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The Hunt for Kaibutsu
Season 1, Episode 3
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Kanji 怪物のためにハント
Air date March 30, 2015
Written by Gingalover
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Greninja: Training with the Master The Battle of Kaibutsu

The Hunt for Kaibutsu is the 3rd chapter in season 1, and the 3rd in the overall series.

OverviewEdit

Nagisa, with his old friend Karma, go off to the Ou mountains to hunt down Kaibutsu with Jerome's squad, the squad more successful than they are. While Nagisa and Karma discover Ren, the squad discover a stray pack that aren't as they appear to be.

SynopsisEdit

The day was bright and sunny, no clouds up in the sky of that day, as Class 3-E continued their daily schedule, as instructed by Korosensei without any trouble. Ever since the first time agreeing to it, however, Naruto and Greninja both had started handling the training together, though mostly it was because Naruto wanted to, while Greninja went along with it. Even if the training contradicts some of the hours of teaching, Korosensei could see that Naruto was enjoying himself, so he didn't bother too much (although it did make for another good study entry in his book).

The period now was gym time again, Korosensei coaching everyone with his whistle (everyone except Naruto (who technically had already started due to his training). Speaking of training, the next step that Greninja was handling for Naruto was knife handling. Naruto continued to practice his technique with the blade Greninja gave him to train with (a green rubbery knife so he wouldn't harm anybody). While everyone else was handling jogging round the field, Nagisa glanced over at Naruto, seeing how oddly determined Naruto was at the course.

"Naruto's sure had been at it the past 2 days. Wonder why he'd been so determined at it," Nagisa thought, continuing the jog around. During the exercise Naruto took, Greninja eventually walked to Naruto's side.

"Naruto-san, you need to work on your stance. During battle, you can't afford to be flimsy," Greninja advised.

'What're you talking about, there's nothing wrong with -"

Greninja proved his point quickly by knocking Naruto off his feet, using his webbed foot to whack at his legs. Naruto landed on his back, the knife landing nearby. Greninja simply stood over him, which to Naruto's view seemed upside-down as Greninja looked down at him.

"You were saying, Naruto-san?"

"...Point made," Naruto sighed, sliding away and getting back up to his feet before starting again.

As the exercise was continuing for everyone there, instructors dealing with their respected students, Nagisa suddenly glanced over towards the campus, and something over there caught his line of sight, enough to make him move out of the way and stop jogging. Of course, the sudden stop caught some of the kid's attention rather quickly, as Nagisa kept his eyes locked upon the odd object by the building.

"Wait a minute...is that...?"

As he thought over, his ideas were confirmed when it suddenly moved into view. The object itself, as it turned out, was a dog, in particular a German Shepard (oddly enough), with a rolled up letter tied to it's neck with a string. The dog itself quickly identified Nagisa, and quickly started off towards him. The others had noticed the dog too, and Korosensei even went as far as to get in between them both. He expected the dog to stop...only to have it leap right over him, all 9 feet of him (not to mention using Korosensei's face as a launch pad), as it stopped by Nagisa.

"Ah, Jerome, what're you doing here?" Nagisa asked, recognizing the canine, as he took the note attached to Jerome's neck. Course, the fact a mutt leaped over his head didn't suit Korosensei too well.

"You know this crazy dog?!" Korosensei snapped, Jerome not reacting to the yelling as Nagisa opened up the letter itself. Luffy and Naruto, curious, looked over his shoulders to read the message Jerome brought for him.

Hey, Nagisa! It's your pal, Karma, I'm back in town. I'm sure you had heard of the 'Kaibutsu' shit going on, so, meet up with me later and we'll get ourselves a new head for the mantle. I'll be outside the high school, can't miss me even if you try.

Nagisa felt a mix of surprise and confusion, but a small smile shown on his face anyway. Luffy and Naruto glanced to each other as Jerome sat down in front of the kid. Just then, Greninja went over to him, taking the note.

"Nagisa, I think you need to give some answers," Greninja advised, pointing to Jerome and the letter in hand. Nagisa looked back to Jerome, who remained idle with a straight stare. Korosensei gave a rough huff, his head turning red as he looked at the oddly calm canine.

"Damn mutt," Korosensei thought. Jerome ignored him, remaining idle in front of Nagisa as if waiting for Nagisa to react. Right in front of everyone, Korosensei popped back with his notebook and wrote down another case study.


Human study log #3:

Humans keep very questionable predators as companions.


"Everyone, this is Jerome," Nagisa introduced, rubbing the German Shepherd's head, the dog letting him do so with not much change in expression.

"Cool, you got a badass shepherd for a pet!" Luffy said.

"Well...actually, no, he's not mine," Nagisa admitted, rubbing the back of his head as Jerome started wandering away from him, heading back to where he was found.

"He's not? Why'd he come to you then, if he's not yours?"

"He kind've does his own thing, most of the time."

Suddenly, Jerome gave a quick bark, catching their attention. The class turned to the German shepherd, whom awaited for the target from where it came from. Nagisa couldn't tell what Jerome wanted until it actually motioned for him to follow him, a simple motion of the head proving such. Nagisa looked to Greninja, whom again had arms crossed, eyes locked on his.

"Sorry, Jerome, you gotta wait. School's not over for a few more hours," Nagisa said. Jerome didn't seem to want that, as he shook his head for no. So with that, the shepherd quickly bolted at them. Korosensei got in the way, this time with a football helmet on him. However, Jerome did a counter by knocking sand into Korosensei's face. Korosensei was quick enough to easily miss, but Jerome got the clear path with that distraction and ran right to the crowd! In just one quick swoop, the shepherd snatched up 2 items: a headband and a straw hat. Course, Luffy and Naruto weren't happy with that.

"What the hell?! Give that back you bitch!" Naruto demanded, running at him. Luffy joined him too, even more upset. Jerome began to run, but Korosensei stood in front of him again, snatching up the things in his teeth, and giving them back to their respected owners. So much for luring. Naruto and Luffy got their stuff back on, Jerome even having the nerve to roll his eyes.

"Shoo, you mutt, shoo," Korosensei said, waving a tentacle in front of the annoyed dog. However, as that was going on, Greninja then stepped forward, kneeling in front of Jerome so he was eye-to-eye with him. Greninja stared the dog down as Jerome started to move his mouth. While everyone else heard various barks, Greninja seemed to hear something else from it.

"Alright, Jerome. Lead the way," Greninja insisted, as he turned to Nagisa.

"Greninja?"

"Go along with him, Nagisa. He said it's the upmost importance that Kaibutsu's stopped. You're dismissed," Greninja said, a webbed hand gesturing towards Jerome, whom was already up on his 4 paws, ready to go. Nagisa was a bit baffled that Greninja could understand...but then again, he's a frog, nature's tongue must be expansive.

"HEY HEY, what about class?!" Korosensei snapped.

"Does world safety overpower basic classes? Besides, you got plenty of students to look after anyway."

Korosensei, tentacle to forehead, groaned.

"You're at least going with him?"

"Not a chance. While protection is high, I can't just wander around the place, I'm staying here," Greninja advised. Without much of another word, Jerome already started off, Nagisa giving one more glance before running after the shepherd. Luffy and Naruto nearby gave a glance at each other for a bit. Nagisa, getting to ditch school to hunt down Kaibutsu.

Lucky...

~~

Nagisa continued running after Jerome, whom kept at a good pace to not loose Nagisa, but to keep at a good speed. Even if it was a long run to make, Nagisa eventually got out from forest, to the main school grounds, Jerome heading around the building to the front as expected. Nagisa too followed, trying not to get in anyone's way as he went through. The canine in question brought him to the front of the building, as the note said, and Nagisa saw where Jerome stopped.

Soon as Nagisa cut the corner, he saw Jerome leap into the back of a hunter's pickup, which actually held more dogs of various breeds in the back as well. Aside from Jerome, there were about 4 other dogs: a Doberman pinscher, a American Foxhound mix, a Hokkaido mix, and a Gascon Saintongeois. Leaning by the truck was the maker of the letter: Karma Akabane. He had on a sort of hunter's outfit on, camo in color on the jacket. He had red hair, and red eyes to match up. Soon as Nagisa walked over, Karma looked over to him with a grin.

"Hey, Nagisa! Glad you could make it," Karma said, resting his elbows on the side of the pickup.

"Hi, Karma. How's it been?"

"Oh pretty dandy, got the job to hunt down the beast as you know. Apparently, everyone's scared shitless to go after it now," Karma joked.

"I don't blame em," Nagisa added, looking to the pickup truck. In the back, the other dogs were waiting to go off to the mission at hand, as Karma opened up the driver's seat, as if already ready to go.

"K, Nagisa, let's go," Karma said, getting into the driver's seat.

"Wait, right now? Like, right now?"

"Why else did I call you here? You didn't think I'm gonna wait around til later tonight, didn't you? No time like the present."

Nagisa wasn't too sure; okay, he knew why he was there, but leaving so suddenly, without any preparation? Well apparently, Karma was ready, and so were the dogs in the back. Aside from that, this was Kaibutsu Karma was talking about, a giant monstrosity from the mountains to the north, killing whatever it came across! However, Nagisa knew Karma for a while, and Karma wasn't one to just ignore something like that, especially if it involved some sort of danger in it. And whatever Karma had in mind, Nagisa was somehow roped into it.

This was no different...

Karma could see his pal's little bit of doubt over the situation, and leaned out a bit from the car window.

"Hey man, no biggie. Plus, might as well say goodbye to your new girlfriends before you go," Karma said with a smirk.

"Girlfriends?" Nagisa asked.

"Turn around, romeo," Karma smirked, his index finger spinning to emphasize. Nagisa turned around as said...only to see his quote on quote 'girlfriends' right behind him! One was Twilight, the other he didn't know, but Twilight knew from her class. The sight of them both made Nagisa tumbled back into the truck, banging the back of his head. The dogs in the truck (Doberman and Jerome especially) just looked on with confusion as Nagisa got back up.

"What the - When did you get here?" Nagisa asked, rubbing his head.

"I was gonna ask you the same thing: what're you doing? And who's that?" Twilight asked. However, before Nagisa could say squat, Karma got the answer for him already.

"Name's Karma, babe. And you are?"

"...Yugure," Twilight said. When it came to names, she would only let close friends call her 'Twilight', while giving her 'Yugure' name to those she's not familiar with, like Karma.

"And the green-haired girl?" Karma asked, pointing to Twilight's pal next to her.

"I'm Akari Yukimura," she introduced, giving a small bow to Karma.

"Nagisa, you know him?" Twilight asked. Nagisa gave a slightly awkward smile.

"We've known each other for a good while," Nagisa replied. The dogs inside were getting kinda restless, so Karma started up the pickup, getting the dogs the quiet down. Nagisa was a bit confused, as Twilight and Akari were still awaiting their answer for what Karma was gonna do. Course from the dog pack, Hunter suit, and pickup truck, it's some sort of hunting trip, but for what?

"Excuse me, exactly where are you going?" Akari asked suddenly, catching their attention. Karma gave a grin before answering.

"Oh, just to the Oū mountains, putting an end to that monster bitch, Kaibutsu. Just me, Nagisa here, dog pack going out in the woods, blowin that beast's brains out, it's gonna be a great time!" Karma said, as if it was the dream trip for him. Twilight found that immediately troubling, as Akari turned away. Nagisa wasn't too fond of the idea either.

"You sure that's a good idea, Karma?" Nagisa asked.

"Oh come on, Nagisa, it'll be a cinch! Just one good blast in the head and it'll be done, just hop in and let's get this show on the road!"

"You crazy?! Nagisa don't go!" Twilight said, holding onto Nagisa's arm in worry and anticipation. Nagisa was gonna agree, but suddenly he remembered something from a particular frog...

"Hey, can I speak with her alone for a second?" Nagisa asked. Confused, Twilight agreed, and with a nod from Akari and Karma, they both walked off about a good 30 feet before stopping.

"What's wrong?"

"Twilight, remember what Greninja had said? About more of 'them' that might come around? Maybe this Kaibutsu's one of those things he was talking about," Nagisa explained.

"What makes you so sure?"

"Greninja said he was sent here to keep them in check. Judging for what he said, these other things sound dangerous to deal with."

"Then let Greninja deal with it, this shouldn't be your issue."

"It shouldn't be Karma's issue either! Besides, Greninja said he can't just run off from Class 3-E anyway," Nagisa protested.

"Nagisa, either way, this is completely crazy, you shouldn't just run off after this thing, you could get killed!" Twilight advised. As they were talking, one of Karma's dogs, in particular the Gascon Saintongeois, got out of the truck and eavesdropped on them, hearing what they were talking about.

"I know I know, but still. If this thing really is one of them, then, maybe it's best I go and help...please, Twilight?" Nagisa asked, looking right in her eyes. Twilight could tell that Nagisa was, in all fairness, determined. But, before Twilight could answer, the dog gave a loud bark. Seemed that it was getting a bit impatient...

"...Please be careful," Twilight said.

"I promise I will be," Nagisa replied. The choice made, the duo went back to Karma, as the dog hopped in the back of the pickup. However, Karma must've been talking a bit, cuz Akari looked more freaked out than before. Not exactly scared, but more of just a shocked expression. Though in her hand (something Nagisa didn't notice earlier) was a notebook. Not the same as Korosensei, but not like any normal notebook either.

"Karma? What did you tell her?"

"Oh she was wondering about the Kaibutsu bitch, so I gave her the main gist of it," Karma said, non-chilantly. Akari turned away on the name of said beast, teeth gritting and a squeak escaping her lips. Seemed whatever Karma said was a bit too much for her. But, regardless, Nagisa went around and got in the passenger's seat.

"Alright, let's get goin!" Karma said, shifting gears and, just like that, they went right off. Twilight and Akari both watched as the pickup truck went away, Nagisa with it. As for Nagisa, the hunt was about to start...

~~

For the days to follow, Karma and Nagisa continued off towards the north, heading towards the Oū Mountains: the latest reported sighting of Kaibutsu. The cooling winds and dry leaves made for a rather lovely, and natural scenario for the hunters going through. Lucky for them (to Nagisa anyway), there wasn't any distractions while going through the countryside. Karma's dog pack was glad they were on their way too, though mostly it was for the main convenience compared to walking there, which would've took a lot longer. Eventually, the two did end up in the right place: the latest reported area of the mountainous regions of Japan where Kaibutsu's latest attack was placed. Karma stopped along the side of the road, with his rifle in hand, and ready to go. Nagisa got out too, but wasn't too sure exactly on what to do; him not being that big on hunting. Karma's dog pack got out of the pickup themselves, ready as ever.

"Alright, Jerome, you and your buddies run off and have your fun," Karma said. Jerome gave a nod of understanding, and his pack went off into the woods, quickly going out of sight in the bushes.

"You sure that's a good idea, Karma?" Nagisa asked.

"Course I'm sure, Jerome's a tough son of a bitch, I'm sure he can handle some scouting around. Now come on, I know the perfect hunting spot to take point," Karma instructed, starting off in his own direction. Nagisa took one glance back where Jerome went, and followed Karma.

Meanwhile, Jerome and his pack of trained dogs continued running through the woods for a good while, until Jerome stopped for a brief moment, taking a second to scope his surrounding, and sniffing the air for a bit. While the scenery was pretty, Jerome wasn't there to sightsee, he was there to hunt and nothing more. After a bit, Jerome turned to his comrades, and began his instructions.

"Kaibutsu's been here. Alright, we're gonna scout around the area for any signs or clues of his whereabouts," Jerome began, looking over each one of his fellow canines. First he spoke to the Gascon Saintongeois in the group.

"Wheeler, you'll be with me."

"Hai," Wheeler said, walking to Jerome's side. Next Jerome turned to the Doberman and Foxhound mix.

"Rocca, Robert, you two head to the west,"

"Understood. Let's go, Rocca," The foxhound said, and they both went off. The Jerome looked to the Hokkaido mix.

"North, you scout to the area here. Give a howl if you find anything," Jerome ordered.

"Right," North said, heading off in the direction instructed. After each member went as ordered, Jerome and Wheeler headed off east together. Scanning the area as they went for any signs of Kaibutsu's presence. As they continued through, Wheeler gave an annoyed sigh.

"That beast sure can hide," Wheeler commented.

"Kaibutsu's smarter than you think. After all, he was once a guard dog like us," Jerome replied.

"Bullshit, that thing hadn't guard a pen before being brought in. And even if he did, you think he'll remember after what he'd gone through?" Wheeler asked.

"...Point taken. Now come on, I think there's something -"

Before Jerome could finish, suddenly they both heard some sort of rustling nearby. Jerome and Wheeler turned around, only to have the odd rustling stop. Wheeler could tell that was no ordinary passer by, and even saw a silhouette of some sort of small animal run off in a different direction, blue in hue. Wheeler immediately growled in the general direction. However, Jerome raised his foreleg in front of Wheeler, stopping him from running forward.

"Keep your mind on your work, Wheeler," Jerome instructed.

"Uh... Sorry, Jerome," Wheeler said, calming down.

"Alright then. Come on," Jerome said, and they both went off back in their direction, resuming back to the the matter at hand.

~~

Back with Karma and Nagisa, the duo of hunters had found where Karma figured would be the best spot to hunt Kaibutsu. The position in question was by a rock passing, through the mountainside. the valley was very steep, and the two had the perfect outcrop above the valley, laying down out of sight, with rifles ready.

"This'll be the perfect place. If that beast wants to come through, it'll have to be through here," Karma said with a smile, his finger itching to pull the trigger at the first sight of the beast. Nagisa was ready too, but, his finger by the trigger wasn't as ready. It felt like forever as they both laid there, rifles aimed right to the pass. Karma had that killer look in his eyes, just waiting for anything to come out to blast away at...then they both heard something coming down the pass, and they both took dead aim... but it wasn't just one thing passing through. rushing through the pass was a humongous pack of various breeds of feral dogs, many of which seemed to follow the one in front; a blue canine, middle aged, scarred on it's forehead. The very size of the said back was simply beyond any of their comprehension, probably a good 30 dogs going through at once!

"Whoa, that's a lot of dogs," Nagisa commented, seeing them all pass through.

"None of them are Kaibutsu, goddamnit," Karma added, annoyed as ever. Before they could do anything else, suddenly they both heard something walking up behind them, and Karma immediately spun around, taking aim. Whatever it was moved a bit too fast for them, and knocked the rifle right out of Karma's grip, the rifle spiralling down the cliff! Nagisa too had his gun brutally taken, and snapped in two! If things couldn't get any worse so fast, the same figure charged at them, and knocked them right down the cliff, the two tumbling down the cliff, hitting rock bottom (literally). The two were spotted by various dogs as some still continued off into the forest. Either way, the two were trapped, as the same figure jumped off the cliff, and landed in front of them with ease. In the open, it was much easier to make out who/what it was...

The thing that brutally screwed them over looked like a girl, her hair a hot pink along with her eyes, 2 strands standing up like antennae. She had on some sort of odd outfit; a greyish purple scarf behind her, a white skirt with a backward black robe attached to a belt. She also had on long black leggings, a small sleeveless top with a tall collar, and armed with a long sharp Halberd right at them, a sort of long poled blade. Nagisa got a bit spooked, but Karma was a bit more amused than much else.

"You're trespassing. Leave now!" She demanded, halberd ready to slice.

"Trespassing where, no one lives here!"

"Exactly," she said, her mood unchanged. That didn't help their confusion out: no one lives here, yet they're trespassing on this women's home...for some reason.

"Exactly...what? And can you call off you're pets?" Nagisa asked.

"They're my family. Not my pets," She remarked, her expression unchanged from the neutral standpoint. Course, the confusion was still evident, and Karma was finding this rather funny, keeping his odd smile in the face of the blade.

"Right. Got a name, babe?" Karma asked. The girl narrowed her eyes, not moving her blade away.

"Ren. I'm not an infant," she said. Karma, undeterred, got himself up from his spot, Nagisa not having a clue what he was doing, though knew he was trying to do something. Resting on the blade, Karma gave Ren a oddly handsome look, using the 'charm' trick on her.

"Come on, sweetheart. You don't need to threat over me. What's a lovely lady like you doing out here?" Karma asked, trying to keep his charm up. However...

"I'm not up to mate."

And there Karma was left speechless, Nagisa too. Where the hell did that come from? There was no prompting for that! On a whim, Ren lifted him off the ground surprisingly with little effort, Karma still holding onto the blade, as he was suddenly thrown back! The throw tossed him a good 10 feet in the air before Karma crashed in the earth, leaving Nagisa stuck with Ren right in front of him...

"Why are you here?" Ren asked, looking down at him with a serious expression. Nagisa gave a nervous gulp; anyone that can simply flip over Karma with such ease was not a person one should mess with.

"Uh...We're here to find Kaibutsu?" Nagisa said nervously. Ren looked rather deeply into his eyes, as if trying to read his mind, judging him to see if what he was saying was true or not. If Ren could read his mind, she would probably get that he was freaked out.

"You're weak to face him," Ren stated, feeling Nagisa's arm for any muscle in it.

"And you're a bit exposed," Karma spat, picking himself up. Annoyed, Ren threw Nagisa right at him, the two crashing into each other. Obviously, Ren wasn't in the mood for games, and readied herself for what seemed to be a battle...even if the two weren't interested.

"Get out," Ren demanded, starting towards them. Nagisa and Karma got out of the way just before Ren could finish them off. Karma quickly pulled out a hunter's blade, and tried to make a hit, but Ren moved out of the way...though that didn't really mean Karma missed her completely...the blade cut her top open. And she had no bra on. Nagisa panicked (being in front of her when her top fell), and quickly covered his eyes. However, Ren wasn't deterred, and rammed Nagisa back into a tree.

"Focus on your opponent," Ren said.

"That's what you're upset about?!" Nagisa choked, falling on the ground. It almost seemed Ren didn't even care, as she turned to face Karma (who got quite an eyeful already). But before she could attack, a sudden loud howl was heard nearby, stopping the fight. Ren got her top back on before turning to the other dogs.

"The pack. Everyone, let's go!" Ren ordered, talking to the pack as she and the dogs rushed off in the direction, leaving Karma and a dazed Nagisa alone...

~~

The day shifted to night, and still no luck from either side. Jerome and his pack gathered together with no luck, and moved together for a while. Nagisa and Karma didn't have too much luck either, and decided to go back to the truck. The pack continued going on for a while, Jerome taking point through the forest, until North tapped his shoulder with his paw.

"Hey, Jerome? Not against your ideas or nothin, but, should we head back soon? Karma and Nagisa might be worried," North suggested. Jerome turned to North with a disapproving glare.

"North, our mission is to kill Kaibutsu. Karma got us here faster than we could ever do. He's done his job," Jerome instructed, continuing to walk as North looked back to where they came. Jerome suddenly raised a paw, causing the group to stop in their tracks. Jerome took a quick whiff in the air, catching the scent...

"Someone's nearby. Rocca, go check it out," Jerome ordered.

"Hai, Jerome," Rocca said, rushing off ahead a bit, as the others waited in their place. As Wheeler kept walking, the dog suddenly heard some rustling, and footsteps nearby...they weren't alone out here in these woods. Immediately Rocca hunkered down, ready to strike...he waited for a few more seconds, hearing the footsteps coming closer. Who could it be?... Well, whatever it was, Rocca wasn't gonna take any chances, and readied himself. He made a lunge forward, getting a direct hit on whatever he lunged into. Of course, the strike was heard by the others, as Rocca readied to attack...until he saw who it was.

"What the?"

"Don't hurt me please! Really, we're just trying to help!" It yelled, mostly in fear. Rocca had gotten hold of yet another dog, white fur with brown speckles all over him, appearing to be an English setter. Rocca had him pinned to his back, making movement kinda hard to do. And what did he mean by 'we're trying to help'? Rocca heard more sound, and saw some more dogs: an Akita, a older setter mix, a Great Dane, a young golden retriever, and a Kai ken, along with 3 other canines following. The fact that so many appeared at one time made things more difficult - if not shocking - as Jerome and the others found Rocca.

"Rocca!" Jerome called, as Rocca got up off of the setter.

"Who are you guys?" The Kai ken asked.

"That's not your concern, mutts," Wheeler snorted. As far as he knew, a trained dog was an equal, while strays were considered lower than them.

"I think it is when they enter Fugato Pass. Dogs like you can't just wander in here whenever you wanted!" The Great Dane growled.

"'Dogs like us'? What's that -"

"Wheeler, enough. We don't have time for this, now come on," Jerome ordered, silencing Wheeler as the group started to go. However, not before the older setter rushed in their way. Then did they notice the blacker coat, and 3 legs!

"Hold on you. Just explain why you are here," he said, a look of authority evident. The squad wasn't deterred by the stop. Wheeler thought to say something, but Robert stopped him before he could speak, Jerome taking a good look at the old dog's face...

"...We're here on a mission. You see, there's this beast, that had been plaguing Japan for a long time. It's our job to hunt him down. We suspect he's -"

"We are well aware of the beast," he said, turning to the Great Dane and Kai ken as he added "That thing nearly wiped out their platoon earlier today. Lucky to keep what we had." That caught the squad off guard, but not too much; Kaibutsu wasn't exactly relentless when it came to killing.

"Sorry to hear, but, you don't know what your dealing with. Not entirely..."

Jerome and the others started off past the dog, running off again at fast speed. The blue furred Akita watched them run off.

"They're fast," the Akita said.

Jerome and the others continued off at a very quick pace, leaving the group of mutts behind them for a while, until Wheeler decided to glance back to make sure. To his surprise, the dogs were following them, the Akita taking point.

"Jerome, those mutts are following us," Wheeler warned, directing his attention back to the following dogs. What the hell did they want from them? Jerome looked back on ahead, not bothering to slow down, seeing something up ahead of them as they rushed past pushes and trees. It revealed to be some sort of gorge, or dropoff, a bit far ahead, and wide from the other side. Perfect.

"Let's give them a test, then," Jerome insisted, rushing faster ahead, and giving a huge jump at the cliff's edge! his comrades followed suit, unafraid, as each and every single member made it across. As Jerome expected, the akita pup skidded to a stop once it realized where the squad was, as Jerome looked back at him.

"Weed, Weed!" the others called, the squad presuming that was the akita's name. They too skidded to a halt, seeing where Weed was, and the squad as well. Course, a name like that didn't go unpunished, Robert and North finding it quite amusing for a dog to be named after a plant, a few chuckles at the thought. The others paid them no mind, as Jerome looked back.

"Alright, I'll make you all a deal! You're free to come with us, but only if you can make it across!" Jerome said, stepping back to give them some room to jump across. The Akita considered that as the other dogs got to his side.

"Weed, what are you doing following them for?" The english setter asked.

"GB, that monster needs to be stopped, I'm not just gonna stand by for this, besides, they probably know more about this thing than we do," Weed protested, looking back at them once done. Weed and Jerome's eyes locked with eachother, giving sometime of silence at first. After a bit, the 3-legged setter stepped forward, looking more intently at the cliff.

"Hm...ah, I remember now," he said, getting his group's attention as he added "This is the same crossing your father took, Weed." The akita looked back at the jump again, thinking over what he said. The squad was hearing all of this, kinda lost in what they're talking about - Weed's father made that jump and all.

"They're not making any sense, Jerome. Let's just go, maybe that bastard Kaibutsu's nearby anyway," Wheeler insisted. However, Jerome nodded his head side to side.

"Wheeler, let's see how much courage they have. If they can make it across, then they could be more help to the goal. Besides, they live here too, and judging by what that old dog had said, they would want to fight him anyway. Even if we'd go, they'll follow us anyway, so we might as well see," Jerome explained, looking back at the stray dog group across the gap. Wheeler still wasn't sure about the idea, but didn't argue with him as they looked back, seeing Weed starting to walk away...then he turned around...

"He's not," Robert stated.

However, Weed readied himself for the jump, and, with a burst of speed, started running headlong towards the cliff! Everyone, including the strays watched in shock (except for GB who covered his eyes), as Weed, with all of his speed, made the death jump right towards them! The shocking thing though, it almost seemed like the dog was flying in a way, legs out stretched and eyes up front like an arrow launched at a target. The squad could tell he was moving fast, so, some of them moved out of the way as, defying any doubt, landed on the other side, skidding to a stop in front of them!...

"W-what? But how did - I-I thought - but you're a -" Wheeler couldn't think of the right words to say, a bit flabbergasted seeing a mutt make that jump, and a puppy no less! How was it possible? But, regardless of the issue, the other dogs on the other side of the jump were very impressed, and, encouraged, started to go across too! First was the Great Dane and Kai Ken, then the 3 subordinates, then the Golden retriever, then finally GB. Through each jump, each dog had proven brave enough to join Jerome and his squad, though Wheeler had his mouth open in shock, eyes wide seeing these untrained mutts making a leap no normal dog could reach...

"Sweet! We all made it!" The Kai ken said with a smile. Looking back though, the 3 legged dog was still standing on the otherside. The look of pride for them, and determination was shown on his face.

"So they all made it. Profound soldiers...My turn," he thought, as suddenly, he too started running!

"Smith-san, don't!" The Great Dane yelled.

"It's suicide!" Added GB. However, the old dog -Smith as it turned out- didn't even bother to slow down as he made that death leap himself! At first, it seemed like Smith was about to make it, but as he landed, suddenly he found himself clinging on the edge, falling backwards! Worried, the Kai ken and Great Dane rushed forward, and grabbed Smith by his side, pulling him up to safety...

That proved it: they made it...

"So, now can we come along?" Weed asked, looking to Jerome. Jerome looked around the group a bit, seeing each dog with equal determination in the same mission as Jerome's squad: to find and take down Kaibutsu...Seemed that their choice was now set for them.

"You may," Jerome simply answered, looking up away from them, testing the wind again with a few sniffs.

"...He's close. Not too far from here. Must've taken refuge nearby. Alright everyone, let's head off," Jerome ordered to his squad. With a nod, the squad started walking again. As they were, Rocca looked back, and gestured them to follow, which they did. Jerome knew that Kaibutsu was very close, as he was thinking...

"Kaibutsu...this ends tonight..."

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