With Naruto and I teaming up against Akatsuki, our chances would be better. However, despite the renewed energy, I knew it was foolish to charge in on pure adrenaline. We'd have to go off the plan of working the two against one another with the contrast of their technique and style.
I quickly filled Naruto in on a few of the things to watch out for--especially Kisame's chakra-eating sword--and also told him that he shouldn't waste his energy chasing either one of them. He was their goal, so no matter what, eventually they would come for him. This we could also work to our advantage, by forcing them both to focus on his capture and meeting their attacks in one spot was a better way of canceling their jutsus and making them expend their chakras. We would make them come after us, working to tire them out enough for us to finish them off.
I wasn't entirely sure how long Naruto could hold or control that chakra of his, but the two things I hear most about Naruto from his teachers and friends is that he's loud and full of stamina. And if he keeps his word half as well as he boasts, he won't allow himself to go down any time soon. Strange as it is and feels, for once I may have to be worrying more about myself in this fight.
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That was it. It was over. We'd both been caught by Kisame's water prison. Hinata would never forgive me.
Deidara and Kisame then came to the next logical conclusion: Kill me, knock out Naruto, and carry on with their schemes. The water I was trapped in suddenly tripled in weight and pressure, it felt like a boulder was slowly rolling the air and life out of me. I could hear Naruto calling for me again, but there was nothing either of us could do except hope for a miracle.
I stubbornly refused to die easily for them, thinking about everything and everyone that would be waiting for me back home if I came back a failure. I held onto that breath of air as long as I could, flexing and fighting back against the increasing density of the liquid, but... soon... I...
I remember not being able to hold onto the breath any longer, exhaling it after an especially fierce increase of pressure, and then my throat and lungs immediately burning as I took in water. Trying to cough it out but only getting more water. The world getting darker and then...
Suddenly the jutsu was gone, and someone was hitting my back to help force out the water that I was coughing up. Hacking and coughing, I turned to see who was holding me. ...Kei...?
Remembering the situation, I scanned the area again and wondered where the giant frog came from. Shaking my head, I composed myself and looked again with a more alert mind.
Sitting in the middle of the lake was a giant frog summoning, atop of which, stood Jiraiya-sama himself. Shouting from the shoreline caught my attention and I looked over to see Naruto, looking normal again, but somehow still with enough energy to be arguing with the sannin. I was concerned about him being by himself until I saw the former Kazekage of Sand there, Godaime-sama herself. With such outstanding talent and power there such as themselves, it was little wonder the two Akatsuki took for a quick departure soon after.
Saved. We'd held out long enough to be saved. Looking at Naruto still communing with his sensei so lively made me both relieved and jealous. I was glad he was safe, but it felt a little unfair for him to still have so much energy left. As for me, with several lacerations, burns, and depleted stamina, I was perfectly fine with letting myself get some much needed rest.
I woke up a couple times to give information to Jiraiya-sama, assure Kei that I was going to be fine so long as we didn't run into any other such company, and to find out we were heading back home. I slept most of the way.
When I woke up this morning, I was back in Konoha and not surprisingly, in the hospital. My chakra levels felt fine now, but my other injuries may take a little longer to fix. I'll have to wait until later I suppose to find out how the festival planning has been going. Until then, I'll take advantage of this opportunity to just relax and--wait a minute. My roommate looks familiar...
OOC: FINISHED!!! Promised K-chan I'd wrap this up by Thursday night. ...Um, okay, so technically it's Friday morning right now and I'm no doubt going to wake up late tomorrow morning and be late for work, but...! All for the RP!
Again, I fudged on abilities; this time Deidara's. If anyone's got problems/questions/etc, just let me know and I'll be glad to do what I can!