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Versus Meme
modpuppet wrote in naruto_meme
We're posting September's prompt up a day early to give you a jump-start on the competition! Because...
it's the Versus Meme!

+ Pick a character/pairing, any character/pairing you want.
+ Pick a competitive scenario - i.e.: 'Kakashi enters Pakkun in the Konoha Dog Show.' 'Naruto vs Sasuke - the epic battle finally happens!' or 'The Sannin play Strip Poker' Anything that puts one person against another, against the clock, against the environment, etc., goes.

+ Your post most be ANONYMOUS.
+ For organizational purposes, please post prompt pairings/keywords in the subject of your comment.
+ Play nice. This should be fun for ALL.
+ For every request you make try to fill out AT LEAST one request. Give and you shall receive (and the meme shall live on!).
+ Do not CLAIM prompts. Any given prompts can be filled infinitely, so you needn't claim the one you're writing, out of fear someone else will write for it as well. The more the merrier!
+ Make sure to watch the threads you start, so you'll know when your request has been filled/if any anon has replied asking for a clarification of your prompt.
+ Feel free to rec this far and wide!

* PLEASE DO NOT "SECOND" PROMPTS. SECONDING INEVITABLY LEADS TO FICS NOT GETTING WRITTEN. 'Seconded' comments will be deleted. No questions asked.

If you have any questions or concerns, please LJ message one of the new mods (thisl0ser0mega19x or anat_astarte) not [info]modpuppet !

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Genjutsu, Part 1.

I'm sorry, anon. I don't think this is exactly what you were looking for. It got a bit away from me.


He was much too confident. Sometimes Gai knew this, and worked to not be foolish, and sometimes he got swept away in his own capability and forgot to fear. When Uchiha Madara himself decided to give Division Three a personal visit, Gai didn’t hesitate to charge. Not only did he have precious people to defend, he was used to sparring against someone with the sharingan. Gai figured he could easily be the spearhead.

A moment into his charge, everything seemed to shift. There was nothing in front of him. Instead, Madara was off to the side. With a frown Gai altered his trajectory and went full-out against the enemy, flinging a full spread of kunai.


Kakashi had stiffened when Gai charged at Madara, ready to back up the sometimes frustratingly impetuous ninja. At least Gai knew what he was doing, though that didn’t make things any easier to deal with. The copy-nin was about to back Gai up when the Taijutsu master turned and launched knives at him.

Shit. It was all Kakashi had time to think before he was blocking them, knocking them away while trying to keep an eye on Gai. He knew full well that it was a distraction tactic; he’d sparred with Gai too many times to be unaware of it. Sure enough, a foot followed the wave of blades and it required all of Kakashi’s speed to dodge, spinning away.

The follow-up of Gai’s elbow caught him in the ribs. That was when it started to sink in that Gai was fighting him, attacking him, trying to actually take him down. Genjutsu. It had to be. That quickly? There was no telling, though, what all Madara could do, and now that Madara was gone, it was probably safe to assume that he’d accomplished what he’d wanted to.

“Get back!” Kakashi felt the rest of the division bracing, but at least he had command here. He could… He could what? Lee was off to the side; Kakashi knew it because of the horrified gasp when Gai had changed direction. The kid was the only one Kakashi thought he could trust to help with this. No matter what happened, Lee wouldn’t try to kill Gai, and Kakashi was determined to not lose his eternal rival today. “Lee. It’s got to be illusion.”

“Yes, Kakashi-sensei.” The reply was, on the surface, businesslike. But Kakashi could hear the worry and stress in it.

“If I occupy him, do you know how…” Kakashi’s voice trailed off. No, Lee couldn’t disrupt Gai’s chakra flow. Lee couldn’t use ninjutsu. “Never mind.” It was in Kakashi’s hands alone. That was fine. He didn’t have much time for trusting in others.

As Kakashi had been speaking he’d also been circling with Gai, watching the Taijutsu master. Without warning Gai leapt forward again, dangerous fist swinging for Kakashi’s face as his foot kicked out at Kakashi’s leg. Kakashi dodged the attacks again, mind whirling as he tried to come up with non-lethal options for a serious fight. He had none. They weren’t trained in knocking out allies, only in removing enemies. If he could knock Gai out then there was a chance. But he had to knock Gai out. For a moment Kakashi contemplated an elbow to the solar plexus, but that got discarded quickly. Gai was the close-range fighter and would have an advantage there. Kakashi needed distance.

Genjutsu, Part 2

“Guard against other enemies, all of you!” The order was sharp. He didn’t have time to spare for niceties.

“But…” It was one of their allies, some man from Sand.

“Do it! I’ve got this!” No one else could be allowed to fight Gai.

“We should listen. He’s Sharingan Kakashi.” There was hero-worship in the young Mist-nin’s voice. It wasn’t a surprise. Earlier she’d told Kakashi that if he had the urge she’d be his tonight, though not quite as bluntly as that. At least now it served some use; the others were listening.

Kakashi needed room for this fight. As Gai hadn’t targeted any of the others, Kakashi could afford a quick dash to give him range. A few moments later Kakashi was dashing through the trees with Gai close on his heels. The threats that Madara would not get away were noted – that was what Gai saw, then. It could be worse, Kakashi reflected. Gai could be on the ground, dying in an illusion Kakashi couldn’t break through.

After a quick turn Kakashi had enough distance to fire a quick bolt of lightning. It hit Gai and there was a momentary expression of confusion on his expressive face. ’Yes. Think, Gai,’ Kakashi urged him, but it was futile. Nothing they knew said that Madara couldn’t use lightning.

Kakashi turned to run again. He needed time. Time to think of a strategy, time to plan, time to figure out what would break Gai from this that Kakashi could accomplish, short of using Chidori or Raikiri. The latter was out of the question completely; there was no way to keep a raikiri attack from being lethal. But the former… Gai knew full well that only Kakashi and Sasuke could use that. He had to be able to put the dots together and realize what he saw wasn’t reality. Kakashi could make it weaker. He’d done it before. The chidori didn’t always have to kill.

Whistling brought his attention back to the present, made him remember that Gai wouldn’t simply chase after him without attacking, just in time to leap up into the treetops to avoid a spray of shuriken. There was no time. Gai was trying to kill him. Kakashi turned, focusing the sharingan, and charged, channeling electricity through his hand. He aimed for Gai’s side, hoping to limit the damage it would do.

That was when Lee struck. Clearly the younger ninja had intended to help, to back up Kakashi and save his sensei, but the unforeseen kick to Gai’s other side, in the treetops, messed up where Gai was supposed to be. The reduced power chidori went through Gai’s chest, dropping him like a rock through the branches. For a horrified half-second Kakashi watched, and then he was diving down, slamming into Gai and rolling to keep the Green Beast from hitting the ground. They hit, hard, Kakashi taking the brunt of it before scrambling to get up, to check on Gai. He’d been hit by a few branches, but a majority of the damage was from Kakashi’s attack and Kakashi could hear it in his breathing, strained and not as rhythmic as it should be.

The only consolation was that Gai was out cold. Somehow luck, a foot, branches, and chidori had all combined to knock out Maito Gai and give Kakashi a chance to break his chakra flow. His hands flew through the signs as he tried not to listen to Lee’s panicked questions. Would Gai be all right? Kakashi just didn’t know yet, and didn’t want to think about it. Memories of Obito laying flat on his back kept surfacing and being shoved down. He didn’t have time for that. There. In theory the genjutsu was broken.

Kakashi sat back on his heels, holding a hand up to try to get Lee from talking. It didn’t work. He should have figured it wouldn’t; it didn’t on Gai. “Help me get him to the tents.”

Genjutsu, Part the last

Lee nodded, wiping tears from his cheeks, and assisted Kakashi in lifting the unconscious Gai up. Each step was worrying. They could be attacked, Gai could wake up and still be under illusion’s control, Gai could stop breathing. But somehow they made it to the tents with none of that happening, which meant that Kakashi could save his stress and worrying for another time.

They were in the middle of war. People got hurt. Gai wouldn’t be down for long; he would recover.

And if Gai didn’t, they were in the middle of war. People died. No one would think to suspect anything if the copy-nin wound up in a situation he couldn’t survive, so long as he fought his hardest as he went and took out enough of the enemy to be noted.

Re: Genjutsu, Part the last

A bone-chilling possibility. Madara's really just about evil enough to do something like that. Thanks, anon, for an awesome fast-paced fight with a fitting end.


Re: Genjutsu, Part the last

Thank you! I wasn't sure if anyone was still tracking this or enjoyed it.


Re: Genjutsu, Part the last

a third anon is still here and he too enjoyed your writing

Re: Genjutsu, Part the last

Thank you, third anon!


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