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Nine Tailed Mutant Legend
CHP 18: Paths to same destination
Staying on track swarming above through the vent, the conversations below block out any sound the dark knight lets out while crawling. So far so good, Naruto has been released and with any luck Sonya along with Zatanna are being held in the same area. Taking a few different turns he finally comes to a stop. Kneeling down further the dark knight glances down into the room below. At first sight he sees nothing, but after a few moments notices his target slouched over on the couch. Working fast he uses a gadget out of his belt disposing of the locks on the vent entrance setting it off to the side steadily. He peaks down making sure there isn't anyone else present before gliding down. Looking over her shoulder she jumps startled but soon realizes it's her teammate. Standing to her feet she displays a small smirk.
"Well aren't you my knight and shinning armor, took you long enough." Zatanna complains.
"I didn't have to come at all; there is no time for talk we have to get out of here right now." Bats replies.
Placing her hat over the top of her head she walks over next to Bats. Reaching out she rests her fingers over the bat symbol on his chest moving down lower to his stomach. Not saying a word he just raises an eyebrow behind the cowl while she runs her fingers over his muscles.
"Are you sure we don't have time for a quickie?" She asks moving her finger down lower past his utility belt.
Reacting almost instantly Batman reaches down grabbing her by her wrists, moving them away. He narrows his eyes completely confused on what her intentions were. Stepping back she looks up into his eyes before looking away just as quick; what did she just do? What is wrong with her? The moment has now become awkward
"Zee are you ok," Bats places a hand over her shoulder, "Is there something that you need to tell me?"
With dropped shoulders she looks down thinking. What could she tell him? It's obvious that something has been done to her, but it's not like he could do anything about it anyway. Looking up she puts on a forged smile.
"I'm fine Bruce, these last two days have just been rough."
Nodding his head he just pretends what she asked him moments ago didn't happen. What was that all about anyhow? Just as in past events, the small thoughts vanish quickly with him now focusing on the bigger picture.
"That's good to hear, now lets get going." He tells.
She steps forward wrapping an arm around his neck seeing as he grapples them both up.
Outside the castle exiting off the rooftop is Donatello along with both the leaf village ninjas. Just as they did within the castle walls they stick to the shadows staying silent not wanting to draw any attention. The turtle leads them off the roof and into a group of surrounding bushes.
"For now lets keep quiet until Batman shows; from there we can do whatever he has planned." Dony informs them.
Leaning back while sitting Naruto rubs his shoulders in an attempt to try and warm himself up a bit; from the south side is a very frosty wind which passes through.
"The two of you can do whatever; thanks for busting me out turtle but I'm going my own way." Sasuke says.
Naruto jumps up grabbing him by his forearm pulling him back. His efforts are denied as his old friend pulls away from his grasp.
"Listen Sasuke I don't find it smart at all for you to just leave us, we're stronger as a group. On top of that if you haven't already noticed we're on an entirely different planet and you'd have no clue where anything is." Naruto tries to explain.
It doesn't take Sasuke long to figure out that the blond haired ninja is indeed right, splitting at this point just wouldn't be smart. Without a word he comes back to their side standing in place. Looking up into the atmosphere Dony observes the full moon which brings back memories from his childhood, training with his brothers on the rooftops of New York city. Boy they sure have been through some rough times together; but the important thing is that they've overcome many situations which seemed impossible to overcome. Sometimes it seems as though they should be called the cardiac reptiles; their ability to come back and win the unfeasible is what brings them internal brawn. His thoughts come to an end noticing movement with on the turret top.
"Well it's about time." He whispers to himself.
Moments after bats glides down with Zatanna who holds on tight. Once on the grass Dony waves a hand getting the Dark knight's attention on their whereabouts. Both he and Zee pace over that way.
"So I guess we can make our way back now huh?" Donatello asks.
"Yes I guess so, there was absolutely no sign of Sonya in there from what I could tell. She is most likely being held captive elsewhere."
Both Zatanna and Naruto are stunned by the news, the two of them were captured some time ago and have obviously missed out on some events.
"We can't just leave without being sure," Naruto steps forward, "If she is inside we need to get her out."
"Don't worry about it kid I'm sure she's not, I'm rarely ever wrong." Batman gives off his bat glare, "Right now it would be best if we try and recover Jax along with Spiderman; I sense a war coming."
Reaching down toward his utility belt he is grabbed by his arm.
"What happened? Is Peter ok? When did this happen?" Zatanna asks a bit historic.
Batman looks over at her raising an eye brow once again; it's obvious she has something for the spider, but this is ridiculous. On top of that she barely even knows him; they just met about 4 days ago.
"When we get back to the temple I want to have a few words with you alone." Bats tells Zatanna.
Taking her hand off his forearm she roles her eyes crossing her arms. He notices this just shaking his head.
"Lets get going, we don't have time to waste." Naruto says.
Bats nods pulling the device out of his utility belt pinpointing the exact spot of the Shalion temple. After doing so everyone follows him as he leads the way. A long distance away to the north both Raphael and Subzero fight against an unknown clan who use bow and arrows, staffs, and swords. The Lin Kuei member picks up one of their weapons using it as his own.
"Wow this is amazing on how many battles we keep getting ourselves into," Raph ducks down blocking a blade while kicking the individual off to the side, "Any chance you know how much longer until we reach this Liu Kang?"
He does not reply busy fighting; surrounded by four of the clan members who viciously swing their weapons around trying to take him out. Using a sword he slices two of their weapons in half kicking them back.
"The two of you think you can just enter our territory and just leave untouched? Hahaha that is funny, once you step in you become our prey!"
Stabbing his sword into the turf Subzero quickly loads up an ice ball freezing the man solid. The three bystanders do not show any signs of fear continuing to duke it out against their foe. Dodging over five attacks Raphael spins a Sai stabbing it into the rib of an enemy tossing him face first to the surface. The entire clan is soon taken out wit Raph along with Subzero continuing down the path to recruit more fighters/earth defenders.
"As I was saying are we close to reaching the residence of Liu?"
Putting a finger to his chin he thinks for a few moments before answering. Both of them look up at the ravens which fly by.
"Honestly I'm not entirely sure, as it has been quite some time since I was there. Don't worry too much though, I'll be able to find the temple easily."
Outside one of the main cities in the area Ermac sneaks around looking in every direction before proceeding into a shrine through the back door. Stepping inside he walks over to a table where candles are lit creating what little light is in the room. Sitting within a chair on the opposite side of the table is Quan Chi.
"You did use the path in which I insisted? It's crucial that know one finds this place."
Before Ermac can reply, a familiar person steps out of a dark corner taking a seat at the table as well. He looks away only hearing the Tarkada Baraka biting into a raw piece of meat!
"You don't have to worry about anyone finding this place, I stuck to the shadows just as you wanted. So where are these prisoners you spoke of, I personally don't see how this benefits us one bit." Ermac tells.
"Come now Ermac you know it isn't good to ask questions, I'll fill you in at the proper time. I called the two of you here to announce the plan Shinnok has in place."
The sorcerer explains to them both that the distraction of the invaders creates a great opportunity for Shinnok to launch his plans for the invasion of earth realm. All parties involved know it won't be a walk in the park by any means, but they do intend on being victorious. Smiling under his mask is Ermac receiving more details on the plan. How things sound, they will most likely succeed. Some time passes before he dismisses both fighters from the meeting.
"At least this wasn't a waste of my time; I'll be sure to inform the others of this late development," Ermac stands from his seat, "I'll see you two in time, for now I have a few things on the agenda which need to be addressed."
Ermac exits the Shrine through the way he came through.
Back at the fortress of the invaders, it has now been discovered that Naruto along with Sasuke have escaped!
"Oh my, this is certainly not good we need to try and find those two before Azun returns."
Over more than fifteen of the black knights stand in the room investigating on how the two could have escaped. The jail cells were designed for meta humans, so the fact they were able to escape is insane. Now some miles away walks Naruto along with everyone else on that of a dirt road.
"Please tell me you guy's have some sort of plan; I've battled with those invaders, they're definitely a tough crowd to bring down?" Sasuke asks finally breaching the silence.
Expecting an answer from either Donatello or Batman; soon realizing neither individual has an answer. The group continues walking through the dark not speaking a word. Stepping to the side of Bats Zatanna pulls at his cape.
"My feet are killing me it's hard to walk this long in these, so I was thinking maybe you could carry me on your back?"
The dark knight looks back at her showing an obvious face of disapproval. Bending down she takes off both her high heels carrying them.
"So what is the plan Dony or Batman, please tell me Raiden and the rest of the guys have put something together?" Naruto asks.
Don replies to the leaf village ninja letting him know that whatever the plan is, will just happen. They have nothing close to the amount of fire power needed.
"This may not have anything to do with the current problem, but I have a question that I've always wanted to ask?" Zatanna clears her throat turning to Batman once again, "I've always wondered if you and Robin carry condoms in your utility belts?"
Almost replying immediately Bats stops, with his mouth wide open and eyes as well stunned by what she just asked! What in the hell is the matter with her; it's apparent she's not in the right mind! Everyone looks at her amazed but confused at the same time; Naruto tries hard to hold in his laughter.
"Shut up, I don't want you to say another word until we reach the temple! I'm not sure what's wrong, but I'll be running some tests on you to figure out the problem." Batman tells.
She does as she is asked not speaking. Why did she ask him that, she feels in control of herself; but that was just completely out of her character. Azun must have done something to her. She bites her lower lip feeling the sexual lust surfacing within her once again.
Sitting at the table inside the main room is Michelangelo who just reflects on things. What will become of them all, most would probably accept defeat at this point. But that is not the way of the TMNT, they fight to the bitter end even when out matched on all levels. All those battles with the Shredder sure have helped them to grow, whether any of them like it or not. Entering into the room is an vigorous Kung Lao somewhat jogging in place.
"Would any of you care to join me in the training area?"
Liu glances over surprised at the confidence displayed on the shalion member's face. Sitting over in a corner with a candle set by his side is Leonardo who sharpens both his Katana blades.
"How are we supposed to train when we cannot see, have you already forgot the electricity isn't working?" Liu asks.
"There is nothing to worry about, I took care of that issue personally," Kung Lao looks around the room seeing that none of them look interested, "Well if any of you change your mind I'll be in there. I've lit several candles throughout the room to create enough light."
All of them nod continuing on with their business. With the threat level this high none of them seem to have the same amount of positive energy which Kung Lao displays.
"Hey wait I'm coming with you." Mikey says jumping up.
The turtle follows him out of the room using this as a way to clear out all his thoughts.
Out in the forest Subzero leads Raphael through the somewhat maze, it might as well be one with most everything in all directions looking the same. But there are certain landscapes which Subzero uses trying to lead them to either that of the Shalion temple or the base of the special forces.
"It's funny to be going through all of this; when you think about it this is like a lot of little kids dreams. But saving the world sometimes can be a pain, I'm not liking the circumstances one bit." Raph utters.
"That may be true, but what we have ahead of us will be more than any kid can handle. Hopefully the ones we seek are still alive, for all I know they might have already tried to confront Azun." Subzero says.
Hearing a rattle sound up ahead both stop looking at one another. Pulling out both his weapons the mutated turtle steps forward; doing so he is kicked onto the ground landing on his shell. Subzero stands his ground waiting for the certain individual to step out of the shadows
"So you must be the two who defeated my villagers back there. I will say I'm very impressed. I was watching from afar and would like to challenge the two of you in battle this instance."
"Look whack bag we got more important matters to deal with," Raphael jumps up spinning a Sai, "Just step out of our way." Raph insists.
The village leader stands in place for a little while just staring the two of them down; but then out of no where begins laughing. Raph looks over at Subzero who just shrugs his shoulders.
"The only way you will be able to go through this way is through me, so make a choice. I'd hate for you to have to turn around and re route. If I didn't mention I'm Zibler the 3rd." He says getting in a fighting stance.
"Alright nutcase since you persist we'll just have to knock your block off." Raph says smiling.
In their fighting posture the two sent by the leader of the Lin Kuei temple ready themselves for yet another battle. But this time it may very well end quickly; one against two is never usually a good combination. Zibler slides forward somehow across the grass knife handing both fighters. The two jump up punching at both sides of his head; Zibler's quick reflexes enable him to block the strikes, grabbing the heads of both Raph and Subzero knocking them together. After doing so he drops back roundhouse kicking both of them to the turf.
"This guy sure is advanced, but he is beyond beatable," Raph stands rubbing his head, "I'm not sure why you're trying to stand in our way just as your villagers; we're trying to stop those invaders if you haven't already heard!"
"Of course I've heard, but lets get real what really do the two of you think you're going to do against them. Shut up and face me!"
Seeing that he is off guard Subzero takes the opportunity to freeze him solid.
"I've had enough of all this, lets get going." Subz says.
Nodding his head Raphael smiles following him past the frozen Zibler.
To Be continue