Becoming a Team

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

In a time when if you got into big trouble, say killed someone, you got sent to a marine corp. Young Kiba has been chargedd with murder and now has to put up with a anger issued C.O. and a team that mostly hates him.

Chapter 1 (v.1) - Becoming a Team

Submitted: June 07, 2008

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Submitted: June 07, 2008



Have you ever been charged with a crime you didn't commit? Well, I have. I have been blamed for murder. My sentence was life as a marine. My names Kiba. I have shaggy dark brown hair, saphire blue eyes, I have a white tight T-shirt, loose black pants, and a loose brown jacket. I have a older brother, named Hitsoka. My enemy is my commnding officer, Luitenant Sasori.

Chapter 1

I looked around at the marine corp for delenquents.

My new home.

My hands tightened into first and I felt my muscles suddenly tense.

Curse you, Brother! I will kill you for this!

A tall shaggy haired blonde with foggy light blue eyes strolled up to me. He stopped infront of me, he was maybe a head and a half taller than me.

"Your name, Kid?" He asked.

His foggy eyes had a sharp glint in them, and his features hard.

"Kiba," I answered.

"Follow me. I'm your comanding officer, my name's Luitenant Sasori. You will be given clothes-which you will wash, three square meals, you will train when I tell you for as long as I tell you. You'll train your ass off, and do as I say. If you don't do as I say you will skip a meal, or you will spend extra time on the field, training. Is that clear, maget?" He informed.

"You sound like an asshole.... Oppps. Did I say that out loud?" I said.

He grabbed the collar of my shirt, and pulled me close to his face.

"I'd watch that smartass mouth if I were you. Do I make myself clear?" He snarled.

I gritted my teeth together, and nodded.

He relesed me with such a force that I lost my ballance and fell into the mud. His eyes were lit wild with anger.

Wow, this guys got one hell of a temper.

I stood and followed as he headed to a one story building. He opened the door and walked in.

"Walker!" He called.

A short black haired man came running up to us.

"Aye, sir?" He asked.

The kid stood straight and tall, and didn't seem at all nervous or afraid standing before Sasori.

"This is Kiba. Take him on a tour through the baricks." He ordered.

"Yes, sir!" He said soluting Sasori.

Sasori saluted back then headed out of the baricks. Once the door closed I looked to the kid.

"I'm Walker." He said sticking his hand out.

I shook.

"Kiba, what's with Mr. Asshole?" I asked.

Walker's eyes lit with shock, then transformed into anger.

"Don't call him that." Walker demanded.

"Why not? Why does he get the honor in calling me a maget, and I can't call him asshole?" I asked.

"He's our Luitenant. He's a highly respected man on campus. I guess you don't know that since you're new. But I'd watch what you call him he's a very quick tempered guy. He once exploded on a lower ranked Captain, the guy was in Knacoma for three weeks. He nearly killed the guy." He explained.

"What kinda guy would let him do that? More importantly, why would they let him in here if he were such a hot head?" I asked.

"He was put in here six years ago for murder. Him and his squad were on a battle field, and they're partner squad was cornered. They were being layed apon. Luitenant, wanted to go help, but his luitenant held him back. Told him he would be killed. He punched his luitenant and ran into the open and opened fire onto his enemies. Luitenant's squad followed him and saved their comrades. He was then lifted up to luitenant rank, and his old luitenant was fired." He answered.

I rolled my eyes.

"He's a real saint," I said my voice dripping with sarcasm.

Walker flashed me a dirty look.

"Hey, who are you to bad mouth our luitenant?" A rusty colored hair guy asked angrily.

"The name's Kiba, fatso." I answered.

He made a growl in his throat, his hands tightened into tight fists, but he didn't move.

"I should knock your head off for that..."

My fist met with his straight nose. The force threw him onto his butt.

"I'll kill you for that!" He roared.

He rolled clumsily to his feet, and charged. He threw a punch, I blocked and punched him in the gut. He collasped to his knees.

"What's wrong fatso? Having trouble?" I asked kicking him to the ground.

A arm came to my throat and I was slammed into the wall. Foggy blue eyes met angrily with mine.

"There will be no fighting in my baricks!" He warned.

He looked to Walker.

"Get Gates up, and to the infermary." He ordered.

Walker nodded his face paled.

"Garret! Met me on the training field. You outside." He yelled.

He shoved me through the doors, and I was sent sprawling face first into the mud. He grabbed the back of my shirt and he drug me to my feet.

"You want to move about fine, I'll teach you how to use the course. You'll stay out here til you get it right. Then tomorrow you'll do it til I say stop." He said.

"What!? It's the middle of the night!..."

"That's your own fault. Next time think twice before you throw a punch." He growled.

A tall black haired kid ran up to us. Luitenant looked to him.

"I'm gonna teach this, maget, the course, then I've got buisness elsewhere. Garret, I want you to watch him. If he tries anything...Beat the shit outta' him." Luitenant ordered.

"Yes, Sir." Garret said.

God, they've sent me to hell, and I'm fucking innocent!

(1 month later)

I walked up to Commander's office and went to knock.

"Will you just listen to me for one damn minute?!" Luitenant's angry shout came from behind the door.

Whoa, he sounds pissed.

I took a deep breath and knocked. It grew quiet inside.

"Come on in, Kiba." Commander ordered.

I opened the door and saw Luitenant and Commander staring at each other. Commander had a severly calm look to him, but Luitenant had a severly pissed off look to him. Commander looked to me.

"I understand you are one of the Luitenant's most active students." He said.

I nodded slightly.
"Good. That means you won't have any problem with a mission..."

"Shut it, Luitenant!"

It grew uncomfortably quiet. I shifted my weight to my left leg. Luitenant took a deep breath, but didn't look in my direction.

"Now, I want you to tell me if you don't think your squad is ready for combat." Commander ordered.

Luitenant looked to me, his eyes were ablaze, and it made him look inhuman.

"I couldn't say, sir. How 'bout a test." I suggested.

"A test? What kind of test?" Commander asked.

"Well, ask the squad questions you think we should know for battle. If we don't know the answers, then it means we're not ready." I explained.

"So I'll ask you a question and if you get it right then your squad is ready?" He asked.

"Well, I think you should ask the whole squad, sir." I answered.

He studied my face, then shot Luitenant a questioning glance. Luitenant kept his eyes on me.

"You first. You're surrounded by the enemy. You have no weapons on you, and your enemy is as jumpy as hell. What do you do?" Commander asked.

"Well, if we were truly a team we would already have a plan in case this type of thing happened. We would probably have Walker create a distraction from the outside. Then, I would take out the closes guy to me. Take his weapons, while the enemy is trying to figure out what's going on we start taking out guys. Then make an opening in the enemies barrier, and I'll wait til everyone's out then signal Walker to open up... All of this with the thought that some of our own may be injured." I answered without thought to it.

Commander laughed and Luitenants eyes were wide with shock.

"I'll be damned. This kid just came up with a great plan in a matter of seconds, and didn't even seem to think too much on it. I think that just hearing that tells me you're ready." Commander exclaimed.

I froze.


"No buts... You just made my job a whole lot easier, and helped me prove a point. Not only that, but, you also told me a new tactical plan." Commander thanked.

Luitenant let out a angry growl.

"Calm down, Sasori. You are to get your squad ready for combat. You leave tomorrow at dawn. Dismissed." Commander ordered.

Luitenant turned and I followed.

"I tried." I sighed.

"I know... But how'd you come up with that kind of plan?" He asked.

"Well, as a kid my brother and sister used to play army with me and my friends. I was always the brains of the operation. I guess, I've allways been able to make up plans." I answered.

He nodded.

"Well... It was a nice plan." He complimented quietly.

"Why..." My voice trailed off.

"'Why' what?"

"Why did he want my oppinion?"

"He thinks you're alot like me."

"Oh, am I?"

"A little... The main difference is that I wasn't a runt when I was your age."

I shot him a angry look. His angry eyes were looking down at me, only they were no longer angry, but amused.

So the anger issued Luitenant has a soft side to him.

"That's your new name... Runt. It suites you." He informed.

"Hey!" I yelled.

I gave him a playful shove and we both laughed. As if realizing how we were acting we both stopped laughing. I looked up at the stars and sighed. Being with him actually made me forget -monetarily- about revenge.

"What drives you to work as hard as you do?" Luitenant asked suddenly serious.

"I'm an avenger. In order to be an avenger... I have to be strong." I stated.

"Thought I recognized that look in your eyes." He said.

"How?" I asked confused.

"My brother had the same look in his eyes when he looked at our old man." Luitenant answered.

I glanced at him. His eyes were distant and full of hatered.

So... He's an avenger also. Who would've thought we'd have something like that in common.

I looked back to the stars. We stopped when we reached the barricks.

"Move it, Runt. We've got planning to do." Luitenant ordered motioning to the barricks.

I walked in first then Luitenant followed.

"All right guys! Listen up!" He ordered.

It grew quiet.

"Start packing. We leave at down... We're heading into war." Luitenant informed.

Several mumbles started they were too low to hear.

"Sir... Aren't we one of the lower ranking squads out there?" Walker asked.

Luitenant nodded.

"Then... Why us?" He asked.

Luitenant shrugged.

"He wouldn't say... Just get packing." Luitenant ordered.

He slapped me on the side of my head.

"Get some rest, Runt, we'll need that brain of yours tomorrow." He said turning to leave.

I watched him go. Somehow he reminded me of how my brother and I used to act. At least before he did what he did, anger filled my body and caused my muscles to tense.

"What'd Commander want?" Walker asked.

I shrugged.

"He asked me if I think we're ready for war." I stated.

"And you told him yes!" Gates accused.

"No, but I'm the reason we are. He tricked me." I said calmly.

"How'd he trick you?" Walker asked wide eyed.

"Said he was going to give the whole barricks a test, but I'm the only one who got it, and he seemed so impressed with my answer that now we're going to war." I explained.

It grew quiet.

"Damn yo..."

"Cut it out. You guys have heard the rumors. Commander's a sneaky guy, but a wise guy and a great fighter. Don't get mad at Kiba for something he had no control over." Garret growled.

I let out a sigh of relief. Garret and I had became friends shortly after my arrival, and now we had each other's back. Gates was pissed but he said nothing else just went on with his packing. I walked over to my bunk, pulled my back pack out from under it, and threw it on my bed. I grabbed a set of clothes, my tooth brush, a extra pair of boots, a first aid kit, my tooth paste, and my bandanna. I zipped my back pack shut and dropped it beside my bed. I wrapped my blanket in side my sleeping bag, and tied it to the bottom of my back pack.

I'm packed, now... To the training course.

I walked towards the door.

"You're allready packed?" Walker asked incredulously.

I nodded and walked out. I walked towards the course and couldn't help but feel alone. I had this problem since my brother comitted murder. A figure was lying on the the ground.

What the hell?

I got closer and saw Luitenant looking up at the stars, his hands cupped behind his head.

"Didn't I say pack?" Luitenant asked.

I smiled.

"Yah, I'm done." I informed.

"Then why aren't you sleeping?" He asked.

What is this, a hundred questions?

"I came to work out then do what you're doing." I answered.

He looked up and a cruel smile was on his face.

"If you're that anxious for work then do the course ten times. That's an order." He ordered.

I laughed.

"Aye, sir." I said smiling.

The next morning I pulled my back pack onto my back and headed out into the rain. I was always the first up and I had too much time on my hands. The trumpet rang through the corp. I sighed and ambeled up to the jeeps that we were to ride in. I picked the frst one and dumped my backpack onto the seat.

"You're ready awfully early." Luitenant stated behind me.

I smile.

"Couldn't sleep." I informed.

"Come with me." He ordered.

I turned and saw him heading towards Commander's office. I followed and felt a rain drop run down the side of my face. Commander was waiting outside of his office for us. He pushed off the building and turned towards a off limits building. Luitenant and I followed. We entered the building and I was shocked to see a storing cabin.


"That's what I said the first time I saw this place." Luitenant said.

"Luitenant if I remember correctly you had snuck in here and nearly got shot." Commander said a smile on his face.

Luitenant chuckled and shrugged.

"I was curious."He said.

I looked up at Luitenant.

"I can't picture you disobeying any orders." I stated.

He laughed and Commander drapped and arm over his shoulder.

"Are you kiding? This guy was hell on wheels." He paused and laughed. "I can't remeber anyone messing with him... They were scared shitless becausee he actually took me on in the ring and nearly kicked my ass." He informed.

I watched as they both laughed.

"Yah, but you did give me a beating. I still have that scar from when you dropped my ass over the rope." Luitenant said.

"Yah, well you were pretty heavy. I couldn't lift you all the way up." Commander teased.

Luitenant flashed him a challenging look.

"I bet I could kick your ass now." Luitenant challenged.

"No doupt, but you forget you have and unbelievable amount of anger, to back up that strength." Commander agreed.

Luitenant laughed. It was unusual to see him like this.

"Runt, Commander is actually my step dad." Luitenant explained.

His eyes studied my expression, but I kept my cool and nodded.

"So why did you bring me here?" I asked.

Commander glanced around the room, and his eyes landed on a huge dark brown box. He walked up to it and opened it. I gave Luitenant a questioning glance and he smiled in return, but didn't answer the question I knew they asked.

"Found it!" Commander exclaimed.

I looked to him and he pulled out a big brown camo backpack. He carried it up to us and set it down with extreme care at my feet.

"Go ahead look through it." He ordered.

I knelt down and unzipped it... Slowly. I stuck my hand in and wrapped around a solid object. I pulled and when it hit the light I gasp. It was a small assult weapon. A small pitch black hand gun... A gock, a 21sf 45acp gns 13rd... Not a glock but a glock rail. I reached back in and pulled out a leather pouch. I stuck my hand in cautiously and pulled out a KA-BAR Tactical Knife. I set that aside and reached back in and pulled out Blackhawk gun holster. A hand came down on my shoulder and gave it a squeeze. I looked and saw Commander holding a early 1928 AI with 50 cartridge Type L.

"Whoa! Cool!" I exclaimed.

Commander laughed as I examined the gun.

"They're yours." He said.

"Really?" I asked incredulously.

He nodded. I smiled but kept the yell of joy down.... Barely. I looked back down at my new weaponry.

"What about every one else? Why me?" I asked curiously.

"Don't worry. You, because you have something in common with Sasori. It means you're a very bright kid. You know how and when to use all this better than your teamates..."

"But shouldn't they get stuff. How would you know I'm better than them? It doesn't make sense..."
"Doesn't have to just yet. I'll tell you when you're ready." Luitenant stated.

I looked down and sighed.

"Here'" Commander threw a heavy vest at me.

I gave him a confused look.

"Take off your jacket and put it on." Commander ordered.

I pulled off my coat and put the vest on. It was a least ten pounds.

"Hook your gear up to it." Commander ordered.

I nodded. I grabbed the gun holster and attached it to the left side, ontop of my ribs, I slipped the gun into it, I slid the 1928 into the back holster, and slid the knife into a side sheath onto my right ribs. Commander walked up and handed out a walkie talkie. I gave him a confused look.

"You're a leader in your squad. Sasori's right hand man. Use your position well." Commander informed.

I pulled on my jacket, took the talkie, and hooked in onto an inside pocket. I looked to Luitenant and couldn't help but smile.

"How do I look?" I asked.

He smiled.

"Not bad actually. You look sharp." He complimented.

I laughed and looked to Commander.

"Thanks," I said.

He shook his head.

"Don't worry about it." He said.

"Lets go. We got a mission to complete." Luitenant ordered.

I nodded and we headed towards the jeeps. When we got there everyone was waiting for us.They watched us approach and theystood tall and soluted respectfully. Luitenant and Commander slouted their reply, and commander swept them up in one quick look.

"Men! Your mission is to save the people who are trapped! You will have an enemy who is trying to kill you! Luitenant and Kiba will be leading this mission! You follow both their orders and respect them! I wish all of you good luck! You're our last hope!" Commander informed.

Walker stepped forward.

"Sir, why are we your last resort?" He asked.

"Our last two teams dissappeared, we found some of their bodies, but the rest have yet to be found." Commander answered.

"But... Why us?" He asked.

"Luitenant and Kiba have proved to be prepared. Kiba's been here less time than you, I think you can handle it as long as you listen to them." Commander explained.

Walkers face paled.

"'Those who stray from the path of justcie are cowards, but under the wing of a great leader, cowardice cannot suffice.' Those are the words that Commander William Braddick spoke." Luitenant stated.

His words stuck in a part of my mind that I hadn't even knew existed. I felt something inside me shift, it was inside my heart and it hurt.

"Runt?" Luitenant asked worriedly.

I gave him a weak smile.

"It's nothing. Really." I lied.

I saw from the look on his face that he didn't believe me, but I kept my face composed.

"Luitenant. Kiba. This squad is in your hands. Pick up your gear at the gates. I wish you luck." Commander informed.

We both nodded and soluted. Commander soluted back and winked at us. We all pilled onto the jeeps and started off. Commander watched us as we left. Luitenant and I got the first jeep with Walker and Garret. In the second jeep Gates, sat with his possy; Jared, Nathan, Shon, Ryan, and Euraki. When we got to the gates everyone grabbed their gear. I had to grab more, but Luitenant seemed to carry more than anyone. We climbed into the jeeps and started off towards the ocean front.

"We got a while til we get to the boats. We'll stop to eat at Chone's resturant, about ten miles from the boats. Put your weapons on safety til I or Runt says otherwise." Luitenant ordered.

Everyone nodded.

"When we get on the boats, Runt'll give you our stardagies. You better pay attention, you have to memorize them. If you forget them you could get killed."

At his words several guys paled. I smiled.

"What are you thinking?" Luitenant asked.

"I'm not sure." I answered.

He cocked an eye brow.

"What?" I laughed.

He shook his head and chuckled.

"Nothing." He said shaking his head.

The resturant was more of a bar than anything. I felt my muscles tense as a bad feeling washed over me. Something was wrong I could sense it. When we stepped into Chone's it grew quiet and all eyes landed on us.

"Well, we sure can make an entrance." I stated with a sly smile.

"Go find us some seats. Runt, I need to talk to you." Luitenant ordered.

I stayed with Luitenant as the others picked a group of booths in the far right corner of the bar.

"Keep an eye open on the guys in the booth behind Gates's booth. Those guys are high ranked criminals and I've busted them before. Be careful." He warned.

I nodded and kept my face blank as I walked over to join Garret and Walker, and Luitenant followed. A slutish looking girl -in a low cut shirt that came to right below her breast, and shorts so short that if she bent over you'd be able to see her bare butt- came to take our orders.

"How may I help you boys today?" She asked politely.

"Burger." Garret answered.

"Cheese fries." Walker answered.

"Burger with cheese fries." Luitenant answered.

"Rootbeer." I answered.

All eyes went on me.

"Are you trying to starve yourself?" Luitenant asked.

I shrugged.

"I'm not hungry." I answered.

"Suit yourself, but later, I want no complaining." He warned.

I nodded, and the waiter went to turn our orders in.

"Hey sexy where'd you come from?" Some guy asked from behind.

Luitenant looked up, and his eyes feel on someone behind me. Someone poked me on the shoulder.

"Hey, I'm talking to you."A guy growled from behind.

I turned and a guy -who to girls would be good looking, well built, black hair, dark almost black eyes,- was looking directly at me.

"Wow, you're a beauty." He stated smiling.

"Thanks," I said.

I turned back around and Luitenant seem to be deep in thought as he looked the guy behind me.

"Hey, if you come into the back room with me I'll give you a good time." The guy invited.

I stiffened but kept my face composed, barely. Walker coughed to hide the laughter. Garret's eyes were lite with amusement, and Luitenant looked so serious it was creepy. His eyes were glassy and he had a very dangerous look about him.

"Sorry, Walker right there already has that position." I lied.

Walker instantly stopped laughing and Garret busted out laughing.

"Say what?!" Walker asked.

I flashed him my best smiled and he blushed.

"You remember, you said that you couldn't wait to show off Monster." I informed in a very believing tone.

Luitenant's eyes went wide, and Walker turned a shade redder. I winked.

"You're cruel, Runt." Luitenant stated shaking his head.

"A real smart ass, hunh?" The guy growled.

I cocked an eye brow.

"Am I?" I asked.

He let out a growl and looked like he wanted to rip my head off. I grinned.

"I meant the guy infront of you." The guy snapped.

I looked to Luitenant his eyes darkened once more.

"Been a while hasn't it, Sasori?" The guy asked.

"Not long enough, Tsusuki." Luitenant answered.

A guy walked up to the table and bent down.

"You haven't changed one bit. You're still the shrimpy kid I used to know." The guy stated.

Luitenant's eye's shot over to met with the green eyed boy's eyes.

"Go to..."

"Watch your mouth Sasori." This guy looked almost identical to Luitenant, only he looked more dangerous.

"Don't order me around like I'm a kid, Maraki." Luitenant growled.

Maraki's eyes darkened and it was enough to make me a little worried.

"Awww, did he hurt your feelings?" The green eyed guy asked in a childish voice.

Liutenant was on his feet in an instant, his eyes ablaze. Maraki stepped up to Luitenant and shoved him back down.

"Take a chill pill, Sasori, and Kabuto... Cut the attitude." Maraki ordered.

Kabuto listened with a knowing look in his eyes.

So, this guys the head hancho.

Maraki looked to me, his eyes studied my face.

"You're indeed his brother." He observed.

I tensed and my anger grew so quickly I went blind for a second.

"You look so much alike, you and Hitsoka, you even sound..."

"Shut up." I growled leaping to my feet.

Luitenant looked shocked, Kobuto did also, and Tsusuki, but Maraki only smiled. Not a happy smile, but a cruel smile.

"You've got more balls than he does. He was scared shitless." Maraki informed.

There was slight amusement in his cold eyes. I looked up at him in disgust. He was just like Hitsoka, with his cold eyes, it pissed me off.

"I couldn't give a two spit about him." I growled.

"I know. I can see it in your eyes." He stated.

"Go rot in hell." I growled.

"All ready there, kid. Calm down Sasori, I didn't come here to see you. We just happened to met. Next time might be different, though." Maraki informed.

How can he be so calm? It's not normal.

Maraki turned.

"Actually we've got to go. Good to met you, kid, and nice to see you again, Sasori." Maraki said.

Tsusuki looked to me.

"Next time... You're mine." He stated.

Despite myself a shiver ran up my spin. I watched them leave and stood there for a while looking after them. My appetite -if that's what you call it- was gone. I felt so confused. With an aggrivated sigh, I walked from the restuarant and to the jeeps. I leaned against the first one and looked up at the dark, cloudy, sky. I heard someone come up beside me but I didn't look to see who it was. I could feel it was Luitenant, he came up and leaned next to me. We didn't speak but his head was raised so he could look at the sky as well.

"Why? Why do people kill each other?" I asked.

I thought of all the people Hitsoka had killed, all the inoccent people, and it made me sick.

"I'm not sure. I do it to survive and protect the people." He answered.

"You might see it that way, but what is the enemy thinking? Are they thinking the same as you or are you the only one?" I asked.

"I don't know, it's possible that they think the same. I don't know. Ever since I was a kid, people had been killing each other. My neighborhood was horrible, and I guess I didn't help it much. I looked after my own, but I should have been looking out for the people who our fight effects, and really hurts. Back then I didn't care, even now I'm not sure weather I'm on the right side or not. I stick with the one's I care about." He answered.

"Does that mean I should be like my brother?" I asked.

"No, choose your own path, one as young as you have your whole life ahead of you." He answered.

"Yeah, I'll defeat him... I won't let him hurt anyone else again. So many inoccent people.... It makes me sick..." Tears threatened to run free.

I rubbed my eyes to make it seem as if something were in my eyes.

"You better not let this cloud your judgement during battle." Luitenant said.

I looked to him and he was watching me with an enchourging smile.

"I won't." I promised.

"Good, no let's go eat." Luitenant said giving me a hard pat on the back.

I laughed and stood up. We walked in and I felt all eyes on us. I'd just learned something about Luitenant's past. That's something no one else in here could say. I sat down next to Garret, his eyes were still lite with amusement, and Walker was still quit red.

The helicopters were loud as we came close to shore. Men were hustling about and trying to do their C.O.'s orders. It looked hectic. Luitenant came up beside me.

"We join that tomorrow." He stated.

I nodded.

"Looks like what you see in a movie." I said.

"Yah, but it's a whole lot faster than the training we've had. One mistake could be last." He agreed.

I nodded again.

"That's what my sister told me. She was in the army a few years back." I replied.

His eyes held questions, but he kept them to himself. Our squad came up to the side to join us at looking at our comrades.

"This isn't going to be easy. I want all of you to keep your guard up and follow all orders." Luitenant said.

Everyone but me nodded.

"Good, now get some rest and go to bed." Luitenant ordered.

"Yes, sir!" Everyone yelled in unision.

They all walked away to follow orders.

"Come on, you share a room with me." Luitenant said patting me on the back.

Luitenant shook me hard.

"Wake up. We've got to get going." He ordered.

I opened my eyes to see him dressed in his war gear. I streached and sat up.

"You all right?" He asked.

"Yah, I'm fine." I answered.

"Good. Now get ready." He said pushing me back down.

I grinned and rolled out of bed. I got dressed in my gear and headed out. I got a serious expression and came up beside Luitenant.

"Are you ready for war?" He asked.

I nodded.

"Yah," I answered.

He looked down and smiled. I returned his smile and turned as the rest of the squad came up to us. They looked ready, but also terrified. I felt pumped and ready for anything. We got off the ship and it grew quiet as we started for the commanding post.

A black haired guy with stubble on his face approached us. He had a stern look on his face.

"Why are you here." He demanded.

"None of your damn buisness." Luitenant growled.

The guy's eyes narrowed. It grew tense. The guy looked to me then everyone else in our squad.

"This is your squad? A bunch of kids!" The guy laughed.

"Watch who you insult, Kuabarra. They're eager as hell to kill someone with a smartass mouth like you." Luitenant stated.

I couldn't conceal my smile, it was just funny. I don't know how it just was.

"What are you smiling at, Shrimp." Kuabarra growled.

"He's right, and it's funny. A person like you dies everyday in this world. And I won't be surprised to see how many cocky assed men like you went into war and got their asses kicked or worse." I answered with a cruel smile.

"Why you little..."


All our heads turned to my right. A tall dark brown haired fellow, with brown eyes, and a great build, came in our direction.

"General!?" Kuabarra exclaimed.

"Why aren't you on the field?" General asked.

"I came back for supplies and..."

"Bull shit. You never went out." Gerneral accused.

"But sir!..."

"Shut it Captain!" General ordered.

Kuabarra shut up instantly. General looked to us, and stuck his hand out towards Luitenant. Luitenant shook hands with him.

"Good to see you again. This your squad?" General said.

"Yes sir. This is my second in charge, Runt." Luitenant introduced.

General looked to me.

"A kid?" General questioned.

"Aye, a damn guienes. He wouldn't have this position if not for his head. Do you honestly think Commander woud let someone unworthy be in charge?" Luitenant asked cynically.

General laughed, probably his first laugh in a long time.

"Still the same old smartass, I see. Although you are taller than before." General stated.

Luitenant grinned a scoundrle grin.

"Plenty of running around. Being in your squad really toughened me up." Luitenant stated.

General laughed. Then he turned serious, his eyes clouding over as he looked to Kuabarra.

"You in my office." He growled.

Kuabarra nodded and took off. General looked to us.

"Hope you're ready to begin." He said.

"We are." Luitenant assured.

"Good I..."

"General! General! General!" A frantic voice called.

A guy the same size as Luitenant came running up to us. His face was red and he was breathing hard.

"What?" General asked suddenly alarmed.

"We found Justin. I think you need to see this." The guy said.

General's face turned stoney. He looked to Luitenant.

"Come on. We might need you. They've been leading us away and then ambushing us. It'll be safer if you come with us." General ordered.

Luitenant nodded.

"Right. Runt, your job is to keep them up to date on your plans." Luitenant.

"Got it." I answered.

The guy took off and we followed. We had our guns ready.

"Turn the safety off." I ordered.

They complied as they ran. We looked experienced and like we had done this several times. I stopped when we came to a group of people. I followed their gaze to a ditch in the ground. I stepped up next to Luitenant and froze. The body was sliced up severly, but what really messed with me was, he was younger than me. his body was bent at an odd angle and he looked like he'd been through a meat grinder. It didn't make me sick, I'd seen a guy get decapitated before, but it did anger me. I felt eyes on me but I ignored them.

"This ain't all." The guy who had gottin' us pointed out.

He was pointing to a stick in the ground with a bloody piece of cloth on it, no doubt the kids.

"That's the same one that was at the other sight." General said matter of factly.

Suddenly I recognized the symbol.

"Dammit," I whispered.

All eyes landed on me.

"What's wrong, Runt?" Luitenant asked.

"That symbol. I know it." I answered.

It grew quiet.

"What do you know about this symbol?" General asked.

My eyes fell to the ground, and I grew ashamed to know it.

"It's my brothers, Hitsoka. When we were little he always used that symbol. It's the victoms blood, and he uses it to prove he can out smart any system. He specializes in torture, just as I specialize in strategies. He's good at what he does, and he knows it, he uses this to brag." I answered my voice a dark whisper.

It was still quiet.

"He'll keep doing stuff like this til he's stopped, or until you surrender." I continued.

"Not likely to happen, kid." General snorted.

I looked to him.

"You don't blame me?" I asked shocked.

Luitenant's hand ruffled my hair.

"It's your brother not you. Your my teamate, and that's that." Luitenant declared.

I smiled and nodded.

"Right." I replied.

Luitenant's eyes glazed over and I suddenly sensed someone else's presence. I could hear very faint footsteps. They were close... Too close to hide. It was an ambush. I looked up to Luitenant, he nodded. I listened intently to the footsteps.

"Mangi formation!" I ordered.

We circled around the higher rank peeps, and I drew my knife, Luitenant drew his gun and the rest were ready. The footsteps by Garret speed up.

"Garret! Low, high!" I ordered.

Garret slit the guys throat.

"Walker! Low, low!" I ordered.

He knocked the guys feet from under him.
"Pin!" I ordered.

He drew his gun and aimed it at the guy. I shoved Luitenant and general to the side as a grenade blew up about two feet infront of me. The force from the explosion sent me slidding across the ground. I rolled to my feet and a guy slammed into me. I hit the ground with the guy on top of me. I flipped him off me as a full fledge battle raged around me. The guy I was figthing was wearing a ski mask. We both threw a punch, we caught each others fist.

"I'm gonna tear you to shreds, kid." The guy growled.

We pushed off of each other and he circled me like a prediture circling it's prey.

"Afraid to show your face or is your face naturally ugly." I backfired.

He drew a knife and my hand tighten around... nothing.

Shit! My knife!

He charged and I caught him around the middle, picked him up, and slammed him onto the ground. His knife sank to the hilt into the hollow of my left shoulder. He kneed me on the side and threw me off my feet. He twisted and his foot caught me across the jaw. I hit the ground next to him. We both rolled to our feet. He started to circle me again. He charged, instead of throwing him, I waited til the last possible moment and caught him across his middle. I landed on top of him, it knocked the wind outta' him. I drew back and my fist connected with his jaw, his head was thrown to the side, I drew back again and his hand grabbed the hilt of the blade still in my left shoulder. He twisted it and pain shot through my arm. Someone grabbed my hair and yanked me off him. I turned and hit the guy square in the gut, my hit was accurate and knocked him out. I was tackled from behind and landed hard on my stomach. I rolled and the guy on top of me fell off. I rolled to my feet and came face to face with the first guy again.

He now had another blade in his hand. He charged, swinging back as if he were about to hit a baseball. I lept back just missing the blade, I swung out and planted my fist against his jaw. He swung again, at my head this time, and I ducked hitting him in the ribs. I swung to kick him on his head as he doubled over, but he caught my foot and knocked my feet from under me. I hit the ground hard, knocking the wind out of me. I looked up only to see silver glinting off his hunting knife. He dove, he was so quick I barely had time to react. I caught him by the wrist as he straddled me. The blade only inches away from my neck. We stayed in that position for what seemed like forever. I shifted and the blade landed in the ground beside my neck. It was his turn to shift, in one slight movement he dislodged his blade from the ground and cut upward. I pulled away but I wasn't quick enough. It cut the side of my neck, I felt blood trickle down the back of my neck. I leaned up and punched him on the larynx. As he gasp for breath, I crawled from beneath him, my right hand trying to stop the bleeding on my neck. I pulled my gun from it's holster on my thigh, and aimed at the guys head.

"We're done here." I stated.

The guy looked up, and slowly raised his hands over his head.

"On your feet." I ordered.

He slowly got to his feet.

"Pretty good for a kid." The guy stated.

Suddenly I recognized his voice. I stumbled up to him, the gun still level with his head, and pulled off the ski mask. My guess was right. It was Kabuto. A smile spread across his face.

"Never would have thought I could almost be bested by a kid." He said amazed.

"Almost?" I said with a coked eye brow.

He nodded, and something came at me from beside. I ducked, the butt of a rifle just missing my head. Kabuto lunged and caught me across the middle. He pinned me to the ground and grabbed the hilt of the blade in my shoulder. He smiled as he twisted the blade. I tried to throw him off me, but his weight was too much and his position perfect. He slowly started to pull the blade out at an angel, causing my arm to shoot with pain. The blade grinded against bone and I gave a violent twist, this time succeding in throwng him off me. We both rolled to our feet, and his eyes fell on something behind me. I turned sideways, careful not to take my eyes off of him, and my face met with the butt of a rifle. A bright light flashed before my eyes and I lost my balance. Meeting with the ground to quickly for comfort. My head was spining like never before as I rolled onto my stomach. My vision was foggy, and I tried to climb to my feet, but I fell onto my hands and knees.

Get up, Kiba! Get the hell up!

I climbed to my feet, but my oppents were gone. The idea of them running made me happy, but I did loose, even though it was an unfair match. I looked around and realized I couldn't see anyone else. I couldn't hear well over the ringing in my ears, but I did hear voices from behind me.

"Runt? Runt, can you hear me?" Luitenant's voice cracked over my forgotten walkie talkie.

I reached into my jacket and pulled it out. The buttons were all discombobulated, and I coudn't understand it. I hit the closes button to me.

"I hear you loud and clear Luitenant." I answered, my voice gruff.

"Where are you?" He asked.

"I don't know everything's a blur. I think a small clearing a little south of the one you're in." I answred.

"I'll be there in a minute. Don't move." He ordered.

Foot steps came from behind me.

Wow, that was fast.

I turned to greet Luitenant, but came face to face with Maraki instead. Kabuto and Tsusuki were with him. I felt fear build in my chest and I couldn't move. having Luitenant with me by these guys is one thing, but being alone and injured was something else.

"I have to talk to your Luitenant." Maraki stated.

"About what?" I asked dizedly.

"Just sit down and relax." Maraki ordered.

I shook my head.

"No, not until you answer my..."

Maraki pushed hard on my shoulders and I fell onto my butt.

Damn dizziness!

"Oh my damn. I just messed up your pretty little face." Tsusuki said in a dissappoiting tone.

I froze as he squatted nest to me. his right hand caresses my left cheek.

"Sorry, but at least you're still beautiful." He stated.

I forced anger up to hide my fear. Tsusuki smiled.

"You've got guts, kid. Don't let Sasori get to you. He's nothing but a lily livered co..."

That did it I spat on him. His hand came to my throat and he slammed me into the nearest tree. Let me tell you it hurt. I tried to pry his hand from my neck but he didn't move, his grip only tightened.

"Tsusuki, behind you!" Kabuto warned.

A foot shot out from my left. Tsusuki leaned back grabbed the foot and threw Luitenant to the ground at Maraki's feet. Tsusuki threw me down next to Luitenant.

"Sweet God. What the hell did you do to him?" Luitenant asked angrily.

"The kid, surprisingly, almost best me. I had to cheat to win." Kabuto answered.

Suddenly Luitenant was no longer beside me, and I could hear a lot of shuffling about. They were now fighting. I struggled in vain to rise. When I got to my feet Maraki had Luitenant in a head lock and was whispering something in his ear. I charged, Maraki threw Luitenant aside and doged my fist. I turned and threw a kick. He blocked that to. I threw another punch, he ducked, leaned back, and his foot connected painfully with my head. Bright pink flashed before my eyes then... Black.

A bright light blinded me when I woke up. My head was pounding and my shoulder burned. A figure next to the bed came into focus. It was General, and he was watching me. With all I could muster I sat up and my head spun.

"How'd you do it, kid?" He asked.

"Do what?" I asked weakly.

"You don't remember?" He asked.

I shook my head.

"The last thing I remember seeing is Maraki's foot in my face." I answered.

He nodded in understanding.

"Well, what you did, weather you were concious or not, is saved your luitenants life." He informed.

My head jerked up to meet his gaze.

"Is he allright?" I asked fearfully.

General nodded.

"Thanks to you. Maraki sure gave him a beating." He replied.

I let out a semi relieved sigh.

"Can I see him?" I asked.

General held my worried gaze, but shook his head.

"No, he's in intensive care." He answered.

I nodded.

"Take me to my men." I ordered.

He looked stunned to hear me say that, but then his eyes turned to admiration.

"Sure, I'll help you." He said.

I nodded and he helped me to my feet. My head swam but I ignaored it. I pushed from General's grasp and stumbled to the door. I leaned on the door jam for support. I waited til my head quit spinning and let General take the lead. We stopped every so often for me to regain my thoughts.

"You sure you don't want my help?" He asked.

"No, I have to do this on my own."I protested.
He nodded, and waited for me to catch up. When we got to my men I stood tall and held my chin up. They were sitting down doing nothing.

"Shouldn't you guys be training?" I asked.

Everyone of them looked up. They lept to their feet in amazement.

"Kiba, you're up!" Walker exclaimed.

I held back my grin.

"Just because I ain't here to train you doesn't mean you can become lazy. Get your asses on the field." I ordered.

They nodded and all got up. They all walked by me without a sound. Garret stopped next to me and placed his hand onto my right shoulder.

"Welcome back my friend." He said.

"Thanks, now go." I ordered.

He walked away and I smiled.

"Your team respects you, you know?" He asked.

"Yeah, or else they wouldn't have listened." I laughed.
I winced from the pain in my head.

"You should rest." General stated.

"No, I need to be with my men until Luitenant's capable. I intend to have them fully repaired by the time he's able to join us." I objected.

General studied my face, then let out a sigh.

"Fine, but it's on your head if you over do it." He surrendered.

I grinned.


"You're just like Sasori. No wonder he's taken a liken to you. He treats you better than his brothers."

"He has brothers?"

"Yes. I thought you knew them."

General's eyes held a confusion uncomprehendable. Then it dauned on me.

"Maraki, Tsuski, and Kabuto?!" I asked incredulously.

He nodded.

"Whoa, I never knew. I guess I should've seen it... I mean the way he and Maraki look alot alike." I stated.

General's turn to nod.

"They killed his family, then they asked if he wanted o come with them. When he refused, they told him he'd die if he didn't kill someone. To tell that to a twelve year old boy... It's not right. They knew he'd listen." General was close to tears now.

"My brother and sister did something like that. Only they framed me." I stated.

"It really makes me mad. He tried to hate them, tried to want to kill them, but he couldn't. Even now, I'm not sure he hates them. If someone did that to me I'd hate them for life." General said, a tear ran down his cheek.

I turned to walk away, well stumble.

"Where do you think you're going?" General asked somewhat composed.

"To supervise my men's training. I can't get stronger if I'm not doing anything." I answered with a grin I knew he couldn't see.

He sighed.

"See ya'," He said.

I slowly made my way to the training room and started to watch and direct my men. We worked on our formations, and stradigies. I felt eyes on us as we worked. I pushed them as hard as Luitenant would if he were here. My thoughts suddenly changed from watching them to thinking of how Luitenant must have felt when he was told to kill someone if he wanted to live. I pictured a little kid with wide, terror filled eyes as the people he trusted turned on him. I saw the same boy curled up behind the T.V. in fear, tears running down his cheeks as he watched his family slain. It hurt me in ways I couldn't explain, somehow Luitenant had made his mark in my heart. To me he was now my brother, my only family. I felt a connection with him I'd never felt with anyone else in my life.

I forced myself to stand. My squad was still training, they'd been at it for hours.

"Guys, let's call it a day." I said.

"But why? We're just getting the hang of things." Garret teased.

I shrugged.

"Suit yourself. Anyone else want to stay out here?" I asked.

Everyone else shook their heads.

"How cruel, You guys are supposed to have my back. Some team." Garret joked.

"Come on." I ordered.

They all followed. I felt a sense of pride for my men.

Next time I won't fail in my job!

The promise seemed more important than fighting and killing Hitsoka. That surprised me more than anything, all I'd ever thought about since that day was killing Hitsoka... Now, my team seemed more important.

"You just disappeared." Garret stated.

I nodded.

"I'm not even sure how it happened. One minute I was fighting Kabuto, the next I was alone, then I was with Maraki, Tsusuki, and Kabuto, then Luitenant showed up, then the last tthing I remember is Maraki's foot in my face." I explained.

His eyes went wide. They all had wounds, but Gates got it bad in his right arm, but other than that only minor wounds. Gates sat beside me, and his arm resting on the table. Even he looked shocked.

"You mean to tell us you did that by shier will power?" Gates asked.

I shrugged.


"Excuse me?"

I turned and saw a guy dressed in all white and wearing a red star.

"Yeah?" I asked.

"Are you Runt?" The guy asked.

"Who wants to know?" I asked.

"Ummm... I think you should follow me." The guy said.

"I ain't moving without a good reason." I stated.

He looked awfully nervous and scared. I wasn't trying to sound like a smartass, it just hurt to move around.

'Ummm... Well..."

"Just do as he says, Runt." General ordered coming up beside him.

"General?" I was seriuosly confused.

General sighed.

"Come on... That's an order." General said.

My turn to sigh. I stood up and must have done it to fast for my head started to spin. I caught my balance by holding onto the table.

"Damn it to hell. I told you you shouldn't be up and moving around." General growled pulling my arm over his shoulder.

"I'm fine. I just... Stood up to fast." I protested.

General rolled his eyes, but didn't releinquish his hold on my waist. I glared.

"I can walk on my own." I growled.

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