Hikari's POV

Running as fast as I could, I followed Sasuke through a tunnel, Naruto at my side.

"Sasuke!" I called out. Images of what happened last night haunted my memory.

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I saw Sakura laying unconscious on the stone path.

"Where are you going?" I asked Sasuke, had his back turned to me. "Are you... leaving?"

He whipped around, probably not knowing I was there. "That's correct, he says.

My heart sank. "It's for revenge, isn't it? Why? Why is revenge so important to you?" I ask, earning myself a death glare.

"Your clan wasn't killed by your own brother!" He hissed.

I sighed. "That IS what happened to me, you idiot!" I've never told anyone about what happened to my clan. Not even Sasuke. Long story short, I'm the only Mizuki left.

"Hm," He whispered, an expression of shock on his face.

"Well, next time I see you, I'll get you back and pummel your face in with my fist!"

He smirked. "Yeah, of course." I tackle him in a bone crushing hug. "Hikari... Can't... breathe! Let go!" He said.

I nodded. "I'll miss you..." My voice cracked when I spoke.

"Goodbye, Hikari," Sasuke said with a nod. He glanced at me one last time, before leaving the village. I felt as if my life was crashing down on me.

He's gone...

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Suzume's POV

Flinging myself through the open window, I sipped water from my water bottle, then tossed it on my bed.

"Come on," Temari said. "We'll explain once we get going."

Within a minute, all four of us were ready to go, and we made our way out of the village.

"We received notice from the Hokage. Sasuke left the village," Temari began, picking up the pace.

"And they sent a retrieval squad of some Genin you may remember from the exams," Kankuro continued. "They ran into some sound ninja, and can't handle them, so the Hokage is sending us. Suzume, I want you to run a little bit ahead of us, and assist the first person you find."

"Alright," I said, making my chakra go to my feet, giving me a speed boost. At the rate I'm running, I should be around 10-15 minutes ahead of the three of them. That should be good. Keeping a fast yet steady pace, I kept running, until I came across a small clearing. There were two people, from the sound of their voices.

Hiding in a tree branch, I saw Rock Lee, who recovered from his fight with Gaara, fighting a guy with white hair and pale skin. The latter had bones protruding through his skin, and it was really starting to creep me out.

Lee and the other guy were fighting using taijutsu. How can I intervene without getting in the way?

The guy outstretched his fingers, pushing bone from the tips. He pointed his fingers at Lee.

"Digital shrapnel!" He yelled, shooting the bones like bullets at Lee. There was no way for him to dodge it! What timing do I have!

Leaping out of the tree, I unplugged my air container, and with a hand sign, willed it to protect Rock Lee at the last second. Landing on the ground next to him, I breathed a sigh of relief as the bullets fell to the ground.

Lee stared at me in awe while I summoned my wind to return to the jar. I crossed my arms. "Looks like I got here just in time, didn't I?" I teased with a smirk.

Rock Lee's POV

I must be the luckiest person alive! Just when I was thinking it was the end for me, Suzume saved me with her jutsu! I've never seen anything like it! It's like Gaara's sand.

"So I guess you're on our side now," I said, glancing at the Sand Village forehead protector, which was tied around her arm.

She nodded. "I see this guy fights with bones. What's his name?"

"Kimimaro Kaguya," I answered.

Suzume's POV

"One of my siblings supposedly is coming in a few minutes," I informed Lee. "I'm supposed to hold him off until then."

He got into a battle stance, then went to charge at Kimimaro, but I held his feet to the ground with my wind.

"I saw your injuries from your fight against my brother, and they were much worse than mine. Just let me fight," I said.

"If you're just going to stand there, I guess I'll have to make the first move!" Kimimaro said impatiently, using the digital shrapnel jutsu again. a wind bubble formed around Lee and I, and I laughed as the bullets of bone were stopped by my wind.

"You know, using the same move twice in a row gets boring, don't you think?" I said, making a hand sign. "This one's for my sister Temari! Ninja art: wind scythe jutsu!"

With a sweep of my arm, the air bubble around us dispersed, forming tiny little air blades made of chakra. Kimimaro used his bones to block the majority of the wind blades, but a few of them hit him, making small scratches on his pale skin.

"Who are you, anyway?" Kimimaro asked, retracting his bones, pushing new ones out.

I smirked. "I'm a shinobi," I said.

"-From the Village Hidden in the Sand," A raspy voice said from behind me.


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