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Sep 22, 2021 4:47 PM
The Worst Genin Team, take 2
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"Perhaps- no ninjutsu, no heart strikes?"

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"Does iijutsu count as ninjutsu, for the purpose of these rules?"

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"Awww."

"Still leaves some fun options, though."

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"Yes. I look forward to seeing them."

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Giggle. "I am, too."

And - rules for deciding a winner or declaring a draw, how long they go...

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All that.

Chihiro takes up a ready position.

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Sayuri does, too, hand on her sword hilt. (Chihiro hasn't really seen her use it much, even in the Forest of Death.)

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Chihiro will have to see how good she is with it, then. She opens with senbon and closes with kunai.

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She's... Solidly mediocre for a Kiri genin, actually, though Kiri's standards there mean she's better than any Konoha genin Chihiro has fought. But she's still able to keep up, and she's fast and hard to hit - she isn't exactly where Chihiro expects her to be, and there's a high wind picking up that's throwing Chihiro's aim off... And Sayuri's about to close, fast. 

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Something seems just a little bit off...

Chihiro pulls in to defend.

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Sayuri tests Chihiro's defenses, at first, not coming in as strong as her teammates would - Chihiro's aim is better up close without that wind throwing her off, though there's some dust kicking up that isn't helping her vision - and it's a hot summer wind, and Chihiro's getting overheated more quickly than usual.

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Not that something like that can be allowed to slow her down. One must go until they collapse, showing no weakness.

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Collapse is always a risk, though - there's a creeping dizziness, a ringing in her ears, and her responses are ever so slightly dulled - or Sayuri is getting faster - and Chihiro's off by tiny amounts, but... It accumulates. There's always a risk, in combat. 

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...Nnrh. Genjutsu type, of course.

She spikes her chakra to break it.

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That probably dissolves the genjutsu. Though it had been pretty subtle...

Sayuri is even mostly where the genjutsu had her - the broken illusion makes the image of her jump two inches to the left - also she's coming at Chihiro fast and hard, now, not giving her time to reorient.

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Hard-earned reflex takes care of that.

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Yup. Sayuri has a pretty good chance of getting through at least once - but kenjutsu isn't her central specialty, and she's on her back foot with Chihiro alert for tricks. (Chihiro's probably going to win; doesn't mean Sayuri will make it easy - or painless.)

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That makes it- fun.

Chihiro is smiling at the end. Breathing hard, but smiling.

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Sayuri is too, despite - maybe because of - the thin cuts littering her arms and the deeper gash along her ribs that finally forced her to give. 

"You're good."

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"As are you. That was... remarkably subtle genjutsu."

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"Thanks." Bright smirk! "I like subtle more than blatant - especially since my best chance in a fight is if someone doesn't know they're under. You caught on way faster than most people do, too, especially since you didn't already know I use genjutsu."

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"There were enough hints. If one is paying attention to oneself."

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"You've got really good self-mastery, yeah."

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"I have trained hard for it."

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