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    Sonada follows Amon, but stops and kneels down when the girl points out the eyeless boy. "I do not recognize him. He... seems to be wearing a girl's yukata though. That's odd. It's almost like whoever dressed him didn't know the difference." The old man frowns deeply at the boy's injuries, and looks to Amon for an explanation. "Did the Garou do this to him? Do you know why?"

    Before Amon can answer, Taro's tail goes rigid, and he looks toward the house's front door. The cat meows loudly, and bolts outside. Sonada follows the cat outside, as if worried over what it could be doing. If Amon follows, then she finds the cat climbing up into a familiar looking man's lap. The man's leaning against the outside of the house, but no one came to inform Sonada about a visitor. In fact, no one seems to be paying him any attention, and even Sonada is looking around with a worried expression on his face. He looks to Amon, then sighs. "I'm afraid your cat has run away, miss."

    The man, wearing a tattered ninja outfit minus the vest, reaches over and pets the cat's head absentmindedly. He was somewhere in his mid-twenties, and bore the physique of a ninja. His spike-y and unruly black hair looked more at home on a much younger man than he. The man wears no headband, but it's rather obvious he's a ninja. Taro rubs himself against the man's hand and arm, and the man chuckles as the cat does so. "Hey little guy. Look like they didn't feed you yet. That's good." Kaede finally turns around to look at Amon, then shoots the young genin a warm smile. "Hey, you followed instructions. That's good. Where's everyone else?"

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    "Girl's yukata... I don't know why the Garou would do this. Many bloodlines are focussed upon the eyes and I hear tales one can steal a ninja's eyes to gain their power if they have such Dojutsu, but the Garou instead use the heart for a direct ritual. Stealing his eyes is an unnecessary act even if he had such a bloodline that they so crave. But in the state we found him strung up in, torture may have been the only motive - if not for the precision with which the surgery was conducted, true expertise. Hand me bandage and I shall at least cover his sorry eyes. If no one claims him by morning, I think I shall take him back to Soragakure with us."


    "K-kaede..." Amon stutters, drawing up to him with an uneven pace. She looked utterly dazed - of all the things she was anticipating, this was not one of them, to be approached here. When he comes in arm's reach, she grabs him by the shirt. "D-do y-you kn-know h-how worried I've b-been?" she asks, trying to keep her voice steady; her bloodshot eyes look like they might start weeping again. "I-if you needed to f-fake you death you should have t-told me, I could have helped, and I wouldn't have... I wouldn't have acted so pathetically..."

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    Sonada looks rather confused at Amon. "Young lady, are you... alright?" He's attempting to be delicate, but the question of her sanity remains on his lips. When Amon reaches for the former leaf ninja he goes along with her. He doesn't resist as she drags him close, and only reacts to pick up Taro. Kaede shrugs off the sky-nin's questions, then reaches down and pats Amon on the head.

    "Don't be silly. I'm not dead. I had to get away from Sanagi, and that was the only way to do it." Kaede lifts the cat up, then casually places him on Amon's shoulder. Taro struggles to balance there, but doesn't leap away and instead meows quite loudly. Sonada looks at the cat with atonishment.

    "T-that cat just appeared! Is this one of your ninja abilities?" He seems genuinely concerned, and Kaede just smiles at the old man.

    "I would have been along earlier, but I had to follow the Garou. I found their main camp, but it seems like they were in the middle of packing up. I can only imagine they captured their intended target, and are withdrawing as a result." The jounin just smiles down at the young sky-nin, then sticks out a thumb pointing toward the elder man escorting her around. "Do you mind introducing us? I should at least meet your sugar daddy, don't you think?"

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    At Sonada's astonishment at the cat, Amon reassures him flatly, "I'm not talking to myself. Trade secret." She was about to ask to be left alone with Kaede before Kaede's request came in. Amon bites her lip, Sonada's presence offending her as it forces her to keep her feelings under control. "Kaede, if the leaf-nin find you... Sonada's on friendly terms with them, it's dangerous..." Her stifled speech makes it clear she has so much more she wants to say, when she feels able

    Giving up and still holding Kaede by the vest, she turns to Sanada. "I don't know if you can see him even when he wants to speak to you, for I know not the genjutsu he uses, but... Sonada-sama, this is my friend. Unless the stress of the day has made me utterly lose my mind, of course..." Amon remarks, doubting herself. She tries to keep stable for Taro, at least, even though he would probably land on his feet.

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    Kaede smiles at Amon's obvious worry, then just pats her on the head again. "Don't worry. I trust him." With that said, Kaede does wait patiently for Amon to give him his cue, and dispels his genjutsu immediately upon being introduced. From Sonada's perspective, it seems as if Kaede had just miraculously appeared beside the young sky kunoichi. The old man smiles and claps his hands a few times, and Kaede theatrically bows as a result.

    "As you can see, dear sir, the young lady is not quite insane. If you would be so kind, my friend and I have much to discuss in private." Kaede bows lightly, and the old man returns it.

    "Ahaha. A well-mannered youngling. I'm surprised." The old man heads back inside.

    Kaede turns to Amon, places his right hand on his hip, and smiles. "Alright, report time. What happened while I was gone?"

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    "While you were gone..." Amon backs up a bit, feeling a bit ashamed as she thinks back on her actions. With a deep breath, she gathers herself before looking Kaede in the eye, saluting, forcing herself to try and keep her nerves under wraps despite her obvious impulse to glomp him before he ran off again. "We made a sort of allegiance with the leaf-nin under Sanagi's command. Because, well.... because Yousuke and Houshi wanted to continue the mission and I knew I didn't have what it took to watch over both of them myself. We found a group of over a dozen 'Garou' and defeated them, though Houshi ended up incapacitated. I... I managed to save him, Kaede," she smiles briefly. "I managed to save someone..." Though her happiness is short lived as she recalls the carnage. She coughs awkwardly. "Well, Houshi's in there resting. I also managed to capture one of the Garou alive - though we can't get anything out of her - and... they had a prisoner. No one knows who he is, but... He's in a bad way. He's resting with Houshi inside and hasn't woken up yet. We were going to spend the night before returning to Soragakure, but if you're here... The leaf-nin don't seem present anymore."

    She pauses, looking pained. "Kaede, all the Garou we fought... they were the children from this village and almost all of them died in that battle. I... I killed two of them myself. Yousuke suspects the First Sage's bloodline has fallen into Garou hands - to impart knowledge and to shift allegiances. The girl in there reacts to her father like an enemy and her eyes changed since she was captured this morning. They also apparently tortured her. Do you know anyway to help?"

    Amon strokes Taro as she thinks, about ready to ask about the cat, but giving Kaede a chance to speak

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    The former leaf-nin waits patiently as Amon goes through her report. He keeps his smile when she mentions teaming up with the leaf-nin. "Good, at least you made friends." When Amon mentions saving Houshi he gives the young girl a thumbs up and widens his smile a bit before waiting for her to carry on. The talk of the prisoner brings a frown to the jounin's face, but he shakes it away soon afterward. "I'm sure your expert medical knowledge will help him pull through." Talking about the leaf-nin gets a nod from Kaede. "You mean those two pretty girls walking down the road? I have a clone of mine tailing them. Not to hurt them, but there are still Garou in these woods, and they looked pretty beat up."

    Sensing the next words out of Amon's mouth, the jounin smiles and holds up his hand. "Don't worry, he's wearing this." He reaches into one of his belt pouches and retrieves a yellow fox mask. "So at best they'll think it's an ANBU from Soragakure, and shouldn't suspect me."

    However, Kaede finally gets serious when Amon talks about the Rinnegan and the potential that it's fallen into the Garou's hands. "Hm. Well, it is true that the Rinnegan can accomplish things like that. If your hunch is right, and the Rinnegan has fallen to that clan, then we'll have to report that to the village. On top of that we'll have to do everything in our power to find and kill the Garou who has that bloodline."

    When Amon brings up helping the girl, Kaede shakes his head. "I could... make her forget about the torture... But I dunno how effective it would be against anything the Rinnegan has done to her. I'm happy to try, but only if the family will let me. Regardless, we should tell Yousuke."

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    Amon takes Taro in her arms like before as Kaede speaks, stroking the feline appreciatively even when his report does little to lift her spirits. "I guess there's nothing more we can do to question or help her, is there?" Amon ask, feeling lost, clearly well out of her league. "Do what you can anyway though," she adds as a disclaimer in case there was anything that could be done. "Yousuke's holding her inside - I tied her pretty well. I'm... I'm certain that odds are good Tsume was among the Garou we killed - only about 5 Garou by count made it out of that battle alive." She's quite grim, realising only now the seriousness of the situation

    "If the Rinnegan is so powerful, what are our odds of defeating the Garou that has it? What if they get us next? We're not assassination experts or anything - Houshi would get spotted instantly in an assault. I mean, what if they got you, Kaede? At the very least, we can't attack them randomly and hope we get the right Garou..." Amon leans against the wall, slouching down to sit on the ground with her back to the house, Taro in her arms. "I have a technique I've been working on for infiltration, but everyone's so low on chakra right now, it wouldn't be safe to try such a thing right now, would it? Do you think it will keep until morning? I don't want to wait until then, but I don't think any of us are in a fit state for such an attack." She pats the ground, seeming to invite Kaede to sit beside her. "Do you need any healing? I have enough energy left for that at least - you don't exactly seem unscathed."

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    Amon ponders for a moment. "Why do you think they only ensnared children?"

    She falls silent as a hopeful revelation occurs to her. "Perhaps the bloodline is immature enough that it can only be used on these civilian children? That, or... someone is just a sick bastard."

    If Kaede insists, Amon is ready to move inside with him, though would prefer to get in one last thing while they still had some privacy
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    Kaede listens to what Amon has to say, and only nods when the young sky kunoichi talks about potentially killing Tsume. After all, if the Garou children were from this village then logically they would have killed her as part of the battle. Or worse, the Garou might have killed her for whatever nefarious reasons. Either way, the former leaf-nin explains things the best he can. "The Rinnegan supposedly has some problems. At least, my clan kept strict records on its evolution through the years, but what we knew may as well been legends as well."

    Kaede carries on with a soft tone, but doesn't sit down when beckoned to do so. "Supposedly the Rinnegan could only subsume those with doubts, fears, or other weaknesses that the user knew about. The First Sage was adept at creating these through his words, and used them to impose control on the target. My theory is that whichever Garou got his grubby little hands on the Rinnegan targeted children because he knew their fears--or worse, created them himself."

    The leaf-nin shrugs off any attempt to check him out, but agrees with Amon's assessment. "I'm fine. But if your professional medical opinion is that we should rest, then we should rest. As for whether the Garou will be within striking distance in the morning... I don't know. They were packing up pretty quickly, but they hadn't started to leave yet when I snuck away."

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    "I don't suppose you're any good at tracking, are you?" Amon asks hopefully. "We could always try now if you think we could slip in. My technique would fool even a fancy dojutsu, as long as they don't see me use it - it isn't even a genjutsu." She seems a bit proud of herself, though still clearly doubts her ability to use her skills correctly.

    "If the Garou don't know us then surely creating doubt in our minds would prove impossible, at least in a firefight, right?" she suggests hopefully. She stands at last, clutching the cat. "Whether or not we should rest depends largely upon the threat level of our opponents and whether or not we can hope to re-engage them. What sort of forces do they have?" She thinks for a moment. "What sort of clone of yours is following those girls?"

    Scratching Taro's belly, she indicates to the cat. "So what's the deal with Taro here?" she asks. "And the vial?" She digs out Kaede's scorched headband. "Sorry this got so messed up..."

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    When his tracking prowess is called into question, the Uchiha gives a small shake of the mask in his hand and grins at Amon. "Of course I am. I didn't get this for fun, you know?" With that said he dons the yellow fox mask, and continues speaking through it to Amon. "As far as your technique... Don't be too certain of yourself. The Rinnegan's abilities aren't very well documented. It's better to be safe than sorry."

    When Amon talks about doubt, the leaf-nin nods. "As long as you're sure of your goal and path, then there won't be space for doubt to creep in. Just keep your mission in sight, and disregard your opponent's words." Kaede goes on to explain the disposition of their forces. "The enemy seems to have a small elite group of powerful ninja, and lots of children. I didn't see too much, but the elites were gathered around one big tent. I guess that's where their leader was."

    When questioned about the clone Kaede responds with a questioning tone of voice. "A reinforced shadow clone. They can travel pretty far without me, and I didn't know how far those girls are gonna go. What're you thinking about?"

    Kaede reaches out and pets Taro when Amon brings him up, and explains his relation to the cat. "Well, this is Lord Taro of the Cat Clan. When I was little, Grandma Cat gave Taro to me and taught me how to summon him. I implanted a bit of my energy inside Taro when I became a jounin so he could hold something important to Momo in case I ever... Well, you know." Kaede shrugs and leaves things at that.

    "That vial would have activated the genjutsu I placed on Taro. It would have given him an imperative to seek out Momo, tell her my last message, and prepare her for the future." Kaede smiles at that last bit, then takes his headband from the sky-nin without complaint. "Eh, I needed to get a new one of these anyway."

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    "So you can use the clone to scout out ahead when you can't go yourself? Seems useful enough..." She voices something as she remembers the boy. "I don't know why, but they removed his eyes... they said they only needed the heart, but they removed his eyes anyway. Or someone else did... and when i saw him in the woods, i think i had this sort of... recognition?" There's an odd quiver in her voice, a little too afraid to go on without prompting

    Amon thinks for a bit. "All I ever seem to feel is doubt though, so perhaps I'm ill-suited to such a task after all. I'm not some genius ninja, and my perceptions..." She closes her eyes, smiling a bit. "Though with you here, I'm feeling a little better." Opening her eyes, she smiles pleasantly, extending her arms out wide, transmitting her intentions pretty clearly. "Each of you, Yousuke , Houshi and you, Kaede, appeared dead today and yet... yet everyone came out alive." Having set down Taro, she leans forward, embracing Kaede if he lets her. "Let's ask Yousuke what he thinks, but... I think I'd like to stay the night and recover our strength. If they are on the move then infiltrating them may prove easier, don't you think? Especially with my technique..."

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    Kaede's naturally confused about whatever "recognition" Amon had, but doesn't ask about it as it clearly disturbs the young girl. Instead, he comments on her doubts. "We aren't going to get involved in this mission. We're going back to Soragakure, and once my clone has made sure those girls are okay then he'll track the Garou. Don't worry about it, as other ninja will be dispatched to deal with this Rinnegan."

    WIth that said, when Amon opens her arms for a hug Kaede just chuckles. "Alright..." He opens his arms and hugs the young girl, then lets her go. "We're not going to act. It's simply too dangerous, but I agree that we should rest for today." The Uchiha heads inside unless Amon has anything else to say, and greets Yousuke with a simple nod. The yellow fox mask's unending smile obscures the former leaf-nin's face. He waves toward the swordsman. "Evenin'. This little lady says you're having some trouble with a prisoner."

    Unless spoken to Kaede goes to work with the prisoner. He seems to mesmerize her, and starts his mind alteration technique.

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    "Are you sure? I kind of wanted to help, but... No, I guess you're right. I'm not cut out for a threat this big." She nods at Kaede's evaluation. "Something like this, I guess it would be best to leave it to the elites. It is a big threat to ALL the villages if they use the Rinnegan to amass power, after all. In that case, perhaps we should get this information back to Soragakure as quickly as possible. Would it put to much strain on you to make another clone for that task?" she suggests as they head inside. "I would have us all go together post-haste but if there's a way to avoid such a dangerous trip with Houshi out of commission and us as exhausted as we are, then why not." She smiles lightly. "You have to teach me some of your techniques sometime you know."

    Amon smiles at Yousuke knowingly as the masked Kaede barges in. "He came back," she says simply, letting him work. "Do be careful with her."

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    Yousuke is sitting on the floor when the others arrive, staring intently into his blade until Kaede's voice carries itself the room. At the sound of their voices, he stands up and to attention quickly, sheathing his sword in the very same movement. Though visibly surprised by Kaede's appearance, Yousuke hides his shock under a veil of indifference. "It appears I was correct in my assessment. You are simply too sketchy to have died to easily." Ambling toward the former leaf nin, he points out their Garou prisoner and scowls, "There she is. Do with her as you please. Her parents all but gave up when the knowledge that the First Sage came to light."

    Before Kaede can get closer to the girl, Yousuke stops him by clamping a hand on his shoulder and squeezing slightly. "But d-don't do that again. I wa-Amon was worried for you, okay?"

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    At the show of what for a moment seems like compassion for her, Amon blushes, before the realisation of his feelings dawns on even her. Yousuke was actually concerned for Kaede, it seemed. She nods sagely, even cracking a smile as she drifts to Yousuke's side. "Yousuke-kun, if the Rinnegan is truly in Garou hands then they are out of our league. It seems, according to sensei's report, that it works by way of exploiting the target's insecurities - some thread of knowledge of the target being required by the user. Perhaps there is a certain susceptibility of children, which is why they were used. Either way... we've done what we can here - the Rinnegan user must be assassinated before their full threat becomes apparent, but we are not the ones to do it, not as exhausted as we are. I think we should stay the night and have Kaede's technique to send for reinforcements, to handle this threat. We'l decide what to do and where to go in the morning, is this acceptable?" Amon was clearly in greater spirits now that Kaede was alive, though felt it necessary to explain the formalities first. She'd been through so much today she didn't know WHAT to make of her own emotional state

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    Amon gives Yousuke a pat on the back (assuming he doesn't dodge). "We were doing pretty well today right up until we realised the tragedy of this mission, weren't we?" She smiles nonetheless. "And yet... I saw you and Houshi and Kaede die before my eyes today and all of you pulled through somehow. Somehow... I still feel like I 'won'. Is that wrong?"

    "...would you care to know of my previous team?" she offers sheepishly, knowing it was a stupid offer, but she couldn't help making it anyway. Still, she tries to catch herself - "I mean, since we'll be needing to pass some time while we take shifts on guard and while I tend to the wounded and all, I just thought... never mind, it doesn't matter."

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    Kaede just smiles at Yousuke, then nods. "It'd be uninteresting if I died more than once ya know? Like I was the hero of some kind of shounen manga or something."

    The jounin finishes, and the girl goes limp fo awhile. "She won't remember being tortured, but that's the best I can do. I can't overwrite whatever caused her loyalties to change so violently."

    When Amon suggests sending another clone out, Kaede shakes his head. "I don't have that kind of chakra. I'd like to try, but it'd drain me completely if I did. I used the last bit of it protecting those kids."

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    The night passes uneventfully, and the captured girl sleeps through the night. When morning comes she's much more docile than the day before, but still doesn't answer any questions. When pressed completely she just responds that the questioner isn't Garou, so she has no obligations to obey. It seems that, short of torturing her, answers aren't going to drawn out of the young girl.

    Houshi wakes up in one of the small rooms by himself. The big boy's resting on top of a futon with a blanket over him. They didn't have a futon big enough for him to sleep inside, so they simply used a blanket. There's a door nearby, and if the big genin opens it then he sees a hallway leading into the living room. The living room contains the old man Sonada, and a familiar-looking ninja wearing a ratty ninja outfit sittng and talking with the older man. The ninja in question is wearing a yellow fox mask with thin upturned eyes and a thin smile.

    Amon wakes in a different small room, also by herself. She's resting in a particularly comfy futon, and isn't bothered. She's allowed to wake up on her own, and if she heads outside the room then she finds Kaede and the old man talking in the living room over tea.

    Yousuke wakes in a third smal room, but he's not alone. The boy prisoner sleeps in a futon in the center of the room. Yousuke's sleeping with his back against the wall, as there were no spare futons or pillows for the young man to use. The boy stirs, and rises up with a pained groan. He "looks" around the room, but only succeeds in showing the holes where his eyes used to be. He reaches up to feel his face, and shudders as he realizes he can't see because he doesn't have eyes. Unless bothered, the young boy just curls up in a ball and silently cries to himself.

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    Houshi groans as he sits up, immediately reach for his bandage scar as pain shoots through chest, Right... Damn, if I wasn't me, I'd probably be dead. He lays back down for a moment, I'm gonna need a new shirt. He looks around, figuring his sword was outside again, I hope they covered it then. Unless...

    He rises to his feet as quick as he can, hurrying through the door, down the hallway and into the living room. He greets Sonada and the familiar looking ninja with the mask. The color of his uniform suggested he came from the same village at the very least. His words were hurried and a little panicked, "Uhm, good morning and thank your for your hospitality. Did... did everyone make it back?"
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    Yousuke rises from slumber with a miserable groan, snapping the knots out of his neck as he slowly stands himself up. He is caught in the middle of his morning stretches when the blind child finally stirs. He stares at the prisoner in morbid curiosity as the child tries to look around the room. He could scarcely imagine the fear and helplessness that the boy was undoubtedly going through as a result of his jarring loss of vision. Even his grandfather's tragic loss of a limb was nothing compared to complete and irrevocable loss of sight. "He's probably feeling hurt and alone..."

    Returning to his corner, Yousuke gives the boy one last pitying look before opening his mouth to speak, "How are you feeling?"

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    The boy jumps at the sudden sound of someone else talking. "Ah! W-who's there?! P-Please don't hurt me anymore. I'll do whatever you want!"

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    Kaede looks toward the giant genin, then nods. "Everyone's fine. You lot did well, and I'm sorry for not being there to help." The giant genin can hear the sound of rain coming from outside the house. "How are you feeling? Still hurting?"

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    Yousuke raises his arms to defend himself before realizing that the boy cannot see them and plaintively allows them drop to his sides. In a gentle tone he reassures the boy, "Do not worry. You are in a safe place now," and owing to the now retreating Garou, it truly was safe. Remembering what the clan had done to the villagers he grimly adds, "We made sure of that..."

    "My name is Yousuke. I am the shinobi who took part in driving away the ninja holding you prisoner, though I imagine you were quite unconscious when it occurred... Do you remember anything leading up to your capture? We will try our best to help you with whatever means we have available."

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    The boy doesn't speak for the longest time after Yousuke finishes. He just sits there and stares plaintively at the floor, and seems to be contemplating what's going on. Then he stops, looks up, and speaks. "I... There was a pretty girl. I was walking back home from the Academy, and this girl seemed like she needed help. I stopped and asked her what was wrong, then everything went dark. I woke up on a... table. She was there, and..." The boy touches his face and goes quiet.

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    "The Academy..."

    "Did you know about your..." To avoid mentioning the boy's lost eyes, Yousuke points to his own before remembering how silly it was to mime actions to a blind person. Left grasping for delicacy, he instead settles on a different terminology, "...bloodline before 'they' attacked you?" If the boy had been attending the Academy did that mean he had shinobi training? If so, where in the Elemental Countries had he been attacked? "This doesn't add up. According to my information the Garou use blood sorcery to steal bloodlines...not surgery..." Feeling out of his depth with the information concerning bloodlines and medical jutsu, Yousuke turns the questioning toward less esoteric ventures, "And your name? Do you have family that we may return you to?"

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    The boy nods. "Yes, I did. I am Mibu Shogo, heir to the Mibu seat in Soragakure. I am... Ah, I mean, I was training to become a genin of Soragakure." The boy changes his stance given the loss of his eyes likely precludes any possibility of becoming a genin. After all, an injury like that wouldn't let him be a ninja, and unlike Houshi's own physical deficiencies there's no way for him to overcome them.

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    It's raining outside. Why didn't it rain yesterday. I like this rhythm. It helps me think. But my thoughts today don't seem good. Maybe it should have stayed sunny.

    Amon lies in her futon for god knows how long on the verge of dozing back to sleep, staring up at the ceiling, before the excitement of Houshi seems to knock her thoughts free and signal the start of a new day. She'd been the only member of the team left unscathed by the many battles yesterday, though from her various techniques - and from having to stay up for over an hour tending thoroughly to everyone's wounds, she still felt like she'd been hit by a train when she woke up. She quickly emerges from her room in shorts and a vest, both gray, looking like quite the civilian if not for her scars, her headband still in Yousuke's care. One could better see the scar where an arrow had almost clipped her jugular from their last mission this way with the relatively low cut, though her bust was still lacking even in this get up. Rather candid about her own appearance though, she quickly enters the room where Houshi, Sonada and Kaede are gathered. She carries herself a little differently this morning; having been given the time to process the events of their mission, she seems a little more cautious. One can see some rings around her eyes from worry - even with her fatigue she'd still kept herself up a lot of the night with her thoughts. Nonetheless, the eyes themselves seem a bit sharper and more focussed and her voice a little more reserved, her thoughts kept a little more to herself.

    She bows her head to Sonada and Kaede before going to Houshi's side, beginning to immediately perform her medical technique. "Houshi, you should calm down before you open your wound again," putting her hands to him, she begins knitting the flesh together again with the faint glow of her chakra, moving his bandaging aside a bit to allow herself better access. The wound is rather pronounced. "That arrow seemed to break your ribcage - the shattered bones very nearly pierced your lungs, and if your medic had been a second later or any less careful in removing the bolt, the splintering would have cleaved your heart clean open. I'm no surgeon, so this was the best that could be done - I'm just glad you woke up today. Now hold still if you want to be at all battle ready for the walk home."

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    As she heal him, Amon explains the events of yesterday, including defeating the Garou, the Rinnegan, and their rescued prisoner - and without saying his name informed him of Kaede, "Jounin-san came back after we reached this house. Try and keep your trap shut about him next time you see the leaf-nin, okay?" She finishes around the time she finishes her healing of his wounds, if uninterrupted. "I think Jun left your sword around here somewhere, try outside," she says, sensing his anxiety. "Though i wouldn't mind forging a replacement if you lost it - it isn't nearly shiny enough for my tastes," she says, her cheeky smile returning for a bit like it had never left

    Retying Houshi's bandaging and acting almost coldly professional about the shirtless boy's remaining wounds, she turns to Kaede. "Seen Taro anywhere or did you send the cat lord off? Anything change while i was asleep - is our rescued one awake yet? I did my best with him - I'm just sorry I can't exactly forge him a new set of eyes." Amon salutes half-jokingly; she had other things on her mind even now, but Kaede's presence puts her at ease.

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    Houshi let's go of a sigh of relief, "That's good. I'll live anyway."

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    Houshi just shake his head at Amon's usual tact as he is healed. He looks off into the distant, avoiding eye contact. His mouth had gotten him into enough trouble for a life time because he almost lost it. He waits until she's finished and goes off in to the rain to check on his sword.
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    Kaede shrugs. "I didn't see any giant stick laying around, so I don't think it's out there. Speaking of leaf-nin though, my clone sent in a message. They made it back to Sanagi safely." When Amon talks about the unconscious boy Kaede shrugs. "Well, I can hear someone in that room talking, so I assume he's awake unless Yousuke's snapped from the pressure." Kaede chuckles at the joke, and continues onward with his words. "Taro went home. He's not like blood pact summons, so he has to walk back. Luckily the cat village is close by in the Fire Country. But I think our esteemed host has something to say about the boy." Kaede motions to Sonada, who nods and speaks.

    "I would be happy to take care of the boy here. Once he awakens, I will put in a mission to Soragakure about returning him home. But until then we have no trouble watching over him." The old man smiles as he speaks, and Kaede nods at his assessment.

    "I don't see a problem with it, but it's not my call. You guys saved him, so he's your responsibility."

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    Outside, Houshi doesn't see his sword, and searching around turns up nothing at all.

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    Amon bites her lip. "Oh crap oh crap, did i forget his sword?" Her newly-'calm' stature breaks as she looks around hurriedly. "Ah, dammit, there were so many people involved on the way back - I must have forgotten it or not even noticed it being dropped, oh no..." Pursing her lips and sweating a little, she turns her back to the door Houshi left through. "M-maybe he can borrow a sword from Yousuke until i can make him a new one?" Amon suggests hopefully

    Clearing her throat, she gathers herself, trying to seem professional in spite of her gaffe. "If he wakes up before we leave, we shall leave it as his decision. Although we don't know where he came from - were we not all so tired, i would have had us all retreat to Soragakure as soon as you returned, sensei. It could take days to escort him home seeing as how the garou are nomads and he could be from anywhere - and we can afford only so many detours on our way beck to inform the villages of the Rinnegan threat. on the other hand, the garou were keeping him for some reason; if that reason is great enough they might try and recapture him. But if we are ambushed on the road with sufficient force, we might not be able to defend him." She folds her arms, thinking. "Yare yare, daze... there's really no simple answer. I guess we'll get everyone's opinion first, tough it's a matter of our duty versus the risk to the boy as I see it. It may be rather cruel to leave him unguarded though - if nothing else we could land hop to Soragakure and hire another team to do the same back with your mission for them and they'd be here by dinner with any luck." She tilts her head to Kaede. "Hey, threat analysis if you please. What are our odds of being surrounded on the road? You said your clone reported in - any news on the Garou?"

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    The sky-nin just shrugs. "He hasn't reported back about the Garou, only about the leaf girls. As far as what I think: Well, if this boy is the Red Eyes they were looking for, and they realize that their prize is gone... Well, the logical place to look would be the road right? If not, then they might not even notice he's missing until quite some time has passed."
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