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Re: Dark Plague
Not too far from the Akatsuki base, we see Sasuke and Karin hopping through a forest heading towards their base, while the other two members of Sasuke's team are else where...waiting.
"We're close, Sasuke." Karin said while hopping. Sasuke didn't say a word, although his hatred came back and his anger began to rise. For once, in quite some time, Sasuke actually showed some emotion and got angry.
He had a flash back of their last encounter. How easily Itachi man handled Sasuke, and dismissed him, as if he didn't matter, for Naruto and his Kyuubi. All of the training he'd done, what was it for? He thought to himself. "Things will be different from last time!" Sasuke said as he hopped further and faster.
"...?" Karin looked confused, but tried to keep up with Sasuke.
"Hm! That certainly was fast. (I'm surprised he defeated the brat so fast)" Maikeru said and thought, as he stood up on a large branch.
"There he is. Sasuke, are you sure this is the way to defeat Itachi?" Karin said, a bit worried.
"Yes. We've no other choice. Just, stick to the plan and everything will fall right into place. Then the other two will...." Sasuke said as he began to charge some electric chakra withing his hand, but was interrupted.
"It's not him!" Karin shouted and stopped in shock.
"What?" Sasuke said as he stopped also, and turned in her direction. "How? You're able to sense..."
"Yes, I know! But, he...whoever it is, has the same, or a very similar chakra type that you and Itachi have. But not exact." Karin said.
"Similar? Non sense. It must be him. There are no other Uchiha left but Itachi and I. Let's go." Sasuke said dismissively, as he began heading forward.
"....(It's as if there are two chakra types from that person. Who is that? Sasuke and Itachi have the same chakra types. How strange.) Karin thought to herself as she followed Sasuke.
Mean while, in a totally different direction than where Sasuke and Karin are, Itachi heads towards the outskirts of Konoha. Bouncing along on trees through forests, as all the cool shinobi do.
(I'll enjoy killing him once the Kyuubi is mine. Though, I wonder if it's true that he killed Orochimaru. Does he also have the ring?) Itachi thought to himself as he continued.
Mean while, in another neck of the woods, Gai and Lee were training together. Well, they had just finished training. Both were exhausted, but Lee had changed.
"You've done so well, Lee!" Gai shouted, huffing and puffing.
"Thank you Gai-sensei!" Lee shouted back, a bit fatigued. "Sensei, when will I be ready to learn that style?" Lee asked curiously.
"Soon. You've already mastered the last two styles I taught you." Gai said, as he stood. "You will learn more styles, but this next one will be your best, most powerful style of all. But it is one that is to be used only with the intent to kill. Lee, you have a pure heart. It pains me to teach you such a style, but, as a ninja, you must be ready for anything." Gai said in a serious tone.
"(Just what kind of style is this?) Sensei, I will use it responsibly." Lee said.
Over in the Leaf village, Sakura and Neji await Naruto at the exit, along with Kakashi and Tsunade.
"And you two think I'm always late." Kakashi said.
"Well, you are." Sakura said jokingly.
"Sakura, remember what I taught you. If you fall in battle...." Tsunade said with a smile.
"Yes master." Sakura said smiling back.
"Okay guys! I'm ready!" Shouted Naruto as he ran to the exit.
"Sakura, here are some soldier pills, in case you all need them." Kakashi said, as he gave her some pills. "Neji, Sakura, do your best to keep yourselves out of his genjutsu." Kakashi warned them.
Within the forest, Maikeru grows impatient waiting for who he thinks is Itachi.
"What the hell is taking him so long?" Maikeru said. "Might as well have another...." He said as he tossed a kunai to eat another apple.
"Sasuke, I...I really don't think it's Itachi who's chakra I.....Sasuke?" Karin said as she stopped in her tracks and noticed Sasuke (since he did go on a bit ahead of her) stand still.
Sasuke and Maikeru saw one another, eye to eye. Maikeru didn't manage to catch his apple, and Sasuke wondered why Karin was able to sense Uchiha chakra within this stranger.
"You look just like him." Maikeru said angrily, with his murderous intent rising.
"Do I know you?" Sasuke asked.
"No. You don't.....know of me." Maikeru said, as he noticed Sasuke's Orochimaru-like outfit.
"Akatsuki, eh? I should finish you off right now." Sasuke said confidently.
"Sasuke. I have a bad feeling about this." Karin said, scared.
"Then stand back and let me handle him." Sasuke said as he gripped his sword.
"Handle me? (Why do I sense....no, that's not possible.)" Maikeru said.
"Where is he?" Sasuke said, as he zipped right to Maikeru, holding the sharp end of his blade up against Maikeru's neck.
"I'd hate to think you were serious about this." Maikeru said.
"Where is ITACHI!?" Sasuke yelled angrily.