Aug 21, 2019 4:09 AM
i didn't know a sharingan could do that, did you? uh, what's a sharingan?
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None of the rest of the barriers are insurmountable, and they're at the center before long. Itachi and Kakashi fall back.

There's a few potential targets. Naruto is floating in midair, there's adults (and two teenagers) in identical black-and-red cloaks, some of them hazy, not really there.

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She'll try for restraints on the cloaked figures, as long as they have some semblance of surprise.

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Meanwhile, Anneia will try to extricate Naruto. He's what they're here for, after all. She launches herself directly at the boy, aiming to get him out of the center of the circle.

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The hazy ones don't really seem to register the restraints, and the two present ones are split between attacking (with an explosive rush) and retreating into the earth.

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Naruto can be moved from the center of the circle but the feeling of something draining from him isn't immediately interrupted.

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Itachi darts in, eyes red, and runs up to Naruto, forcing his eyelids open so she can meet his gaze. Both go still, and the heavy feeling starts to recede. 

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Cool, cool. She'll stay here and guard them and supplement ranged attacks.

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The explosion is reflected back onto the caster as they run into a wall that appears from nowhere, and the earth the other is trying to hide in vanishes from around them.

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These two aren't particularly challenging for Tasara to take down, even aiming not to kill, although they'd be extremely dangerous to anyone native.

Itachi, meanwhile, is having an... Interesting mental adventure reestablishing Naruto's seal.

(She'd say talking to the sealed away impression of the dead Fourth Hokage was the weirdest thing to have ever happened to her if not for the magical girls.)

(...He makes her think. About a lot. Including the path she'd set herself on in blind panic what feels like such a long time ago.)

She jerks back with a deep breath a minute after meeting Naruto's gaze, and the oppressive feeling of hatred almost pops like a bubble.

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"We good? Was that it?"

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"I don't know. We should get back to Konoha quickly, if we can."

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"Have you ever done a ballistic deployment?" she asks Anneia.

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"Nnnnot with a passenger."

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"Mm. How valuable are these prisoners?"

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She evaluates them. "In terms of bounty, not as much as I'd expect from most Akatsuki members, and they'll know less than the one we have does."

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"Right." She thinks for a moment. Glowing lines appear and neatly separate captive heads from captive shoulders. "I'll take Naruto back to Konoha the fast way. You three start moving back by land. I'll come back and find you when he's safe."

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"Acknowledged."

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"Let's move." She scoops up Naruto, incidentally checking his vitals.

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He's unconscious, breathing shallowly and raggedly, his heartrate far above human norms and unsteady, his blood pressure high, his skin clammy and soaked in sweat.

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Not good. She channels a trickle of magic into him to try to keep him stable as they move back outside.

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That seems to help somewhat, at least.

Outside nothing attacks them.

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"I'll be back."

A ballistic deployment is the term used for when a magical girl either launches herself into the upper atmosphere or is deployed from orbit and then falls down onto her target. This is quicker and less magically expensive than a direct flight, and, until the landing, harder to detect. It's often used against hardened targets where taking prisoners or keeping the installation intact is of no concern. Slowing yourself down enough that you don't land like a bomb negates the magic savings entirely and does away with the concept of subtlety. It's still faster than a direct flight though, and in this case, the speed is worth it.

Tasara lands on the road just outside the village gate, denting it only slightly.

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There's some alarm from the gate guards when she lands, and the Hokage is swiftly there to meet her.

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"This boy needs medical attention urgently. They were performing some sort of ritual on him."

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He gestures, and an aerial map of Konona appears, with a specific building far on the outskirts highlighted. "Here. They're prepared."

(It's not the primary hospital, but rather a separate one for delicate and dangerous cases. They don't have time to prepare a special area like for Naruto's birth. He's already having their best medics and seal masters summoned.)

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