The sky was a calm ocean blue, emitting a soft breeze that created a soft rustling of the leaves. Within the vast forest, a small house sat alongside a slow crawling creek. Within it, two lovers discussed their future plans
"So, do you have an idea of what these Blood Moon Pills do?" Sanori asked. She was in the corner of the house facing a mirror, making slight adjustments to her glasses and wardrobe. Kyushi watched her from the dining table, secretly admiring the woman he was going to eventually marry
"Other than what I was briefed about by Homura, nothing else. I'm sure he sent out some Uchiha after them. A threat this Great needs retaliation of equal or greater magnitude." He watched as she tugged at her sleeves, her 7-Prong Spider Lily fully visible. He didn't fully agree with her decision to stay with the Yūdokuna-Higanbana. He met Kokuse, their leaderi before, and didn't trust her in the slightest. But he never said anything of it, not wanting to make his fiance worry.
"Perhaps I should go with them? We are kin. And I can learn more about myself from them while making use of myself." She was now tending to her hair, combing her long black locks in delicate strokes. This reminded him that she hadn't told anyone else about her true bloodline, yet. He made a mental note to not mention it to anyone else yet.
"Sounds like a plan. I'll tell you about where they're located if I get that information. In the meanwhile, stay here and I'll send a shadow clone to you if I get that information. It's almost time, so I'll be back with the news soon" Before he flickered, Kyushi got up from his seat and approached his fiance. He placed his hand on her head, and planted a kiss on her ear. The little jump she did meant she took her by surprise.
"Don't be nervous, okay? Kasumi-Sensai would love you. And I'm sure that Kuraguri would have some form of respect for you. You'll do amazing. I know it"
He flicked into the waiting area of the Hokage's Office. Waiting patiently in front of the door, Kyushi couldn't help but overhear the conversation his brother and his advisors were having. When he was younger, he came to this office often, so he knew the personalities of some of them. But it had been five years since then, so he was interested in how they changed.
"...the Uchiha are untrustworthy…"
It was a statement he had heard before, too many times to count. And even worse, at one point in his life, he believed it. He read of the Uchiha Massacre in the official textbooks, and the arrival of Kuraguri didn't help shape his beliefs. But during his own journey learning under the gaze of Kasumi-Sensai and meeting Sanori helped shape his belief, now holding them at a greater respect. Seeing them as they are, instead of their past. Eventually, the door opened and the adisvored walked out with their heads down. Only to be met with the icy glaze of The Heaven's Kage ocean blue eye.
After they moved out of his eye, Kyushi entered the room and shut the door behind him. Seeing his brother instantly relax, made him feel a bit better. Although he didn't express it, he knew how hard-working Homura was. From taking care of himself and a younger brother while protecting a village, to now working countless hours in an office to with little to no hours of sleep. So to see him relax, even for the little it was enough for Kyushi to not be alarmed.
"I hate those guys. I don't know how dad could deal with them." Honestly, he was wondering the same thing.
'He probably asked the same question concerning the Hokage before him." Returning the smile, his eyes looked over to the pictures of his brother's journey. From when the two were just children, to their Team Seven. It was a journey he was proud to be a part of before he left for his own.
Now the ever so brief period of small talk and recollection was over, the reason that the two Kitsunes met was presented before him. He looked over the papers on the desk; a detailed map of the Great Shinobi Countries with the location of important personnel marked, a few reports of the thieves and suspects, and various photographs. Kyushi reviewed them over multiple types, eyes flickering between the bits of information, while taking in what Homura was saying.
"Have you talked to samurai Mifune about this? If they're currently unaware, they may take this as a sign of attack. And we don't want to accidentally start a war while trying to stop one. I'll send a Shadow Clone there to alarm them of the upcoming threat and our methods of dealing with them. And the possibility to arm themselves against these thieves. As well as who are our friends."
Two shadow clones appeared at his side, before flickering off elsewhere.
"I'm also sending some reinforcements to help the Uchiha group with their reconnaissance."
Eventually his own body flickered and he was in the Land Of Fang. The Jōgan dojutsu was activated, tracking the Chakra of nearby objects as well as any hidden threat lurking in the many shadows.
*She continued grabbing mouthfuls, almost swallowing strands of her own hair. She quickly broke out of her trance to use one hand to tie her hair behind her head, while she continued eating with the other. She was now at her 25th. But she didn't feel as full as before*
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