An Eye For An Eye Chapter 21
-With Someone/ Someplace-
For the past four hours Sakura had done nothing but check on her male teammate's temperature and swap out water soaked bandages that she placed on their foreheads. The pink haired girl wasn't doing much overall, which didn't help to relieve her anxiety. She had been on edge since she had set Naruto down next to Sasuke.
Both boys seemed to be sharing similar experiences while under the effects of whatever the mark that Orochimaru had given both of them. Sakura would study both of them for a couple of seconds here and there before returning to her usual surveillance of the surrounding area.
When they had started the second test it was getting dark out and now the sun was just starting to peak through the trees above Sakura, and as much as she fought the urge to sleep she would catch herself dozing periodically, but would always give her head a good shake as a result.
Much like before Sakura was starting to drift off when something stirred in the bushes directly behind her. Any sign of being tired was now gone from the young girl as she quickly pulled a kunai and took a defensive stance. Awaiting whatever was in the bushes.
The instant something came into view Sakura had to stop herself from pinning it to the ground with the kunai. A small smile graced her lips as she watched the intruder, a squirrel, casually walk closer to her. Sakura studied the animal and then something caught her attention. There was paper stuck to the bottom of the poor animal!
Sakura wasn't sure if it was just a simple piece of paper or something more sinister, but she wasn't going to be taking any chances with her male teammates out of commission. She used the kunai to deter the squirrel by throwing it slightly in front of the poor animal, and simply out of fright the animal scurried away.
The adrenaline that had filled Sakura's body quickly vanished and the fatigued returned almost as fast as she took a seat on the ground in front of Sasuke and Naruto and let out a large sigh.
-In A Nearby Area-
"She noticed the explosive tag!? I have to admit I wasn't giving that girl enough credit. I thought she would be dead for sure."
A very heavily bandaged shinobi shot a glance at his teammate to the right.
"I wouldn't go that far Zaku, for all we know it was just by chance that she threw the kunai at it. I mean, for all we know she could have thrown that kunai for nothing more than target practice."
Zaku gave a slight shrug as he continued to observe the pink haired girl.
"Maybe, but it's not like it matters to begin with. There's no chance she can hold off against the three of us."
The lone female of the group gave a quick nod before looking quizzically at their target.
"What exactly should we do about the blonde haired kid? He wasn't given to us as a target, but it looks like he's in the same shape as the Uchiha."
Dosu never shifted his focus as he continued to observe his target.
"I was going to have us kill all three of them anyway…so it's not like it makes much of a difference."
Dosu received nods from his two teammates as he shot both of them a glance.
"Okay, let's get this over with and report back."
Not another word was spoken as the three took action.
-In Another Nearby Area-
A genin clad in a green jumpsuit made his way through the thick foliage as he scouted the surrounding area. He stopped on a rather thick tree branch as he watched a small group of leaves falling to the ground.
'If I don't collect every one of these leaves before they hit the ground I'll have to run one hundred laps around Konoha as punishment!'
In a matter of seconds Rock Lee has spun and weaved his way back and forth from branch to branch grabbing every single leaf. He noticed the final leaf inches away from the ground as his eyes shot open as he sprang into action.
With a rather rough landing the strangely dressed genin successfully completed his challenge as he picked himself up from his position on the ground.
Rock Lee was about to continue on his way when he noticed a squirrel frantically running in circles as it seemed to be on fire. In a couple seconds Rock Lee had not only picked up the squirrel but had also removed the explosive tag from its stomach.
'Who in the world would do something this horrible? There's not even a reason behind it.'
-With Team Seven-
After the encounter with the squirrel Sakura was having an even harder time staying away than she had previously. There was more rustling in the bushes to her right, and even with how tired Sakura was she wasted no time pulling a kunai and getting into a defensive stance.
"Looks like someone pulled an all nighter."
Sakura's eyes shot open as she stared, horrified, at the group of three that were making their way towards her.
'Not the Otogakure team! This is bad, there's no way I can take on all three of them at once!'
Sakura never broke her gaze from the three as they continued to approach her.
"Well it looks like Sasuke-kun has had a nice rest. Go ahead and wake him up for us. We want to fight him."
Sakura grit her teeth as she shot the team a glare.
"Stop playing dumb! I know that somehow Orochimaru is involved with this! What is the mark that he put on Sasuke-kun's and Naruto-kun's necks! He did this to them, and now you want to fight!? That doesn't even make sense!"
Sakura wasn't expecting the shocked reaction she got from the three shinobi at the mention of the sannin. Dosu angled his head slightly to the side out of curiosity as he gave as close to a confused look as someone with only one eye exposed could.
"Hmm…I wonder what in the world he's thinking."
Zaku cracked his neck as he smirked.
"It doesn't really matter the reason, but after hearing that there's no way that we can let any of them live. I'll kill the girl and that Sasuke kid. Dosu I'll leave the blonde kid to you, because I know he royally pissed you off before."
Zaku was about to charge when Dosu's arm shot out in front of him.
"Wait a second Zaku…it looks like the girl set up traps throughout this entire area in front of her. She threw her kunai at the squirrel in order for it to not set off the traps…I knew she had no talent."
Zaku smirked as he quickly leapt into the area, followed closely by his two teammates. Once all three of them were off the ground Sakura let a smirk grace her lips as he cut a line directly to her left, which forced a giant log to swing down directly towards the sound shinobi.
Dosu let out a quick chuckle as he placed his hand onto the oncoming wood.
"This is pathetic…you have absolutely no talent, and have no business fighting people like us."
Dosu quickly used his tool to blow the log into thousands of pieces, but right before he did he noticed the pink haired girl's smirk never left her face.
Sakura quickly cut a second wire directly next to her as a stack of branches dropped in front of her and her teammates, making a very thick wall.
Dosu wasn't sure what the point of her wall was until the log fully exploded and the various shuriken and kunai Sakura had strategically placed inside of it were shot every which was at extremely high speeds.
Not a single member of the Otogakure team came out unscathed, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to severely injure any of them. Dosu had several cuts all over his body, while Zaku had a rather large gash in his right leg. Kin, however, got the worst of the injuries as one of the kunai had actually pierced his left hand, and as a result she couldn't use it very effectively.
"That bitch! I've had it with her! I'm going to be the one to plunge a kunai into her throat!"
The three sound shinobi started making their way towards Sakura, but never were able to reach their target as a green blur cut them off.
"Konoha Senpū!" (Konoha Whirlwind)
In a split second all three sound shinobi were thrown in different directions.
"I'm sorry to say, but no one is going to be hurting Sakura-san as long as I'm around."
Sakura was staring in shock at the back of the last person she expected to show up.
"Rock Lee…why are you here?"
Rock Lee was in his typical defensive stance looking towards all three enemies that he had just removed from the fight for a brief period of time.
"I will always appear when you're in trouble Sakura-san."
Sakura fell to her knees in relief as tears formed in the corners of her eyes.
"Well thank you Rock Lee…you saved me."
Rock Lee simply shook his head while staring at the three.
"You don't have to thank me Sakura-san. I will protect you until the day I die."
Dosu glanced towards Zaku as he stood back up.
"Go ahead and take care of Sasuke, I'm going to go after these two. Don't worry Kin I'll save the girl for you."
The bandaged genin took off towards Rock Lee, but before he could even come in contact with the green clad genin, Rock Lee stuck his entire arm into the ground and pulled up a large bundle of roots from a nearby tree, which ultimately blocked Dosu's path.
Dosu's visible eye widened considerably as his route was blocked.
"I'm not sure what trick you use, but I'm not going to simply dodge your attacks, and I refuse to do so until I know how your attacks work."
Rock Lee retook his stance from before, but now standing behind his newly made cover.
"With this being a three versus one I'm at a severe disadvantage. So I'm going to have to crush each of you at full power."
-With Team Ten-
"Why is it so hard to find a weak team!?"
Shikamaru let out a long sigh at his blonde haired teammate's antics.
"We can't find any weak teams, because we are the weak team."
Ino let out a low growl as she rolled her eyes.
"Out of all the teams I could have gotten…I bet Sakura is laughing all the way to finishing this test. She doesn't even have to do anything! She has Sasuke-kun and Naruto!"
Chōji had made his way over to a nearby bush while his teammates bickered and was watching a fight unfold he wasn't expecting.
"Actually Ino, Sasuke and Naruto are both unconscious and Sakura is the one fighting."
Ino and Shikamaru's eyes both widened considerably as they made their way over to where Chōji was standing.
Ino couldn't believe what she was seeing as she stared at the fight in disbelief.
"What in the world happened?"
-With Rock Lee-
'I know I was told to only use this in dire circumstances, but I believe this counts as one!'
Rock Lee started to unravel his bandages from his hands as he crouched incredibly low to the ground.
Dosu started to charge, but right in front of the sound ninja's eyes Rock Lee vanished.
'He disappeared!? Where did he-'
Dosu didn't have time to respond as Rock Lee appeared directly below him and delivered a hard kick to his jaw. Much like the time with Sasuke, the kick was strong enough to send Dosu airborne as Rock Lee made his way behind him. He wrapped the sound ninja in his bandages and started his descent, headfirst, towards the ground, spinning while they did so.
Zaku watched in disbelief as Dosu's life seemed to be growing shorter and shorter.
'This is bad! He won't be able to stop this attack!'
Zaku made his way to where Dosu was going to slam into the ground and placed his palms against the dirt.
"Omote Renge!" (Primary Lotus)
Sakura watched the attack unfold and let out a sigh of relief as one of the three seemed to be taken care of. She waited for the dust to clear, and as soon as it did all of her hope vanished.
Dosu's head was stuck in the ground and he was sticking straight up vertically, but his teammate had cushioned the blow using his abilities, which completely neutralized the attack.
Sakura looked over at Rock Lee who stumbled a couple feet as he observed the same thing she was.
'That took a lot out of Rock Lee too…this is bad…this is very bad.'
Dosu forced his head out of the dirt and chuckled slightly.
"What a terrifying attack, even with Zaku's cushion that still really hurt."
Dosu turned towards Rock Lee as stuck his arm horizontally.
"Now it's my turn to have some fun."
Dosu moved at a rather quick speed, but Rock Lee, even in his injured state, was still able to avoid the actual physical blow.
Rock Lee jumped back roughly five feet to create some distance between himself and Dosu. After a couple of seconds, however, Rock Lee fell to his knees and emptied his stomach.
"Sorry to tell you kid, but no amount of hard work can overcome our attacks."
Rock Lee felt liquid flowing from his right ear as his eyes widened and his vision swayed.
Dosu chuckled once again as he held up the tool he had on his right arm.
"I'll let you know why you can't avoid my attacks. They aren't physical they use sound, which you simply can't avoid, also throwing in the damage that the vibrations have on your eardrum…you won't be able to move how you'd like for quite a while."
Dosu turned his attention towards Sakura who wasn't expecting any type of attack.
"Now it's your turn."
The clear path to Sakura was blocked once again by Rock Lee, much to the surprise of Dosu.
Halfway through the attack however Rock Lee lost focus because of the pain in his ear and Dosu blocked his kick.
"I was worried that my attack didn't hurt you the way it should have, but it looks like it did."
As soon as Rock Lee regained his footing Dosu attacked once again with his right arm causing another attack on Rock Lee's right ear.
As soon as the vibrations connected with Rock Lee's eardrum he let out a scream and fell to the ground.
Sakura couldn't believe what she was seeing. Someone as strong as Rock Lee was taken care of so easily and he was her only hope of saving Sasuke and Naruto.
Dosu stood over Rock Lee's now unconscious form as he raised his right arm.
"Alright let's finish this."
Sakura grit her teeth as she pulled several shuriken and kunai from her pouch.
"I won't let you hurt Rock Lee anymore!"
Sakura wasn't even thinking about strategy anymore, she was just desperately trying to prevent anyone from getting killed and getting killed herself.
The pink haired girl attempted to hit Dosu with her shuriken and kunai, but he easily blocked all of them.
Sakura shook her head and ran to the right as she pulled out more shuriken and tried to land another attack.
This time Zaku stepped in front of the attack, however, and shot the shuriken right back at Sakura, who managed to pull out a kunai and block the incoming shuriken.
She was about to take off running again, but she felt a tug on her hair.
"Where do you think you're going bitch!? You're trying to look all pretty out here, while pretending to be a ninja!? I hate girls like you! So just close your eyes and die!"
Sakura, without a second thought, used the kunai she had in her hand and cut her hair to escape from the female sound ninja.
Sakura pulled out more shuriken as she started trying to attack any enemy she could find, while substituting her body out with logs to avoid incoming attacks.
'He'll think I'm going to use Kawarimi no Jutsu (Substitution Jutsu) again, and I'll use that chance to get a good attack in!'
Just like Sakura had predicted Zaku had deflected her shuriken back at her and quickly turned away to look for where she would appear next, but she slammed down on his body using her kunai to pierce into his arm.
Sakura quickly jumped away, but was beyond exhausted.
'I'm sorry Sasuke-kun…Naruto-kun…I just wasn't strong enough…'
Zaku let a snarl cover his face as he located Sakura.
"Take this you bitch!"
Sakura waited to get hit by the blast, but instead saw her longtime rival and even longer friend jump out in front of her along with her two teammates.
Sakura's eyes widened in disbelief as she once again fell to her knees from exhaustion.
The blonde haired girl shot Sakura a grin as she focused on the enemy in front of her.
"I told you I wasn't going to lose to you forehead."
Sasuke wasn't exactly sure what was going on, but he was staring at a younger version of himself crying their eyes out. He was about to say something but his younger self broke the silence first.
"If only I had been stronger…I could have saved mom and dad…it was all my fault. I'll never be able to achieve my goals if I don't get stronger…"
Sasuke didn't know what to do or say he couldn't look away from his younger self who raised his arm to wipe away his tears but instead pealed half of his face off, revealing oh so familiar snake eyes of a certain sannin.
"You let them die, the clan was wiped out and your family killed, because you weren't strong enough!"
The only thing Sasuke could feel was rage building inside, and it was becoming stronger by the second.
-With Team Ten-
Shikamaru took in his surroundings before focusing on the sound ninja in front of him.
"What the hell did you do to me!?"
Shikamaru let out a sigh as he scratched the back of his neck, which forced Dosu to do the same.
"I don't feel like explaining what happened, but you're under my control and that's all you need to know."
The lazy genin look over at Chōji once again and was pleased to see him still attacking the only male shinobi, and keeping him from helping his teammates.
"The only one that's left is the girl Ino! Take her out!"
The blonde hair girl smirked before focusing in on the female sound shinobi.
"Take care if my body for me Shikamaru! Shintenshin no Jutsu!" (Ninja Art: Mind Transfer Jutsu)
Ino's body fell lifeless as Shikamaru caught her and gently set her down.
"Now there's no chance of you guys winning! Surrender or your teammate takes a kunai to the neck!"
Ino's confident smirk vanished as she look at Zaku, who now wore a smirk of his own. Zaku stopped shooting air out of his palms and simply sidestepped as Chōji rushed past him, and into a nearby tree. Wasting no time at all Zaku immediately focused his attack on his own teammate.
"You can't fool me! There's no way you'll attack your own-"
Ino was cut off by a a stream of air slamming into her host's body and slamming her against a nearby tree, which immediately dispelled Ino's jutsu, but also knocked Kin unconscious.
Zaku chuckled slightly as he looked over at the leaf genin.
"You guys don't seem to understand. Our goal isn't to get any stupid scrolls or to safely complete this exam…-"
Zaku turned his attention towards Sakura, who was once again in front of her two male teammates.
"-It's to eliminate Sasuke Uchiha!"
"You guys are pretty confident for a team that has no chance of succeeding. Especially after you've gone and injured Rock Lee."
Zaku's eyes widened as he turned his attention towards the newcomers. Neji Hyūga stood alongside Tenten, high above the battleground on a tree branch.
Shikamaru's jutsu wore off as Dosu calmly stepped forward, ignoring Shikamaru completely.
"This fight has nothing to do with you. Just run along before you get hurt yourselves."
"Sorry to tell you, but that weird looking kid in green is our teammate, and…-"
Neji glared down at the bandaged sound shinobi as he activated his Byakugan.
"-you're going to pay for doing that to him!"
Dosu chuckled once again as he stared up at the young Hyūga.
"If you don't like what we've done, then how about you come down here and stop trying to act cool."
Neji was seconds away from giving the sound ninja exactly what he had asked for, but he felt a strong chakra radiating from Sasuke's direction.
"Actually…it seems that it won't be necessary."
Sakura's eyes widened when she heard movement coming from directly behind her.
Sakura grinned from ear to ear as she turned around to face her teammate.
"Sasuke-kun you're awake! I'm so glad that you're-"
Sakura's eyes widened in fear and shock as she stared at Sasuke, who was now radiating energy, so much so that a purple aura was swirling around him, and the left side of his body was covered in a design that looked like black flames.
"Who hurt you Sakura?"
Sasuke walked past Sakura towards the sound shinobi.
"S-Sasuke-kun your body…"
Sasuke stopped for a second as he looked down at his hand and noticed the marks covering his body.
"You don't have to worry Sakura…not only do I feel power overflowing from within me…but my body feels absolutely fine. I understand what he did to me…he gave me a gift."
'I may have to sell my soul to the devil in order to get stronger, but if it helps me achieve my goals then I'll gladly accept.'
Sasuke glared deeply at Dosu, who was now standing in front of him.
"I'll ask again Sakura…who did this to you?"
Before Sakura could even say anything Zaku stepped out into the middle of the area.
"It was me you freak! What the hell are you going to do about-"
In the blink of an eye Sasuke was standing right next to Zaku and with a simple backhand sent the sound ninja flying into a nearby tree.
Before Zaku made contact with the tree he was sent flying into, he used some of his air to lessen the blow enough to not knock him unconscious. It took a couple seconds for him to recover, but it was enough to defend himself.
"Katon: Hōsenka no Jutsu!" (Fire Style: Phoenix Flower Jutsu)
Zaku smirked at the incoming flames and he positioned his hands towards the incoming attack.
"That's all you've got!? I can just blow this away!"
Zaku blew air out into the incoming jutsu, which successfully blew the flames away, but Sasuke came charging through the middle of the flames, leapt into the air and planted his right foot right in the middle of Zaku's face.
Using the momentum he had created Sasuke slammed Zaku's head straight down into the ground, and before the dust cleared he had flipped the sound genin over and had his right foot pushing down between Zaku's shoulder blades, and he held one arm in each hand.
Sakura watched in horror and a bloodthirsty smirk, very similar to something her other teammate usually wore, covered Sasuke's face.
"Are these the arms you're so proud of?"
Sasuke started applying pressure with his foot while he pulled in Zaku's arms causing the genin to scream out in pain until an audible snap was heard from the boy's arms.
Sasuke simply let go of Zaku's arms as they fell to the boy's sides.
The Uchiha turned towards Dosu as the smirk never left his face.
"That just leaves you now doesn't it?"
Sakura now had tears streaming down her face as she shook her head to clear her thoughts. She got to her feet and ran up to Sasuke and hugged him tightly from behind.
"Sasuke-kun…please…this isn't you…please stop this."
Sasuke could feel the moisture on the back of his shirt and he seemed to get a grip on his feelings once again and the rage inside of him died out, and all of the energy and power he previously had vanished. Sasuke fell back against Sakura in exhaustion as his pink haired teammate helped him safely sit on the ground.
"Sasuke Uchiha…you're too strong for us to fight right now. Take our scroll and please spare our lives."
Sasuke and Sakura looked up at Dosu as he collected his two teammates and carried one on each shoulder after he had set his scroll on the ground.
Without another word the sound trio vanished into the forest, and the tension left the air as everyone relaxed.
"Sasuke-kun I'm so glad you're okay…you scared me so-"
Sakura's words fell flat in her throat as a similar aura overcame the area once again.
Reluctantly, Sakura turned in the direction the power was radiating from, and to her horror her other teammate was starting to stand up, but this time the power circling around him wasn't purple, it was more like a magenta.
Sakura could feel tears filling her eyes once again.
Okay and there you guys have it! I started writing this chapter last night and I'm already finished haha funny how motivation can help, and I'm happy to say that this is where the story is going to branch in a different direction again.
I know it's been a year and I'm sorry for the wait guys especially for a chapter that almost exactly follows the original, but the upcoming part should be drastically easier for me seeing as it's all completely in my head and nothing has been set in stone from before.
As always guys reviews are always appreciated and I honestly expect this next chapter to come out very soon, but I'm not going to make any promises because I'm a loser who never ends up being truthful haha
Love all of you and thanks for your support! –The Hug Machine