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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:42 pm 
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It was a daunting task for someone of his age. The idea that he could even grasp the basics was enough to merit surprise, let alone getting as far as Kazu had actually gotten.

The quest started three months ago as something Kazu wasn't supposed to hear. He had taken a trip to the Administrative Offices. A mission of his had recently been brought to a close, and he was heading over towards the offices to collect his payment. Along the way, his path brought him across two Jounin walking down the staircase to the Hokage's Office. Hushed voices reflected on what they had just been assigned to do: Rediscover the secrets of the Flying Thunder God Technique. The name meant nothing to the young Uchiha(beyond the fact that it sounded super cool), but it was the descriptions he heard that drew his attention. It was an S-Rank technique of unbelievable power, so much so that it was supposedly the signature technique of some of the first leaders of the village! It was a big deal then, but history had drawn it away from Konohagakure's hands.

The rest of the day, Kazu couldn't stop thinking about it. Flying Thunder God. The name rung in his head more times than he could count. If the technique was great enough to make a name of old Hokages, what would it do for him if he were to obtain it? Ideas of fame and recognition came flooding in. His parents were nothing special, and so far he had done nothing with his time as a Genin to distinguish himself from the rest either. The only thing about him that stood out to the general public was his status as an Uchiha. He didn't want to be known for that, however; he wanted to be known as Kazu.

That set him on the track that he had been on for the following months. He kept the goal a secret from his own family, attributed to the desire to shock them when he finally figured it out. He could only imagine the look on his father's face when he realized that the reason Kazu was slacking on Ninjutsu training was to inherit this kind of secret! This quest brought him to the library over and over again, combing through scroll after scroll to find all the information he could on two subjects: the Flying Thunder God itself, and Fuinjutsu for dummies. These took a large part of many of his days. Overtime, these studies and the help of a few passerby shinobi that noticed him looking into Fuinjutsu brought the basics into his grasp.

After learning how to create and analyze seals, the focus shifted entirely onto the technique. He had learned a lot about the history of the technique, dating back to its creation by the Second Hokage. It was the signature move of the Fourth Hokage. After that, it disappeared for a long while. The most recent sightings of the technique pinpointed it to a group of Iwagakure shinobi 100 years ago. It was lost once more when each member of that group fell against Shinji Uchiha. It made sense to Kazu why Konohagakure wanted to rediscover it-- it must have felt bad to have one of their most successful creations fall into the hands of the other villages!

After three months, he had made notable progress. While there were scrolls detailing the functions and usage of the Flying Thunder God technique, none could explain the actual design of the seals themselves. The hardest part had risen up to block Kazu's path. He was left to theoretical guess-work essentially, attempting to recreate the seal for himself and testing out each individual failure. Each failed attempt brought him back to analyzing the seal, attempting to figure out what wasn't correct and re-transcribing a new, improved copy onto another piece of parchment. It was only through Kazu's stubborn tenacity that he was able to accept failure as many times as he had without giving up entirely.

On this day, his work was progressing far. Kazu sat off in a quiet corner of the library, taking an entire desk for himself. He preferred this area over the others, as few people passed by here; he didn't want anyone seeing his work and attempting to copy it for themselves! Most that went by were too occupied searching for a specific book to pay attention to him anyway. On his desk was a messy(but sorted in Kazu's own way) collection of supplies-- several books on Fuinjutsu calligraphy and its mechanics, a backpack filled to the brim with scrolls for when Kazu messed up and needed to restart, and a large bowl of ink. "What's the issue here? Think, Kazu, think ..." He murmured quietly, his eyes flickering up and down over an intricately-written seal in front of him. The seal's space was entirely filled in with various kanji, yet it still produced nothing that Kazu desired. He believed he was getting close! That was the driving force that kept him moving, despite the numerous, unknown errors that littered his design.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:34 pm 
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A sinister sickle of air slithers sharply into Kazu's ear. It comes suddenly, an autonomous sensory meridian response of the harshest kind striking deep into the base of the young boy's skull. Its intent is simple, yet some sort of supernatural sequence freezes veins and straightens hairs. It is Etsu's whisper in Kazu's hear: "boo~"

The Jounin comes from behind him to see his reaction. "What's up... uhh....... what's the Japanese, like, word for 'student' ?" She tilts her head, her eyes, and her finger to her chin all upwards in pondering. "I know like 'teacher' is 'sensei,' but I don't really know how to say--"
It's then that her rounded eyes glance back down, and they widen. An inaudible squeal escapes her lips as she practically-- not even practically, but literally actually-- tackles the desk, Kazu's books, and the horrifyingly familiar-looking sketches laid across them. The wooden legs scratch harshly and deeply against the floor, the only sound in the entire library save for the gentle flipping of pages and two Chuunin making out in a bathroom on the second floor.

Etsu pauses in place, realizing she probably caused more attention to the table than what would've been, but feels justified in her fear. She twitches toward Kazu's face, finding herself with a kunai in hand stationed at his throat. "What the fuck....... is this?" the irritated woman manages to whisper, her words as jagged as one would expect from her mental constitution. "Where did you get this? Have you been spying on me? What the fuck is your game, kid?!?!?" Her free hand slams Kazu's shoulder against the wall, pinning him with questions and knives. Etsu's aura is something Kazu can hope he never feels again for a long time: the genuine killing intent of a Jounin.

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The boy's sharp focus left him all too vulnerable to surprise. When the jagged breath of air blasted Kazu's ear, his entire body acted on instinct before he had a chance to even think. He yelped, the loud voice of surprise echoing against the otherwise silent rows of shelves around him. His body immediately shifted away from the disturbance towards his right, pushing his chair up onto two legs. This caused a chain reaction of panic. Flailing arms desperately struggled to grab a firm hold over something to steady himself from tipping over. The self-rescue operation was a success-- barely, but still a success nonetheless.

When he was stable once more, Kazu's head swiveled over to the left, finally noticing Etsu when she came out from behind his chair. He left out a soft, calming laugh. "Hah.. Good one, Etsu-sensei. You got me there." He listened to his teacher as she searched for the proper term to refer to him as her student. "That's--" He had opened his mouth to offer a response, but that response would never come. The situation escalated to new heights in an instant. The young Uchiha may have missed the first one or two signs, but there was no way he could fail to notice his sensei throwing herself harshly down over his table, covering all the work he had been practicing.

"Etsu-sensei, hey, get off!" Kazu pushed his chair back and rose to his feet, taking a step toward reaching and grabbing Etsu's arm to pull her off. He was so close! If she were to ruin the seal he had drafted now ... That couldn't be allowed to happen! Unexpectedly, things continued to take a turn for the worse. Before Kazu could grab Etsu's arm to try and lift her off of the table, she had already risen with a kunai in hand, poised just a couple of inches from his throat. A certain venom tainted her tone, one that clued Kazu in on the fact that this was not a situation to take lightly. "H-Hey, it's just my, uhh ..." He stumbled for how to describe it, his feet shuffling backwards to retreat from the blade by his neck. This only served to eventually pin him against a wall, giving him no escape when his teacher thrusts a hand out to slam his shoulder against it.

With tension high, his mind didn't have the moment to properly analyze Etsu's words to reach a correct conclusion about the implications. At the time, all he could worry about was calming her rage to ensure he didn't get slashed. "It'sNotWhatItLooksLikeEtsuSensei!" He blurted out rapidly, hoping to stave her off until he could explain. "I haven't been spying on you, and I didn't get this from anywhere! It's a project I've been working on by myself for months! I wanted to figure out a cool jutsu I heard some guys talking about! Ya gotta believe me!" He pleaded, doing his best to keep his voice from alerting the entire library. While he couldn't keep himself to a hushed volume due to the rising panic, he could keep himself at a medium level.


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Etsu kept a forceful, hateful glare at Kazu. While she was the queen of practical jokes, something about her expression proves this is not one of them. As she hears his explanation, she's less inclined to hear it when the classic "it's not what it looks like!" is thrown out right off the bat. That's one of those signs that it is *exactly* what it looks like. The inches she held her kunai from Kazu's skin decreases to a single inch in response, coupled with a harder press on his shoulder. This seems to prompt a much more hearable response. As the Genin explains further, Etsu gives into the temptation to blink down at his work between syllables. After some silence, she devotes a long pause to analyzing his notes, still holding the boy in place. Hmm. Nah. These are not the scribblings of someone who had something to base their work off of. This is going in blind, just like Etsu had mere months ago.

With a puff of aggrivated air, she releases her grip and aim all at once. "Fine.................." and after too long "......... sorry." Etsu allows Kazu to retake his seat if he chooses. "Sorry. I just...." The cost of her analysis of Kazu's notes stifles her words. "Wow. Kazu did this? He's so close. So much of this is right. Like, dead-on right." And much of it is. The best relation to what Kazu has is a long, complicated math problem-- in this case, literally solving a formula. Long stretches of the math can be absolutely correct, whereas the process and order of operations and exceptions to certain rules cloud the rest; alternatively, some of the basic-to-intermediate procedures can be followed closely, but a slightly mistake in arithmetic can butcher the rest of the equation.

A complete inverse of what she just was, Etsu leans over behind him, a gentle hand on the back of his chair. After some more surveys up and down what's not covered by books or folders, she smirks. "You've gotten this far in just a few months?" This impresses Etsu more than it surprises her. Many of the most revered Fuuinjutsu artists in the village were drafted to figure out the mechanics of this jutsu. None were close to succeeding. Perhaps it requires some heroic eccentricity to decode? That'd never cross Etsu's mind, anyways. She'll settle for all this being a fluke.

"You're close," she puts simply, stealing a pen from the desk. Not on the draft attempts, but in the margins of his notes, she circles a couple things, draws arrows instructing two things to switch places here and there. It doesn't offer direct answers, and there's still some things to figure out, but it does make getting the final result a lot easier based on what he has.

So comes Etsu's latest impasse: she could either waste Kazu's time and wait for him to eventually work out the kinks in a jutsu beyond most Kages' understanding, or she could give him all the answers now and release one of the most dynamic techniques in history to a Genin. "Well, one's certainly more exciting than the other...."

She sighs in the face of potential regret, looking around suspiciously before leaning in close. "Listen, this is big. While it's not a secret the village has been working to recover this, they certainly don't want just anyone using it. I....." a deep breath before her last chance to turn back "coulllllllllld help you out. I, uhh......... I figured it out a couple months ago. I know....." a heightened hushed tone "Flying Thunder God."

And, back to normal: "But there's some conditions-- some things we should probably talk about."

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A beat of sweat cascaded down the side of Kazu's face when the knife inched even closer. Each moment seemed to last an eternity. Each micro-expression left the boy on the end of a needle, vying for some understanding of what exactly it meant. He remained still as Etsu looked back and forth at him and his trial runs still laid out across the table. Finally, a peaceful resolution came knocking. The woman relented from her persistence, coming to accept Kazu's words for what they were. Kazu nervously tugged at the front of his collar and let out a brief laugh of discomfort. "Hahaaa... It's okay." He replied with a casual tone, brushing off what had just happened with ease. Seeing her relent, he was sure that it was all just a big misunderstanding! He began to move back towards his seat.

"Is everything alright, Sensei?" This question came shortly after Kazu caught Etsu staring once more at his work. What exactly was she looking at, anyway? His mind ran with the possibilities: did she think it was a Fuinjutsu for something else that looked similar? Was it an aggressive reaction after a misread glance? Or maybe ... Shoot! a sudden wave of self-consciousness washed over him, and he felt the impulse to safe-guard his work(he fought against this urge, however): What if she was also trying to figure it out, and was going to steal his work?! ... A few moments of pondering cancelled that thought out. He doubted his own teacher would be that jealous of his work.

"You're close." Those words settled his confusion. A realization dawned right then when he began to question how she could know that: it meant that she knew the correct formula! "Wait! You know...?" Even as Kazu voiced the question, the answer made itself apparent. Etsu reached forth from behind him, grabbing one of the spare pens he had brought. She didn't write much, but the small amounts she did revealed plenty. Kazu's headstrong determination to solve the riddle of the Flying Thunder God dragged him immediately back into analysis the moment the clue was provided. "If you swap those, then that means ..." His finger worked itself around the intricate seal, tapping down on various sections of the transcription to make mental notes of areas he needed to revisit. The small instructions to swap the places of two portions spelled out many further necessary revisions to accommodate the change.

He turned up to face his teacher, his eyes full of wonder. He hadn't yet seen her abilities, and this new development left him to consider: what more did she know that she had yet to lead him onto? A twinkle of admiration shined in his eyes at the thought. Maybe he lucked out and got one of the best Jounin instructors in the village! His attention drooped back down to his current draft, his mind thinking of another area he needed to look at really quick before the thought fled from his mind.

While he worked, Etsu spoke up. The first part made Kazu frown slightly-- she mentioned that the village didn't want just ANYONE using it, leading him to believe that she was going to order him to cease his attempts. But, she didn't. In fact, she did the exact opposite: Etsu offered to teach him the entire technique! At that point, Kazu's excitement couldn't be contained. The face of the 14 year-old boy lit up. His feet bounced against the ground, containing the desire to commit all those joyful, gravity-defying movements to only his legs. "That would be *Awesome*, Etsu-sensei!" His energy levels made it hard for his voice to stay as hushed as hers. However, he took note of that and stopped himself after that, taking a moment to breathe and calm himself a little bit. "What are the conditions? I can handle them, I swear."


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The blonde sighs, rubbing her crease-shut eyes. This is not a conversation she planned on having today. This is not a conversation she planned on having *ever.* There is a lot to consider about Kazu being a few guided steps away from knowing a technique like this. She knows there's conditions. But there seems so many, she has trouble thinking of them.

"Okay, okay.... just.... hang on...." her frustrated, titillated voice responds, mimicking her hand through her hair. She pulls on it for a second, the same second she gives an expression akin to someone accidentally falling on ten thousand set domino. "Okay...... hang on..... ugh." In her head, Etsu thinks she's pacing, when really she's kind of awkwardly leaning from one side to the other. "Okay....... so....... here's the thing."

She stiffens herself, locking her arms at her side and stretching out her palms. After another long sigh, she is ready. "Okay. So. Unlike any technique you'll probably ever know, this one has only ever been known by, like, a handful of shinobi in history. And with good reason. So this comes with some, you know, like, responsibilities." She bites her compact, rounded lip, looking to the ceiling for guidance in how to phrase all of this better. Finding none, she treks on. "You need to be careful who you use it in front of or where you leave you seals. There's all kinds of idiots that could pick it up-- not that you can learn it from just the seal, obviously-- we'll get to that later-- but, like, all it'd take is some Uchiha that is pretty nifty with Fuuinjutsu that sees you and the seal to snatch it right from us. And uhh.... there's, like, obviously the training of the technique, which is pretty scary. I'll also have to clear this with the Hokage. Uggggh. Fuck. Ugggggggggggggggh. UGGGGGGGH. Okay. No. This is fine. Okay. Ummmmmmmmm. What else...." At this point, her body does pace. "That being said, you should only use it during emergencies. Wouldn't want people hunting you down for the technique. 'Keep it secret; keep it safe,' ya know? Okay. So. Oh yeah, back to the whole training thing: do you know what training the technique means? Like, what it involves?"

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All things considered, it was a pretty awkward conversation. A feeling of discomfort accompanied Kazu noticing his teacher's nonverbals. The way she carried herself left no mystery to how she felt about the situation-- Kazu saw the fact that she didn't enjoy having to indulge his quest as being crystal clear. His cheery smile subsided partially at that. He wanted everyone around him to be happy. The frustration she felt tugged at that desire, leaving a hint of sorrow in Kazu's expression as the only way he could really channel the apologetic feelings. If it weren't for the fact that he was about to be carried to the finish line of his several month goal, he would have probably told her she didn't have to do this. It was the selfish desire that kept the thought buried below the surface.

Eventually, Etsu found the words she was looking for. Kau nodded silently throughout her message to show that he was listening. The secretive nature of the technique could not be understated; Etsu cautioned that it was not a technique to be used willy-nilly for fear of the technique being taken by others(particularly an Uchiha). Of course, the village wouldn't want another situation like the one over 100 years ago with those users from Iwagakure. To that end, she requested it to only be used in emergencies. But ... How am I supposed to show off when I can only use it in emergencies? The thought crossed the heroic boy's mind, tipping the corners of his lips downward as he solemnly nodded. If those were the requirements to him being taught the technique, he would agree and respect Etsu's decision, but the teenager couldn't hide his disappointment over the fact.

"What training the technique involves?" Kazu repeated the question, scratching at the side of his cheek. His eyes wandered over to the side as he considered it. "Not really, no? I wasn't going to get to that until after I figured out the seal. Thought maybe it would be easier to figure out once I had the formula down." Until then, he had mostly focused on the use of it, rather than the technical aspect of actually teleporting. How did training yourself to teleport work? "However hard it is though, I can handle it, Etsu-sensei! I've come this far-- I can't quit halfway!" He voiced confidently, hoping his determination to tackle whatever the Flying Thunder God offered as a challenge would alleviate some of Etsu's concern about teaching him the technique.


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Etsu, not exactly a shining example of adult maturity herself, interprets and understands Kazu's disappointed expressions. When you learn the super cool fireball lightning explosion technique, you want to bust it out every fight, any chance to show off in front of cute girl teammate, all out fights surrounded by entire villages in the Chuunin Exams arena. Kazu would be denied this. Kazu would probably use this technique more in private than in practice. Even grimmer, Kazu probably should favor leaving as few people alive that witness this technique as possible.

"Heyyyyyy, no pouting," the sensei tries to ease over, sticking her tongue out of her mouth, which is somehow oddly as thin as her lips. "Your'e basically getting invincibility as long as you're awake with this bad boy, you know?" She shakes his shoulder playfully, which doesn't match the rest of the conversation at all.

"Yeah so, uhh, training.... hmmmmm..... it's like........ you remember ol' Shakuna Uchiha?" Kazu, especially as an Uchiha, not that you need to be to know this local celebrity, would surely know who he was. Just in case it slips his mind, Etsu clarifies: "The one with the eww-gross giant hole in his cheek?" That ought to narrow it down. "Classic story. tries to learn fireball. blows up in his mouth. lives life with one less cheek all Two-Face style. sad. secretly funny, but sad. Anywho: most jutsu can be learned with low risk-- it's whatever. But you're literally altering space and time and physics and I-don't-know-probably-more-Steven-Hawking-type-words. There's a lot of things that could go wrong. You could...."

Her eyes shift to the side and go to a dark place for a while....


Etsu tapped the smooth, circular stone from the river and tosses it across. On her command, that tap formed the simply intricate design of the Flying Thunder God seal.
"This is it.... your whole body, Etsu.... every bit of it.... every molecule," she mouthed to herself, stepping in place nervously. A large sigh seemed to drown out the area; the river became stagnant, the wind was still, and no bird or fly or leaf dared to move. The world waited for Etsu to defy it in that moment,
more hanging on that millisecond than her years of experimenting and researching and planning. Becoming Jounin, for her, gave her permission to finally test it; she was sure she had it all right. Now all that's left to do is.... become nothing.

The blonde's image escaped reality, erased from sight just as it appears at the rock thrown across the river. She caught her balance, despite not being off balance at all,
and glances around. The river is on her left when she looks left, and it is on the right when she looks right. "I.... I'm across the river. It worked. IT WORKED! It-- AUGGHGHGH!" Her slim body thudded loudly and cruelly on the rocky shore, overtaken by the sudden realization of sharp, intense, overtaking pain. The struggle to remain conscious was somehow both aided and afflicted by the incredible physical toll she suffered in her side. Howling in pain, she wrestled with her sensations on the ground, clutching her side. The water near where Etsu used to be turned a shade of pink before diffusing back to normal, the soft, slimy rolling of a small section of the girl's entrails unheard as the current dragged it slowly over the bordering stones. Etsu spits blood.



Subconsciously, her hand reaches for her side. "There could be complications."

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Despite the restrictions being set into place, hearing the trade-off of pseudo invincibility through usage of this technique did help to settle Kazu's disappointment. Of course, he had dreamed of that usage throughout the past several months. Too many situations went through his fantasies about being locked in heated battle, and barely escaping certain death with a teleport that shifted the tides towards victory. Something about hearing about it from an experienced user of the technique amplified the tangibility of that dream. "Yeah ... That's a pretty awesome perk." His voice still held a subtle tint of awe in remembrance of those scenarios he'd thought of.

Etsu reference a man by the name of Shakuna Uchiha to serve as an example. A short moment to recall put a face to name, and BOY was that a face to remember. Kazu couldn't withhold from a brief laugh, after which he looked to his teacher's reaction to make sure she didn't think poorly of him for it. When the amusing memory was cast aside, the lesson learned came through-- a simple technique trained incorrectly could cause that sort of permanent damage. Something as advanced as the Flying Thunder God that defied time and space ... Kazu had never thought of those implications, but thinking about what could go wrong now made his body shudder. What could happen to him? Could part of his body become lost in the teleportation process, leaving him without an arm? Could ... Could HE be lost in the teleportation process, forever cast into the realm between realities, forever isolated in eternal loneliness, never able to reach his destination?

Those sorts of thoughts were justifiably a huge deterring factor that could push away many hardened shinobi. Yet, Kazu had a stubborn determination that could ascend to the challenge. "But ... You made it through the training, right? And I'm guessing you did it without anyone to teach you, huh." Kazu inferred, since Konohagakure higher-ups had been tasked with re-discovering it. "I'm sure you could guide me through it a-okay. I trust ya, Etsu-sensei!" The young Uchiha gave off a wide grin that assured himself things would work out. "I'm not ready to live out my life stuck in some wacky sci-fi dimension between worlds. Whatever complications come up, I'll just have to come up with a way to get past them." It didn't occur to him even after he said it that the complications he had thought of as a possibility may or may not have been the actual ones that his teacher was thinking of. Hopefully, he didn't sound super clueless.


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A firm nod affirms Kazu's positivity and reaffirms Etsu's decision to go through with the training. It will certainly be much easier and much less risky for Kazu to practice Flying Thunder God under an experienced user's guidance. Etsu had only her near obsessive focus on Ninjutsu and a fortunately coincidental specialty in movement and momentum to carry her training. Kazu was a Ninjutsu-type Genin, so there should be no teleporting to the Zero Dimension or leaving entrails behind for him.

"Yosh!" the Jounin, like, says? She points to her finished model of the seal on the desk, tapping it as she instructs: "I'll give you some time to finishing formulating your original construction of the seal. With the progress you've made, it should only take you a few more days-- a week, tops. When you're done, hit me up, and we'll find a private place to start learning." With a swish of her blonde hair, she takes a few steps away before looking back to say: "Do *not* try using the seal without me. You'll know when you have it right." Something about her tone gives the strong impression that, if the boy didn't kill himself trying it on his own, his sensei would probably kill him herself.

Etsu parts from the library, anticipating the future training session that would instate Kazu Uchiha's legacy....

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Excitement ran at an all time high when Kazu heard his teacher speak up once again. With her decision to assist Kazu reaffirmed by the tone of her voice and her explanation of the next steps, the boy couldn't dare to dream of containing the energetic grin. Just a couple more days of finishing up the seal, and he could finally begin! "You got it! You better be waitin', Etsu-sensei: I'm gonna be at your door soon!" A fist pumped up into the air enthusiastically. Then came her warning: do not try to use the technique without her. "It's a promise. See ya later!" He waved Etsu off with a brief wave before turning rapidly back into his work. Thinking about it, it was definitely for the best that he not start without her-- maybe, if he accidentally gets stuck in some other dimension, she would be able to pull him out, kind of like a safety net! Wow, that would be a fun story.

The young Uchiha worked past when dusk set in. The time came for the library to shut down for the night before he even finished his work. Even after wrapping up his work, there was little more that he wanted to think about. As a boy typically preferring to stay up late, Kazu actually found himself going to bed EARLY for once; a quick shower, a late-night dinner, and that was it. In the morning, he'd go for a morning run, get freshened up, and then back to the library he went. That desk off in an obscure corner of the library was his and his alone for the next few repetitive days: Wake up, run, work, sleep. Wake up, run, work, sleep.

Etsu's small hint opened up a new realm of thinking that Kazu hadn't yet considered. Although it was only two small portions that he swapped the position of, they were fundamental pieces that laid the foundation for a lot of the other transcriptions, meaning there was a lot to double-check and re-write. This opened the pathway to finding more mistakes or revealed the answers to blanks he had left previously. He could feel his left hand scribbling more anxiously as each day passed.

Five days passed before Kazu found himself at Etsu's doorstep. It was late afternoon; the sun had began its descent from the sky some time ago, yet they still had plenty of time before light faded from the streets. Earlier that morning, he had finished tweaking his design. Although it didn't have any sort of reaction upon completion to notify him of the success, he could feel it in his bones. He checked over his work at least a dozen times before coming over to ensure he wasn't wasting time when he actually had it wrong, but there were no more mistakes that he could spot.

A firm fist knocked at the door of a standard apartment complex. From the outside, it looked pretty plain; there was little of notable distinction to set it apart from the rest. It gave him enough pause to check the address he had scribbled down on a crumpled piece of paper hidden away in his pocket. This was the place, for sure. Juuuuust in case though ... "Etsu-sensei, it's me, Kazu! I'm here!" He called out, announcing his readiness to move into the next stage of training.


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After a few seconds, the door to Etsu's apartment would swing open, revealing Etsu herself. It isn't the glirified sight of a proud, professional Jounin her Genin probably weren't even used to seeing in the first place, but now even less so. While her beautiful blonde strands still shine true, they're much less ruly about it. A large chunk of bread is impossibly fit into her tiny mouth, "impossibly" implying that half of it is sticking out. There's another chunk of bread waiting in her hand. Following the drool escaping her filled mouth is a rare treat: Etsu wearing something that isn't black. It's a soft teal shirt with a grey kitty face on the braless chest. To compensate, Kazu could see her panties were at least black, which also is to say there were no pants to obstruct his view of them or the bright smoothness below. Nothing from her frizzled hair to her bare feet seem at all bothered this greeting however.

"Omm... gimme a secommd...." came the muffled syllables from behind the bread as she turned back inside, leaving the door agape. If one chose to peak inside, they'd see the outlines of paths where people were supposed to walk between the walls and the furniture, though few of these small, compact paths not littered with dirty clothes. Etsu turns down a hallway and out of sight. With just a few moments, though, Etsu appears back around the corner, the image of what Kazu is more used to seeing very closely emulated (the hair would've taken her a bit more time).
"All right, let's go!" the blonde bellows, marching quickly out of her home, leaving Kazu to close the door for her.


The search for a proper training grounds takes longer than usual. The pair journey from spot to spot until the clash of steel from other trainees is long gone, and they are sure they are completely alone. To top it off, Etsu even surveys the area before she begins the session.
“All right, here we go. Are you ready? Let me see you make the seal.”

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What appeared before him when the door swung open was something the young boy would have never expected. He had found his teacher's house successfully, but the sight of her was one that Kazu wasn't anticipating. While it was clear that the Uchiha was ready to begin the day, it was evident that Etsu was not. The first observation was that Kazu must have interrupted her breakfast. His eyes noted things top to bottom, suddenly becoming flustered and darting to the side when he got down towards her midriff.

Where are her pants?! Kazu questioned the higher powers of the world, trying his best to distract his gaze and hide the red hue that washed over his face. He was definitely the more uncomfortable of the two in the situation, strangely enough. Kazu was afraid of the consequence of looking forward towards her like that, deeming it disrespectful to stare with a perverted gaze. This was especially true when the woman in question is your teacher, and especially ESPECIALLY true when said woman had already held a kunai to Kazu's neck for less a week prior. The blushing teenager kept his attention diverted while Etsu realized her situation and marched off to quickly prepare. It was only when she was gone that Kazu peered into the apartment, curious to see the mess his teacher lived in. Hah, and his mom said that he needed a clean room to be successful. He was totally going to use this as a counter-argument!

"Let's do this!" Shutting the door behind him, Kazu took off after Etsu, walking by her side as they moved out towards the training grounds. The search took longer than the boy would have personally liked(as they had to find a place of complete solitude), but he was able to put that time to good work going over the formation of the Flying Thunder God seal in his head. After completing it earlier, he had traced it several times to instill that muscle memory, and spent even longer staring at the completed seal in order to sketch each line and squiggle into memory. Now, it was time to put it all into practice!

"Got it, Etsu-sensei." Kazu called out affirmatively, slinging his backpack from around his shoulders to the front. Quickly he unzipped the main pouch, withdrawing a pen filled to the brim with ink and several small pieces of paper to write on. A quick application of Earth Release pushed up a small pedestal of earth in front of him, to serve as a stable writing surface. Kazu got to work, spilling out all that he had been holding in his memory throughout the morning. Dexterously he worked, his left hand rapidly moving around the slip of paper in order to fill out all parts of the seal. Before long, he had completed his work. The proud Uchiha held up his finished product towards Etsu, a beaming grin on his face. "How's that lookin'? Pretty good, huh?" He fished for that favorable response that would signal the start of the next phase of training.


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The sensei watches as her student shuffles through his bag, causing her to consider how far Kazu has come since graduating from the Academy and how far he still needs to go to make knowing the Flying Thunder God Technique fit. A Genin with this much power coupled with Kazu’s unquenchable lust for adventure and becoming something great could be… complicated. Still, this is the decision Etsu has made, and it still seems like the right decision. That doesn’t mean the decision can’t come with a lot of baggage. Haha. Get it?

"How's that lookin'? Pretty good, huh?" Etsu leans forward, squinting her eyes at what appears to be no different than a seal of her own make. She takes hold of the paper, setting it closer to her face. Upon further inspection, it not only appears to be correct, but it actually is a genuine, workable Flying Thunder God seal. Nodding at the deceivingly simple-looking symbol, she looks to Kazu with a shine in her eye and a smile on her face: enough of a sign they would be proceeding with training.

She hands the seal back to her student when something catches the corner of her eye. A small spurt of pink in the river, surrounding a slimy goo that diffused even more of the crimson discoloration. No! That’s washed down the river by now! Sure enough, after a hard, squinted blink, Etsu opens her eyes and sees nothing of the sort. A breath equal in relief and anxiety escapes her. “That won’t happen with Kazu-- I’ll make sure of it,” she declares, determined to see that thought through.

“All right, first thing’s first: time to go all Jedi-mode for a bit.” It doesn’t seems she’s kidding, dropping to the grass just off the rocky edge of the river with her legs crossed in front of her, motioning Kazu to do the same. “For this exercise, we’re going to have to do some thorough meditation. While this sounds kind of boring-- trust me, I get it-- this type of meditation isn’t going to feel like sitting around doing nothing at all. In fact, you’ll probably break a sweat doing this.” Her big, round eyes close, taking a deep breath as a bright orange mist shrouds her image. The translucent fog steadily grows to a plasmetic fire, radiating off of the Jounin’s mastered concentration of her body. “What you’ll need to do is, layer by layer, micrometer by micrometer, focus and memorize every cell in your body. Once you have all of them accounted for, you’ll feel something… I dont’ know. Something kind of weird. Like a weighted weightlessness, or a--” Etsu rolls her eyes, blushing with a loss of words. “You’ll know, okay!? Anyways, we’ll need to practice doing this meditating until it’s seemless.” She gets up, retrieving a marked kunai from her belt. “It won’t be easy at first, but it’ll need to come quick and natural during meditation before we’re ready to start putting it into practice with the seal.

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A smile and a nod? He got it! YES! Kazu pumped a fist into the sky before pulling it down in front of him. "Finally! You ain't got nothing on me, Flying Thunder God Seal!" He cheered, a wide grin spreading across his face from cheek to cheek. He knew he was far from done with the technique itself, but it was the small victories that he believed you needed to celebrate. Getting this far reinstated his faith that he'd be able to conquer the rest. How hard could teleportation be?

He took back the small, intricately-decorated piece of paper from his teacher, looking it over for a few seconds in admiration and pride. His focus stayed on it until Etsu spoke up again, to which Kazu quickly swiveled his head over in her direction and snapped to attention. His gaze followed her when she moved, and he mimicked her when she motioned for him to do so. He took a spot to her left. He listened carefully as she introduced the first step: meditation. The young Uchiha found his head tilting to the side in some confusion, unsure of why it was necessary(and truthfully, got inb4'd on the "sounds boring" part).

Meditation always sounded easy to Kazu-- sit still and don't think about anything. What Etsu described definitely sounded like a whole different ballgame. "Memorize every cell in my body?" Kazu repeated softly, drilling the idea into his mind. "Alright, let's give it a shot." He closed his eyes in order to try and close himself from the rest of the world, and focused his attention inward. He sat with his back straight and his hands loosely hanging down into his lap. For such a loud, happy-go-lucky boy, it felt strange to become so quiet, so sagely.

Think about nothing. Think about nothing. Clear your mind. These words echoed through his head. While he didn't understand the first thing about meditation, he was sure that he had heard or read about a monk saying something like this, and how a cleared mind would help with thinking afterward. So, the Genin decided to give the wise words a chance. I need to stop thinking about anything if I'm going to learn how to use the ... WAIT NO. Stop. Don't think about that. He shook his head twice to swipe the thought away. Kazu went still for another minute or two until the next crisis came.

... How do they not think about ANYTHING? I can't stop thinking about not thinking about things! He let out a heavy sigh before taking in another deep breath. He inhaled and exhaled several times to see if that would help him as he moved onto trying to visualize his body on a microscopic level. "This is harder than I thought, Etsu-sensei. Every cell in my body? I don't even know what most of them are called!" Kazu commented, his body still resting in its meditative position. His mind began to think about his chakra network, concentrating on what he knew about it from all of the other jutsu he'd learned. It was one of the parts of him he was most familiar with, so it was probably the best place to start from.


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Etsu lets off a short chuckle. "Kid, you think I know what the fuck a gal bladder does? Why we have two intestines? Nah. I don't even know where the fuck most of these organs are. But they're a part of you. And you don't have to know where they are or what they do or any of that stuff. Just know that your body knows. Your Ninjutsu will know. It's going to be hard. It might end up being all we do this session. But just focus. And. Umm. Yeah."

Then, a sigh. What kind of teacher answers with "the fuck if I know"!? She didn't go to teacher-school. No one taught her how to teach. Apparently it's a skill where you have to know what words and phrases and attitudes to use. Apparently, if you don't know any of that, you just sort of spout out words at a child and hope that something latches on.

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Wait ... Etsu didn't know where most of her organs were too? "You don't know either? Huh ..." Kazu muttered to himself, contemplating that revelation over and over to himself. Maybe he was approaching this wrong the whole time! He didn't need to be so precise with it. Perhaps it was a lot simpler than that. Just know that your body knows. The words repeated in his head. With that new thought in his mind, Kazu tackled the task with reinvigorated determination. Alright body. You know you have an arm. Two arms. Those arms have fingers ...

A lot of similar thoughts came up while time continued to pass. The young Uchiha had lost track of time, becoming so immersed in his thoughts as he attempted to complete the task. His thought process started at the most basic level, thinking about arms and legs, and slowly worked its way inward, delving into a more microscopic level with each round of meditation. In hindsight, the way his brain processed the training would sound silly to him, but in the moment his focus kept him more serious than he had probably ever been.

Hours had passed before Kazu spoke up once again. Slowly, his eyes fluttered open. "Hey, sensei ... You know that feeling you talked about earlier? Is it like ... This almost uncomfortable feeling of awareness? Maybe I've just been thinking about my body for too long, but I feel like ..." He scratched at the back of his head as he tried to scrounge up the right words. "Like I'm really aware of everything happening in my body and all my senses and stuff. Like my heartbeat, or I'm picturing the bones in my body as I move. The muscles in that way the academy textbooks always shows them as. Is that it?" He thought that he had "it", whatever "it" actually was. Kazu couldn't say he was sure what he was supposed to be feeling, but he was feeling like something was different, so that must have been it!

His gaze wandered off towards the sky, and that was when he snapped back into reality. "OH WHOA the sun really moved far!" He noted, pointing at the last, fleeting rays of orange as they faded from the clouds. Time really passed by when he did that meditation stuff, he hadn't realized he was focused for nearly this long.


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To describe Etsu as napping against a tree requires some specification, as a more standard version of such a description might entail luscious details on her sparkling white skin and her fairy-tale princess hair draped majestically over her shoulder. To be clear, that is not what we're looking at, here. Back straight against the tree, her legs and arms are spread apart like the exhausted stance of someone who had to carry the all of the heavier move-in boxes while SOMEONE ELSE CARRIES IN PILLOWS. Her head is tilted to the side, mouth largely agape, the only thing majestically draped over her shoulder being the saliva slowly sliding from her mouth.

Kazu's words trigger the end of this underwhelming coma. Etsu flings every appendage upward, next from side to side as she searches in drunken awareness for the source of the awakening sound. "HUH BLUH WUHH BLUHH HUHH WUHH BLUHHHH!?" is a rough interpretation of the distilled mumblings that slung spit from her mouth and body. Finding Kazu at last, she zeroes in on his eyes, which seems to help her zero in on his words. "Hmm. It sounds like you're getting close, if not there already. Something usually seems to, like, *click* for me when I do it. Has it for you? It might not be that way for everyone. Not like we have much info to base it off of." The blonde rubs her unheavied eyes. "It is getting late, though. I'll try to come up with something to make sure you've got it by tomorrow."

The Jounin rises to her feet, though only to assume a readied position thereafter. "Home's this way. Let's go, Kazu!"

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For hours, the silence permeated the training ground. Kazu's own voice when he spoke up once again to shatter that silence was quiet and calm, as if his meditation had entered him into a zen-like state. The jarring blabber that was Etsu's response disorienting, causing the hyper-sensitive Kazu to jump in his spot. Shortly after, when his eyes set upon Etsu, an understanding of the cause dawned on him. "Hahaha, I'm glad you got to relax too, Etsu-sensei!" He teased, continuing his laughter for a few seconds more before he quieted down.

He considered her guidance. Did something "click" for him? A soft hummed escaped his lips while he pondered the question. "I ... Maybe? I feel this weird sense of clarity, but I don't know if that's really it." He answered honestly, confusion evident in his voice. He dearly hoped it was-- moving onto the next phase would be super sweet! That was especially so when he compared that option to the idea of spending an entire extra day meditating again. While he did feel different in a good way after all of that, he couldn't say that it was what he wanted to spend his time on. He needed the action, the excitement!

"Aww, already? But its only just getting dark!" Kazu whined with a frown, stepping in line with his teacher. "But I guess if you need a night to prepare the next lesson, that makes sense. Do you want to meet up here again at around noon, Etsu-sensei?" A twinkle in his eye showcased his excitement to get a move on. In truth, he would have uncharacteristically volunteered an earlier time, but something was beginning to tell him that Etsu wouldn't be a fan of waking up very early either!

Even if the two of them called it here, Kazu didn't intend to be finished entirely for the night. He felt as though he had gotten a grasp on the meditative knowledge Etsu wanted him to have; it was essential that he didn't forget it over the course of the night. After a break at home to eat and shower, he was probably going to get back into meditation.


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"Noon?" she asks, as if hoping she heard wrong. "Oh. Yes. Noon." That's the time normal people should definitely be awake by, yes. "Noon."

It isn't until a sleepless night caused by the long nap earlier that Etsu realizes she has no idea, and probably won't have any idea, if Kazu is ready to start practicing the technique. Everyone describes having a grasp of something differently. Full concentration over one's body-- like, it's not like "does he have a pulse?" That has clear signs. Or "will he shoot lightning from his fingers?" There's a clear sign of that, too; he shoots lightning from his fingers. Is he ready to practice Flying Thunder God? Well, they'd just have to hope so, or else half of Kazu's entrails are getting left behind.

It would be preferable if that does not happen. "So," starting the session the next day, after some tinkering with the seal a little bit, I've got something that will see if you're ready to start practicing without the chance of--" probably shouldn't mention actually fucking dying-- "any complications from not being sure." Well, that definitely means possible fucking dying in a hospital, but maybe that will be lost miles away in the wilderness.

A brighter object of attention flashes up as Etsu retrieves what looks mostly like a Flying Thunder God seal from her person. There are some minor borders of cryptic incantations surrounding certain sections of certain symbols, but it is otherwise the real thing. "I did some tinkering with the seal last night and came up with something that should help." She flicks her proud product of a ruined sleep schedule. "This bad boy will light up when you attempt to use Flying Thunder God. It's designed to detect where the user's chakra will travel when someone uses it. Pretty simple, honestly, cuz there's, you know, just one place it could go, haha! Anyways, it will also shine at parts of your body if you neglect to send them fully to the seal. I want 100 flawless practice runs *in a row* before we move on. We're going to be..." Her hand reaches for the pain in her side before realizing there is no pain there anymore. "... We're going to be careful."

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As planned, the rest of the night was spent rehearing everything he had learned in the day. Knowing that Etsu was likely devising a test for him at the same time, Kazu studied hard. Of course, he was still just a boy. Unlike many college students, the Uchiha did not possess the willpower to sacrifice his sleep for additional study time, so as soon as it became late, Kazu passed out. Still, the training was on his mind as he drifted into the dream world.

Kazu arrived at the training ground, even going so far as to show up a few minutes early. From there, he waited until his teacher showed up. Wasting no time, the duo got into their training for the day. Kazu watched as a Flying Thunder God seal was produced from his teacher's pockets. His eyes were immediately drawn to it, looking it over curiously once he had noticed the scarce, additional markings around certain groupings of kanji and symbols. He placed that on hold when he realized Etsu was describing something important that he needed to listen to.

"So, it'll pretty much tell us whether I'd have succeeded in using the technique or not, without having to actually do the trial?" Kazu surmised, looking it with awe. "Hah, sweet! That's pretty awesome. It's not something I would have thought of, I can tell ya that." He admitted with a short laugh. The Uchiha's attention returned to the seal, his eyes glued to it as if it were magnetic. "So I'll just need to copy all of the extra markings onto one of my seals, and then give it a whirl, right?" He waited for confirmation before slinging his backpack around his right side. Holding it in place underneath his arm, he worked to loosen the straps and pull out one of his own seals, a bottle of ink, and a brush.

"Here, let me see!" He called out, outstretching a hand to request Etsu's test seal. With a small amount of Earth manipulation, he made himself a small podium to work on. He placed his tools down and got started on the process of copying the test seal down perfectly. While he worked, a question came to mind: "Hey, Etsu-sensei? How did it go when you learned it? If you just made this last night ... That means you didn't have it when you learned the Flying Thunder God yourself, right? Were you just that good that you didn't need it?" He inquired, his innocent mind not quite realizing that his teacher's great amounts of precaution might come from a negative experience she experienced on her own.


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"Pree much, yeah," she confirms. Compared to the effort it takes to decode and craft a Flying Thunder God seal, Kazu would find the art of ruining it an extremely simple task.
Etsu answering his next question would work similarly. It's a very heavy matter dumbed and numbed down to avoid and ignore any potential scars. "Yup. I'm just that good." A flawless and honestly genuine cocky smirk sells it.

"All right. Now, when you're done, send your chakra to the seal. Just like in our meditations yesterday, it has to be your whole body. All of it. Go ahead and give it a whirl~"

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Wow! "Just that good, huh?" Kazu repeated, mulling it over in deep thought. "Lucky me, then! I'll do my best not to disappoint ya, then." Of course, the young boy couldn't say for sure if he could meet that promise-- it was an understatement to say there was a world of difference between Kazu and Etsu: Age, experience, and presumably smarts were all in her favor. With all of that going for her, she still emphasized the technique to be as difficult as it was. There was no doubt the Uchiha was in for a tough ride!

"There we go. All finished." Kazu remarked, putting down his brush and holding up his own seal triumphantly. He had triple checked, and it appeared to be an exact replica of his teacher's, meaning it was ready for testing. "Let's put it riiiiight ... Here." Kazu spoke aloud to himself as he hustled several meters away and set the seal down in the grass(with a small rock on top to hold the paper down in case of a breeze). He returned to his spot beside Etsu and closed his eyes, falling back into his meditative, concentration mode.

Alright ... Know that your body knows all of these different parts in me ... Visualize it! He repeated to himself. His head bobbed slightly as he went through a mental check-list in preparation one more time before he reached out with his chakra. Once he was ready, the challenge began. He exerted his chakra, causing a soft glow to trickle out from the scribbles in the seal on the grass. On his own body, several spots lit up across his body, emphasizing no particular area-- along his wrist, the side of his stomach, his knees, etc. He held this for a moment, so focused on his concentration that he didn't dare open his eyes until he had been lit up for several seconds.

"Shoot!" He called out when he noticed, "it's harder to keep the whole body in focus while also working on activating the seal." He closed his eyes once more, cancelling the technique and preparing for another attempt. He got back into it, falling into the rhythm of trying, opening his eyes and noticing all of the lights along his body, and then restarting the process all over again. With each attempt, small areas changed: he would fix the areas that lit up previously, but in doing so other areas would become illuminated. He struggled to manage the entire body at once, but an observant eye would note that he was steadily making progress to lower the amount of him that lit up every dozen or two dozen tries.


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Nodding, the Jounin certainly understands this technique's difficultly. I mean, it's ranked S-class for more than just the ability to solo entire platoons of shinobi on your own. That kind of power always comes with a cost, this one's being chakra and training.
"Haha, no kidding it's hard. But it's worth it. Really fun to use."

The great thing about Kazu and Etsu's teacher-student relationship is that there's an illusion of them being worlds different, when actually, it was just a few years ago that Etsu *was* Kazu. Jutsu were more about being cool and thrifty than having the ability to save and end lives. And there's nothing wrong with that, either, especially if you can have both. That's what Etsu has set herself to: finding the best of both worlds. If she can give that to Kazu, too.... well, she'd definitely start feeling like a sensei, that's for sure.

"Take your time and wait until you're sure you've got all of you, this go-around. Soon, the challenge will be doing it within milliseconds. S'best to not rush an unfinished product, cuz an incomplete technique done quickly is just an incomplete technique."

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While distracting for a minute, Etsu's comment about how fun the Flying Thunder God was to use served to motivate Kazu to try even harder. He was on the cusp of mastery, he could feel it! With just a little more effort and determination, he would be able to have fun with it too.

Several more attempts went by in relative silence while Kazu tried to get it to work. A hint of frustration etched itself onto his face as the weight of failure sinked in steadily. He didn't get it! Yesterday, when he did the visualization, it all seemed so much easier to him. Kazu felt like he had it. Why, then, was he having such a difficult time now? At that crucial moment, Etsu's words came through to the struggling Uchiha. She urged him to take it slow-- speed would come later, but there was no point in doing the repetitions as fast as he was doing them if he couldn't nail the basics. "Okay ... Slow ... and steady." Kazu replied, his words spaced out to mirror their meaning. He took a deep breath, then exhaled. Again, he breathed in, and exhaled. His first steps worked to cleanse himself of the frustration built upon those earlier attempts. Once it was purged, and he was fully focused on this trial, he got to it.

When he opened his eyes again a minute later(after taking his sweet time as instructed), his face lit up-- not through the effects of the seal, but from his own joy that stemmed from the results. For the first time in his practices, he could count the number of lit up spots on his body! Three, no wait, four! "I'm getting better, Etsu-sensei!" He cheered, before refocusing himself for the next trial. His next few attempts made significant strides as well, leading him to soon enough achieve his goal: when he opened his eyes a dozen attempts later, he found there to be no parts of him lit up! At least, that he could see.

"How's my back? Are there any lights? I think I got it." The thought made it hard for him to hold back the wide grin. As soon as he was in the clear, it was time to press forward into the repetition. "Now, I just gotta do that again 100 times. Here I go ..." He fell back into his pattern: closing his eyes, breathing, and concentrating until he got it correctly.


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