HSV - Mission of Misadventures“Hey Eita-kun!” The elder Kobiru twin called out as he ran toward his partner. All he’d been told about the mission was that he didn’t need to bring any of his regular ninja tools. “Any idea what we’re supposed to be doing today?”“Yeah. I’ve got the mission scroll right here.” The darker-skinned boy held out the paper.Both boys leaned over to read its contents. Eita’s face broke into a smirk while Haru’s flushed with embarrassment.“I can’t believe our luck!” Eita smiled. “We get to spend the day showing two girls around the village. I hope they’ll cute.”“They’re pretty good looking,” Haru mumbled, face still a shade of pink.Eita looked at him. “How do you know?” A thought dawned on him and he nudged Haru suggestively making the boy turn a deeper shade of pink. “Or have you already met these girls?” The taller boy wiggled his eyebrows
HSV - You've Just Been Patricked!“Ubume!” Haru called up into the tree branches. “Hey Ubume!”Despite being a ninja, the girl was startled awake and rolled off her branch. The elder Kobiru twin expertly caught his fellow ANBU member and set her on her feet.Ubume narrowed her sleepy eyes at her disturber. “Yes?” she asked in a none too polite tone. She didn’t really appreciate being woken at such an early hour, though it was getting close to noon.“I need your help…” the boy started out.Ubume’s semi-glare at being so abruptly waken turned to a look of semi-confusion. Haru was an acquaintance sure, and a teammate on the rare occasion. But friends? Not hardly. The boy had much too serious a nature for Ubume to hang out with on a regular basis. Though it was usually a guaranteed thing to get fed if one was at the Kobiru compound…“… with a prank.” Haru finished. The food induced eye glaze that had begun to cover the orange-haire
HSV - Jounin Exam 3: Cracks in the PlasterSometimes being a Jack-of-All-Trades was a good thing.It meant you were good at lots of different things. You got to work directly under the Mikokage. Limitations of weapons use were not nearly as restricted as it is for others; you didn’t specialize in just one type, but were able to play around a bit. Animals were an option, and in fact, slightly encouraged. And the mask.Being good at everything meant you had the mask. It meant you were an ANBU. That you had the power to fight… win… protect…But sometimes being a Jack-of-All-Trades was a bad thing, too.You were never the best at any one thing. If something caught your interest, odds were that you wouldn’t be able to excel at it the way you might like. And most of all, you were forever alone… hidden behind the very mask you earned.Haru sighed loudly as these thoughts rolled around in his head. The third part of the Jounin Exam was quickly approaching. It would be the battle rounds this time.
HSV - The True Test of StrengthThey should have seen it coming. After the first test of the jounin exam, it was clear that the examiners were testing more than mere physical strength. The first challenge had been a test of their mental strength. Each participant had been tasked with facing their greatest fears: losing the one most precious to them. For some, it had been a challenge too difficult to bear. The numbers had proven this, with more than half of the participants dropping out after the first challenge alone.They should have expected test two would be more difficult.The assignment had seemed simple enough. Too simple in fact. All remaining participants had been split up into groups of three. Aki and Haru had been fortunate enough to be teamed up together, or at least, that would have been the sentiment if Haru hadn't still been in his grumpy mood. Even having Dou, one of the most enthusiastic and friendly people in the village on their team, didn't seem to be enough to lift the mood. To make matters worse,
HSV - A Familiar RoutineHe knew he had been in a bad mood lately. He’d been angry and confused and upset. There was reasoning behind it all even if he didn’t understand any of it.He knew he had been less than his normally pleasant self, especially to the person closest to him. She was upset over it whether she let on or not.He knew he had taken his frustrations out on unsuspecting people who had merely been in the wrong at the wrong time and therefore, had been a victim to his outbursts.He knew he had been a bad friend…… A bad brother…… A bad tempered jerk.But he also knew deep down that he wasn’t really any of these things. And he also knew that all his sisters probably assumed he had forgotten.He hadn’t.For as far back as Haru could remember, he had always treated Valentine’s Day with the same regard. It was a holiday too often forced upon those with loved ones. Showing love and affection to the people in your life wasn’t something whic
HSV - Nothing Ventured, Nothing GainedIt wasn’t often that Haru had to seek out medical attention. When he did, the hospital was typically not where he’d go. The nurses and medics there, while great at what they did, where not people he trusted.So when he needed medical help there was only one place he went. Only one person he relied on.“Kan?” he knocked on the medic’s office door.“Come in,” she called while looking up briefly from her paperwork. There were stacks and stacks of it threatening to fall to the floor.Moving into the room quietly, the elder Kobiru twin closed the door gently behind him. His movements were slow and thought out. And he kept his left side facing away from Kan noticed.“Hey Kan. I was wondering…” he moved to hold up a heavily bleeding arm.The poor medic leapt up at the sight of his limb. “Oh my goodness!” She rushed over to his side and began looking over the wound. It was dripping blood from several different locations.
HSV - Jounin Exam: A Test of StrengthIt was dark.Every direction he looked in there was nothing. Nothing to see. Nothing to hear. Nothing to touch. Everything was shrouded in emptiness.“Hello?” Haru called out into the void. “Is anyone there?”Nothing.He tried moving his limbs. Finding them to be working properly, the elder Kobiru twin slowly stood up from the ground. It was an odd sensation, to be moving and standing when there was no sense of anything else around you.Carefully the boy brought his hands together into the correct position to do a genjutsu release. When the spell he was under didn’t dissipate he tried again. And again. After trying several times without success Haru gave into the thoughts at the back of his mind.“If this isn’t a regular genjutsu then what is it?” he murmured to himself.Reaching out his chakra Haru attempted to gain any connection he could to his surroundings. He wouldn’t panic. This wasn’t the time to lose his head and sense