Kiyoshi was impressed. With only a few hand seals, his classmate had somehow made their instructor’s jutsu disappear as if it had never happened. Then, as if by magic, she completely vanished. ‘Jutsu, not magic.’
Kiyoshi forcefully reminded himself. It had taken the small-town farm boy more than a couple of weeks to get over the supernatural nature of the abilities he and his classmates were being taught.
“Try using a Jutsu which can trap sensei in one place.”
Yuuna’s voice whispered softly into the ear of Kiyoshi’s clone, the sound transferring to him via the chakra linking the mass of mud to him. Before he could respond (and to where, I might add?) Shikyu was hit by an electric shock of some kind.
“What the – we were only instructed to dodge, not counter attack!”
Kiyoshi shouted as Shikyu disappeared in a cloud of smoke. It was as if he’d vanished without a trace. Kiyoshi couldn’t even hear his footsteps on the gravel below. Then, two more bolts of lightning shot out of the cloud at him and his clone. Kiyoshi reflexively Body Switch
ed, the bolts of lightning striking the wood of his Kawarimi Target
instead of him. His clone, on the other hand, was not so lucky; taking the jutsu square in the chest, the mass of mud de-solidified and slumped to the ground in a messy lump.
Kiyoshi landed a few feet farther away from the cloud of smoke that now ensconced the whiteboard and their instructor. Now he was in a predicament. On one hand, Kiyoshi was not instructed to fight back, only dodge. On the other, it went against his every instinct to be attacked and not fight back. The surge of adrenaline in his veins overrode his common sense, and he shouldered his carbine. The smoke would take a few seconds to clear, and firing blindly into the smoke was not a safe or useful choice. However…
‘Dollars to doughnuts, he’s no longer where he used to be.’
Kiyoshi thought, his Insight
fulness leading him to believe that, if anything, the man had probably moved towards the cover and concealment of his whiteboard. ‘He’s probably drawing that big sword of his, too.’
The problem was, Kiyoshi couldn’t be sure; and he didn’t want to risk winging rounds into the smoke and possibly hitting Yuuna. Kiyoshi’s skills as a Hawkeye
d sniper meant his Keen Sight (x3)
should have enabled him to see at least some movement through the smoke, and he thought he did. If only he could outwait it!
That was it! Yuuna might have Space under her control, but Kiyoshi could manipulate the timing of his attacks. Shouldering his carbine, Kiyoshi flicked the selector switch from “Safe” to “Fire”, lined up his sights to where Shikyu probably
was standing, and squeezed the trigger. Click-thunk
. The sound of the firing pin striking the primer was louder than the report of the bullet as the integrally suppressed carbine sent it’s .45 caliber payload downrange. Without skipping a beat, Kiyoshi racked the bolt, and fired a second time in the same direction. Click.
What could not be seen, except by those who could visibly perceive chakra, was that Kiyoshi had infused the two rounds with his own chakra; a play on the projectile jutsu of old, where shinobi would sometimes charge their bowstrings or their arrows with power. He usually wasn’t a fan of trick shots, but the way these were designed might circumvent the timing issues of the clearing smoke.
The trick was that, while most shinobi used smoke to force people to miss, Kiyoshi’s shot’s were designed to miss from the beginning. The first Unforseen Strike
was not aimed at Shikyu at all, but at the dirt near where he probably was. The second Disillusioning Shot
was designed to appear to miss, but was actually delayed until the first shot activated it’s effect. The intent was to have both shots initially “miss”; then, once the smoke cleared, activate their hidden properties. The first round, upon contact with the ground, would explode backwards, releasing a handful of shrapnel at it’s target. That would trigger the second round to strike as if from nowhere. Thunk
It wasn’t guaranteed to work, but Kiyoshi hoped his quick thinking would pay off. If it did, Shikyu would be in a world of pain. Both shots were far more accurate than normal. That, combined with Kiyoshi’s Keen Sight (x3)
, made them almost a sure hit if he could outlast the smoke. Not to mention that, once they struck, the hollow points his carbine was firing caused an exorbitant amount of bleeding, and Kiyoshi was usually pretty good at getting his targets to bleed profusely (Weapon Attunement
, Bloody Mess
). Not to mention the fact that his shots just seemed to straight up hit harder than most (Weapon Attunement
, Composit x1
Now the only question was, how would Yuuna deal with the smoke?
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