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Feb. 3rd, 2006 @ 12:18 pm Jun 3 [RP Thread][Open to Akatsuki]
Itachi sat in a tree, resting, one leg dangling while his back was pressed against the trunk. The Iwa brat was sprawled on the ground, having passed out after Itachi had used the Tsukiyomi to rifle through the boy's mind. Interesting how much the brat had followed Obito around. Interesting, and on a very deep level, disturbingly familiar. His own memories of Sasuke, and Obito, threatened to line themselves up side-by-side the stolen ones. He wouldn't let them.

Using the Mangekyou tended to give him a headache now and again. It was a 'now' time. Kisame was nearby, he knew, especially since Itachi wasn't in the best condition at the moment.
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From:red_sands
Date:February 4th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
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A small boy pushed out of the underbrush, a smile on his innocent face as he looked up at the exhausted Akatsuki. "You are losing your touch, Uchiha." He walked up to the unconscious victim and kicked his hand to try and get a reaction. He received none.

"Leader-sama is displeased."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 4th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
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Itachi barely moved, but now two kunai pierced the boy's wrists through. "Don't touch what's mine, Sasori," Itachi growled softly. "And right now, it includes the Iwa bratling."
From:red_sands
Date:February 4th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
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"I prefer my puppets in tact, Uchiha." Kawaige pulled the kunai from his wrist and let them fall to the grounds with a dull thud. "What are you doing here? Leader-sama is looking for you." For now there was no point in Sasori himself entering the scene. Kawaige was enough to send his messages.
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 4th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
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"You prefer your puppets intact, I prefer my aquisitions to not be unnecessarily harmed," Itachi returned too evenly. "Why is Leader-sama looking for me?" It would be one of two things; the Kyuubi or the Iwa brat. Perhaps both.
From:deep_blue_death
Date:February 4th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
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Kisame stepped forward, swinging Samehada in an arc, and slicing into the ground between Itachi's bratling and the boy. "Answer and leave," he stated firmly, turning his flat stare to the puppet. "You've served your purpose here."
From:red_sands
Date:February 4th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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Kawaige kept the innocent expression painted on his face. "Be careful, Kisame, do not underestmate this body."

Turning back to Itachi, Kawaige reported his master's message. "Leader-sama's reasons are his own, but he is using Zetsu to find you and Kisame. I have my own reasons for aid this search."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 4th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
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Itachi's eyes narrowed at the puppet. No one threatened Kisame in Itachi's hearing. Black became red as he searched for the chakra strings controlling the puppet and followed them back a few hundred meters until they curved around a tree. "It won't take Zetsu too long," Itachi said, keeping his eyes locked on where he guestimated the puppeteer would be. "What are your reasons for helping?"
From:red_sands
Date:February 4th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
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"Zetsu is currently informing Leader-sama of more pressing matters, Little Boy. Something that interests me, and most likely will interest you." In a flash Kawaige's small body stood on the branch Itachi rested on. His childish expression and voice belied Sasori's words, but not the meaning behind them. He would not be underestimated, nor would his creations.

"Orochimaru."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 4th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
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Itachi flicked his gaze to the puppet with that same cold, dead look in his eyes that usually only his targets saw. He wasn't stupid enough to underestimate another member of Akatsuki; besides, just because the puppet wasn't alive didn't mean Itachi couldn't predict its movements. And because he could, it wasn't fast enough to actually hurt him.

The former Suna-nin was right, though, what he had to say would interest Itachi. Still, he kept his voice bland. The entire organization knew the two had a history and that Itachi had been the reason for the Sannin's departure. "What about him?"
From:deep_blue_death
Date:February 4th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Kisame noticed the chance in Itachi's demeanor. He was interested as well, and withdrew Samehada, setting it casually on his shoulder. Flat eyes flicked back and forth between the puppet and Itachi, keeping a close eye and ear on the proceedings.
From:red_sands
Date:February 5th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
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Kawaige frowned. "He has acquired something I desire. Something that may make him a threat. The Ichibi: Shukaku. And he acquired it without coercing on the host's part."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 5th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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"So what are you proposing?" Itachi queried. The idea of that Sannin having a willing Jinchuuriki didn't sit well, but still below what Itachi would feel if Orochimaru actually got his hands on Sasuke.
From:red_sands
Date:February 5th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
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"That may depend upon Leader-sama. I do not want to risk Orochimaru gaining too much from the Ichibi, but we are not allowed in Akatsuki for nothing. I know just how powerful he can be and I will need help if Leader-sama decides to go after the Ichibi while in his control."

"And because I know a plethora of jutsu that rivals his collection, you want me to assist," Itachi said.

"Your skills in addition to my own would be preferable. I have yet to decide who else would be best." Kawaige looked down to Kisame with a less than aspiring expression.

"And what exactly do you mean by that?" Kisame asked, glaring back. "Your decision or not, I'm coming with," he added, grinning enough to reveal a glimpse of fang.

Kawaige smirked at Kisame's glare. "You may, perhaps, be of use."

"If you want my assistance with this, I will require your assistance for something else. Before we do anything with Orochimaru," Itachi said.

"And what," Kawaige started, jumping back and landing on the tip of Samehada, "would that be?"

"There's a jutsu of yours I would like to learn," Itachi replied.

"Get the hell off there," Kisame muttered, swinging the blade back overhead again, interrupting any sort of reply.

"Easily aggitated." The boy's innocent laughter filled the forest as he jumped back to Itachi's Iwa brat, though not touching it. "My jutsu come at a higher price. In time Leader-sama may order this and I will not need to gain your cooperation."

Itachi shrugged, though his gaze was intent. "Perhaps, but can you afford to wait until then? Can you say what Orochimaru will do to the Ichibi in the meantime?"

"Orochimaru does not appear to have the same intentions as we do for the Ichibi, at least right now. I have some time." The puppet returned a dead gaze to Itachi. "If you want my jutsu I will expect more."

"... Like what?"

A smirk. "Perhaps a set of eyes."

"Eyes."

"Red eyes."

"My brother's eyes are not for Orochimaru, nor for you," Itachi said flatly.

"I do not care about your brother's necessarly. But I hear a new set has appeared." Kawaige poked the side of the bratling with his foot. "Though the best would be preferable, any set would do."
From:red_sands
Date:February 5th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
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Samehada swung around again, stopping inches away from Kawaige. "I believe Itachi told you to keep your hands to yourself, damn it," he stated firmly, watching for any sort of excuse to push this a little farther.

"I believe he has trained his pet well, too." He ignored Samehada for the time and turned back to Itachi. "What do you say?"

"You'd be better off with white than red." Itachi didn't need to say Kisame wasn't his pet; Kisame already knew that.

Kawaige looked curious. "Explain."

"Why do want red?"

"I have seen the power and the abilities it allows. I would enjoy having that under my control. What is it you mean by white?"

"Ever hear of Byakugan?" Itachi returned.

"I have heard, but don't know the details."

"It spawned Sharingan."

Even through the puppet's glass eyes Sasori's interest could be seen. "Its abilities?"

"Magnification to the microscopic scale, distance vision of several kilometers, penetrating vision, and can see the body's inner coil system," Itachi replied.

Interesting. Kawaige backed away from the Iwa boy to show his interest in Itachi's proposal. "The ability to copy jutsu?"

"No. Can't see through illusions either, but can see chakra outside a body.

"That is a disadvantage, but to see the coils system." Very interesting. "I take it white is in more supply than red?"
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 5th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
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"An entire clan, but only less than half would be suitible for your purposes," Itachi responded. "The slight majority are branded with a seal that destroys the Byakugan within the eyes upon death. Unfortunately for you, the best white eyes have that seal protecting him."
From:red_sands
Date:February 6th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
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"This seal cannot be removed?" Sasori would prefer taking the best if he could.
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 6th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
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"No. It is a curse seal developed solely by the Hyuuga clan."
From:red_sands
Date:February 6th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Disappointing. "How strong are those not given this seal?" If the only the weakest were not given the seal it would be useless to go after them.
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 6th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
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"The seal is not given out according to strength but according to birth. The one I speak of was born into that clan's branch family," Itachi answered. "However, he is also nephew to Hyuuga Hiashi, the clan head. The main family's blood is considered to be the stronger of the two."
From:red_sands
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
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"So the strongest unsealed would be this Hyuuga Hiashi?" Clan head was generally the strongest in a clan; this other boy must have been a fluke of breeding.
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
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"Yes."
From:red_sands
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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Kawaige returned to his place in front of Itachi, a smile on his boyish face. "You help me obtain this Hyuuga Hiashi as my puppet and in exchange I will teach you the jutsu you want."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
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Itachi looked at the puppet. "When will you teach me?"
From:red_sands
Date:February 7th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
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"Impatient...?" Sasori thought for a moment. He didn't like to teach his jutsu without payment. "If you want to learn it before I obtain this Hyuuga I will need collateral."
From:deep_blue_death
Date:February 7th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
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"Maybe we should be asking collateral of you," Kisame interjected. "You may not want to trust us, but the feeling is mutual," he continued, still not removing his eyes from Sasori's damn puppet.
From:red_sands
Date:February 7th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
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Sasori ignored Kisame's hostility. The fish was meaningless at the moment. "One normally pays for what they want before recieving it. You want my jutsu. If you want it before paying I want collateral."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 7th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
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"One normally collects after, Sasori-kun," Itachi corrected. "Payment for services rendered, not services received."
From:red_sands
Date:February 7th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
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Kawaige stared coldly at Itachi. "Very well, for now. Since you are paying for my services I will acceept this. Remember this though,Itachi, if you fail to fulfill your end of our bargain the next time we meet it will not hold such an innocent face."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 7th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
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Itachi merely smirked. "The jutsu I wish to learn is your...body-projection technique, or however you call it."
From:red_sands
Date:February 8th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
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Kawaige raised an elegantly painted eyebrow. "Why that jutsu?"

Sasori had far more powerful jutsu, not that this upset him. Better Itachi request a jutsu that wouldn't pose a substantial threat should he even turn on Akatsuki.
From:deep_blue_death
Date:February 8th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
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"You know, I've had about enough of your interrogation," Kisame finally growled. "Do we have a deal or not? Just give us a straight answer, you little shit."
From:red_sands
Date:February 8th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
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Kawaige glared down to Kisame. "I have no deal with you, you insolent little guppy. And should I find out you have learn my jutsu by any means I will be sure you are never able to use it again, Leader-sama be damned."

"As for you, Itachi," he said, turning away from any response Kisame might offer. "You and I have an accord."
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 8th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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Itachi's expression had faded from smirky to expresionless, the usual for him. "Fine."

And just to spite Sasori for the insult of implying that Kisame was less than Itachi's partner in all things, Itachi would teach Kisame the jutsu himself. Sasori could bitch all he wanted, but he would need to go through Itachi before he even got near Kisame.

"When do we begin?"
From:red_sands
Date:February 8th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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"We shall start when you come to find me. I suggest you speak with Leader-sama first, though. Zetsu said he was becoming rather cross."

Kawaige hopped down, using Samehada as a stepping stone just to annoy Kisame, before jumping into the forest line behind the pair. "Know this Itachi, if that overgrown goldfish learns my technique he won't be the only one who will lose the ability to use it."

The innocent, boyish smile returned to the puppet's face before he disappeared into the trees. Once Kawaige was safely stored the ex-Suna nin dropped his genjutsu and left his comrades to their own. Considering the condition Itachi appeared, Sasori knew he wouldn't be followed.
From:deep_blue_death
Date:February 8th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Teeth bared again, Kisame turned to glance over at Itachi. "Smarmy little bastard," he commented, voice low and very, very annoyed. "But we have a deal, for whatever that's worth, right?" Waiting for Itachi's reply, he continued to mutter under his breath - "Over-grown goldfish, huh?"
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 8th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Itachi jumped down from the branch to land gracefully next to Kisame. "We have a deal," the Uchiha murmured, black eyes glaring in the direction the puppet had disappeared. He put a light hand on Kisame's arm to calm him. Sasori would be dealt with later. "Let's get the Iwa brat stowed and see what Leader-sama is so agitated about."
From:deep_blue_death
Date:February 8th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Kisame knelt, slinging the kid over one shoulder. Sasori wasn't allowed to touch the brat, but he was (or at least thought so). Manual labor had privileges, such as they were. "Where do you want to stuff him?" he asked, looking to Itachi for instructions.
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From:sexyweasel
Date:February 8th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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"The cave where we have our stuff stashed will suffice. I can keep the brat unconscious with genjutsu until we return," Itachi replied.