Chapter 14: Kurogane vs Sasuke vs Naru
It's been a long time since I wrote a chapter to this. I kept changing it. Hope you like it!
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Chapter 14: Kurogane vs. Sasuke vs. Naruto
Kurogane awoke early to start his morning routine. He didn't notice that someone was missing from their camp site. He headed out, sword in hand. Using his senses to guide him, Kurogane made it to a river bank. He was about to start his katas, when he noticed someone standing on the water. Kurogane stared at the boy on the water doing his own katas.
Sasuke moved swiftly through different stances. He instantly felt Kurogane's pesence, but didn't bother to stop. When he was finished, he walked back to shore. He dropped his sword and removed his shirt. Then he turned towards Kurogane. "What?"
"I didn't know someone else was training," Kurogane said.
"Hn," Sasuke grunted. He then presided to remove his pants. "I won't get in your way." He headed back to the river and went for a swim.
Kurogane had been amazed at the beaufiul boy. There were only a few cuts on his body, but no scars. Sasuke was smaller than him by about a foot, Naruto being another inch shorter. It amazed him that those two chould be ninjas. Decision made, Kurogane headed towards Sasuke. He reached the edge of the river. "You're a ninja?"
"Yes," Sasuke said.
"Then you know what happens when two ninjas cross each other," Kurogane said.
Sasuke smirked. "If you want to fight, just ask." He finished hanging his clothes up to dry and grabbed a towel. "I don't mind sparring with you. You don't look too weak."
Kurogane growled. "Weak? It seems you've missjudged my strength."
"Hn," Sasuke grunted. "Let's see if you are better than the Dobe." He tossed the towel away and went into a battle stance.
"Gonna fight hand-to-hand?" Kurogane asked. He put his own sword down. He also got in a stance. "Fine with me." The two eyed each other not moving.
"Now this is interesting," Fai said. He was standing on the tree Sasuke's clothes were on. Kurogane and Sasuke frowned. They didn't even feel his presence. Fai sat down, swinging his legs. "Go on, don't mind me, Big Dog."
"Don't call me that," Kurogane yelled. Sasuke watched the scene of Fai teasing Kurogane and Kurogane yelling at the man. It reminded him of something, but he couldn't put his finger on it. Finally, Kurogane just ignored the other and turned back to Sasuke. "Ignore the idiot." He got back in his stance and Sasuke did the same. This time, Fai remained silent. He watched as neither Kurogane nor Sasuke moved. He then noticed that Naruto was standing next to him. It was clear that Kurogane and Sasuke sensed the blond ninja, but they continued staring at each other.
"Looks boring," Naruto said sitting down next to Fai. "I wish one of them would charge the other already. I feel like I'm watching a movie on pause."
"Hm..." Fai nodded in agreement. Sasuke rolled his eyes. Fine, if they wanted the to take action, then they would. Sasuke lundged at Kurogane. Kurogane defended himself from a kick then went to punch back, only to have it blocked. This exchange continued for the next hour. The two seemed to be equals.
"They're holding back," Naruto said. "I wonder why."
"Kurogane isn't allowed to kill anyone," Fai said. "Or it will sorten his life. So, he's being careful."
"Sasuke must have noticed and is doing the same," Naruto said. "If they were going all out, Sasuke would have won by now."
"I doubt that," Fai said. "Oh! Look! They're getting serious." Naruto turned to see Sasuke and Kurogane picking up their swords.
Kurogane discarded his red tank top after using it to wipe up some of the sweet. He was amazed that Sasuke wasn't sweeting. "You're not bad. But let's see how good you are with a sword." He held up his sword. "When you're ready." And Sasuke didn't hold back. He slammed his sword into Kurogane's. Kurogane flinched at the strength, but held his ground. The sound of metal on metal filled the air.
Fai suddenly stood up, fear flashing in his eyes. Naruto noticed the change in Fai's aura and looked to see what the issue was. That's when he saw the amuzed look on Kurogane's face. Sasuke had awoken his dark side. Fai got ready to interfere, but Naruto stopped him. Fai turned to see Naruto shaking his head. "Don't worry. Sasuke just has to get serious." Fai's eyes widened. If Sasuke wasn't serious now, then just how strong was he.
Kurogane suddenly used one of his kinjutsus. Sasuke was knocked backwords. Wiping a bit of blood from his mouth, he stood back up, eyes red and spinning. Seconds later, Kurogane fell to his knees screaming. "Shit," Naruto cursed. "This isn't a spar anymore." He jumped down, Fai not hesitating to follow. "Stop!" Naruto ran between the two. "Are you trying to kill each other?"
"Get out of the way Dobe," Sasuke ordered.
"Dammit Teme!" Naruto yelled. "We get it! There's no need to show off. You've won, back off."
"Big Dog?" Fai asked. He was standing in front of Kurogane. "Kurogane? Are you ok?"
Kurogane panted. "What the hell was that?"
"Sasuke's blood limit," Naruto said, not even looking at him. He was focused on Sasuke.
"Dobe, move aside," Sasuke commanded.
"No," Naruto said not budging. "Stand down."
"Usertonkinchi," Sasuke grunted. "Move." He shoved Naruto away.
Naruto suddenly grabbed Sasuke's shoulder and threw him down. He pinned the raven down, straddling his hips. "Knock it off! We aren't here to kill anyone!" Sasuke glared. Naruto slapped him. "Enough!"
The Sharingan disappeared. Sasuke knew that he wouldn't win this fight. And if he was honest with himself, having Naruto on top of him was giving him weird images. He sighed. "Dobe, get off." He saw Naruto opening his mouth. "I'm not going to kill him." Naruto hesitated before getting up. Sasuke also stood. He patted down his boxers, hoping to hide how Naruto makes him feel. He then went back to the tree holding his clothes and began putting them back on. Sasuke turned to see Naruto explaining things to Kurogane and Fai. He glared.
Kurogane sighed. He was angry. But he knew that Fai and Naruto would stop him if he tried to kill Sasuke. Those eyes of Sasuke's had give him the shock of a lifetime. He should have know that was just an illusion, but it all felt so real. It amazed him that it had happened so quickly. It felt like he was there for hours, but only a second had gone by. Naruto had explained that it was Genjutsu, a power ninjas had in his world. But it seems that Sasuke was gifted with stronger abilities. In all honesty, it made Kurogane want to see Naruto fight. But he held his tongue.
Fai was worried. He hadn't seen Kurogane like this before. But Naruto had somehow defused the situation. He listened to Naruto explain things. Out of the corner of his eyes he saw Sasuke glaring at them. A thought hit him. Sasuke listened to Naruto for a reason. And that reason had to be because he didn't want to hit the boy. It was clear to Fai that Sasuke had feelings for Naruto. It had been obvious before that Naruto cared about Sasuke, but now Fai knew that Sasuke felt the same. And Fai was willing to bet that their feelings would grow.
After explaining things, Naruto decided it was time to go back to their make-shift hiome. He walked back to Sasuke and put his arm on the raven's shoulders. "Lets get back to the tent and get something to eat. All this fighting is making me hungry."
"Hn," Sasuke grunted. He shrugged off Naruto's arm then walked in the direction of the tent. Naruto waved Fai and Kurogane after them. He followed closely behind Sasuke.
Syaoran was sitting at the fire, but his eyes were on the still sleep form of Sakura. He was worried that it was going to take a long time for them to find a feather. He looked up at the group instantly realizing that something was off, but he remained silent. Fai took a seat next to Syaoran. Kurogane sat next to Fai, still a bit angry. Naruto made sure to keep Sasuke and Kurogane separated. Naruto retrieved some eggs he had found along with the leftover fish from the day before. Him and Sasuke got into a little fight over how to cook the eggs. Sasuke of course won. Kurogane frowned. Naruto had given into Sasuke, and he didn't like it.
"Hmph, wimp," Kurogane mumbled.
But Naruto heard him. He glared. "What does that mean?"
"You gave into him so easily," Kurogane said. "What are you? His slave?"
"The hell I am!" Naruto yelled.
"You acting like you are," Kurogane said.
"Is that any of your buisness?" Sasuke asked. He had enough of this guy. Kurogane was acting like he was better than them, that he knew better. "Why don't you go catch your own food if you want it cooked a different way?"
"Brat," Kurogane said.
"G-guys, there's no need to fight," Syaoran said.
"Yeah," Fai said. "You already fought earlier."
"May be he wants to get his ass kicked a second time," Sasuke said.
"Bastard!" Kurogane barked. "You think you are so strong just 'cause you got some special power? You couldn't even beat me without it."
"You're just a sore loser," Sasuke said glaring.
"Enough!" Naruto said. His fists were clenching. "Do you guys really need to argue over food? What are you children?" Sasuke and Kurogane glared at Naruto. "If you really need to fight then let's go." He stood up and headed back towards the river. Sasuke and Kurogane followed behind. Fai and Syaoran looked at each other, not sure what to do. Syaoran nodded his head towards them and Fai followed the ninjas. Syaoran didn't want to leave Sakura's side.
"Alright," Naruto said stopping before the river. "First things first. What is the real reason you are so angry?" He was looking at Kurogane.
"He pisses me off," Kurogane said crossing his arms. Naruto nodded and looked at Sasuke.
"Hn," Sasuke looked away.
Naruto's eye twitched. "That's not a good enough reason."
"I agree," Fai said, moving next to Naruto. "You two need to get your anger out."
"And I'm going to help you," Naruto said. He moved his hands into a familiar sign. Suddenly, two hundred copies of himself appeared. Fai and Kurogane's mouths dropped. "Get into two groups." The Narutos separated into a group of a hundred. "You guys, into Sasuke and you guys, into Kurogane." Sasuke instantly realized what Naruto was planning. Suddenly, half of the Narutos Henged into Sasuke while the other half Henged into Kurogane. Again, Fai and Kurogane were amazed. "Good, now have at it." Naruto sat down.
Sasuke glared at the Kurogane clones then pulled out his sword. He let lightning run through it knowing that he didn't have to hold back. Kurogane wasn't sure about what to do, but when he saw Sasuke charge at his look-a-likes, he decided to do the same to Sasuke's. Soon, puffs of smoke filled the area. Naruto flinched a few times as Sasuke killed clone after clone. Kurogane was more careful, but still took out several Sasukes. Fai watched the scene and was the only one to notice that Naruto was slightly sweeting. He also noticed that Naruto made more clones to replace the ones defeated. It became clear to Fai that Naruto was trying to tire the two out. However, it seemed to tire him out. If he had counted fight, Naruto had alread summoned one thousand clones. Honestly, it amazed Fai that Sasuke and Kurogane were that angry.
Soon, Kurogane couldn't take anymore and fell to his knees. He looked over at Sasuke who was still fighting and growled. He got back to his feet and took down a few more clones, before he once more fell to his knees. Kurogane realized then that he was done fighting. He wasn't even angry anymore.
Sasuke didn't pay attention to the real Kurogane. He knew these were just clones, but he wanted to prove that he could get rid of them. He didn't even notice that more were being made. He then saw Kurogane stop fighting. The Sasuke clones that were still there, vanished. He turned back to the Kurogane clones and lunged at them. He was ready to keep going until his Chakra ran out.
Naruto felt the Chakra from the Sasuke clones come back to him. Now, he could focus on the Kurogane clones. He began to noice that he was getting tired. He summoned a clone of himself and made it go into Sage Mode. Once it was done collecting enough Sage Chakra, it vanished, giving Naruto the Chakra. The Sage Chakra surged through Naruto's body, making him feel better. He wasn't tired anyore. He wached as Sasuke finished off another six Kurogane cloned. Naruto decided not to make anymore. Sasuke was finally beginning to tire out.
When Sasuke finally collapsed, there were twenty clones left. Naruto waited to see if Sasuke was going to get back up before he undid his jutsu. He then stood up and walked over to Sasuke. Fai made his way to Kurogane.
"Feeling better?" Naruto asked.
Sasuke smirked. "Better than you."
"I doubt that," Naruto said. He held his hand out. Sasuke rolled his eyes, but took the hand. Naruto turned to Kurogane who was helped up by Fai. "And you?"
"Fine," Kurogane said.
Fai smacked him on the back. "Come on now Big Dog, lets get back to Little Dog and Little Cat."
"Don't call me that!" Kurogane yelled. Fai and Naruto laughed as the four of them made their way back to camp.
Note: Kurogane is 6' 6", Sasuke is ~5' 5", and Naruto is 5' 4".
Fai wears a long sleave blue shirt with dark blue pants. Kurogane wears a red tank-top with black pants. Syaoran wears a green t-shirt with green cargo pants. Sakura wears a peach-color sundress.