"What I want to know is... why? Why did you spare me? And that wasn't the only time, either..."
One blue eye focused on the Suna-nin from over her shoulder, watching him with an appraising gaze. Why? Because I...
she thought, but her words were much more playful behind their distorted tone. "Hm...well, you didn't start out all that dangerous, I guess..."
she started, bringing a finger up to tap at her chin as though in thought. "The second time you could consider it a favor for a friend,"
she continued after a moment, letting her head turn back away from him, adjusting her gaze to the battle the Hokage seemed to be mostly handling. She took in a deep breath, then. "...but we're not that friendly. Three strikes and you're out, Cub."
With that, she moved away to the edge of the wall, but Shingen spoke one more time.
"What is it you want from me?"
His voice sounded confused still, as though he divined that she wasn't being entirely truthful. She paused, glancing down at the nervous faces of the individuals behind the gate, their own weapons and power at the ready. It turned into a beautiful meadow ahead of her, not Kemurigakure. The light was shining on the horizon, and so too was Shingen there, standing in the light like a sun, and each of the men in front of her cast long, dark shadows her way. They seemed anxious, if not downright terrified, but their resolve showed in their lack of shaking knees, in their refusal to simply lay down their weapons. In order to get to that place, that meadow beyond, she had to get beyond them. I just want to stand with you there.
"I want you to leave me alone,"
she finally replied, summoning up her resolve. It hurt to say. It hurt her to deceive him. It hurt her to make him stay there in that shining sphere and not just...bring it closer to her. But she had done that before, and when she touched it, it grew dimmer. Still, she thought that if she could make it to where he was on her own, then maybe...
That rush of bitter sadness turned to the anger that had been seething in her since Konoha - no, since before then. Amegakure? Yes, likely there. She hadn't been able to properly vent, and as she looked at the gathered teams of four, blue eyes narrowed.
The Fox stepped off the wall, landing lightly in the small courtyard below. The gate to her back, she spared a glance for the mechanism that operated them and the bar that locked them, then to the gathered ninja, who failed to act first. "I'm suddenly in a not so good mood,"
she announced to those gathered, "so don't blame me if you die."
The provoking words were enough for a team of four to engage, one forming handseals while the other three leaped at her with fists and weapons. The Fox moved to meet them, but it was more like, to those gathered, she was suddenly in front of them, and the initial swing of kunai leveled at her throat turned aside with a block to the wrist. If one could see it, what unfolded next was a clinic on breaking points as the Fox shattered the radial bone where she had blocked with her left hand, right hand closing into a fist that broke forearm as the left snaked in and under said broken arm and snapped into the outside of the man's elbow. It, too, shattered as the right worked up the arm to break the bone just under the bicep, and the left wrapped around the now thoroughly broken arm. This done, she spun, wickedly fast, and pivoted on the ball of her forward left foot, throwing the man - still not even able to register the pain just yet - toward his ninjutsu focused teammate, who reacted predictably. That is to say, they didn't react at all, smashed to the ground by the body thrown her way. The other two, one swinging a roundhouse kick her way and the other moving to tackle her at the waist, received the Fox's attention, then.
Foot met the sternum of the ninja attempting the tackle, a blur of motion that broke through the chest plate as the Fox made a hard block at the spinning kick, rolled her left arm around it, and struck the knee with three crunching blows, breaking the kneecap with the first and continuing to reverse the leg further with the other two. Time seemed to catch up to the original opponent, who began screaming and clutching his arm as the ANBU traveled forward with the leg in her grasp, forcing the newly crippled ninja onto his back. "It's tough, isn't it?"
she asked aloud, to no one in particular. "Cruel, even,"
she continued, twisting the leg in her grasp until it slipped out of the hip socket with a strangely satisfying pop. She kicked him away and moved almost casually to the Ninjutsu specialist, recovering from being hit with the now flopping body of her teammate. With a single movement, the Fox reached out to the woman's hand, grasping it with enough force to snap her fingers, then wrenching the hand so that the wrist snapped. She, too, began crying, flopped over on her side, cursing the Fox. "You are taught that anyone can be strong. You're taught that, if you try and you work together, you can do whatever you want,"
she continued, snatching the arrow flying toward her out of the air and tossing it uselessly at her feet. Her blue eyes took in the archer, who, in a panic, fumbled to knock another arrow.
The earth shifted underneath her, and the Fox danced upward as it lowered dramatically, into a gigantic pit that quickly filled with flame. The girl landed light on her feet, seeming to simply teleport into place in front of the archer. "You try, and you try, and you try, and you think to yourself, 'I've become strong',"
she continued, almost idly, as she snapped a brutal kick to the man's ankle, then leaned in and smashed her fist into the knuckles of his draw hand, shattering the tiny bones there. "But one day, God says, 'No. You are only human,' and shows you what Strength is,"
she continued as the man, screaming his pain and rage, drew a knife from a concealed sheath under his quiver and raised it in a slash. The Fox twisted that hand, striking the outside and the wrist at the same time and causing the knife to drop. She caught it, and in one movement severed the pulling muscles in the forearm and bicep, then dropped the knife as the man's arm fell limp. With a shove of her foot, he toppled from his perch atop the gatehouse to the dirt below. It wasn't a long fall, but he fell silent as he landed, unconscious. "...and you realize it was all a lie. You're only human. You could never have become Strong. God blesses only some of us,"
the Fox continued, hopping down from the gatehouse. Instead of attacking, the enemy ninja had begun grouping up, trying to figure out a strategy. "But take heart. I'm taking 'that which makes you ninja' today. You are human. Live like it."
The rest of her motion was, from the outside, a non-movement, so fast and furious that it seemed they all simply dropped at once, some simply unconscious, others gripping ruined hands and arms, others paralyzed from the waist or even the neck down - but they were all alive. They could likely even be healed, but they would never reach this level of ability again - they would never be useful as ninja. With that, she moved to the gatehouse, tapping the mechanism that caused the gate to swing open. It did, and, her work finished, the Fox glanced back at the various battles. Wiping a bit of blood from the exposed skin of her face, she moved into the village.
Chakra Concealment Seal
Stamina Remaining: 247 (55 Ninjutsu)
[Attacking 4 Units]