Shizukesa:  - KaitoMatches passed in a flash of seconds, and Sasuke found himself standing opposite the mysterious blue eyed Kaito.
“What's your deal?” his opponent asked nonchalantly, leveling his pupil-devoid blue eyes at the Uchiha.
“Your eyes aren't looking at me. What are you looking for?” Kaito responded mysteriously, a hint of annoyance veiled behind the question.
Sasuke paused for a moment, focusing on the unnatural blue orbs that linked with his own. A smirk twisted the corner of his mouth.
“You'll have to beat me to find out.”
Kaito gave him a cold stare, and visibly clammed up. The proctor's hand was suspended in the air, waiting to drop and begin the match.
It had barely fallen past his waist, and the sound of metal ringing out was already overpowering his spoken 'Begin!'.
Glittering particles of light filled the air, sparkling like agitated fireflies as the sun caught their reflective surfaces. Sasuke's sword flashed in the sun's light, f
Shizukesa:  - Sasuke Vs. SakuraYou did great.
“Chidori... Ten thousand birds!”
He threw the lightning down at her.
It splintered into ten seperate sparks of energy in midair, each jagged fragment of light assuming the shape of a bird. Flapping wings accompanied the sound of chirping in their ears as they flew down in a vicious dive at the panicked pink haired girl.
They're not moving fast enough to cut, she'll just get knocked out by the electricity...
She was gaping up at the assault, shaking with exhaustion and fear. I'm going to die... she thought to herself as her mind began to give way to white light.
Sasuke watched in amazement as she evaded the impossible intersecting paths of the lightning birds. No movement was unnecessary, she managed to escape every single strike, and on top of that, she looked amazing. Beads of sweat were forming and falling down the back of his neck as he maneuvered his hands, guiding the birds around for a second assault, exertion beginning to get the b
Shizukesa:  - Sakura Vs. SasukeKarin gasped as he unclasped the necklace.
Sasuke blocked her first punch easily, countering with one of his own. She dodged it, pushing him away and putting some distance between them. Shuriken and kunai flew from her fingers as she tried to create an opening.
He was having none of that. Drawing his sword, he impaled the hollow centers of every ninja star that was headed his way, until they lined the blade like a sheath.
They flew back at her faster than they had come.
A log and a puff of smoke rose out of the metal barrage.
Sakura landed like a cat in front of the retreating shuriken, switching to senbon. Saskue's sharingan identified them all, and he spun his sword in an arc that perfectly deflected each of the tiny needles.
Sasuke drew out a handful of shuriken, which he lauched with lightning speed at his girlfriend.
She knocked them out of the air with a kunai, but realized, too late, that their shadows had covered additional weapons. They thudded into the
Shizukesa:  - PreparationHe was ready to push his way through the mass of genin, but upon seeing him, they just got out of his way. They were crowded in a wide circle around the two ninja with crossed out headbands and the mysterious blue eyed one.
As seemed to be the usual routine, Tsuta and Iwamaru were spouting off insults like it was their only talent.
Sasuke focused instead on their opponent, who stood stock still and didn't blink once. Narrowing his eyes, he activated his sharingan and stifled a startled flinch.
His chakra was ridiculously potent, and there was enough of it to destroy the entire building without even breaking a sweat.
Well, they're dead.
He slunk back and made his way to the now-unoccupied slip of paper with the pairings for the next round.
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Sasuke caught the punch with his left hand, managing not to shatter every bone in his arm in the process. He grabbed the inside of her elbow with his right, and twisted his body, using all of the momentum to toss Sakura across the clearin
Shizukesa:  - AnticipationSasuke lay alone on the pristine sheets of a hotel bed, across the hall from the room where Sakura and Karin were. His mind was cataloging and evaluating potential opponents, matching his own strengths against what talents he'd seen them display.
If it weren't so late, he'd be out training already. The sun had gone down by the time the first round had been over, the twelve matches taking up a significant chunk of the day even after the forest exercise had eaten up the first half of it.
A knock came on the door, and he silently pulled himself into a sitting position. Pushing off of the bed with his hands, he walked to the door and pulled it open.
“Hey, can I ask you something?”
Sakura stood outside his door, rubbing one of her eyes tiredly. He nodded.
“Can you help me train this week?”
“Yeah.” He grunted. “Are you going to sleep?”
She nodded, rubbing both of her eyes.
“You shouldn't do that...” his voice trailed off as he wrapp
Shizukesa:  - Sasuke Vs. KarinDammit, Kakashi, what did you teach her? Sasuke cursed his sensei inwardly, scanning Karin with his sharingan. He sidestepped a fragment of fire, blocking another with the blade of his sword.
He inhaled once more, a second fireball forming in his lungs. As he was about to release the deadly flames into the air, he froze.
Karin beat him to the punch, exhaling an identical fireball at him before he could even have any disbelieving thoughts.
He surged, chakra flowing through him from the split second advantage, and his burst of flame was nearly twice the size of the one that flew towards him.
The collision confounded every sense, light and sound erupting outwards beyond comprehension, the smell and taste of smoke spreading like locusts, and the earth shaking slightly.
The explosion masked the sound of birds, and Sasuke burst through the inferno with his metal blade in one hand and his lightning blade in the other. Karin's shocked expression only lasted for a second, before she clas
Shizukesa:  - Karin Vs. SasukeTwenty four ninja were in the clearing when time ran out, and not a single one expected the ground under their feet to disappear.
The screech was worse than Sasuke's cursed chidori, and that was not a sound anyone wanted to hear. Giant cracks appeared in the ground, and their sense of sight was confounded with a great light, contrasting with the darkness under the abyss.
A great thud escaped from the bodies of each ninja as they landed heavily on soft earth. Their eyes slowly adjusted to the dimness. A single ray of light streamed in from the hole in the ceiling, illuminating the center of a circular arena with cracked, moss-covered stone walls.
A massive voice rang out, speaking from everywhere.
“Congratulations. You've all made it to the finals. From now on, you'll be fighting one on one.”
Heads turned as two massive faces appeared, projected on the wall to the left of the cluster of genin.
Sakura and Tsuta.
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Sakura knocked her unconscious with one punch.
Shizukesa:  - Stone and IvyThe final hours of the first stage were hectic. Teams squabbled at the edge of the safe zone, darting in and out under the constant barrage of attacks, weaponry and ninjutsu. With the exception of Gaara, who stood in the center of the clearing like a statue, untouchable, nobody managed to stay in the area for more than a three minutes.
Team 7 still hadn't arrived. They were positioned nearby, far enough to avoid detection yet still close enough to rush in with only a few moments remaining. Sasuke, perched behind a throng of leaves like a crouching dragon, couldn't help but mess with some of the other teams.
Unbeknownst to his teammates, a duplicate of himself was in the chaos, wearing a different appearance thanks to a transformation jutsu.
Shoulder length brown hair fell in front of his green eyes, and he constantly wore a timid grin.
Not a single soul recognized him as Sasuke Uchiha. He'd adopted a fighting style that was primarily taijutsu, with some occasional skilled weapon displa