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Old 05-23-2018, 10:25 AM   #11
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“I’ll get him,” Shiro’s voice came a growl over the communications unit, a squick burst of static punctuated by his angry tone. “The bald guy with the mistress is something called a Saint, by the way. He’s jounin-class, be careful.”

He clicked off his communication unit and pulled his arms together to finish tying the woman – Orino the Swift – up underneath him with his roll of string. She was struggling, but her limbs were carefully bound to each other and her arms were folded behind her back, preventing her from being much of a threat. When he finished binding her he propped her up against the wall of the alleyway, so she’d at least be a bit comfortable, and tapped his forehead as he started to walk away from her.

“If you want to make a name for yourself, chase after better known scum. Hunting shadows just makes you look crazy,” He spoke from experience, it seemed – but disappeared into the crowd, couching her sword underneath his coat as he looked for Sero’s missing ninja. It immediately became obvious it was pointless – no one was running around or looking threatening, and they weren’t shooting off elemental spells to give away their location.

Except for the ice and snow clinging the air where Sero had just been. Shiro let out a soft groan as he watched the ice start to melt away from the corners of the building where his comrade had decided to get flashy. Young guys had no appreciation for subtlety - - and using Hyouton was a fine way to get yourself killed, these days.

Well, if I was flanked by mutant monsters, I’d probably be a bit more confident, too.

As for the Seamstress, where did she go? Her and the baldie had disappeared from the crowd. Moving to the rooftops would offer more information, but he was trying to keep a low profile. He snuck through the lunch rush crowd and got back to where the woman had been. No signs of a struggle. No alerts on comms. Shiro pushed himself behind the building the couple had been discussing whatever it was they were discussing, and walked right back out into the crowd.

He turned on his heel and tried again – only to come right back out in the middle of the crowd.

One more try.

Dammit. Genjutsu was Kuroki-chan’s speciality.

Kuroki Miyuki – his former companion, now long gone. Without her around to handle illusions like this, he would be stuck. Normally, traps like this had some tell, some broken bit of reality, that you could tug on to snap back to your senses - - but where was it? Everything looked the same. Shiro started to activate his communication tool, but it was probably pointless. He wasn’t sure how deep this illusion ran...was he just wandering in circles, otherwise unaffected? Or was he trapped in some dreamstate?

Maybe the Swift had gotten him after all, and right now he was babbling all his secrets to her while he thought he was on a swashbuckling adventure. He gritted his teeth at the thought.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:19 AM   #12
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The seamstress and the bald man seemed to really be hitting it off and the two shinobi he had faced earlier were no longer an issue. There was no doubt this woman was really on some crazy stunt, but Sero was not paid to think and only paid to do his job; he would do it well.

The crowded streets became less and less populated as the two business partners rested at a park right outside the area they were previously at. There wasn’t much to the park except a few trees, a few benches, and an eerie sense of being watched. Sero knew that he was in the safety of the trees hidden but there seemed to be a lack of people all around them as if this was planned.

”Well, this has been quite a treat, I love talking to you on these clear days with no one around.” The bald man stated as he bowed his head to the seamstress.

”However, you have committed heinous crimes of nature and we can no longer allow such a thing. I will have to take you into questioning.” The bald man continued.

The seamstress did not seem amused by any of this and Sero was not either as he showed face and entered the arena that had been artificially made around them.

”She isn’t going anywhere. What would you want with a seamstress anyways?” Sero stated in defense of the woman.

”Is that what they call you? Oh oh oh, well son, you have been duped. This woman is a seamstress, but of body parts. She collects and adds to her own body.” The man stated before ripping away a piece of clothing that showed a patchwork Frankenstein-esque job.

”Well, I have seen weirder shit.” Sero stated as he pushed out a scroll and bit his finger before slamming it against the paper.

A smoke arose and out of it came a large beast of a spider. Tengu was back.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:34 AM   #13
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Shiro was knelt in front of Orino the Swift, resting his arms on his knees, staring directly at the woman with a sullen face. She spat on him, but he didn’t so much as flinch as he started directly at her with what amounted between a sullen expression and a pout.

She hurled several insults at him and struggled against his bonds.

He stared.

She tried to bite his nose, and he stared.

She turned her face as much as she could to not look at him, and he stared.

“Fine! What? What do you WANT?”

“Release your genjutsu.”

“So you can kill my partner? I don’t think so. Kill me first! That will do it!”

“Your loyalty is admirable, but I don’t want to kill a bound opponent. It’s not sporting.”

“Then let me out of here and I’ll kill you myself.”

“You’ve already tried that, Swift. I really need to get out of this trap and catch up with my client. My partner’s probably an actual idiot, and I don’t trust him not to summon one of his giant spider creatures in the middle of a peaceful town like this.”

“What?”

“He summons these giant half-man spider things. I don’t think it’s a genjutsu. It’s pretty terrifying. I’m arachnophobic, myself. But I think any regular person seeing one of those things would be terrified.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“It’s a trade. Let me out of this genjutsu so I can protect my client, and I’ll give you this.” He held up one of the sketchbooks from the previous saints he had dispatched. He opened it, one handed, to show her a page with his own sketches of the creature Tengu and what he had gleaned about its strengths and weaknesses. “You guys are some weird hunting group that likes to go after things like this, right? Shortly before Konohagakure destroyed my village, half of Yen Sero’s team died while in contact with Konohagakure spies. I have reasons to believe he sold out his comrades. That, combined with his recent affinity for dark arts and evil creatures, and his prattling about becoming the King of the dead country, I can only assume he has placed his own interests above his countrymen. I don’t mind giving you this token of information in exchange for letting me do my job. Do we have a deal?”

“...you’re cold. Really cold.”

“Yukigakure Black Ops.”

“I’ve released the illusion. You’re gonna leave that book here, right?”

Shiro tossed the book the girl’s lap and started out of the alleyway – happy to see he was breaking out into the crowd again. He was not happy to find that people were screaming in terror and fleeing in the opposite direction. He gritted his teeth. No reason for subtlety anymore – the man was a dangerous fool.
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