Chapter 25

“Welcome to the stage for the second test,” the examiner proclaimed to the contestants, indicating the humongous eldritch forest behind her. “Practice area forty-four, also known as the Forest… of Death!” Naruto finally managed to worm his way through the gathered throng, only to find an irate Sakura waiting for him. “Where were you? We … Continue reading Chapter 25

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Chapter 21

“Naruto, hold the corridor,” Sakura ordered. “Cover our backs while we advance. Sasuke-kun, try to scout ahead, see if you can locate the enemy with your Sharingan before they notice us.” While Sasuke grunted his assent, Naruto closed his eyes and focussed. In his mind’s eye, the dimly-lit corridor stretched out before him, the dusty … Continue reading Chapter 21

Chapter 20

Team Seven stood in silent remembrance. Four graves were arrayed before them, mirroring the four ninjas with almost perfect symmetry. The birds were chirping merrily, the sun shone with not a cloud in the sky and all seemed right in the world once more – yet appearances are oft deceiving, and if the people on … Continue reading Chapter 20

Chapter 18

“Snow?” Tazuna said confusedly. “In this time of year?” Naruto grabbed him by the arm. “C’mon Tazuna-san, we gotta run!” But before he could take another step the snow coalesced into a rectangular sheet of ice that blocked his path, which transformed into an icy mirror, and the mirror became a portal that reflected a … Continue reading Chapter 18

Chapter 17

Zabuza’s water clone arrived at the great stone bridge alone. He had ordered Haku to stay behind just in case Kakashi had planned this meeting specifically to target the boy – Kakashi might well be able to slip away with his team if Zabuza’s teleporting minion perished. Haku was however keeping a careful watch from … Continue reading Chapter 17