Nine Lives, One Host - Part Four


Freyr (emitter), Naruko

Date: June 11, 2015


The final test, Naruko wakes up to find herself part of some strange combat arena to complete the challenge set forth by Matatabi.

"Nine Lives, One Host - Part Four"

Inside Naruko's Mind

Once again, you wake up inside yourself, only this time, you find yourself inside an arena walking down the aisle from a dressing room area as an unseen announcer intones, "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO THE MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN EVENT! In the blue corner, fighting out of Kumogakure, she stands 5 feet 4 inches tall! 109 and 3/4 lbs! She is the challenger… "The Cute One" UZUMAKI NARUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKO!!!!!!!" And an unseen crowd in the stands roars it's appoval for the girl as the spotlight shines upon her all the way into the ring in the middle of the arena.
The lights dim once more and then the announcer intone again as Megadeth's "Crush 'Em" plays through unseen speakers as Matatabi cloaked in a boxing robe (with his two tails poking out of it) makes his way to the ring. "And in the red corner, from parts unknown, he stands at 6 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 245 and a half pounds. HE IS THE UNDISPUTED SHINOBI CHAMPION OF THE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD!!! The Two-Tails, MATATAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABI!!!!!" And the unseen crowd roars even louder for the champion as Matatabi poses and does some shadow boxing.
He gets into the ring and faces you and says, "Oh it's on, it's on!".
The announcer then says what everyone has been waiting for, "For the thousands in attendance here and millions watching at home on TV, ladies and gentlemen…" There is a pause and then, "LET'S GET READY TO RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMBLE!!!!!!!" The announcer gets out of the ring and the referee comes over and checks both of you over and says, "Ok kids, no biting, no clawing, no hair pulling and under NO circumstances, no hitting below the belt. Everything else is legal, there will be 15, 3 minute rounds and the 3 knockdown rule will be in effect. No matter if you fall and get up immediately you will be given a standing 8 count and the other fighter will remain in their neutral until I say so. Now touch hands and let's have a clean fight!"

This was the kind of place Naruko was talking about… Perhaps Matatabi was listening after all. Despite being waken up from out of no where it didn' bother Naruko at all, not with this sort of of crowd booming and crying her name. A smug grin inched from the corner of her lips, from one side to the other. Her arms remained hugging along the back of her neck, slipping along the side of the ring before continuing on center stage. "Are you sure you are up for this? Matatabi-sama? I would hate…. hate for your me to beat you infront of all these people…" Naruko expresses with a slight giggle, reaching out with her right hand, coiled into a fist, 'touch hands' or something like that? "This is no way I will hold back on someone considered a legendary shinobi…"

Matatabi slams his fists against yours and says, "Yeah, you say that now, but I'm not giving up my title and power THAT easy… this is it my young host. This is for ALL the marbles, defeat me, in this very ring tonight and nothing more will be said and I will entrust everything to you. Welcome to your final challenge, that of the body, personal combat."
With that said, the ref separates the two fights and moves them to their corners and then first looks at Naruko, "Are you ready?" then looks at Matatabi, "Are you ready?" He then slashes his hand down, "Let's get it on!" The bell rings and the fight is on!

"Body personal combat… How about you BRING IT ON already!" Naruko exclaims right back to Matatabi, ushering for him to go ahead and start off what he needed to. Naruko herself was on the defensive though… She wasn't sure exactly what Matatabi was going to do.. Sure throwing paws at her was one thing but she was expecting something else… A giant fireball to the face perhaps… She waited for it…expected it even as she coiled her fists and defensively waited for something to happen. "Come on now… I'm all ready for you…"

Matatabi leaps then, diving down with a elbow right for Naruko's face! Definitely not going to be nice to her, it's no-holds-barred (mostly) fighting. Whether blocked or dodged, Matatabi would spin and then launch a couple of hard kicks to her thigh.

Naruko is incredibly nimble, she motions over away from his diving, fliping backwards a few times with the aid of wind, she wouldn't allow him to touch her. Even here though she wasn't aiming for a counter attack, instead she merely smirks and shrugs her shoulders. "Is that the best you can do. Clearly you are out matched or just being lazy. I'm not sure I will be able to do much with that power if you are going to remain weak in the legs like that," Naruko taunts Matatabi a bit further, waiting for some sort of second strike.

Matatabi then zips and grabs Naruko and turns around and attempts to German suplex her to the mat and says, "Then come at me dear and let's see what you've really got.

Naruko appears to be suddenly suplexed onto the mat before them, though upon contact she merely explodes into a puff of smoke. A shadow clone of all things. At that point it appeared as though not only one Naruko was against Matatabi, but quite a few of them, 4…6 Narukos? Nevertheless they attempted to make due of the situation, many of them latching on to various parts of Matatbi's body, trying to anchor him down to the ground while another Naruko spiraled down from above, enough to deliver a kick onto his shoulder-ish area. " You should give up already!" Naruko shouts as she attempts to deliver yet another heel strike soon after, another clone of course.

Matatabi says, "NO!!!!!", before he's hit, and then *POOF!* turns into a log and the Naruko who heel-struck the log gets tapped on the shoulder and Matatabi punches her right in the FACE! He then backflips himself and says, "Not bad host, not bad…" He glances at the remaining Naruko and says, "You're getting better… much better…"

The punch in the face alotted to a bloody nose. She cringed and stalled briefly from the immense pain which came over her… After that brief pause those she wipes the blood from her face, suddenly applying a single hand seal, the wind around Matatabi began to whip and bend, harnessed in a gale of blades. After the winds whipped in Matatabi's direction she send a single bolt of fire to counter act with it.. " Burn," Naruko says fairly bluntly… not that Matatabi wasn't burning already.

*FWOOSH!* And Matatabi does go up in flames… only to step out from behind a clone only slightly singed and cut from the wind blades and then simply raises his eyebrows before an unseen corner man tosses a towel in from Matatabi's corner and the ref then jumps in front of Matatabi and waves frantically as the bell rings and then everything… the ring, the arena, the crowd, the ref all disappear and it's just you and Matatabi and he smiles gently at Naruko and says, "Well done child… you've earned my trust, my respect and now, my power…" With that he jumps inside Naruko's body and Naruko would find herself awake in real life outside the Turtle Fortress on the road towards home.

Throwing in the towel? It wasn't something Naruko was expecting but then again this was a test… She honestly had no idea what to expect, but it happened.. She gave in a little bit and just like that it was over. The feeling of a giant cat leaping into her stomach was… unorthodox at the least… But it happened. When Naruko awoke she bursted into reality, her fingers suddenly clutching at her stomach as she gasps for her… her eyes briefly lok around… Apparently no longer within the clutches of the fortress. " Ha…so we are friends then…for real this time…" Naruko voices, slightly squismishly. It was done… but even now she didn't feel like leaving just yet, she merely sat there, eyes afixed upon the path before her, a wild grin on her face.

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