Kakashi woke with a start. He reached for a kunai, looking around the clearing with the eye of a trained Anbu Black Op.
"Yamato," he nudged the sleeping man, "get up."
Yamato grumbled and rubbed his eye. He opened his mouth to complain, but when he saw Kakashi eying the surrounding forest he understood the situation immediately and moved off to wake the others.
Soon they were all awake and alert, weapons in hands, looking and listening for any sign of disturbance.
There was a rustle in the trees above them and they all looked up. They saw a flash of grey, and four Anbu Black Op ninja chasing after it. One of them dropped out of the trees and stood in front of Kakashi.
"What's happening?" Kakashi asked urgently.
"Skye escaped and we were sent after her." The ninja explained quickly.
"How can one girl escape the village without anyone noticing?" Yamato inquired.
"She's fast, quiet and careful."
"And she's evaded you this whole time?"
"I'm afraid so."
"The trees..." the man searched for words, "they seem to be helping her. They help her escape and slow us down."
"How is that possible?" Sakura said, in barely more than a whisper.
"We don't know."
"She claimed that she could talk to trees, right?" Kakashi narrowed his eye. "What if that's actually true?"
At that moment there was an explosion. Everybody looked up. There was billowing smoke coming through the trees. The Anbu ninja disappeared and the squad followed.
When they got there Skye was standing in the middle of a huge ring of fire. She was whirling around, looking for a way out. But there was none.
Now there was real fear in her eyes. The fire reflected off her chocolate-brown eyes and she tried to look away, only to look at more fire. But she was just as afraid to close her eyes. She couldn't jump, and this time the trees couldn't come to her aid.
She was trapped.
A/N: I swear these chapters are getting shorter and shorter...
Well, thanks for putting up with me this far ^-^ This story is by far not my best. So, put up with me and maybe I'll go back and edit it someday!!
Well, peace out!