The citizens of Konoha resumed their daily lives like usually after the fire was contained. Diep sent out a town notice that the fire was caused by a training gone awry. Those involved in the training were reprimanded and lectured. A few injuries occurred, but none were life-threatening. What the village didn’t know was that there was more to the fire than face value.

Back at the office Diep was up all night sifting through files and documents in the archives room in the basement. She finally found files related to the current case that dated back decades ago. Konoha has moved into a more technological advanced time, but the old archive files were kept for record. Reading through the various files, it hit her. It made sense why Yoki was a target.

This matter started a few decades ago…

Yoki was taken in at the age of 8 by a foster family who found her in the forest near Konoha’s borders. She was found in a state of shock and roughed up. It was under investigation for a while about her origins, but with not many clues, the investigation was halted. The shinobi that found her took her in all the same. At first, Yoki was unresponsive to her adoptive family, but slowly over the course of the next year she began to open up to them, talking and interacting with them. It was about 4 years later, her adoptive family was KIA (killed in action). They were on a A-ranked mission and unfortunately did not return from it. So at the age of 12 she was put under the remote care of an orphanage. When she turned 16, she received permission to work and live on her own.

Shuffling through older newspapers around the the same year, Diep was able to find a few more clues that were overlooked. There was a similar incident at a village many km away where a large fire broke out just before noon, but little damage resulted. What caught her eye was that a  week long storm just passed through the region before the fire broke out. It reminder her of the day before when Konoha had a storm, and how Mieko’s monkey stole the Hokage’s planner. Putting that aggravating thought aside, Diep continued her search. The source of the fire was never discovered but documented photos were taken around what they thought was the source of the fire. It was just puddles of water in the forest most likely from the storm.

Diep was on the brink on insanity. She was combing through the same files for the next 4 hours and nothing stood out. Just as Diep was about to close the files, a glimmer on the photo struck her attention. She didn’t notice this earlier, but the glimmer was a shine from something reflective, not due to the sun in the photo. She scanned the photo into her desktop and used a program to enlarge and fix the photo. As the program cranked out the resolution, it was clear that what was in the photo was a shard. A similar shard that Konan’s paper scouts found. Diep produced the shard encased in a petridish from her pocket. It was the same! Now to figure out what connected this to Yoki. She sent the shard to the lab for testing. Diep wanted to find out what this shard was.

This new discovery sent Diep on another research frenzy. She gave strict orders to not let anyone bother her unless it was an emergency. She ran back and forth from the library and the archives room, to the Hokage’s office. The lab report was sent back and it was concluded that the shard is made up of small traces of chakra. It was a part of a ninjutsu. Within a few more hours, she uncovered older files about techniques that had any remote connections to a glass technique. Another hour passed as she started to throw her stress ball at the window. Thunk. Thunk. Thunk… the last throw was a bit hard and a piece of the window cracked. A small shard fell to the ground. As she went to retrieve the stress ball, she thought of how she had to call someone to fix the window before the Hokage came back and saw the shard…shard. Glass…shard?

Aha! She got it. She ran back to her desk and scrambled to find the lab report.

Lab Results
Requested by: Diep
Priority: 1st order
Performed by: ---
Trials: 5

Physical properties: crystallized water, transparent, clear, sharp, reflective, intricate matrix under microscopy, shard size of 1.54 cm.

Composition: small traces of chakra were found within the shard (< 10 CU)
The amount of CU is infinitely smaller than the a usual chakra infused item (> 50 CU)
*CU is chakra units.

Comments: The small traces of chakra reveal that the shard is part of a jutsu. Five trials were done until this small amount could be seen. It cannot be deducted which jutsu this shard belongs to.

The shards made up a mirror. More specifically, it was a ninjutsu where the user created a reflective mirror. If placed at certain angles, the mirror can be made to reflect something not even present. Thus, a real fire could be made elsewhere, and reflected throughout the forest to make it seem like there was a large fire. The shards were made using some type of ice jutsu so just when the sun is out at noon, the mirrors would melt. Anyone who would walk into the forest after wouldn’t see the mirrors and wouldn’t question the puddles of water due to a storm. Unfortunately for them, there were residue shards that did not melt. So now the question is, what’s the connection with Yoki?

Diep sat in the Hokage’s chair spinning around. She mentally ran through the information she read over the past few hours again. She pulled up Yoki’s therapy session records again. Scrolled through the comments made and found another clue. Yoki’s mother. Whenever the therapist mentions her mother, Yoki freezes, but it was during the very first time Yoki arrived in Konoha that her conversation with the investigator was recorded. She mentions her mother and bits and pieces of a dark cave, scary skeleton monsters, long metal snakes, and a forest. This was written off as a child’s vivid imagination, but Diep took it into consideration. What if she was describing a place?

Diep rolled the chair over the her desktop. She pulled up a map of the surrounding regions, and then a comprehensive list of all documented shinobi and the techniques each uses. Of course she obtained these through a backhanded manner. You’re not allowed to go through confidential material unless you have the access code for it. The ones in charge of this information should really change their online security. Making a mental note of this, she continued her search. She narrowed the list down to water, glass, ice, and material making jutsus. There were many throughout the world, but a majority comes from Takigakure, the Village Hidden by a Waterfall. Of course they would have the most water element using shinobis. After cross checking the shinobis that could use a mirror like ninjutsu, she hit a dead end. They were either on missions, or placed elsewhere that could not put them at a scene near Konoha. She closed the program and the world map came up again.

Mountains’ Graveyard

It was an region between Takigakure, the Village Hidden by a Waterfall and Otogakure, the Village Hidden by Sound. It was a thick forest filled with the bones of ancient giant creatures. “scary skeleton monsters” Maybe, just maybe. Diep pulled up any information pertaining to the area. It was seen that Tobi of the Akatsuki appeared a few times in the region. Not much surfaced after that.

Going off of very scattered information, Diep decided to send Yoki away with a fellow shinobi she trusts. It was better to have Yoki traveling around than to be stationary in Konoha. If she has ties with something deeper, then they’ll surely come back for her. Diep sent a messenger bird to Sora-san to call her back immediately. She was an old ANBU friend of Diep’s that always traveled, and never settled down. It was decided that once Yoki woke up, she would travel with Sora-san and grow under her guidance.

Yoki’s background: Within her family, she had an older sister name Rin. Rin was the favored child who excelled in her studies. An accident took her away at the age of 15 and her family was broken afterwards. Yoki was only 5 at the time and very close to her father. He was the one that encouraged her the most in the family to try her best. Shortly after, her father also passed away. Yoki’s mother started to go delusional and project Rin’s image in Yoki. Her mother was convinced that she only had one daughter, Rin. Thus, Yoki lived in the shadow of her sister. Although Yoki tried hard to please her mother, it was apparent that Rin and Yoki were different in personality and skills. It arrived to the point where her mother would pretend to be the ideal mother in public, but when the front door was shut, she would ignore Yoki. Her mother couldn’t take it anymore and snapped one day. She took Yoki out under the pretense that they were going on a trip. After travelling for days, they arrived at Mountains’ Graveyard. Her mother told Yoki to sit underneath a tree while she went to get water for their picnic. Hours pass and Yoki grew restless. She wondered why her mother hasn’t returned, but knew she shouldn’t move. Night fell and Yoki came the the thought that her mother abandoned her. She started to sob and the sky grew darker and the moon rose.

Her cries grew louder and the forest seemed to swallow up this small girl. A figure in a dark cloak past by. “Little girl, why are you in this forest and crying so loudly? Do you want to wake up the bones of the ancient creatures?” Yoki stopped her crying, but was still sniffling. As she wiped her tears, she as able to mumble out that her mom left her here. The cloaked figure calmed Yoki and decided to take her in. With not much of a choice, Yoki followed him.

Over the next few years Yoki trained under Obito, at the time named Tobi. He had plans to use her in an experiment that would further his goals. After 3 years passed by, results were not seen. Tobi decided that it was time to cut ties with Yoki since she couldn’t produce results. In order to keep his activities a secret, she had to go. The night Yoki was to be disposed of, she woke up kicking and screaming. Yoki eventually clawed her way out of her temporary home and ran away as quick as she could. The days leading up to the moment, she grew suspicious knowing that her master had given up teaching her. She ran far and as long as her legs could carry her at the age of 8. Eventually, she stopped from exhaustion and laid against a tree near the border of Konoha. A few days after, the shinobi from Konoha and her future adoptive parents found her on their way back from a mission.

Yoki gained conscious at the hospital and word was sent to the Hokage’s office. She has locked this part of her memory away and cannot recall it. Her body shuts down to prevent the recollection of her past.
Diep went to visit her and told Yoki that she will begin her new journey traveling with Sora-san. Yoki was a bit hesitant at first, but decided that in order to become a better shinobi, she would go on this new journey.

 

Summary written by [忍] Diep

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