By: Shadow Kitsune
Rewrite by: ShadowScar
The ninja, the archer, and the Alchemist
The city of Phobos is bustling with activity as it usually does in the early afternoon hours its streets full of merchants selling various items ranging from foods to weaponry. The street are crowded with people doing the usual tasks of the day, going to work, shopping in the market. The town usually is very peaceful except for today.
A woman rushes through the market with a black cloak over her upper body and head her brown sitabaki's being covered down to her knees by the cloak. She looks back at a group of ninjas trailing her from the rooftops. Many citizens move out of the way as the cloaked mystery woman rushes through the crowds. The ninjas leap to the ground and pursue her from the streets. "Out of the way Imperial business." Shouts a short spikey haired man in a hoodless cloak that covers his body down to his black boots. His cold green eyes focus on his prey as he begins to outrun some of his ninjas.
The female reaches into her cloak with her right hand and draws three kunai knives. She turns to her pursuers and throws them two strike one ninja to the short leader's right while the last strikes the ninja in front of the leader between the eyes. Two more ninjas quickly jump in front of their fallen comrades and take their place next to the leader. The mysterious woman leaps to the rooftops hopping from building to building appearing only as a blur. Her pursuers quickly do the same. She leaps through a forest full of trees as her pursuers begin to catch up with her and as she tries to speed up. She pushes herself to her limits trying evade capture. A sign of hope lies of head off her as she sees a way out of the forest. She leaps through the end of the trees to find herself stranded by a cliff and waterfall with another forest below the waterfall hitting the rocks below the only sound resonating throughout the area.
"Well this is a classic scene now isn't it Shalimar?" asks the leader and his men now standing a few feet away from her with kunais and swords drawn. The cloaked leader simply places his hands in his pockets.
Shalimar takes down her hood revealing her to be half wolf. Her ears a tan brown like her fur. She gives the short man in front of her a angry glance through her icy blue eyes.
"Damn!" she curses under her breath.
The leader simply chuckles at her reaction.
"All right you stupid mutt, the game's over you're going to see the Emperor." he says his voice in a very serious tone.
"No!! No way I know what I heard. I'm not and never will go back to that monster." She yells backing further away from them
"If you know what is best for you, you'll come back with us." Says the leader sternly with rage and annoyance in his eyes and voice.
"No! I will not allow you to go through with it. I will stop you from killing innocent people. Even if it kills me!" declares Shalimar.
Shalimar reaches into her cloak again and draws two small ping-pong ball size yellow spheres with a kanji on them covered by her hands. She tosses them towards her pursuers. The leader's eyes go wide at the site of this.
"Damn it! Flash bom..." before he could finish they exploded sending a blinding flash of white light throughout the area.
"Ah my eyes"
"I can't see." came various complaints from the ninjas.
"That little wench!" says leader trying to regain his sight. "She's really beginning to piss me off!" says the leader.
The light clears and Shalimar is nowhere to be found. They all begin looking around the area for signs of Shalimar. The leader slams his fist into the nearby rock wall. Slowly the wall begins to crack causing some of his soldiers to cringe.
"Don't just stand like a bunch of idiots! Get a move on!" angrily orders the leader. "NOW! Before I make you like this wall."
"Ye...Yes Sir." says his men moving in all directions to locate Shalimar.
Shalimar watches quietly from the shadows. The leader looks around for a little while before storming away towards the city. Shalimar sighs in relief and takes one more look to make sure the coast is clear before turning around and walking towards the waterfall.
" I knew it." says a familiar yet unwanted voice from behind her.
Shalimar turns to see the leader standing behind her.
"Damn you Nextur, how did you guess?" asks Shalimar.
"Simple.," replies Nextur "I'm the Head Alchemist to the Emperor himself, I have to be able to make predictions and calculations about things like this.
"Too bad they didn't help your height problem." says Shalimar a grin on her face.
Nextur's face turns to pure rage.
"You know what...I am supposed to bring you back but.....," begins Nextur.
"But what little man.?" says Shalimar
"But I guess Master Logar will just have to hate me for a little while when I tell him you fell of this cliff and died." states Nextur as he claps his palms together near his face and slams them into the ground. A giant crack appears on the edge where Shalimar stands and begins to collapse. Unable to leap up the cliff collapses taking Shalimar with it towards the forest below.
"Noooooooo!" yells Shalimar her voice fading as she falls.
Nextur laughs loudly as Shalimar falls to her death.
"So long woman!" he yells still laughing hard.
In the forest below a raven black colored fox walks through the forest towards the waterfall. Noticing some falling rocks he notices Shalimar amongst them. He rushes forward at high speeds towards the falling woman. He gets to the waterfall and begins running up it toward her. He leaps on top of one of the larger rocks and grabs Shalimar. He grabs a sutra from his side bag and chants
"Light magic release: Teleportation Technique."
A light engulfs the mysterious fox and Shalimar. Within Seconds they dissapear and the light fades. Nextur looks over the cliff's edge and notices the rocks slam into the ground below with fierce thud. Nextur laughs in satisfaction as he walks away from the cliff's edge.
Nextur pulls his hand to his face and begins speaking into watch radio. "Hey Dimwits!" he yells into it.
"Yes Sir?" comes a voice from the watch.
"Get to the bottom of this valley and tell locate the body of Shalimar."
"But I thought our orders were to bring her back."
"Yeah but she fell of the cliff when I cornered her so find the body and we'll fix this later."
Nightfall comes as the ninjas search for the body of Shalimar. The stream can be heard all throughout the forest as all nocturnal life comes to life. Crickets can be heard singing their song in the distance as a campfire burns brightly in the forest as the fox walks into the stream. He leans down slowly and grabs a fish from the stream. He would repeat this multiple times. Shalimar sleeps peacefully in a sleeping bag near the fire. She shifts in her sleep tossing and turning slightly. Her dreams were attacking her.
Shalimar walks down the halls of the Royal Palace of the Emperor. The long and large dim hallway is filled with large golden statues of many former Emperors. A long red carpet makes a walkway through the large black floors made of black marble. At the end of the hallway is a large opening with a statue of a man brandishing a sword and shield. He holds his sword up in a victorious gesture. Below it two massive doors made of steel guarded by 4 men in royal red robes brandishing large lances. She quickly approaches them. "I'm here to see Master Logar, let me through." demands Shalimar.
"Shalimar, rushing as always I see." says one of the guards.
"Of Course I just completed my second mission."
"That's not that impressive you're only a private."
"Shut up! I'll be the best one day even better than you idiots."
"Yeah I doubt that."
"You can go on through Logar is waiting for your report."
"Stupid half breed." calls one of the guards.
"What was that!? Yells Shalimar.
"Silence." comes a mysterious voice.
All turn to a large middle-aged man with long brown hair down to his back and black robes on.
"Master Logar!" says Shalimar in an excited voice
"Come on Shalimar, you don't need to be starting fights with the royal guard. Hurry up and get inside."
"Yes sir." says Shalimar running to the the side of her teacher. They walk through the doors. The guards close the massive doors behind them.
End Dream Sequence.
Shalimar slowly begins to regain consciousness. Her vision is blurry yet she looks to her side and can make out a figure sitting on a log next to a campfire. Her vision clears and she now recognizes him as a black fox. Now fully aware she leaps to her feet and draws a kunai from her cloak and throws it at him. The fox catches the kunai between his index and middle fingers while cooking a fish over the fire.
"Good, looks like you're fine." says the fox in a calm emotionless voice.
"Who are you!?" asks Shalimar her voice demanding an answer while drawing another kunai.
"Its not nice to act that way towards the person who saved you."
"Shut up and tell me who you are!" demands Shalimar.
"One should give one's name before demanding another's."
"No way Fox boy, tell me your name!"
"Whatever, are you hungry?
"I asked are you hungry." says the fox offering her a fish cooked on a stick.
"No I'm not hungry I just want your name Damn it!"
Shalimar is quickly silenced by her growling stomach. Reluctantly, she walks over to him and grabs the fish. She looks at the fish and hesitates biting it. She looks over at the fox who simply nods giving her permission to eat. She quickly eats the fish gleefully and almost greedily. After she finishes she looks over at Shadow who is holding another fish for her. She reluctantly sits down and grabs the fish and begins eating again.
Nextur waits inside of an inn inside of the city. He prepares to leave his room. "Hah Ha time to hit the clubs and see the nightlife."
Before he reaches the door his watch begins to beep. "Damn it." he curses under his breath. He angrily pulls the watch to his face. "What!?"
"Sir, We weren't able to locate a body."
"I'm sorry we have been looking all day yet no signs of a body."
"Damn it that means she probably survived. Find her Damn it!"
"Damn it now I'm really gonna kill that bitch!"
Shalimar looks over at the fox who is slowly eating his fish while looking over at the stream.
The fox looks over at her.
"My name is Shalimar. Now what's yours?"
"Nice to meet you Shadow. I'm a jack of all trades mercenary who is one of the best in the land."
"I highly doubt that." says Shadow
"What did you say Fox boy!?"
"First of don't call me fox boy. Second you're wearing the symbol of an Imperial Trooper in training."
"By the way You're welcome."
"For what?" asks Shalimar.
"Oh that, well how's this. Thank you for saving me but if you expect any reward or you try anything I swear I'll gouge your eyes out."
"Why would I want to try anything?"
Shalimar's face is now laced with anger.
"What do you mean why!? I'm a beautiful young woman!"
"If you say so." replies Shadow.
"Why you son of a.." Shalimar's rant would be interupted by a very unwelcome guest.
"Found you." says Nextur in a happy yet sinister voice.
End Chapter 1
A/N: I hope you guys and gals enjoyed the first chapter of the story. I'll try and have chapter 2 up within a week or so. Exams are in a week for me so i might be swamped with work. Please tell me what you think but please keep it to constructive criticism.