“Patience is a virtue, but one I don't have. “
Setsuna looked at everyone scrambling and decided his first move would be to play it safe. Spotting Kaito in the hustle and bustle Setsuna proceeded to grab his attention. Sticking his thumb and pointer in his mouth he blew a low but high pitched whistle in his direction.
“Yo Kaito!” Setsuna shouted as he waved his hand in the air. Walking forward to meet him halfway he said
“I think we should team up for this one, but since most teams are teams of four - one of which is a leader - I think we should grab one more."
Kaito couldn't have been more relieved by Setsuna's offer. He saved him the trouble of running around like a madman, looking for people to team up with.
Scanning the room, Setsuna noticed the creepy kid from Kirigakure standing off to the side by himself.
“What about him?” Setsuna said pointing.
Unfortunately, Kaito's relief would soon turn into full blown anxiety when he saw the person that Setsuna wanted to team up with them. Even from a distance, Mitoshi was giving off some serious bad vibes.
"I...uhh...I dunno, Setsuna. That guy's kinda weird, don'cha think?"
"Decline, you idiot!"
Kaito did his best to hide his...inner struggle from Setsuna. At this point he had pretty much mastered talking to people and internally battling his other half at the same time. But his mother and Kyoko-Sensei had told him that he slips up every now and then and starts staring off into space in the middle of conversations. He never notices. He didn't think that's happening now, anyway. Setsuna was not looking at him like he was insane... That had to be a good sign, right?
"You really sure you want him? I mean...he's not as scary as the girl from Suna but...look at him. He looks like he'd sooner chop our heads off than be our friend."
"Don't be silly, despite his looks maaaaybe he is not that bad."
Setsuna made to raise his hand to grab Mitoshi's attention but stopped. The cute hobbit from Suna was making her way towards the weirdo.
"Well, that sucks for us. " Setsuna thought to himself.
Mitoshi had noticed that two of the Konoha shinobi he'd observed previously were staring in his direction and were having a discussion of sorts. They seemed to have teamed up already. No wonder. Mitoshi had already guessed that a lot of the teams would be nationally inbred. Though Mitoshi didn't exactly want to team up with his own countrymen. Lazy bunch most of them. No wonder Kirigakure had a rumor as one of the weakest nations...
It didn't take long for Mitoshi to figure out what the two Konoha shinobi were talking about.
"...Huh. I'm actually amazed anyone is even considering m-"
"I am Sunina of the Eien clan. You may choose the number."
Oh no. His thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the voice he absolutely did not want to hear. Her. She had bowed before him, impatiently waiting for a response.
"... Uhm...", was the only thing he could mutter.
Why would she do this? What on Earth did she expect? That he would just calmly join up with a force that he knew was as malevolent as the sandstorms whence she came?
... Was she actually already plotting to kill him? Mitoshi had figured out that she would be out to get him at some point but such an agressive move had taken him by outmost surprise. Even though it was a popular idea - especially in the more ruthless countries such as Mizu and Kaze - to join up with your rival or enemy on a mission, only to make a mistake which would end your target's life prematurely. Mitoshi had heard of this concept before but never taken part in its practition. Was this what Sunina was trying to pull...?
So many thoughts, so little grasp of what was inside that girl's head. He had to be cautious, he knew that much. Perhaps this was an opportunity for Mitoshi, too. Maybe he could learn more about Sunina's motives. What made bloodlust secrete into her chakra like that.
But... Allowing himself to be exposed to her through work as a group was not an option. She would definitely try to figure out his tricks and jutsus. And if Mitoshi had made a correct analysis of her intellect, she would most likely be successful. One day she might pull him out of the comfort of the shadows and...
His gaze moved away from her ringblades that moved casually in the wind.
Sunina looked away for a second, turned her head and let her eyes run off into the direction of the female nuisance from Konoha who now seemed to be pushing the one called Boulder in his and Eien's direction. Well, she might be an obnoxious kunoichi but right now, Mitoshi couldn't thank her enough for the distraction. This was a good opportunity to showcase his stealth once more as he moved back silently and slipped into Sunina's blind spot.
Setsuna had watched as Sunina and Mitoshi had engaged in conversation. It was funny because the girl kinda had to crane her neck to look up at him. Then the unthinkable happened. The weird kid walked away from her while she was distracted and started making his way toward them.
"No..." he thought.
Yes, the dude had seen them looking and made the conscious decision to go with them instead.
Mitoshi took a few long strides in the opposite direction. Setsuna... and Kaito, was it? Both ninjas from Konoha... Might be interesting. Such a relatively prosperous nation ought to have secrets to discover.
Even from afar Mitoshi could see Kaito's pupils dilate as he moved closer. Almost using his fellow Konoha ninja as a shield, Kaito hid behind Setsuna in a manner that said...
"Please don't look at me. Please don't look at me. Please don't look at me. "
As Mitoshi moved closer to the two shinobi, Setsuna meassuringly observed the Ninja from Kirigakure while Kaito made his best efforts not to stare at Mitoshi's disfigured facial features.
... Though it was uncertain whether it was because Kaito was creeped out or trying to maintain some degree politeness, it made the whole approach easier for Mitoshi.
Kaito's head was pounding. As Mitoshi grew nearer, his Focused Mode was going crazy.
"He's coming. Stay on guard. Don't do anything stupid."
"Enough! Just shut up so I can think straight! It feels like you're splitting my skull open!" He scolded his inner self.
"That's nothing compared to what this freak could do to us if you let your guard down in front of him"
Once again, Kaito went back to ignoring his Focused Mode. As long as he didn't give his other half the attention it wanted, it usually went away. He accidentally let out a small wince of pain. He hoped the other two didn't notice. Nevertheless he did his best to regain his composure as Mitoshi approached them.
"The name's Yamasaki Mitoshi. Genin from Kirigakure. Would you mind considering me for your team?", he asked them.
Kaito was afraid of that. But he really didn't have much of a reason to say no. He gave off some sort of dark aura. But it wasn't exactly murderous. No. That was the Sunna girl. What scared Kaito the most was that he actually couldn't figure this guy out. Why did he look like a walking skeleton? Why was he so badly scarred? Why did he practically glide when he moved, like a ghost? Maybe if they were on a team together, he'd get his answers. So against his better judgement....
"I...uh...sure. I guess. If it's okay with Setsuna."
Kaito smiled and held out his hand, desperately hoping the gesture wasn't lost on his strange new... friend?
"They have handshakes in Kirigakure, right?" he thought.
Mitoshi took the other boy's hand with a light touch and accepted the handshake.
"Absolutely, I'm Setsuna, and this is Kaito."
As opposed to Kaito's handshake gesture Setsuna held out a closed fist to bump.
"So what number should we pick?"
Mitoshi looked at the clenched hand a couple of seconds before he actually realized what Setsuna wanted him to do. He was stunned. Was this a secret Konoha meeting ritual? He did know that spies from around the nations would often use weird handshakes to approach one another. Was he already uncovering some of Konoha's secrets...?
Slowly, Mitoshi raised his fist and their knuckles met.
"... I like the number three."
Edited by Morfeus, 24 October 2016 - 05:39 AM.
Edited by Morfeus, 24 October 2016 - 05:39 AM.