The Tale of Gutsy - Chapter 1: The Curse - Awakening
The Tale of Gutsy
Chapter 1: The Curse - Awakening
Gutsy was sitting in his office, in the building right next to the Hokage building early in the morning, he was trying to get rid of all the immense paperwork that had been piling up for the upcoming tournament. It honestly seemed that being the Tournament Organizer was not as colorful and full of enjoyment as Gutsy thought. He had spent almost his entire night dealing with all the paperwork for organizing the tournament and everything could not seem any more boring, yet he knew it had to be done.
While Gutsy was sitting in his office a war was actually going on between Konohagakure and Iwagakure, it is unbelievable that Gutsy is in his office and not out fighting, yet he promised to finish his work before he would go outside and he was told not to worry. Yet suddenly he gained a strange feeling that hit him in the back of his mind, without warning, he grabbed his coat and raged out through the door and rushed through the streets ‘How could they have passed through our defenses so easily…’ he thought to himself as he passed by several shops picking up the smell from the restaurants though he completely ignored it as he could feel a strange presence about the approaching chakras, they were definitely immense.
“House, Nathan meet me at the Konoha Monument, someone is headed towards Cobalt…” Gutsy said through his CTCD (Chakra Transmission Communication Device), Gutsy now ran through the streets to get to Cobalt his former teacher before the dark individuals got to him first, he was not a sensor shinobi, all he knew was that they were headed towards that location for unknown reasons and Cobalt was there.
“House contact him now, tell him that there is someone coming for him!” said Gutsy with an angry voice and almost before he could take another step House responded with a calm yet worried voice, “I cannot get through to him… I’m on my way!”
“Where is everyone when you need them!!!” said Nathan with a crazy voice almost sounding like he was spitting in the microphone.
Almost as if to answer Nathan’s call, House quickly responded, “They are all outside Konoha battling all those idiotic Iwagakure shinobi trying to kill us all…. By the way I’m almost there”
The three shinobi continued from three different locations throughout the village towards the monument aiming to intercept the infiltrators in time, yet they all knew they had to be strong to be able to infiltrate the village without anyone noticing before now.
By the monument in the middle of the grassy plains of Konohagakure, a man was standing lonely while a tear fell down on his cheek, he recalled his family, friends and his beloved wife, and they had all fallen for the sake of the village, why did they all have to die, why could he not be with them. The man standing there was Cobalt one of the more relaxed guys whom you would rarely see on the battlefield or for that matter anywhere in Konoha, he usually stayed for himself.
After a moment of crying, Cobalt heard someone land behind him, yet he did not need to turn he already knew who it was, it was his friend Gutsy, “Yes I made it in time!!!... Wait Coby…. Are you crying… bwahahahahaha you are so sensitive I’m happy to see you missed me”, even though they were friends, Cobalt almost flipped on him right there, but before he could make a motion towards Gutsy, a figure appeared right next to Cobalt, he was struck and sent flying into the trees with unbelievable force while ice rose out of the ground encapsulating Gutsy within mere seconds.
“Perfect timing Azazel… we got them both just at the same time!” said Blizzard with a menacing and extremely happy expression as he appeared out from in between the trees.
Of course it was Blizzard the ice warrior of Iwagakure whom had locked him in place, and it did not take long for Gutsy to figure out who the other man in front of him was, it was Azazel, one of Iwagakures elite shinobi, and he had just sent Cobalt flying while Gutsy was being encased in ice, yet he knew that ice was not the ability of the man before him, it was Blizzard, whom was still standing in the clearing just a few meters behind Azazel.
“Blizzard you should be a bit more serious… we are not safe yet” Azazel said with an evil grin on his face, Blizzard walked up to place his hand on his shoulder, “I’m tired of being so serious in front of all those Konohagakure scum… hey I got an idea, do you mind letting me handle this one… then you can have Cobalt”
Gutsy found himself incapable of moving as Cobalt came crawling out from between the trees which had been ripped apart from the impact and he slowly stood up, yet before he could make a single motion, once again Azazel burst forward grabbing him by his throat and smashing him into the ground causing his neck to break, yet not killing him, and just before Azazel could finish the job a single loud voice was heard, “Hakke Irounaku Kaiten!!!” and a figure appeared at high rotation as a massive burst of chakra shot out from the individual and blasted Azazel away with immense force, and had it not been for Azazel’s quick reflexes he would of probably not been able to defend against this attack from House, the Sage of the Byakugan and Gentle Fist.
“Azazel… Blizzard… you didn’t think you could get away with this so easily…” House said with calm and collected voice as he grabbed Cobalt’s unconscious body and then appeared beside Gutsy and his ice prison. “And Blizzard… please do not turn this place into a boring cold place… I like it warm and besides it would scare all the women away” As he said this he placed his index finger upon the ice and just like that it broke into thousands of smaller pieces and then melted away.
“Ha! No women would ever want to be in this village and especially not with you!” Blizzard quickly noted rather annoyed by House sudden appearance, yet he did not really care much, the situation still has not changed in Konohas favor.
“Blizzard shut up! House… you’re always so quick to act, never assessing the situation… you are obviously outnumbered and your power does not even match mine…” Azazel was attempting to mock House or so to say, because in fact they were outnumbered, yet no one had noticed the third individual before it all happened. “Azazel… you come into the village and your goal is to kill us... that is so cliché and boring” House said in a rather mocking voice in front of Azazel.
Suddenly before the conversation could continue, a blast of roots shot out of the ground beneath Gutsy pinning him to the ground as a single piece of wood blasted through his back and through his lower stomach just barely missing his vital organs, and Cobalt fell to the ground in front of Gutsy, as House engaged in battle releasing his legendary powers of the Gentle Fist towards Azazel, as the three intruders converged on him. Gutsy could not believe they had been caught off guard like that, yet now he could do nothing but watch as his world began to fade.
Everything was blurry for Gutsy he got a few glimpses of the fight, Nathan had just arrived and aided House, as Gutsy could clearly see that House was holding his own against Shuusai and Blizzard, while Nathan had trouble fighting Azazel, House was blasting everything they sent at him and he forced Blizzard to his knees destroying all his ice sculptures and rupturing several bones within him, yet he did not notice what came next. The last thing Gutsy saw before his world went completely dark was Azazel appearing beside House covered in an immense dark red vicious chakra as if he had gathered all his power to him, yet this was not power it was the Eight Inner Gates, a trademark for skilled close combat warriors, and Azazel had called upon this power, and in a single blur Azazel blasted into House and both of them went out of Gutsy’s sight just before his world turned completely dark.
At the same time…
“Hokage Sama!!! There is shinobi battling inside the village!!!” This was the first words Ryūjin heard when Rexii jumped in through the window and landed right next to him, “Why can’t I have just one moment of peace… *sigh*… I’ll go, Rexii go to the ANBU HQ and take the scroll with you, you know what to do…” With this said Rexii disappeared in a sudden flash, while Ryūjin stood up and put on his Hokage attire before he disappeared in a glimpse of dark aura, going at incredible speed towards the monument.
“Who could have infiltrated the village so easily… I hope I’m not late” Ryūjin thought to himself while going from roof top to roof top, he was getting closer, he could hear the large explosions happening and with his Mangekyō Sharingan, he could see the chakra signatures and within that instant he immediately recognized who it was. It was a frightening sight; he could see the fading chakra of two signatures lying on the ground while another four were battling each other. He could easily distinguish the might of the Hyuuga, the power of the Eight Inner Gates, and the power of ice and without a doubt he could see the growing trees emerging above the houses in the area, this was indeed trouble and he needed to get there in time.
The raging battle…
House had just been struck into the ground and Azazel was coming for him in his ultimate state and at blazing speed he appeared right next to House, yet within this moment, House managed to erect a massive blast of chakra as he began to rotate sending the EIG master flying, while suddenly, “Hyōrō no Jutsu!!!”, while House was still rotating a sudden burst of ice blasted out of the ground encasing his legs in ice stopping his rotation as Azazel blasted forward sending a fist straight into the chest of House breaking several rips as he was sent flying towards the roof top.
“House… you know women like guys who has a very cold and calm expression just like my ice” Blizzard said as he smiled at House flying through the air with blood dripping from him, a sudden burst of energy penetrated his chest from behind, how could Blizzard not have noticed it. Nathan was lying on the ground; he had just managed to mass up the rest of his chakra and send a powerful wave of deadly dark chakra through his chest killing Blizzard. He fell to the ground as Nathan smirked, yet before Nathan could get a more peaceful ending; Shuusai appeared slamming his palm into his back creating wood which immediately blasted through his body pulverizing him.
“Idiot… he let his guard down... oh well lets finish up here Azazel I don’t like being here” Shuusai stood up as he looked at Azazel whom was standing in front of him still with chakra blasting out of his body and his entire body glowing completely red with fury as he looked like the devil itself.
“Shuusai… you know this was simply a decoy… the real target is just arriving” Azazel smirked as he turned to face the newly arrived individual whom had just catched House and landed on a roof top in front of them, “So you finally decided to show up…Ryūjin”.
“Azazel and Shuusai… you are rather bold for entering my village… perhaps I should show you the courtesy of showing you the way out?” said Ryūjin, as he stood upon the roof top with House kneeling and breathing heavily next to him, he was facing the enemy just before he jumped down landing next to Cobalt and Gutsy’s unconscious bodies. His crimson red Mangekyō Sharingan was glowing through the surroundings with a dark and deadly feeling engulfing everyone around him.
“Bwahahahahaha… Ryūjin do you really think you can challenge the power of the Eight Inner Gates and the power of Mokuton!!!” said Azazel screaming and spitting towards Ryūjin, he was clenching his fists prepared for battle, as Shuusai placed his hand on his shoulder, “Azazel… let me take this battle … you can do whatever you want to with the others”.
“Fine, but don’t expect me to come and help you out if you are in trouble” said Azazel as he deactivated the Eight Inner Gates, while at the same time Shuusai stepped forward prepared to battle with the Hokage. “Shuusai you will feel the full power of the Uchiha…” and as Ryūjin made this statement he instantly released a massive fireball towards Shuusai at blazing speed while he immediately rushed forward. At the same time Azazel quickly appeared before Gutsy’s body while Ryūjin was busy and carried it away.
“Hokage of the Leaf… you will fall to my power!!!” As the incoming fire was approaching him, he without blinking released a massive torrent of water which formed around him blocking the water as it turned to steam, yet it was but a cover for Ryūjin’s true intentions. As soon as the water turned to steam, he appeared before Shuusai creating one of Susanoo’s arms which almost within the blink of an eye crashed into Shuusai sending him crushing into the ground creating a massive crater, was it not for Shuusai’s quick wits he would have been dead, but much to Ryūjin’s surprise, Shuusai survived using his wood to protect his body.
Before Ryūjin could manage to perform his next move, trees blasted out of the ground entangling him the very branches of the trees while holding him in place before Shuusai whom had a large smirk on his face, “You did not think that such a move would work on me… did you Ryūjin”, Ryūjin simply smirked as the clone poof into smoke and the real Hokage appeared behind Shuusai releasing a torrent of black flames right into his back killing him where he stood and the trees withered and died.
“Sorry I couldn’t have more fun with you…”
Azazel had managed to get out of the village and was rushing through the forest outside of Konoha, he knew that Shuusai had been defeated as the silence fell over the village, and he knew very well they would be coming for their comrade. “Heh… I guess the mission is a failure; at least I got this guy…” Azazel landed on the ground in a clearing with a little wooden house, it was lit by a small candle in the window, it did not seem like anyone was there, and Azazel went inside and placed Gutsy on the floor while he sat down beside him and from there he bit Gutsy right on his wrist while releasing his chakra into his victim causing markings to appear on him. “I guess my job is done…” Suddenly a figure appeared in the corner of them room, “What the hell are you doing with him Azazel!!!” said Rexii whom had just teleported to his hideout to intercept Azazel, though he did not expect to find him at his safe house.
“Konoha’s flash… Rexii I did not expect this… anyways I will be on my way, I need to attend a meeting” Azazel performed a single hand seal activating his technique, causing the entire building to glow a bright fire red color, “Katon: Faiāhausu” The house almost explode just mere moments after Azazel spoke the words of the technique, yet Azazel easily escaped using the Eight Inner Gates, while Rexii almost within an instant grabbed Gutsy and teleported into the village saving both of their lives, yet letting Azazel escape.
Rexii suddenly appeared in a bright flash with Gutsy hanging unconsciously over his shoulder in the tavern, all the people turned to see a slightly roughed up Rexii from the blast when his little hideout blew up, and a hardly alive Gutsy. Sterling, Shadou and Imperfect all was slightly in shock from the current situation, as they had heard what had happened and hoped that the Konohagakure shinobi dispatched to help had done their job. Yet Rexii did not speak a single word as he continued to hand Gutsy to Mugen whom immediately rushed to the hospital with him while Rexii stayed behind in the tavern.
Later that night…
Gutsy was lying asleep in the dark within the Hospital’s safe walls protecting him from the outside. While he was asleep a shadow was lurking outside his window, two bright green eyes was fixed on him, and Gutsy suddenly woke up with the feeling that something or someone was watching him, he was scared, yet he quickly rolled over in his bed to see if anyone was outside the window, yet no one was there. “I could have sworn someone was there…” Gutsy lay there for a bit longer before he suddenly felt a sharp pain rise from his arm under the bandages around his wrist.
“What the hell is this?”
Gutsy slowly sat up in the bed while beginning to unfold the bandages around his wrist while the pain began to rise and soon became almost unbearable; he held in his screams and tried to finish unfolding the bandages. When he had almost unfolded all the bandages and he just got a glimpse of the completely dark area beneath it, the pain became too much and he screamed out into the night. No one could hear him from within the Hospital, he rolled around in his hospital bed sweating and screaming in pain, he could not understand what that thing on his arm was and how it could cause so much pain. Soon Gutsy’s world turned completely dark as he fainted from the pain spreading through his body.