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Nov 22, 2019 4:29 AM
inanna's ring!sasuke wakes up in narutoverse
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He nods, and leads them onward. He picks a place to rest - one defensible, and without clear sight lines to their tracker - a bit sooner than has been their average, but they've been resting pretty much at random anyways, so. Assuming, of course, that they aren't interrupted.

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They aren't.

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When they're settled:

"Neji - how far off are they right now, and at which heading?"

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"Six hundred yards," he replies. "South-southwest."

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He nods, tightly.

"Naruto, switch plan - I want a clone to scout. Neji, I'm going to use a few spells on Naruto's clone, let me know if you can still see it with the Byakugan afterwards - if you can't, I'll figure any visual detection is covered."

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"All right."

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And Naruto's clone gets, very quickly, and in order: an anti-chakra-detection spell, a muffling spell, and invisibility.

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"I cannot see it," Neji says, slightly perturbed.

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"Good." To where he left the clone: "Figure you have four minutes. Same weaknesses as usual."

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They can hear the clone going 'mhm', and walking off, but once it's more than five feet away, the sound vanishes, indistinct under the waves.

Then the very thoroughly invisible and muffled clone will walk very carefully and circuitously - he's aware he's not scentless, and he's trying very hard not to leave ripples as he walks, or to at least disguise them - towards their tail, trying to at least get a glimpse before his four minutes runs down and he has to dismiss.

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Their follower is a young man with longish brown hair, idly blowing soap bubbles out of a pipe as he waits for them to begin moving on again.

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The clone notes everything he can of the man's dress, and if there's any signs of allegiance on him. The man's certainly a ninja, and ninja who've never been part of any village are rare, after all.

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He's dressed in a loose, colorful kimono, with no sign of a forehead protector or other village symbol.

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The clone backs off a bit and then dismisses, and the main relays this all to the group.

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"Strange," says Chihiro.

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"Doesn't seem like a bandit," says Sugira, while thinking 'or a Root agent.' "Might be Mist, either someone not advertising their allegiance or a defector. Could also be a lot of other options."

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"Should we confront him?" asks Neji.

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He frowns. "Our other main options are trying to lose him or ignoring him - and it's likely he'll be able to find us again if we lose him, and ignoring him puts any confrontation on his terms." A pause, and: "But I don't want to push this into a fight if it doesn't have to be, or into anything exceptionally noticeable."

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"Understood," Chihiro says.

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"We'll approach him openly." His tone doesn't really allow for argument there, though he'll say why if asked - his concealment spells are limited, and he doesn't want to burn more than necessary on this.

So, once his team is ready, he turns them around to approach their watcher. Slowly and non-aggressively at first.

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He idly blows bubbles out of his pipe as he walks over to meet them.

Naruto can feel something vaguely... familiar about him.

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He's not going to make assumptions automatically, but, uh.

"Might be a jinchuuriki," he mutters, hopefully just loud enough for Sasuke to hear him.

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Sasuke hears that but doesn't really acknowledge it.

"Good afternoon," he says when they're close enough, stopping his team on a broad atol. No sense wasting chakra.

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"Hey," he says. "Nice day for a walk, isn't it?"

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"Pretty good weather. You just passing through?"

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