should say. "...she feels like she might move better with her hands free, Shujin-sama. If that helps." And she hoped it did help. She wanted to know about her past as much as anyone else, she just didn't want them to feel like she'd been hiding anything from them. Not to mention the fact that violent urges made her a little sick, and she started imagining red leaves... and that was distressing. Of all the colors, she hated red the most.

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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"There are plenty of things you can't sense," Shikaji retorted quickly. "Remember that time when you swore you'd be able to tell if sensei was getting close, but you couldn't find him and he found us, all because he was just suppressing his chakra?" That wasn't to say that he exactly expected Junko to be suppressing her chakra, just that there were certain circumstances where one could prevent their own chakra signatures from being naturally detected. The paper proved that, even when trying to focus on creating chakra, Junko proved unable to. When she added her comment about preferring her fists to a kunai, that made at least some amount of sense. The kunai was traditionally a weapon of the shinobi, so if she was not a kunoichi before, then she wouldn't have that much familiarity with such a weapon. Given that she preferred her fists, though, Shikaji felt that such a development probably disqualified her from being a samurai.

"Perhaps a monk, then, or some other kind of guard. Not likely a soldier." Shikaji didn't know that much about monks, being honest, but he did know that they used a strange kind of chakra. Shikaji couldn't be sure if that would be picked up by the chakra litmus paper, but he would have thought that, if Junko had it, it would have been detectable by Chojiro's sensing abilities. While Shikaji might have teased him, he knew that his friend was quite a capable sensor; it was his main skill that qualified him for being a hunter-nin, afterall. It was possible, Shikaji figured, that a monk could be trained in a more traditional sense, without any chakra at all, if such a person were to come about that couldn't use chakra at all, and instead had to rely solely on martial arts. Certainly, Shikaji knew, there were heroes in Konohagakure's past that were similar.

"If you can't remember anything now, we'll just have to work more at it later. We've made some progress already. In the meantime, we should keep moving and searching for this leyline. Go ahead and call your clones back, Chojiro, and tell us what you've found out."

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Wisdom: Epic

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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As if he didn't feel defeated enough, Shikaji brought up the time that they were hiding from sensei. He had claimed that there was no way they'd be found first because he could sense the man. A bold claim but one that came with him still being new to sensory techniques at the time. The man suppressed his signature and, using his superior tracking abilities, found them rather easily. It was a low point in his life and a low blow for Shikaji to bring it back up. "Do I remember that? Absolutely not. I repress my traumatic memories like a normal human being, Shikaji."

The topic of Junko being a monk came up and that cheered him up right away. He highly doubted that a woman so...open to fleshly desires could have been a monk. Though, if she had been, maybe she was excommunicated and they mind wiped her. That could explain why no one knew of her or looked for her. Of all the theories to be presented so far that one made the most sense.

Finally someone decided to be helpful on the mission and Shikaji suggested he reel in his clones to learn what they had learned. He nodded and formed a seal. "If a clone poofs in a forest and no one is around, did it even poof?" He asked as a sudden rush of information assaulted his brain. In some circumstances it was overbearing but in others it was kind of like tripping acid. This was one of the latter moments.

"Right before the one to the West poofed he started to sense something. One massive signature and few smaller ones nearby. Should probably head that way but be quiet about it."

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Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
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Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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Junko slightly nodded. She didn't feel very monkly, honestly, though she'd always had a fondness for them. The men that came to the Cliffhanger to sell their various trinkets, charms, and on their way to and from purifications seemed very nice. They were always polite to her and quick to give a stern eye or helping hand if someone was too forward with her. To be considered one, though, seemed difficult. First of all, she'd never seen a female monk. That wasn't, she supposed, to say there couldn't be one, but they would be exceptionally rare, wouldn't they? She couldn't imagine herself being of a great beauty (which she had to accept that she was, despite the want to be humble), a keen intellect (another thing she had to accept, despite how Shikaji could sometimes wipe the thoughts from her mind), and be one of the only female monks in the world. Since there was something there she could deny, she definitely would do so.

At that time, her husband called for Chojiro to bring in his clones. Junko's eyes cast to the horizon, expecting for the copies of her senpai to come from various directions in a few moments, but instead he simply seemed to pause for a moment after his hands moved into a ninja seal. It were as though they could instantly relay information! That was a pretty amazing trick, she had to admit. "Great job, senpai," she said with a smile, but soon realized that he'd said to be quiet about it, and covered her mouth. "Sorry..." came her muffled apology, ready to follow the others.

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Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

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Shikaji couldn't help but snicker softly at Junko's dismay, watching her get flustered and quickly apologize for her outburst was just too cute. With his arm still wrapped around her waist, he gave her side a soft squeeze with his hand, as if to tell her that it was okay, and then motioned with his head for her to follow alongside him as he began to move, shifting their direction so that they were heading towards the west. The fact that Chojiro seemed to sense something large in that direction, surrounded by smaller signatures that were likely humans, stirred some amount of Shikaji's interest. He wasn't sure exactly what the signature might belong to, but he still remained skeptical of the existence, or at least the sudden appearance of, leylines. Maybe it was a bijuu? Shikaji was skeptical of that, too, but at least that seemed more likely of an occurrence; there were nine bijuu, and they had all been seen within the last few years, compared to one or two leylines that hadn't been seen in centuries.

"Lead the way, 'senpai'," Shikaji whispered teasingly.

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Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

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He couldn't help but grin when Junko apologized and shook his head softly, "Just a saying, didn't mean it seriously." He reassured her. He was really getting used to being called senpai all the time and could truly feel the heft of his nindo in his heart. He turned and oriented himself Westbound and began to lead the way, arms crossing his chest in exaggerated motions. He was thinking about the massive signature he felt and what it could mean. If it were a leyline, that would be really cool though he still wasn't entirely sure what good a leyline was. It was a natural font of chakra so it could likely be used for...things?

"If this leyline turns out to be real, what d'you think Kanari would do with it? It's not in our land so I don't think we could harvest it. Do you harvest leylines? I really wish I knew more about all of this." He placed a hand to his head and shook it morosely. He was sure there were times in his life when he could have read a book or two pertaining to this specific kind of thing but instead he probably was eating. One of these days he would learn to balance feeding his brain word-food and his body real food.

As the trio walked closer to where the clone felt the signature it seemed a noticeable change in the flora around them. Things were growing thicker and taller but less and less wildlife showed itself in the trees and brush.

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Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
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Junko leaned into Shikaji a moment as she was squeezed, but carried her own weight when it came time to move. She didn't want to get in his way if he suddenly had to fight, and it did seem as though there were some individuals with the larger signature. The girl moved while pondering - what could someone do with such a thing, if it weren't something they could regularly go get power from? Well...

"Uhm, well, senpai - Junko has heard of ninja locking stuff away," she said, holding her thumb and forefinger together and twisting them slightly, "and then later bringing it out," she continued, miming a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat with a flourish. "Maybe they could do something like that? If not all of it, then a little at a time?" She wasn't sure why she came to that conclusion, but it seemed like a safe bet that if ninja could transport things without them being seen, they could do the same with this leyline stuff.

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Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
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Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

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Chojiro asked, and Junko seemed happy to answer with guesses of her own. It made Shikaji quite happy to see that the two of them were getting along well, as it removed a great source of worry and concern from Shikaji's shoulders. Perhaps, when he had suggested to her that any possible problem would be solved if she simply called Chojiro 'senpai', Shikaji wasn't that far off the mark. It almost made the Nara want to laugh, to know that his friend had such simple pleasures, but Shikaji couldn't judge him that much. I have simple pleasures of my own, he thought to himself, glancing at the steel collar that graced Junko's slim neck.

The suggestions that Junko had made for what someone might do with a leyline wasn't that far off. If its font of power was too far away for practical use, its power could simply be stored and transported to where it was needed. He wasn't exactly sure that shinobi would produce it like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat, but the gesture looked cute enough, so Shikaji didn't say anything. He did, however, take notice of the fact that there were fewer pesky insects to swat at while they walked.

"I think the better question is what it is instead of a leyline," he mused.

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Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

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At least Junko was being helpful. The woman made a pretty good point. They could just transfer some of the chakra from point A to point B and then he was sure there would be some use for it once transported. That would mean more excursions to the Land of Earth though, and with the war presently happening would that be spreading Konoha's forces too thin? It wasn't his place to say. What was his place to say was when Shikaji brought up a skeptical comment. He screwed his face up, furrowing his brow and jutting out his lower jaw, "Oi, Shikaji," he hissed, "you sound awfully skeptical for a guy who had foreign chakra fly into his body that changed his eyes to the legendary Rinnegan and then met someone and within 8 hours married that someone. I find it hard to believe that this is the line in the sand. This is the point of disbelief. Why do you think the Leyline isn't real?" He made sure to keep his tone light, not wanting to offend Shikaji or Junko. He merely stated facts, facts that left him wondering how this was outside the realm of possibility after everything that his friend had gone through recently.

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Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
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The girl shrugged at the assertion from both of the young men, unable to refute what Chojiro said and not having much of an opinion on the matter. Her lack of experience in this area left her without any clues or arguments one way or the other. She, too, didn't know why this place wouldn't be real, but she had no evidence to back up that it was. Junko fell quiet, wanting more to know what Shikaji had to say than anything else. Did he have any reason to doubt that it was a leyline after all, or did it just seem that unlikely? Lots of geographical phenomena went undiscovered for ages - or at least, she felt that way - and so the fact that it hadn't been discovered before now didn't seem all that valid. What, then?

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Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

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"Both the Rinnegan, even if I'm not sure how I got it, and the entire institution of marriage, have been things that have existed for hundreds of years," Shikaji replied coolly. "Meanwhile, no one has seen a leyline for a few hundred years. Surely, my eyes may be rare, but a leyline would be rarer still." As he finished speaking, he cast a glance at Junko, offering her a slight smile. This was probably the first time that she had really learned anything about his ringed eyes in general. She had asked about them once, at the Cliffhanger, but she had assumed they must have been part of his clan. He had refuted her about that fact, but he hadn't gone into any more detail about his eyes at the time. He could admittedly, only wonder how much a civilian might know about something like the Rinnegan. It was possible, he supposed, that she had never heard of it at all. Then again, it was perhaps just as likely that it was famous enough that she had heard about it before. Either way, he didn't figure it mattered too much.

As the trio continued walking, Shikaji reached into his backpack and produced a a handful of rations, figuring that the three of them could eat as they approached their destination. The food was something that Chojiro and Shikaji had grown very accustomed to over the last several months; dried meat jerky. He tossed a piece of it over to Chojiro before handing a piece to Junko and reserving one for himself. Taking a bite of the hard, chewy meat, he pressed it between his molars in an attempt to break the substance down into something that he could swallow. "I'll tell you what, Chojiro. If it's a leyline, the next time we stop somewhere to eat is on me."

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Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

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Chojiro placed his hand onto his chin, stroking it thoughtfully. "Hold on, so let me get this straight. The Rinnegan and marriage have been around for hundreds of years, and proof of Leylines showed up hundreds of years ago. Coincidence? I think not. Marriage was formed by the Leylines and the Rinnegan forged from it. IT ALL MAKES SENSE! That's why the Leylines have been missing in action since then. They needed time to recover their strength! Earthmichi may be a man of considerable heft but he's still a man!" A look of utter satisfaction played on his features as he put all of the pieces together. If this were a puzzle it would have been for ages 45+ due to difficulty and yet he, an eighteen year old, had finished it easily. He must be a puzzle prodigy, a quizzical whiz kid!

It seemed Shikaji was incredibly confident in the fact that this would not be a Leyline. So much so that he offered to buy food should it turn out to be one. All according to keikaku. He froze and began to cackle maniacally before spinning on his heel to face Shikaji and Junko. You loquacious fool! I ALREADY KNOW IT'S A LEYLINE MY CLONE SAW IT! Hook, line, and sinker, you're a total sucker, Shikaji."

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Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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Something about the word used to describe Shikaji's eyes resonated with her, like she had heard it explained once but didn't remember what that explanation was. Maybe from before... she thought to herself, Junko nodding slightly on her own without really responding to much of their conversation. When offered, she took the piece of dried meat and placed it between her back teeth, casually tearing off a piece and beginning to chew it slowly. The quality was good, and it was even somewhat tender as she munched the jerky, tasting the spice and smoke in which it had been left to cure. Junko pondered the explanation of the Rinnegan as the other two spoke, keeping her eyes mostly on the road. It suddenly appeared one day after strange chakra ran into him, repeated her inner voice, the image in her head much more comical than the calm words would have let someone else believe. A ghostly, grinning lavender force descended from the sky and knocked Shikaji over in her head. He rubbed his forehead and then blinked his eyes open, smiled and pointed at their new appearance, which seemed to glow on and off like a neon sign. The next image was of him using this newfound power to flip her skirt.

She giggled to herself, covering her mouth and glancing at Shikaji out of the corner of her eye before Chojiro suddenly turned, announcing he'd already seen the leyline. Her eyes widened in surprise, and a soft gasp emitted from between her smiling lips as she observed him, wondering what her husband would have to say about that.

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Str: Epic
Con: Masterful
Sta: Legendary
Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

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Fuuinjutsu Master
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:39 am 
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Listening to Chojiro's rant, a slight smile still on Shikaji's face, the Nara could only wonder if his friend had eaten enough food for breakfast this morning. Perhaps his blood sugar was low? Shikaji couldn't be sure, but he still laughed softy at his friend's conclusion anyway. From the corner of his eyes, he noticed an unrelated giggle from Junko, who glanced at him like a gossiping schoolgirl discussing her crush. Shikaji raised a questioning eyebrow at her, as if to ask what she was thinking. He had the feeling that it was probably embarrassing, so he wouldn't force her to say it now infront of her new senpai. His gaze, however, said all; he would find out later, after all, he had plenty of pleasurable ways to make her talk.

His somewhat perverted musings, however, were interrupted by Chojiro's declaration that it was, in-fact, a leyline, and that he had seen it himself. His mouth fell open in a stunned silence and his feet stopped moving. If it was another person, he would have doubted the accuracy of what they had said. However, this wasn't just some random person, this was Chojiro, Shikaji's best friend and brother, whom he trusted with his life. Closing his mouth, his brow furrowing, Shikaji didn't even bother with the line of thought that Chojkro might have been mistaken, as the Akimichi was the greatest sensor that he knew, and was a more-than-capable shinobi and hunter-nin.

"So it is," Shikaji admitted, slipping back into his walking pace. There was no reason to childishly deny what Chojiro had said. Denying the truth, doubling down on his error, would only damage his pride even more. Shikaji wasn't the type to admit he was wrong, but he was the type to never make the same mistake twice. "Lead the way, dinner's on me." He would honor the bet, of that there was no doubt. He was a man of his word, afterall. He would buy Chojiro whatever he wanted off the menu, including the entire menu itself. He would also, however, remember that Chojiro cheated. This just meant that the redhead Nara had a free chance to get even when his friend least expected it.

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Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

Kyujutsu Specialist, Bukijutsu Master-of-One Specialist (Bows), Sensory Expert, Ninjutsu Expert
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:03 pm 
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"Oh ho ho!" He laughed, knowing full well what Shikaji's dismissive words truly meant. Neither of the two enjoyed losing though he felt the Nara took it harder than he did. He grinned as he turned to lead the way and called out over his shoulder, "Does that put me up by two now?" Low rumbling laughter from the pit of his gut rolled forth from him then. It was the largest lead either of them had either gotten and it had gone to him. Today was a glorious day indeed! Quickly dipping his hands back into his pants he stepped with more confidence than ever before. "Hear that Junko? Dinner is on Shikaji tonight so make sure to buy as much as you want! We can both eat til we throw up, it'll be great!"

He spent the next leg of the walk in silence contemplating what he saw. There were multiple smaller signatures likely belonged to men that hard surrounded the truly gargantuan signal of the Leyline. The ground was tore open and chakra so heavy it was visible to the naked eye flowed through like molasses. Again he wondered if he could eat said Leyline. If not, what would happen if he tried to? As they reached the place near where his clone had poofed he activated his Sensing again. Only a few steps afterward and his hand shot up, a closed fist that signaled that they should halt immediately.

"They know that we're here. Shikaji, hide Junko." His voice was entirely different than usual. It lacked all of it's comedic undertones and sarcasm but instead grew hard and cold. It was the voice he had developed during his time as a Hunter-Nin and it was a voice he despised using.

[Used Techniques:
Sensing Technique]

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Taijutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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The silver-haired girl laughed, nodding to Chojiro's assertion. She'd be certain to eat her fill, though honestly - that wasn't really much compared even to Shikaji, let alone Chojiro's prodigious, hefty appetite. Still, being included felt good. "No problem, senpai!" she cried, letting a fist into the air in celebratory agreement. The next bit of their walk was spent in silent companionship, the trio left to their own thoughts. I was scared to leave the Cliffhanger, but...honestly, with senpai and Shujin-sama, I'm having a lot more fun than I ever did there. Even if it's dangerous, and the comforts are few, I'm really glad I came along, she thought to herself, but her line of thinking was cut short as Chojiro sensed that they weren't exactly sneaking up on anyone.

Junko paused, glancing up at Shikaji and willing to take direction from him. She would do whatever he deemed best to hide her.

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Stats:
Str: Epic
Con: Masterful
Sta: Legendary
Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

Skills:
Taijutsu Paragon
Fuuinjutsu Master
Ninjutsu Expert
Ijutsu Adept
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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"Ryokai," came Shikaji's swift response, bringing his thumb up to his mouth and biting, producing a few drops of blood which he wiped across his opposite hand. Weaving a few quick seals, Shikaji crouched, pressing his hand against the ground, resulting in a small cloud of smoke. Even before the smoke cleared, the soft cawing of birds revealed the nature of what was inside. A half-dozen crows flapped their wings, hovering about the cloud. In an instant, two of them took off further into the sky, heading towards the leyline to scout ahead. The other four hovered close together, and, after a bit of chakra was transferred to them by Shikaji, began morphing together into a black mass, which quickly assumed Shikaji's own characteristics before completing the transformation into a perfect clone.

The real Shikaji produced a kunai and handed it to Junko, then moved somewhat forward to align himself with Chojiro, preparing himself to engage in battle as he produced five strings of wire in each hand. Meanwhile, the clone guided Junko backwards, tucking her safely behind a large rock and offering her some words of encouragement. He had seen how well she could use that knife before, and she supposedly felt more comfortable with the prospect of fighting without one than she did with one, but hopefully she wouldn't need to use it.

[Techniques Used;
Kuchiyose: Karasu (50/50)
Crow Clone Technique (172/100)]

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Life's a balance, you can feel it in your soul,
Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

Kyujutsu Specialist, Bukijutsu Master-of-One Specialist (Bows), Sensory Expert, Ninjutsu Expert
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:21 am 
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It never ceased to amaze Chojiro how quickly things change when your occupation was shinobi. They had gone from joking and philosophizing to battle ready in an instant. Was he happy with that ability to move so drastically from one emotion to the other? It was hard to say. Some days he just wanted to play a sport or become a chef or something and others he couldn't be more thankful to be a part of his village's military. He had spoken shortly of this with Seto Uchiha, a legitimate Jounin, but that man was much more into his job than the Akimichi was. Maybe it had something to do with having students?

His mind ran through these thoughts as Shikaji readied himself and hid away Junko, but when his friend stood with him his mind pushed away those frivolous things. He wasn't much of kunai user himself and had, like an idiot, forgot his bo staff back at the village. Weapons didn't usually grow with him aside from the aforementioned staffs so he hadn't really taken an interest in them. "Four, two left, one center, one right." He whispered to his partner. His hands quickly went through two seals. Calf muscles expanded rapidly, the skin around them stretching and growing vascular.

"I know what you're thinking," He started before turning his head over his shoulder, showing off a wide grin, "but I won't let what happened to Inoe happen to Junko."

A rustling from the directions earlier pointed out would break the moment though as four Iwagakure shinobi poked out from the brush. The leader, a grizzled man with scars criss-crossing his face, spoke up first with a voice harsh and demanding. "What's a bunch of Konoha-nin doing this far up the mountains?" He raised a knowing eyebrow as he spoke. The jig was up, so it seemed. They too knew about the Leyline.

[Used/Learned Techniques:
Sensing Technique
Multi-Size: Recipro Burst]

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Taijutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
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Watching the ninja spring into action, she realized that Shikaji had been going easy on her. Junko knew that, of course, but it didn't stop her from being a little in awe of the both of her traveling companions. That's right... they're real shinobi. No matter what I was or what kind of weird fighter I might have been, Shujin-sama and senpai can do things that normal humans can't do. I shouldn't take that for granted, she thought to herself as she was guided to crouch a bit behind a nearby rock. It was a large enough boulder, and she didn't really have much of a chakra signature to speak of according to Chojiro, so she felt that as long as she stayed out of sight that they wouldn't have to worry about her. A small hand gripped the kunai, and though she was worried, Junko found that her hand was steady, nerves settled. Her heart rate hadn't even gone up. It's two on four... but Shujin-sama and senpai are prestigious clan heads! The difference in power should be huge, right?!

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Stats:
Str: Epic
Con: Masterful
Sta: Legendary
Coo: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Ref: Legendary (Godlike with Taijutsu)
Wis: Legendary (Godlike with Fuuinjutsu)

Skills:
Taijutsu Paragon
Fuuinjutsu Master
Ninjutsu Expert
Ijutsu Adept
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:15 am 
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For a moment, Shikaji almost felt as if he had been lost inside his own world. In the moments before a battle, it was a feeling that seemed almost common. For everything else to fade away in the last few moments as the final preparations are made. It gave the tokubetsu jounin an uneasy, almost foreboding, calm. It wasn't a feeling that Shikaji enjoyed very much, truth be told, but he felt it was probably a better feeling to have before a battle than anger or cowardice. As he finished tightening his wire, his body moving practically on autopilot at this point, he was snapped out of his daze by Chojiro's words. It caused Shikaji's head to snap to attention, locking eyes with Chojiro for a long moment, before the Nara resolutely nodded. In moments like this, Shikaji knew just how reliable his best friend was, even despite his goofy, unpredictable nature. "Of course," the redhead agreed, moving into a readied fighting position. "We'll do better this time."

His thoughts were occupied for a brief second by memories of Inoe. They made Shikaji's chest hurt, thinking about her and her death. Certainly, it was the kind of incident that he wanted to prevent again. He wasn't sure if he could ever live down the guilt of it, but thinking about her smiling face calmed his unsteady nerves. Are you watching us right now? He wondered, making a mental note to buy an extra-large bouquet of flowers for her grave the next time they returned to the village, to make up for going so long without visiting. Do you think we're doing the right thing?

After several moments, the group of four men arrived, exactly as Chojiro had predicted. His sensory proved invaluable, as ever. His words weren't too hostile, but his tone conveyed his unfriendly nature, and indicated that he was quite unhappy to see them. It was possible that it was simply the man's unfriendly disposition that elicited such a reaction, but it was much more likely, Shikaji knew, that it was because they, too, knew of the object that lied ahead, and they likely had no interest in letting a group of Konoha shinobi near it. "We're on a mission," came Shikaji's simple reply, his eyes glancing toward Chojiro for a moment as if seeking confirmation. It was the truth, of course, but he expected that any seasoned shinobi wouldn't likely believe many other reasons for why they were here. Not this far away from town, not this close to the leyline. "I'm sure you can understand that we can't say much more than that."

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Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

Kyujutsu Specialist, Bukijutsu Master-of-One Specialist (Bows), Sensory Expert, Ninjutsu Expert
I will manage to bring peace to the world,
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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:45 pm 
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Shikaji's words caused the grizzled man to grin confidently. The rest of his group of men shifted slightly. While it looked like a small movement, trained eyes would realize they were moving to a more offensive stance. Chojiro tensed from the movement, his fists clenching unconsciously. The leader's grin fell as quickly as it came as his eyes narrowed, "A mission? From the allies of Sunagakure on our land? Not any land either, but here of all places? That's an awfully big coincidence." His hand moved upward, a finger tracing one of the many scars on his face. "You boys look awfully young to be on a mission this important. And to bring a girl like that along? Looks like Kanari is slipping. Though, he doesn't seem to be the only one."

From seemingly nowhere six more Iwagakure shinobi appeared, encircling the group. Chojiro was not the most intelligent man but he had heard rumors that the Iwa-nin could hide among anything. He silently cursed under his breath. While Shikaji had said many times that he was the best Sensor he knew, there was still so much more the Hunter-nin could learn in that field.

The leader smirked again, this time a more permanent fixture on his face. "You'll be seeing no dragon veins today, shinobi."

Handseals flurried immediately after that declaration as two of the flanking Iwa-nin shot forth a barrage of boulders toward the two Jounin. Chojiro's temper flared along with his chakra as his fists darkened as quickly as his mood. He spun on his heel and grew an arm to massive proportions, the dark-skinned palm slapping down the stones as if they were paper.

"Don't underestimate us. I'll handle the front, you take care of the back with Junko." He knew better than to ask his friend to move an inch further from his newfound wife. While this left him with the leader, the assumed strongest man of the bunch, he wouldn't have it any other way.

Turning back to face the grizzled man, he pointed an enormous finger at him. "Don't forget, you brought this on yourself."

[Learned/Used Techniques:
Multi-Size: Recipro Burst (B-Rank Upkeep)
Sensing Technique (D-Rank Upkeep)
Earth Release: Earth Spear (B-Rank)
Partial Multi-Size Technique (B-Rank)]

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Taijutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert
Sensory Adept

Strength: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Constitution: Masterful (Epic w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Legendary
Reflexes: Masterful (Minor Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Sensory, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu)
Wisdom: Masterful

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 Post subject: Re: Leylines: A Novella
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:06 am 
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The Iwagakure shinobi seemed more-or-less able to discern their true intentions, but more concerningly, it seemed that several of them had remained hidden, making ten enemies in total. Worse still, it seemed that they knew that Junko was there, too. That revelation caused Shikaji's eyes to narrow; if he wasn't mad before, he was now. His fists clenched as Chojiro announced that he would leave the other nine shinobi to Shikaji, while Chojiro would fight the enemy leader. That was fine by Shikaji, it just meant there were more enemies to crush. "I wouldn't have it any other way," came the Nara's reply, as he readied the wires between his fingers on his left hand, pulling them abruptly to one side and swinging them swiftly outward, cracking them outwards like a whip so as the gauge the distance between himself and the foes closest to his person.

With the distance determined, his opponents currently only slightly out of his range as they approached, Shikaji moved into position. He positioned himself behind Chojiro and his opponent, in-front of Junko and the Crow Clone, keeping himself between any of the nine enemy shinobi that would try and make a move towards his wife. After a moment of focus, crackling electricity began to flow through the wires held in both of Shikaji's hands, filling the air with a soft buzzing sound. "Nine-on-one, don't call it unfair when you lose," he warned, threateningly cracking the lightning-charged wire again, daring his opponents to make the first move.

[Techniques Used;
Aggravated Chakra Flow]

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Life's a balance, you can feel it in your soul,
Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Epic
Reflex: Epic
Coordination: Epic
Wisdom: Epic

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