Name: Maruka Kenku
Title: Puppet Corps Commander
Maruka sped through the tree tops following behind Sojiro and Genkumaru, letting the two genin lead the way through the dark forest. Rain pelted the trio as they quickly made their way to the scene of commotion, the evening air filling with the sounds of destruction. He had managed to convince the two sun shinobi to assist him in the capture of the moon ninja Hikari, and now hoped that they would arrive in time before anything bad had happened. Two other genin had gone ahead, Kannagi and Kenji, and were probably already engaged in some kind of confrontation with the boy. Something big was going on, as the ground continued to shake, the sound of branches and trees being uprooted could be heard over the sound of the storm above.
The scene that unfolded before them was much worse than he could have imagined. A large section of the forest had been cleared out, now replaced with the rubble of debris. Kannagi was currently laying among the pile of upturned earth and fallen trees, while Kenji was quickly trying to assist her. The puppeteers eyes quickly scanned the scene, attempting to gather each and every bit of information he could. What was odd to him was the absence of Hikari, the most likely culprit for this disaster. That was when he saw her, a tall female standing in the night, currently assisting Hikari up from the ground. The man's eyes narrowed, for he recognized this woman from her bingo book picture. It was Mei, a very dangerous criminal from the moon village. What the hell is she doing here?
Mei Mei would watch the young boy attempt to stand, gripping his wound even more as the scene behind them played out. She could not help but smirk at his choice, it appeared he was a bit smarter than he looked. As she knelt down to help the boy up, her sense triggered, causing her to glare back at the scene as three more individuals showed up. Her suspicions had been correct, as all three of the new arrivals were Sun Ninja. So they were hunting this boy after all. They had little time to waste now, as the odds quickly rose against them. The last thing she wanted to do was fight the sun village, but if it needed to be done, then so be it. With a quick nod to the woman behind her, Mei Mei quickly grabbed the boy, completely lifting him up on to her shoulder. "Hang tight little one, we have a long journey ahead of us." She would then launch herself upwards, landing in the tree tops, and disappearing into the darkness.
Maruka would watch as Mei Mei grabbed Hikari and launched herself through the air. He knew that if he did not pursue her, she would be beyond the border by morning. Turning back to the group of genin behind him, Maruka called out in a frantic and commanding voice, his entire tone had changed. "Sojiro and Genkumaru, i need you two to stay here, tend to their wounds and get them back to the village. Please inform lady Nikkoukage that i have left to pursue Hikari and Mei Mei, it is imperative that she is made aware of the situation." Maruke would then place his mask back onto his face and leap into the air, trailing the red haired woman into the darkness.
The four genin would be left alone in the dark forest, Maruka's command still lingering in the air. For a second silence would fall on the group, the entire world falling silent around them as their new mission played through the minds of Sojiro and Genkumaru. This moment would quickly be interrupted by the arrival of another. Tsugama Senju, who had watched the entire scene play out from her bush, was now making her appearance. Sure, she could have just turned around and followed after Maruka, but Mei was more than capable of defending herself. And besides, Tsugama had a soft spot for playing with her prey, why not have a little fun before she had to get back to work right. The ground would tremble once more, this time caused by the dark skinned woman. "You know, as much as i hate wasting my time, it would be really bad for me if anyone were to learn that my comrade back there was actually still alive. So i am sorry to tell you little brats that you will not be returning home anytime soon. She would then lift her arms into the air, the ground shaking even more, as two massive roots erupted from the ground, waving around in the air like a pair of tentacles.