Bellwether Studies


Kunoichi Kei is excited about her coming semester of study abroad... visiting seven masters on seven continents... and taking her on this adventure is a ship called the Bellwether... and so she has come down to the harbor to get a glimpse before leaving on her Odyssey... practicing her shadow technique as she moves along the docks...

Your eyes searching the skyline for the mighty ship... then narrowing... as you spot some movement further along the docks... what looks like a couple of men dragging bringing a heavy crate in from a yacht... one cursing and dropping the box... which splits open... packets of white powder spilling into the wooden dock...

Kunoichi Kei blinks as she spots the obvious drug smugglers... working closer her way closer... clinging to the shadows like ivy to a wall... thinking she could really prove herself to Belle with a big bust before going on her trip... kneeling between crates and trying to count smugglers...

The two manhandling the crate managing to get it nailed shut again... and stacking it with the others... as another two bring another crate down... possibly someone on the yacht as well... the anchor up... but the craft moored to the dock...

Kunoichi Kei nods to herself... four or five... maybe more... no sign of anyone else on the dock... checking her back pack... already packed for her trip... clothes mostly... but she does have her yoyo... a moment later she crouches in the darkness... waiting for only two men to be on the dock... flicking the yoyo out in an attempt to knock one out as she leaps into a kick at the other...

The yoyo flashing through the darkness... whizzing right into the temple of one man... making him drop the crate again... as your foot sends the other arcing back to land with an almighty crash on the old wood... the noise bringing the other two... each of them armed with a long metal pole with a hook on the end... presumably for hooking packages out of the water...

Kunoichi Kei winces at the noise... skirt flaring as she spins to face the men she knows it will bring... fluttering up about her waist as she dashes forward... trying to catch them before they can get off the gangplank... her yoyo again flicking out at the man in front...

The man managing to block the yoyo... catching it with the metal pole so that it spins around and around... coiling up on it... while the other one rushes you... aiming the blunt end of the pole at your temple...

Kunoichi Kei yelps in surprise and yanks back on the pole that caught her yoyo... her skirt again flaring up from pink panties... trying to pull one pole in front of the other... before she gets clocked on the temple and knocked out...

The two poles clanging together... blocking the blow... the man with the pole swiping it at your ankles... as the other man hurls himself bodily at you... bare-handed...

Kunoichi Kei hops the pole sweeping at her ankles... just in time to be tackled... the burly man burying a shoulder in her midsection... driving through her... as well as driving the air out of her... as her backside hits the stack of crates... and the buttons on her blouse go flying...

The man snarling... aiming a fist at your chin... and another at your belly... aiming to simply pummel the fight out of you... even as the one with the pole approaches... aiming to smash you in the temple with the end of it again...

Kunoichi Kei is in a tight spot certainly... her efforts so far sloppy... and having to endure a beating for it... her blouse falling open... but driving a knee up in the man atop her... trying to stun him enough to be able to use her hands to jerk his head between hers and the smashing pole...

The knee in the groin lifting him up... and stopping his beating... enough for you to guide his head in the path of the pole... which hits home with a crunch... putting him out for the count... leaving you just the smuggler with the pole to worry about...

Kunoichi Kei rolls the suddenly limp dead weight aside... eeping as his clammy hand claws across her chest... hooking her blouse... pulling it off as she rolls to her knees... sweeping at the knees of the man with the pole... while swinging her backpack up like a shield...

The pole jabbing into the backpack... an instant before the man tumbles to the ground like a sack of potatoes... crashing into the wood fo the docks hard enough to make him drop the pole...

Kunoichi Kei kicks the pole away as she bounces to her feet... aiming to kick the man out while he is down... and up-skirt view of her fitness model legs potentially the last thing he would see... "Lights out, buddy!"

The man slumping... the threat seemingly ended... even as the fifth man you theorized about sneaks out from the yacht... aiming to creep up on you... a blackjack in his hand...

Kunoichi Kei sighs in relief... bending to retrieve her blouse and pack... "I'll have to get Sara to sew the buttons back... nngh..." crumpling as she is blackjacked... landing shoulder first and sprawling to her back... skirt askew about her waist... full pert breasts strain to escape the lavender bra as they jostle about...

The man with the blackjack grinning... tearing off your bra and panties... stuffing the latter into your mouth... and using the former to bind your arms... before dragging you to the anchor... using some rope to bind your ankles to the heavy iron weight...

Kunoichi Kei is dragged naked across the weathered wood of the dock... groaning and shaking her head as her ankles are bound... her shoulders straining as she discovers her wrists are bound... her legs writhing as she discovers her ankles are bound... her eyes blinking as they realize what she is bound to...

The captain of the yacht grinning... as be throws the switch that begins to lower the anchor... setting it to descend slowly... to send you an inch at a time into the cold water... prolonging your peril for his own twisted amusement...

Kunoichi Kei dangles upside down... descending slowly... continuing to strain and struggle... looking down at the dark cold water... shaking her head... bending upwards at the waist... but unable to reaching her ankles with her teeth... falling back again... her head making a splash...

The anchor continuing to descend... forcing your head under the water unless you can bend at the waist again... the heavy metal sending you on a one-way trip down to the deep... the ropes stubbornly tight as you struggle and squirm...

Kunoichi Kei shivers in the cold water... but her buoyancy makes it easier to bend upwards... gasping for air... before disappearing under the surface... again and again... the chain sinking link by link... until there comes a time she bends... and does not reach the surface... blowing bubbles from the strain of the effort as she stretches to get her teeth on the ropes...

The effort taking all your flexibility... but finally your teeth meet the ropes... tugging them loose even as your lungs burn... screaming for you to inhale even as you kick your way to the surface...

Kunoichi Kei swimming under the yacht... coming up near the stern... quickly using the propeller to cut the binding bra from her wrists... then climbing the ladder... her naked body glistening in the moonlight as it rises from the water... and moves forward to teach this captain a lesson...

The captain still chuckling as the anchor hits bottom... not realizing that you're coming up behind him... until it's too late... turning and trying to swing the blackjack at your temple again... a wild blow... like a cornered animal lashing out...

Kunoichi Kei ducks the swing of the blackjack as she steps into a side kick... pert glistening boobs bouncing... tight pout puckering between kicking and plant leg... aiming to send him over the side... a grin on her face... "The water is cold by the way..."

The captain flying over the side... to land with a splash... clinging to the anchor chain to avoid being carried away by the current... as you look out onto the bay... to see the Bellwether coming in... hopefully they have a full wardrobe of school uniforms on board...

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Kei sunning herself on the first leg of her round-the-world trip... in sunny Spain... at a bullfighting arena in a small town near Madrid... the barbaric sport given a strange twist here... as apparently the local bullfighter subdues the bulls barehanded...

Kunoichi Kei lays out on deck in a lavender bikini as the Bellwether cruise along the coast... but she is dressed in a lavender halter dress with a gold sash and going ashore within minutes of the craft tying up... anxious to meet the first master... learn everything she can... and collect her first scroll... at least that's what she's expecting as she asks for directions...

The old men on the shore happy to direct you to the arena... where the great bullfighter El Guapo is already practicing against the prize bull... a raging beast... the bullfighter dodging nimbly... spinning away from deadly horns... before using a palm strike to stun the animal... El Guapo fighting stripped to the waist to better show off his hairy chest... and oiled muscles... enough testosterone in him to be a bull him to be a bull himself...

Kunoichi Kei leans on the railing of the arena and watches the swarthy sweaty man in action with a big grin on her face... taking in every movement... almost without thinking about it... perhaps because she is so totally focused on him as be unaware of anything else... as she waits for an opportunity to introduce herself...

The big man finished with the bull... turning to notice you... giving a large grin of his own as he moves towards you... reaching to take your hand and kiss it... "Welcome to my arena, senorita... I'm afraid you are early for tonight's performance, but I hope you enjoyed the show... Pedro here is only a practice bull... the real bulls I fight are far more dangerous..."

Kunoichi Kei tries not to giggle as he takes her hand and kisses it... respectfully curtsying... the slit of her silk dress parting along her athletic thigh... "I'm so excited to meet you El Guapo... my name is Kei Kishimoto... I'm on a study abroad trip from the Empire School for the Fighting Arts... here... my letter of introduction..." handing him a paper... "I've come to study with you!"

El Guapo studying the paper carefully... "But you're just a girl... how can you fight a full grown bull... hmm... top in your class... well, perhaps you could..." His eyes narrowing... "What's this here in the small print? Apparently I'm to hand over something of mine... I never agreed to this..." Frowning... handing you the note... the small print indeed asking for one Scroll of S.A... whatever that is...

Kunoichi Kei shrugs... not knowing what to say... swallowing hard... thinking it was just like the administration of the college to not get things straight... "Please sir... Senor Guapo... to complete my study I must bring back a scroll from each place I study... or at least that was the assignment I was given... I don't mean to be a problem... and I'm very sorry if arrangements weren't made..."

El Guapo frowns... "Yes, but a scroll of the Shadow Art... I only have one... and it's not the kind of thing to be given to a mere girl... no matter how grown up she seems to be..." Lascivious eyes raking over you... admiring the swell of your breasts in the halter dress... even as his patronizing manner makes you flush with anger... the male chauvinist pig...

Kunoichi Kei takes a deep breath... an act which only enhances the swell of her breasts... "Por favor, Senor Guapo... just let me study with you... I assure you I am a most capable fighter... and not only the best student in my class... but an intern with the Danger Dolls as well... I've thumped bigtime villains like the Crusher... and could prolly take you!"

El Guapo laughing... "I doubt it... but I'll make you a bet... if you can defeat my prize bull... you can have my scroll... if you can't, you can still study with me... but I'll take a prize of my own..." Gripping your hair in one firm hand... and pulling you in for a rough kiss... as his hand spanks your bottom... highly inappropriate behavior from an instructor...

Kunoichi Kei gasps as her lips meet his... squirming as his hand spanks her ass through thin flowing silk... pressed uncomfortably close in his embrace... loin to loin... noting he is hung not unlike a bull himself... sputtering as she pulls away... "It's a deal! That scroll will be mine!" wondering if this was all a game to get to the challenge...

El Guapo leading the prize bull into the arena... hoofs already stamping the ground... sharp horns gleaming in the sun... a deadly opponent... El Guapo smirking as you stare at the huge animal... "If you want to back out, senorita, just say the word... I don't want that lovely body getting hurt..."

Kunoichi Kei eyes the raging bull for a moment and then stares at El Guapo with eyes like daggers... the sort that are thrust into the neck of bulls... "Don't worry about me... Senor... it is you who are of the weaker sex... as you are about to witness..." hoping she can back that up as she flips into the ring in a flap of lavender silk...

The bull snorts... pawing the arena floor with its hooves... looking mad... before lowering its horns for the first charge... as you find yourself right in the path of those deadly horns... a slip of a girl versus 3000 pounds of rampaging beast...

Kunoichi Kei settles into a familiar stance... recalling the way El Guapo moved against Pedro... thinking to call out... "So what is this one's name?" but there are no more quips... as she sees the beast bearing down on her like a bullet train... diving aside... and rolling up to her feet... brushing dust from her dress as the bull turns...

El Guapo calling... "Monstro... the fiercest bull in all of Spain... call out if you feel you aren't up to the task... I have a more pleasant task waiting for you..." El Guapo almost as determined as the bull... the hooves charging towards you again... the horns aiming to come even closer this time... close enough to spear silk... and flesh as well if you don't move fast enough...

Kunoichi Kei leaps up to flip over the charging bull... intending to strike down with a palm strike at Monstro while inverted... but she ends up being too distracted by the ripping sound as one of those sharp horns catches the trailing flap of her lavender dress... removing the whole thing... Kei blushing as she lands... boobs bouncing...

El Guapo clapping... following the action... calling out... "A word of warning... Monstro is too powerful to be felled by one blow... or sometimes even two... never underestimate your opponent..." So it seems your getting a lesson after all... though maybe your last if Monstro has his way...

Kunoichi Kei ponders what El Guapo has yelled at her as the huge bull turns... furiously shaking his head... trying to rid himself of the annoying lavender silk dress now draped from his horns... Kei taking advantage of the distraction to charge like a bull herself... leaping up and over... wearing nothing but pink panties as she delivers one open palm strike...

The strike landing full force... but the bull seemingly shrugging it off... bucking up with its horns... missing you by an inch as you land on the arena floor... astonished as the creature wheels around and charges again... seemingly unfazed...

Kunoichi Kei does not realize just how close the horns came until El Guapo calls out... "That's the sexiest burlesque show I've ever seen... but can you stop the bull now that you've run out of clothes..." Kei sees her pink panties hanging from the other horn as it charges... she gulps... leaping up at a different angle this time... reaching out to grasp a flap of dress and pull it over Monstro's eyes...

The dress blocking the bull's view... as you end up on the creature's back... straddling it as it bucks and snorts... maddened... charging randomly... as you hold on... in the most intense rodeo you've ever imagined...

Kunoichi Kei holds on to dress and panties... suddenly more of an American bullrider than a Spanish bullfighter... safe as long as she can hang on... keeping the animal blinded with lavender as El Guapo yells at her from atop the arena wall... and the bucking bull charges the sound of that hated voice...

The bull running breakneck for the sound of El Guapo's voice... the macho man leaping to one side as the bull slams into the wall... hard enough to impale the sharp horns into the arena wall... and hold them there... the bull snorting and bucking but unable to get free... humiliated until you hop off... to the applause of El Guapo...

Kunoichi Kei looks concerned at first... but grinning as her swarthy teacher claps... her state of undress momentarily forgotten... jumping up and down excitedly... her sweaty naked bits bouncing with her... "Woohoo... so does that mean I pass?"

El Guapo nodding... "You beat the bull... though not in the way I imagined... you've got a lot of training to do before you earn that scroll... but it will be yours to keep once you're done..." He frowns... eyes roaming... "Too bad... my prize will remain unclaimed... for the moment..."

Kunoichi Kei reddens as she is reminded of her nudity... suddenly trying to cover herself with her hands as she looks around for somewhere to hide from El Guapo's naughty gaze... but inwardly pleased to hear she passed the first test... "Hai!"

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Kei sweltering in the heat... sitting atop her camel... as her guide brings her to the camp of Archibald Savage... the famed archeologist and fighter of mummies, pharaohs and anything that might be found in a tomb... he doesn't look like much... but he seems good at ordering people around... supervising his latest dig like a little Hitler... barking orders...

Kunoichi Kei notes he reminds her of many of the teachers she had in the Japanese schools of her youth... but she is at least happy to get off the disgusting camel... and she reminds herself why she is here... "Excuse me... Doc Savage? Hiya... I'm Kei Kishimoto... exchange student from the Empire Scholl of the Fighting Arts..." her face expectant as she hands over her letter...

The haughty fellow sniffing imperiously... "Hmmph..." His eyes widening as he sees the letter... "It says here I'm to hand over a particular scroll... I'm not sure what your headmaster is thinking... I can't just hand such a thing over to you..."

Kunoichi Kei fidgets and frowns... "Well I'm supposed to study with you... the scroll is sorta like a diploma... or a certificate... or something... that I completed your course... I got the chance to come by being the best student in my class... I won't let you down..." wipes some sweat from her face... thinking she has about soaked through her school uniform...

The snarky archeologist smirks... "That's not what I meant... I can't hand it over because I don't have it... I know which tomb it's in, but it'd be far too dangerous for you to try and go down there... a mere girl... no, better you spend a week cleaning up after the camels..."

Kunoichi Kei grimaces... "Oh shit... camels are disgusting!" gulping as she realizes she just blurted that out... "Seriously sir... I might surprise you... I've also interned with the Danger Dolls... I've dealt with some pretty fierce villains... I don't think dead mummies and dung beetles will be a problem..."

The archeologist sneering again... and pointing you towards a nearby pyramid... various people working on the inscriptions on the outside... Savage not seeming to do a lick of work himself... "Off you go, then... feel free to run when you find out how dangerous it is... and if you don't come back, it's no great loss..."

Kunoichi Kei sticks her tongue out at the snarky little man... and shows her butt... unintentionally... as she spins away and hurries off in the short lavender skirt of her school uniform... addressing a couple of the workers at the entrance... "Hiya... I'm Kei... Archie's work study student... he wants me to go get a scroll in this pyramid... can you point me the way?"

The workers pointing you towards the open entrance... "In there... and keep going down... but watch out for the traps... tombs like these are full of them... Mr. Savage couldn't get us to go in there, not on what we're being paid... he can get that scroll himself if he wants it so bad..."

Kunoichi Kei nods... "Tanks..." pondering what the worker said as she enters... perhaps this is a test... or perhaps Master Savage just wants her to clear out some of the traps for him... but one thing is for sure... if she can lay her hands on the scroll... she won't be giving it up to anybody...

A long, straight corridor stretching out past the entrance... various menacing-looking holes in the ceiling... the right size for spikes... or ferocious flesh-eating beetles... or snakes... presumably released by some hidden pressure plate in the floor... but where...

Kunoichi Kei notes the air has the smell of death about it... but at least it is cool... grinning as she gets an idea... running forward fearlessly... and up on the side wall before she gets to the holes... figuring any pressure plates will be somewhere on the floor... her skirt snapping at her pumping thighs...

The wall free of pressure plates... but the stretch long... and putting all your acrobaticism to the test as you are forced to bounce from one wall to the other to avoid touching the floor... finally getting beyond the booby-trapped stretch... an archway leading to stairs... down into the tomb...

Kunoichi Kei smirks and digs an apple out of her backpack... taking a big bite and bouncing down the stairs... talking to herself with her mouth full... "Mmmm... good ting I packed some food... these silly old tombs smell bad... but aren't so hard... I've had harder exams in school... like in Worst Case Scenario 333..." laughing and munching...

The apple suddenly tasting sour as one of the steps sinks under your weight... and you hear a rumbling from behind... a huge round boulder smashing through the wall and starting to trundle down the stairs behind you... big enough to flatten you like a bug on a windshield..."

Kunoichi Kei drops the apple and runs... looking back over her shoulder to see the apple splattered... gulping as she realizes that will be her in a seconds if she doesn't find a way out... the stairs winding away into the very depths of the tomb... with no other exit... Kei gasps and swings her pack from her shoulder... up... hooking an unlit torch... swinging up to the ceiling... skirt flapping...

The boulder bouncing onward... the top of it scraping at your bottom... close enough to pull your panties down and give you a case of nappy rash... but then trundling on... crashing down the stairs to finally land with a shattering crunch... as you drop and follow... to find the huge granite ball at the bottom of the steps... having rolled into the middle of a chamber carpeted with human bones...

Kunoichi Kei pulls her panties back into place... but her skirt cannot be pulled from beneath the immovable granite boulder... so the tails of her blouse simply dance about her pink panties as she looks around... for something that looks like the scroll that Master Guapo gave her in Spain...

A rolled scroll resting on a small pedestal in the middle of the sea of bones... looking very much like the one you brought from Spain... that must be it...

Kunoichi Kei grins from ear to ear and after a quick examination stuffs the artifact into her backpack... taking a couple of other things that catch her eye... a cat carved out of obsidian... and a couple of figures seemingly doing the dirty... Kei giggling as she heads to the stairs... "I guess that'll show Master Savage..."

The pedestal you took the figures from slowly rising with a groan... held down by the seemingly insignificant weight... your eyes widening as the floor begins to swarm with life... hundreds of flesh-eating beetles swarming out of the floor... through hold hidden by the bones... seemingly intent of swarming over you before you can reach the stairs...

Kunoichi Kei squeals and swats as she runs... dashing up the stairs as the mass of clattering insects gathers after like rising water... brown and with a life of its own... and gaining rapidly as Kei reaches the halfway point of her climb... leaps up and grabs the unlighted torch... setting it ablaze with a snap of her fingers... dropping it on the seething mass now at her heels...

The beetles proving surprisingly flammable... the charge halted as they run away from the flames... leaving you to bound up the stairs to where you came in... the long corridor... with the light of the outside at the end of the tunnel...

Kunoichi Kei nearly forgets the holes in the ceiling in the final corridor... weaving in and out from beneath the first three holes before remembering to leap up... and run along the wall... tails of her blouse trailing like a pennant... as she flips toward the sunlight...

You flip out into the light... only to come face to face with your so-called teacher... Savage holding a revolver... pointed right at you... "Excellent... nice to see you came back alive... now hand over that scroll unless you want me to change that..." Savage's methodology apparent... getting others to take the risks so he can take away their spoils...

Kunoichi Kei narrows her eyes... "You're no master teacher... you... you're a scoundrel... and a cheat..." sighing... "Okay okay... it's in my pack... spinning her pack around in front of her gaping blouse... presumably to dig out the scroll... her hand instead flinging the obsidian black cat at Savage's gunhand... as she somersaults forward... in a flash in pink-pantied ass... to kick up at his groin...

The cat smacking the gun from his hand... even as you show him a different pussy... hidden under pink panties... the master cheat's eyes widening before he gets the kick to the groin... doubling over as the workers cheer... and you make for your camel... leaving Egypt earlier than intended... but having taught the so-called teacher a lesson...

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Kunoichi Kei leaves the Bellwether along the Ganges in northern India... and makes her way north... the valley pretty... but the ascent steep... several days hike into the high country... asking around for directions to her destination... only knowing she is to meet a monk somewhere on the top of the world...

The Himalayas a steep climb... but this particular monastery isn't quite inaccessible... some days and a sure team of guides getting you to your final destination... a monastery far off the beaten track... home to an order of monks who allegedly hold the secret to the mystical Fire Of Ryu...

Kunoichi Kei thanks the sherpa for showing her the way... bowing to him as he leaves her at the base of the stairs... she hurries up them at first... but soon moving slower... sweaty and panting for air by the time she reaches the top... feeling almost giddy as she knocks on the door of the monastery...

A long wait for a response... before a monk finally emerges... to look you over critically... before inviting you into the courtyard... where the various monks are practicing their art... blue balls of fire exploding from their palms into training dummies... "Why do you wish to disturb the Master?

Kunoichi Kei watches wide-eyed... the stories apparently true... these monks can focus their chi into balls of blue fire... starts at monks' question... quickly bowing to the monk and offering him her letter... "Torry... I was sent to study here... by my school... the letter explains..." watching to see his reaction as he reads... not seeming to have been expected at either of her first two stops...

The monk raising his eyebrows... "Goodness... well, we've not been informed... and obviously the scroll of Ryu is one of our most treasured possessions... we can only give it to a warrior who defeats the Master and his two greatest disciples in combat... so obviously we can't simply hand it over... but you're welcome to stay if you wish..."

Kunoichi Kei blinks... "So you seriously weren't contacted by my school... the Empire School for the Fighting Arts?" makes a face and takes a deep breath... rummaging in her backpack... "I need that scroll to complete my course... so I'd have to defeat three of you to get the scroll?"

The monk blinking... and nodding to a fellow monk... who likewise raises his eyebrows... scurrying to the Master's quarters... "Well... yes... and I'm sure the Master would do his best not to injure you... but you must realize that this scroll is our greatest treasure... and no quarter in the combat could be given..."

Kunoichi Kei bows politely... "Hai... I am Kei Kishimoto... I mean no disrespect... but I have my assignment... don't worry... I would see that the scroll was delivered safely to the university library back home... and kept there with the others..."

The monk blinking again... as the Master and his disciples appear in the courtyard... an old man flanked by two young strong men... all of them bowing politely... before taking fighting stances... as the monk you spoke to hurries out of the way... the combat about to begin...

Kunoichi Kei nodding to the master... gulping... hoping she hasn't offended these monks... she really had hoped to study with them... "I hope you'll instruct me, sifu... after I prove my worth..." settling into her stance... something from her backpack gripped in her hand... as it makes a fist...

The Master and his disciples bowing... the Master himself smiling warmly... before settling into a fighting stance... all three of them moving into position... and thrusting out their palms... blue energy crackling... building three balls of fire... as they each give the chant... "Hadoken!" The three blue balls crackling towards you...

Kunoichi Kei eeps and at the sight... and does a backhand fling of the yoyo in her hand... whipping the cold metal object in an arc aimed to intercept and smack each of the fireballs back at its originator... "Round the world..." she declares...

The yoyo making a metal arc through the air... smacking each of the fireballs back at its original source... the monks dodging... the Master and his chief disciple leaping over the balls of fire... the other disciple not quite fast enough... sent flying by the fireball... unable to defend against himself...

Kunoichi Kei grins as the flare of her lavender skirt settles... and her weapon snaps back into her palm... eyeing Master and disciple as they land back on their feet... rushing forward... leaping into a flying kick at the disciple... hopefully before he can make another fireball...

The Disciple attempting to block the kick... as the Master watches critically... stepping back from the combat rather than stepping in to turn the tide... as if he wishes to judge his disciple's readiness against this unforeseen foe...

Kunoichi Kei bicycles her powerful legs... horizontal in the air as she kicks... skirt turned inside out from her pink panties... crosstrainer blocked by hand... once... twice... three times... Kei kicking up at the disciple's chin as she backflips away...

The chin kick striking home... the block hand a moment too slow... the Disciple stumbling back... then retaking a fighting stance... as the Master steps back into the fray... and takes the position to send another fireball your way... "Haaadouken!"

Kunoichi Kei lands back on her feet... squared off with the disciple... warned by the Master's cry however... leaping up instinctively... scissoring her legs as she sees the fireball... squealing as it catches the flap of her skirt... which is in flames as she lands back on her feet... whipping it off into the face of the disciple... and following with a powerful side kick...

The Disciple taken off guard by the flaming skirt in his face... raising both hands to deal with that... and so leaving himself open for the side kick... which sends him flying into a wall... the Master raising an eyebrow... perhaps acknowledging that his Disciple needs to train more to deal with the unexpected... before taking a defensive stance of his own...

Kunoichi Kei spins to the Master... her eyes intense... the corners of her mouth curling into a smirk... she obviously thrives on combat... even if it leaves her wearing only a blouse over her undergarments... her thighs flexing as she circles...

The Master narrowing his own eyes... concentrating... and then moving into a series of kicks... three of them... aimed at belly... throat... and chin... attempting to deal swiftly with this challenge... once and for all...

Kunoichi Kei 's hands fly up... hem of her blouse dancing about her thighs... providing glimpses of pink panty... as she parries the first two blows with forearms... then shoulder swings her backpack into the path of the third kick... the result a glancing blow... staggering her... but not putting her down...

The Master raising eyebrows again... not used to having that particular attack deflected... stepping back for a moment... and then getting back into his stance... readying himself to let loose another blazing fireball attack... opening his mouth to give the chant...

Kunoichi Kei sees what is happening... eyes widening... already cartwheeling back into the attack as his hands glow... flicking her yoyo out at his forehead as he begins to chant... a race to see who's strike lands first... "Keeyahhhh!"

The yoyo striking home before the full ball of blue fire can form... sending the Master careening back... to tumble to the ground... the blue fire dissipating... the old man beaten... the monks gasping in shock... as you become the first to win the sacred scroll in generations...

Kunoichi Kei jumps up and down excitedly... seemingly unconcerned about her state of undress... giving the monastery another sight it has not seen before... finally calming down enough to go help the master up... grinning as she offers him a hand... "Domo... I must learn how to make those cool blue meanies!"

The Master nodding... "With the scroll, you might... although it takes long study to master the power... still, you have proved yourself worthy to take the scroll... just beware of those who would take it from you..."

Kunoichi Kei nods respectfully... shaking the man's hand... "Hai! Don't worry sifu... I will I will... I intern with the Danger Dolls and I will see that the scroll gets returned to you after being a part of the library display... with the other scrolls..."

The Master smiling... and clapping his hands... a ball of fire rising to the sky... to signal the monks to ply you with food and drink... giving you all the comforts of home for a few days before the next leg of your journey...

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The jeep puttering to a halt in the desert... near a tall pillar of red Australian rock... an old aborigine sitting on top of it... the guide happy enough to point him out... "That's old Baz... he said you'd be coming to see him... this was last year, mind..." The guide shrugs... dropping you off with your belongings...

Kunoichi Kei nods... "Tanks for the ride, mate..." smiling as she does her best impression of the local lingo... slinging her pack over one shoulder as he drives away... and approaching the skinny man with dark skin who sits with limbs folded like a pretzel... she rummages in her sack for the letter... "I'm Kei... were you really expecting me... Mister Baz..."

The old aborigine shrugs... "Yep... got you in my diary for today... you could start getting a diary like that yourself if you hang around me for a few decades and keep your ears open..." He takes a swig from an open can... "But you're better off just grabbing your scroll and moving on... you've got more important things to do than hang around in this heat..."

Kunoichi Kei grins and wipes her forehead with the back of a sleeve... "It is hot... whatcha drinking... but tat's amazing how you know things... I'd love to have a power like tat... but I guess since I don't have decades... you better point me to the scroll... since tat's what my school expects of me..."

Baz shrugs again... rummaging in a sack by his side and tossing you a can of Mountain Dew... as fresh and cold as if it came from a fridge... with an American price sticker on it... "Dunno where the scroll is... don't use 'em meself... but I figure if you do a bit of a mini-walkabout, you might find it... or learn something, anyway... just set off anywhere and see what you find..."

Kunoichi Kei blinks and raises a brow... first at the can of Dew... then at Baz... "Chicky would approve of your taste in refreshment... tanks... just walk around then? Like anywhere?" examines the can and then pops the top as she looks around... trying to decide which direction to go...

Your eyes moving over the scrubby bush... a crack of thunder interrupting your thoughts... as lightning strikes on the horizon at the end of one of the paths leading away... you look for confirmation to Baz... but the old man has vanished... leaving only an empty beer can behind him...

Kunoichi Kei sips the Dew and heads up the trail... the drink pretty refreshing... but the desert bush pretty endlessly the same... very hot... and dry... soon parching her throat again... that thunderhead looking more and more inviting as she marches toward it... sweating through her blouse...

The air shimmering with the intense heat... as the ground suddenly trembles... and cracks appear under your feet... before a huge snake bursts out of the ground... with a mouthful of fangs and a set of piercing eyes closer to a dingos... a bizarre hybrid animal as big as a man... looking to wrap you in crushing coils...

Kunoichi Kei squeals in terror... swinging her backpack at the fanged mouth as it strikes... gasping as she finds herself caught in a swirl of muscular coils... her stunned mind still trying to comprehend what is happening... never having seen or even heard of such a thing...

The sningo biting down on the backpack... worrying it like a dog with a rat even as the coils squeeze... closing all around you... the beast having come out of nowhere... did Baz predict such a thing... or even call it up as a test... a test you might be about to fatally fail...

Kunoichi Kei wriggles her arms free and pushes down on the coils... sweaty shape of her boobs oozing forth as the slithering coil slides to her waist... writhing in the grip... twisting and turning... kicking her legs frantically... trying to get free before the fanged mouth finishes with her pack...

The slippery sweat helping you squeeze out of the coils... the snake slithering around... throwing the mangled pack aside... and then darting towards you... head first... not bothering with the coils this time... but making a full frontal attack...

Kunoichi Kei gulps for air... her chest heaving in the sweaty mangled blouse... her skirt torn along on hip... flapping like a fan... and she uses it like one... sidestepping as she removes it... misdirecting the attacking snake like a charging bull... leaving her skirt draped over the sningo's eyes as she takes a stance and tries to focus... and form a fireball between her hands...

The snake thrashing about... blind... as you concentrate... and the small fireball crackles into life... about the size of a baseball... but big enough to smack the monster upside the head... and sending it scurrying back into its hole... as you hear clapping from nearby... Baz applauding... leaning against a tree...

Kunoichi Kei grins as she retrieves her mangled backpack... slinging it over a shoulder... and approaching Baz... hem of her sweaty blouse waving about in front of pink panties... "How did you do that? Did you spike that Dew or something?"

Baz shakes his head... "I didn't do anything... I just figured you'd be about finished with that critter by now... or it'd be finished with you... lucky you didn't come visit me first of all..." He smiles and roots in his pack for another Dew...

Kunoichi Kei narrows her eyes as she is tossed the can of soda... cold as the first... examining it closely... no signs of tampering... "What? Wait a minute? How did you know that... you knew that I visited a bullfighter and the fireball monks? But how?" staring in disbelief at Baz...

Baz shrugs and cracks another can... "Don't forget that spot of tomb raiding..." Nodding towards the hole the snake made... "Sometimes digging stuff out of the ground can be just as handy as a flashy fighting technique..."

Kunoichi Kei eyes the aborigine... putting the Dew in her pack as she moves toward the hole... making a bit of a face as she looks down... "But that ting came out of tat hole... who knows what else might be in there..." sighing... "But if you say so, Master Baz..." slowly beginning to climb her way down into the crack in the earth...

The hole in the rock more like a burrow... the sningo having tunneled his way deep into the earth... leaving a trail wide enough for you to lower yourself into... your fingers brushing something jutting from the earth... the edges of something rolled up... a sheet of paper... or parchment...

Kunoichi Kei 's eyes widen... could it be the scroll she's looking for... she can barely contain her excitement as she carefully pulls the parchment out to look at it... hollering up... "Baz... I tink I found someting!" sweaty thighs and blouse covered with grit as she crawls up out of the ground again... holding the parchment high...

No sign of Baz... not even an empty beer can this time... only the idling jeep... a note pasted to the steering wheel... "Knowing is fine, but unless you can apply what you know it's not much use... hope you know how to drive... Baz..."

Kunoichi Kei puts the scroll in her pack and takes out the Dew... popping the top and toasting to the clouds as she drives off... "Tanks Baz..." following the flashes of lightning... heading back across the desert toward the port town... "So it's not what you know... but how you Dew's it..." laughing almost drunkenly...

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Kunoichi Kei tromps across the ice shelf until the Bellwether disappears over the horizon behind... following her GPS device to the location she was given... shocked to find the temperature rising as she gets past the first wall of icy coastline... soon stripping off winter gear... stuffing it in her pack... soon down to a lavender bikini as unexpected jungle closes in like humid evenings do...

The hidden jungle in the midst of the ice looming up around you... filled with all manner of strange animals... having evolved to suit this tiny ecosystem... a long, thin snake uncoiling from a tree... aiming to wrap around you... long and thin as a rope... but strong...

Kunoichi Kei eeps and tries to spring away from the unusual snake... smacking at it with her pack... even as she trips and goes down... writhing as her powerful legs test the strength of the coiling snake wrapped about them... looking in her pack for a weapon of some sort...

Your fingers searching... finding your yoyo... and the hooded parka and winter gear you trekked here in... even as the snake wraps around and around... binding legs tightly together... hissing as it moves to try the same with your arms...

Kunoichi Kei pulls out the parka and pulls the hood quickly over the head of the slithering reptile... wrapping the heavy fabric about the snake's body further down... trapping the head inside the dark hot garment... squeezing so tight as to not let any air in or out... as she and the snake thrash about on the ground...

The snake's body thrashing this way and that... finally falling still... and loosening... the reptile unconscious... as you wiggle out from the crushing coils... keeping a careful eye out for any other strange animals... and for the mysterious Master you were sent to find...

Kunoichi Kei shakes her head and takes a deep breath... knotting her bikini bottom on the hip where it was torn... then checking her GPS device again... heading off more cautiously... the master she seeks should be close now... if she can stay alive that long...

Your eyes widening as a throwing knife suddenly spins from through the trees... thudding into the bark an inch from your throat... stopping you dead in your tracks... as you spin to see where it came from... seeing only rustling bushes...

Kunoichi Kei pulls the knife loose from the tree trunk... examining it... wondering if the thrower meant to hit her or not... the knife well-balanced... thinking the miss must have been intentional... advancing into the rustling bushes... "I'm Kei Kishimoto... I was sent here on a school trip..."

Another knife flying towards you at the sound of your voice... this one scoring a graze across your back... and severing the strap of your lavender bikini... sending it fluttering to the ground... your eyes widening as you realize this hunter may be playing with you...

Kunoichi Kei yelps as her shoulder is grazed... and her breasts bared as a result... her suspicions confirmed... the knife thrower is very good... and could have already killed her if he wanted... scooping up her bikini top... before continuing on... the first knife in her hand... prepared to send it flying at the source of any more knives that come her direction... while blocking them with her pack...

No more movement from the mysterious hunter... but you can tell he or she is watching... a rustling from the bushes getting your attention... before a huge tiger springs out... two sets of fangs snarling... four eyes turning in your direction... before the beast leaps at you...

Kunoichi Kei squeals and leaps up as well... flipping to land on the back of the charging tiger... bare boobs bouncing as the knife in her hand presses to one neck of the charging tiger... preparing to slit the throat if tries to shake her off...

The tiger recognizing the knife... pulling to a halt and whimpering as it sinks down to let you get off... then bounding into the bushes... even as another knife whistles out of nowhere... aimed for one hip...

Kunoichi Kei flinches... but hasn't time to swing her pack around... the knife cutting her open... as well as slicing through her bikini bottom on the good side... "Ouch! That hurt!" Her eyes narrowing as they peer into the dark shadows of surrounding jungle...

The cut not deep... but bleeding... and stinging as your bikini bottom nearly falls off... leaving you wondering if this mysterious hunter plans to finish you once he's stripped you down... or put you through a death of a thousand cuts... the bushes rustling just ahead...

Kunoichi Kei looks up... pondering throwing the knife in her hand... but fears killing what could simply be a mischievous master... on the other hand... she is almost naked... her bikini bottoms slipping down her thigh... looped there like a wild lavender garter... as she tenses and the muscle flexes...

A dopey-eared rabbit hopping out of the rustling bushes... causing you to breathe a sigh of relief... before a naked man drops from the trees above... aiming to drag you down onto the ground... the Master you seek having apparently gone native... wearing nothing but a vine looped about his waist... a pouch hanging from one hip...

Kunoichi Kei grunting as she is taken down... not sure whether to yell rape... fight for her life... or try to dig the letter of introduction out of her pack... as a result of her indecisiveness she is rather quickly pinned... on her front... struggling as the nearly naked man sits on her...

The hunter chuckling... animalistic... as he grabs hold of your arms... aiming to bind your wrists with a handy nearby vine... and take back his knife... no sign of intelligence left in his eyes... the perfect hunter having succumbed to the lure of the jungle...

Kunoichi Kei finally feels a bit of panic as she looks into those eyes... redoubling her resistance... though possibly having waited too long... the knife gone from her hand... squirming along the jungle floor as her wrists are bound...

The Master drooling as he forces your thighs apart... holding you down while he stuffs your bikini bottoms into your mouth... then pressing a stiff member between your cheeks... forcing it roughly into you with one brutal thrust... the jungle seeming to watch as the madman takes his pleasure...

Kunoichi Kei squeals like a stuck pig... choking on her bikini bottoms... desperately trying to squirm away... unable to believe what is happening to her... straining at bound wrists... her bare breasts grinding against the soft earth... the sounds of the surrounding jungle... and the rutting animal behind her... pounding in her ears... as well as inside her...

The animal rutting furiously... pounding into you with all his strength... the sounds of the jungle filling you ears as you wonder if this is the fate of everyone who stumbles into this forgotten Eden... to be reduced to a beast... one way or another... two pairs of cat's eyes staring out of the foliage ahead... unnoticed by the beast-man filling your tight star...

Kunoichi Kei inches forward across the jungle forward with each pounding lurch of the assault... her head up... face contorted in dismay... eyes pleading with those she sees in the shadows... the striped creature itself completely camouflaged by the foliage...

The powerful tiger snarling... and leaping out from the undergrowth... straight at the savage madman... knocking him off you and to the ground... the two of them rolling around on the jungle floor... the naked savage scrabbling for a knife...

Kunoichi Kei goes for the knife as well... diving for it headfirst... her wrists still bound... so trying to grab the knife in her teeth before the savage can reach it... then turn and bury it into his midsection before he can hurt the tiger...

Your teeth snapping up the knife... and a twist of your head hurling it... the knife burying in the man's gut... putting him off balance... as claws slash at him... scouring deep wounds... and severing the vine at his waist... the pouch spilling spare knives and a rolled scroll onto the jungle dirt...

Kunoichi Kei spies the scroll and scrambles forward... cutting her wrists loose with one of the knives... then snatching up the scroll... glancing at it and stuffing it into her pack... taking the panties from her mouth and tying them back into place on her hips... then doing the same with her top... as she turns to see what is happening between man and beast...

The tiger snarling... licking its wounds... a blood trail leading to rustling bushes... the madman having disappeared back to his jungle... perhaps where he belongs... now that you've liberated the scroll he was no longer worthy to carry... a strange lesson to be taught... that even a venerated Master can surrender to the inner animal...

Kunoichi Kei eyes the tiger for a moment... thinking about demanding a ride... but then thinking better of it... simply nodding and hurrying off... wary of every swaying branch... every rustling sound... but still making her way quickly back to the shore... where she digs her heavy clothes back out of her pack... before crossing the ice shelf...

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Kunoichi Kei visits Easter Island... eyeing the strange statues along the coastline... something about the huge stone figures with the huge heads rather ominous... the Bellwether stopping there so Kei can visit the sixth master... presenting her letter... "Hiya... I'm Kei Kishimoto... I was sent here to study with you to earn a scroll..."

The Master nodding... having plenty of scrolls... and happy to teach you a few healing meditations... a couple of days of study flying by... a refreshing change from recent events... more like what you imagined... until he takes a look at the Headmaster's letter... "Ah... THAT scroll... there may be a problem, I'm afraid... it's long lost..."

Kunoichi Kei widens her eyes... having come to respect the old Polynesian master... who in some ways seems as old as the statues that protect the island... "But I need that scroll to prove myself... is there anyway I might be able to find it... any clues as to where it might be?"

The old man blinking... "I don't know where... but I know when it might be... it was last seen in Machu Pichu... the ancient Mayan city... perhaps if you could go to that place and time, you could fetch it... and it would make a very good test... albeit a dangerous one..." He thinks for a moment... then fetches a small bag of herbs...

Kunoichi Kei nods excitedly as she follows the dark-skinned man... lavender skirt bouncing about due to the sudden spring in her step... this being much more the sort of study she expected... sniffing... furrowing her brows... "I will do my best master... did you say place AND time... what are the herbs for?"

He nods... "You will see... when you reach the city, throw these herbs into the mists surrounding the city... and you will find yourself in Machu Pichu as was... centuries ago when the scroll was last seen... as I recall, it was kept in the main temple..."

Kunoichi Kei stands there gaping as she takes the pouch of herbs... looking from master to herbs and back again... "You don't mean I'm going to have to time travel do you?" biting her lip as he nods with a pleasant smile... "And if you would please bring me a nightshade..." the master adds as he see her blank look... "It's a potato... I'd like one from that time..."

Your head still spinning as the ship takes you to Peru... part of you still believing that it is all an elaborate trick... or a test of gullibility... even as you hike to the top of the mountain... entering the swirling mist of cloud the keeps the ruined city from sight...

Kunoichi Kei makes the long climb to a neighboring peak... emerging into the sun above the mists... as if into another world... her school uniform damp with moisture... crossing a rope bridge to the ancient ruin of Machu Picchu... scattering her herbs over the side... into the mists rising from the Urubamba River more than half a mile below...

The mists rising about you... suddenly thick and billowing... as you continue to make your way across the bridge... finally coming out of the mists into a bustling city filled with ancient Incans... who turn to you in shock... pointing and yelling...

Kunoichi Kei is unable to understand a word they say... but their actions seem quite menacing... a couple of copper-tipped spears pointed at her... another man shaking an axe at her... swallowing hard as she recalls what the master said... about the scroll being in the main temple... she takes off running up stone steps into the city...

The reactions of the people different... some watching... bemused... some running... some chasing... especially those with the spears and axes... seemingly determined to grab hold of you... more of them swarming as you move closer to the temple... forming a human obstacle course... fortunately not too quick... or skilled... but plenty of them...

Kunoichi Kei ducks in and out of the narrow stone alleys... trying to find a way to the temple... cut off every time... the number of men chasing her increasing all the time... desperately running up the side of a stone wall to try to flip over the men blocking her way... hearing a rip... but landing in the clear... looking back... one warrior blinking at the lavender skirt in his hand... another throwing bolas...

The bolas winding around your ankles... until you bunny hop out of them... the bolas just tangling around one leg... slowing you down slightly but not enough... as you make it to the temple... the rolled up scroll of parchment sitting in an alcove... next to an altar covered with dried blood...

Kunoichi Kei untangles her leg from the bolas... stuffing them into her pack... leaping over the blood-stained altar... tails of her blouse fluttering about pink panties... as she heads straight for the alcove... reaching for the scroll... thrusting it into her pack... as warriors flood into the temple...

The warriors blocking the exit... at least a dozen... along with a priest... with blazing eyes... and a sharp knife... which he points at you before barking the command to attack... which the warriors eagerly follow...

Kunoichi Kei has no time to conjure a fireball... but does manage to land a couple of solid kicks... before the press of warriors overpower her in the tight quarters... punching... pinning... stripping... spurred on by the angry voice of the priest with the knife... looming as a naked Kei is pulled spread eagle on the stone floor...

The priest grinning... as warriors hold you by wrists and ankles... dragging you towards the bloody altar... the priest moving around to the stabbing position... beginning to chant some sort of holy rite... even as you're held down... the point of the knife poking against one breast... the priest squeezing and groping... then raising the blade high...

Kunoichi Kei writhes on the stone altar... her athletic body glistening with sweat... which sprays from the tips of wildly rolling breasts as she struggles to pull free... one breast creased by the knife... before the blade is raised... and Kei lets out a blood-curdling scream... realizing she is about to become some sort of sacrifice if she can't kick free...

One slippery leg pulling free of an equally sweaty grasp... and kicking out... hitting the priest in the belly... causing him to drop the knife... which lands point first in the arm of one of the men holding you... freeing your own arm... two remaining warriors trying to hold you down as you make a break for it...

Kunoichi Kei snatches the knife from the wounded arm... and with a couple of slashes frees her other limbs... standing on the altar... flipping over the confused crowd of angry men... landing on both feet and scooping up her pack... barefeet slapping the stone as she runs out of the temple...

The people reacting in a similar way to you on the way out... the guards mostly tripping over themselves to get out of the temple... giving you much more of a head start this time as you race for the rope bridge... and the thick layer of mist still stretching across it...

Kunoichi Kei runs wildly through the narrow stone alleys... people pointing at her nakedness... guards posted at rope bridge... guards behind closing in... veering out of the streets into a terraced field... desperate to escape her pursuers... tripping as a spear sails overhead... falling flat... her hands digging into the earth... coming up with tubers... throwing them like bricks...

The potatoes striking home... two of them bouncing off the heads of the guards... sending them stumbling back... your hand clutching a third... remembering your promise to the old Master... the mists swallowing you as you run across the bridge with it... only to clear on the other side... as you turn and take in the ruined city... centuries old... tourists pointing and taking pictures...

Kunoichi Kei gives the tourists a wan grin and tries to cover herself as she becomes the subject of the picture taking... shrugging... finally bartering with one man... trading the bolos for a blanket...which she wraps about body... to make the journey back down the mountain... feeling good that she will prove herself to the master on Easter Island...

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Kei shivering in the cold... the snow falling down in a blizzard... but according to your directions, this is the only way to get to the Canadian master... a wilderness survival expert and master of animal styles... he sure seems to like living rough... the directions allegedly to his home... but no sign of any house nearby...

Kunoichi Kei pulls her sweater tight about her... but her bare legs are freezing... she decides to find shelter until the storm passes... and resume her search for the master then... seeing what appears to be a cave she decides to take shelter there... brushing snow off her shoulders as she steps out of the blizzard...

The cold air blowing through the cave... but getting warmer as you move deeper in... the cave pitch dark... forcing you to fumble for the flashlight in your bag... even as your legs bump up against warm fur... and you hear something growling...

Kunoichi Kei eeps as she feels the soft brush of fur on her bare leg... taking a step back... gulping as she hears the rumbling growl of something large waking up... switching on the flashlight apprehensively... almost afraid to see what she's sharing this cave with...

Your eyes widening at the sight of black fur... a huge black bear rearing up to its full height in front of you... looking in at the flashlight... and then lumbering towards you slowly...

Kunoichi Kei backpedals slowly... shaking her head at the sight of the bear's size and sharp claws... "Nice bear... good bear... so sorry... didn't mean to wake you up..." nodding as if in agreement with herself... "I'll just be leaving now..."

The bear not seeming willing to listen to reason... roaring at the top of its lungs... and then chasing you... thundering after you at full pelt as you try to make a run for it...

Kunoichi Kei squeals and flees... the flashlight casting wild flickering shadows over the walls of the cave as she runs... revealing those walls to be covered with what look like martial arts style diagrams... perhaps drawings of the master she seeks?

The cave might well be his home... but you're not getting along with his roommate... the huge bear pouncing... three hundred pounds aiming to slam you down onto the rock floor... fangs bared... snarling...

Kunoichi Kei gasps and ducks away from the huge bear... claws ripping open her sweater... but luckily failing to find flesh... Kei coming to hands and knees by a rock... setting the flashlight atop the rock... light shining on the diagram... blinking as she tries to make sense of it... diving to the shadows as the bear charges again...

The diagram seeming to show a small figure in combat against a much larger one... perhaps a clue there... as you dive away from the bear's charge... the swiping claws slashing... tearing away your sweater as you shrink back...

Kunoichi Kei stumbles backwards as the bear rears up on hind feet... her sweater hanging from its claws... instinctively reaching to feel... her bra still in place... taking a deep breath... trying to take the stance she sees depicted on the wall... waiting to step inside the next charge of the bear...

The bear growling... roaring... then lumbering forward into another charge... aiming another swipe... to knock you off your feet... one blow of the huge, heavy paws more than enough to do some serious damage if they connect...

Kunoichi Kei steps inside... avoiding the swiping paw... seemingly suicide to close with the huge bear... but it is the style shown on the wall... high kicking a crosstrainer at its snout... lavender skirt bouncing... as the powerful leg extends... clenched fist of glute driving her heel upwards...

The bear given a hard blow across the snout... sending it tumbling backwards... rising up again... blinking... growling it rage... but circling now... as if trying to get the drop on you... keeping distance... not charging but slowly circling closer...

Kunoichi Kei gives a sideways glance at the illuminated stone of the cave wall as she circles with the mountain of fur and muscle... trying to glean more useful techniques... rushing forward... leaping up as the paws swipe outward... attempting to flip over them and land another kick...

Your flip not quite succeeding... the claws getting close enough to tear away your skirt... even thought the kick lands... a glancing blow on the beast's snout... that leaves it roaring... and running... retreating back... now just snarling... as if warning you to exit its cave...

Kunoichi Kei realizes that in nothing but bra and panties she'd freeze to death in the blizzard outside... she's exhausted the moves on the wall of the cave... so she comes up with her own... running up the cave wall and launching herself... aiming to kick a stalactite... hoping to knock it free... so that it drops like a blunt object on the bear's head...

The bear puzzled by the maneuver... swiping with a claw... which comes within an inch of you... before your crosstrainer slams into the rock formation... which comes down like a blunt object... smashing over the bear's skull and sending him into hibernation... as you pick up your flashlight and more deeper into the cave...

Kunoichi Kei looks at her skirt and sweater... shredded and useless... she slings her backpack over one shoulder and continues toward the source of the warm air... picking her way by flashlight... noting diagrams on the walls depicting fighting with everything from cougars to wolves to moose... "Hiya... anybody home?"

Some additional light coming from deep in the cave network... a fire burning... with a large man in a wolfskin and little else warming himself by it... "Ah... I see you won your battle with the bear... there was no other way to get this far into the cave... he's trained to guard against intruders..."

Kunoichi Kei grins and nods... "Hai... I just knocked him out... he should be okay... can't say as much for my school uniform though..." fishing the letter out of her pack... "I'm Kei Kishimoto... the Empire School of the Fighting Arts sent me... to study and earn a scroll..."

The Animal Master nodding... handing you a pelt... "Well, you'll be here until the blizzard stops in any case... and in that time you'll need to find food and fresh water... and hunt..." Nodding... "By the time you leave, you'll be able to take on any animal... and once you're at that level, you can borrow the scroll... though why you need it, I'm not sure... it's dangerous..."

Kunoichi Kei takes the pelt and wraps herself in it as she sits down cross-legged by the fire... nodding... her eyes intent... apparently hanging on every word... "Yes sifu... I can't wait to learn from you... dangerous?" getting a concerned look... "You know... this whole study abroad program to study with seven masters on seven continents hasn't always been what I expected..."

The Animal Master nods... "Hmmm... well, it was a very particular scroll I was asked to give you... not so dangerous on its own, but it helps to focus and combine other meditations and enchantments... it might be the catalyst for something very powerful..." He shrugs... "Still, that's of no threat to me, in this cave..."

Kunoichi Kei nods her head even as her eyes wander around the walls of the cave... "Tanks sifu... I'll have to take care when I return with it and the other six scrolls... in the meantime I look forward to learning everyting you can teach me..." beams as she has finally found a master who has agreed to teach her...

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Kunoichi Kei is already packed by the time the Bellwether docks in Empire City... taking her leave of the captain and leaping to the dock even before it has tied up... anxious to see Belle and the others... but anxious also about her mission... now worried that her study trip was not exactly what it seemed... and so she goes to see her Headmaster before anyone else...

The school let out for Spring break by the time you arrive... students and teachers heading on their way to their respective destinations... leaving just the Headmaster to oversee the school... looking hungrily at your backpack... "Ah... excellent... Did you meet with the seven Masters and gain the bridging scrolls?" A long lizard-like tongue flicking between human lips as he speaks... eyes shining eagerly...

Kunoichi Kei nods eagerly as she curtsies to the Headmaster... lavender skirt riding up her thighs... swinging her pack around in front of her as straightens up... "I obtained all seven scrolls... of stone... of life... of fire... of dreams... of passion... of sacrifice... and of the beasts... but the masters weren't all expecting me..." her eyes narrow... "Bridging?"

The Headmaster grinning... eyes narrowing... "Ah... I meant... the bridge between lack of knowledge and knowledge... hopefully you've crossed all those bridges now..." He reaches out a hand... the skin on it seeming leathery all of a sudden... "Hand them over, please... for the library..."

Kunoichi Kei hesitates for an instant at the brush of his hand... not recalling his skin being so old and tough... but then again... it has been three months... and he always did seem a bit of a fossil... "Yes sir... I learned plenty... and they're all here... bound with linen... but I promised to return some after the end of the semester when they've been fully studied and the exhibition ends..."

The Headmaster chuckling... something sinister about it... "Well, once I... we... are done with them... you can return them by post... or in person... whatever you feel like..." chuckling again... as if your returning the scrolls is just a hypothetical possibility... snatching them from your bag... smiling toothily... and gliding towards the library... "You may go..."

Kunoichi Kei lofts brows... thinking the Headmaster hasn't really seemed himself since he announced the goal of this year's study abroad trip... but she forces a smile and polite bow... "Tank you, sir... I am anxious to join everyone else on Spring break..." feigning to exit... but once outside scaling the brick of the old bell tower building at the center of campus... to let herself back in...

The window at the top of the tower easing open without a creak... allowing you to creep down the tower... coming out at the back of the library... your eyes widening as you peek in... seeing your Headmaster standing in a septagram chalked on the floor... one of the scrolls at each point... a single character glowing in each... as he chants ancient syllables...

Kunoichi Kei blinks... as if the scene of an obvious black arts summoning ceremony weren't enough... the Headmaster himself is changing... seams of his suit ripping out as his body expands... Kei gulps... recalling warnings by at least two of the masters she met... wondering... if this is not her Headmaster... then who... or what?

The headmaster's skin changing from pink... to a dark red... the thinning hair falling out... red horns pushing through the forehead... the shoes bursting off huge hooves... matted with hair... every scrap of clothing falling away from the massive demon form... even the pants and undies shredded by the growth of a demonic dick... the snorting creature grunting the last syllables...

Kunoichi Kei hears her heart pounding in her ears... this is her responsibility... she has promises to keep... and scroll secrets to protect... flipping out of the rafters in a flutter of lavender skirt and flash of pink panty... landing deftly and rushing forward... aiming to collect the scrolls from the points of the septagram...

A large doorway of pulsing red taking up the demon's full attention... until you snatch up the first scroll... the Demon Headmaster turning... snarling... "Put that back at once... I am your Headmaster... and you need to learn your lesson..."

Kunoichi Kei tucks the scroll into her pack... yoyo in the hand as it is withdrawn... "In Antarctica I learned sometimes it is the master who needs a lesson..." spinning and whipping out her yoyo... aiming to strike the demon right between the horns... "In humanity!"

The Demon's blazing eyes widening... a moment before the yoyo strikes him in the forehead with a deafening crack... knocking him right out of the circle... all the scrolls ceasing to glow... and the portal slamming shut... the huge demon shaking off the blow... and snarling... flame spewing from his mouth... "Too bad you didn't learn not to provoke a demon... doomed one..."

Kunoichi Kei is already moving to scoop up the next of the scrolls and tuck it away in her pack... eyes defiant as she peers up from her crouch... "You are not my headmaster... what did you do with him?" flicking out her weapon again as she springs toward the next scroll...

The Demon stares at you for a moment... then belches... spitting out a skull... aiming it for you like a projectile... answering your question with an attack... before charging at you...

Kunoichi Kei gapes as the belching demon sends a skull flying at her... grunting as what remains of her headmaster hits her in the gut... doubling her over... losing grip of her yoyo... gasping for air as she struggles to her knees... reaching in her pack... desperate... as she pulls out an ancient root... throws it down between them... a poisonous cloud of ancient dust billowing upwards...

The Demon caught unawares by the choking cloud... the potato that you never found an opportunity to hand over to the Master in South America... but who perhaps asked you to find it for just this occasion... leaving the hooved creature coughing... spluttering... and doubled over...

Kunoichi Kei scoops up another scroll and places it in her pack... attempting to summon a fireball... "Hadoken!" flinging it at the sputtering demon... before somersaulting across the marble floor toward the next piece of parchment... intent on collecting the scrolls... if she can keep the demon busy...

The Demon almost recovering from the choking smoke... before the fireball hits... right in his eyes... blinding him for a few vital seconds... as he thrashes wildly in your direction... sweeping his huge muscular arms to and fro...

Kunoichi Kei uses all the dodging skill that El Guapo could teach her... managing to keep the demon's talons from her flesh... but her school uniform... lavender skirt and white blouse each fluttering from around a pointed claw... as she collects the fourth of the seven scrolls...

The Demon snarling... growling... and finally letting loose with a belching burst of fire... a stream of flame pouring from the beast's mouth as it aims to fry you alive... growling... "Put those back now and you can have pride of place in the army of demons I will use to conquer this world... or you can burn..." A wheedling tone in the monster's voice... as if it feels fear...

Kunoichi Kei reaches the fifth of the scrolls just as the burst of fire is sent streaming her way... it looks as if she might be toast... until she realizes this is the scroll of life... life coming from water... recalling what Baz said about being able to apply her knowledge... lifting the scroll... focusing as if making a fireball... meeting the stream of fire with a stream of water...

The fireball turning to steam... the power of the life scroll enough to completely negate the demon's power... drenching him in the mystical water... that seems to burn him like acid... sending the monster stumbling back... roaring in pain... then charging at you... a pair of wings bursting from his back as he completes the transformation... and swoops down on you like an eagle...

Kunoichi Kei recognizes the demon's attack even as she sticks the scroll of life in her pack... blocking the talons the key... rolling to her back... pink-clad pout bulging between flexing legs as they aim to meet the base of the slashing talons with crosstrainers... and use his momentum against him... hopefully sending him careening into the wall behind...

The claws digging into the souls of your trainers... and plucking them off your feet... even as the Demon is given the extra push to slam into the wall... with the force of a runaway truck... cracking the stone... and buying you an extra second to grab another scroll...

Kunoichi Kei collects the sixth scroll... glistening with sweat as she dashes for the last of the scrolls... next to naked and running out of tricks... realizing she still has no idea how actually stop such an obviously powerful demon... glancing at the last scroll as she picks it up... the scroll of stone... and she has an idea...

The Demon screeching in pain from the blow against the wall... swelling to massive size... fangs and claws elongating... muscles inflating... eyes blazing... even the horns extending as the terrifying monster draws on all its power for one last attack... sending a sheet of flame blazing from the wide open maw... wings flapping... a last charge to destroy you entirely...

Kunoichi Kei leaps over the sheet of flame... flying through the air on a collision course with the charging demon... seeming suicide... a nearly naked schoolgirl in obscenely clinging pink bra and panties... versus a demon that would make Hellboy look like a wimp... surely about to be splattered... or gobbled up like her headmaster... unless she's right about slapping the scroll of stone to its forehead...

The Demon's eyes going wide as you slap the scroll of stone down on one horn... like a receipt on a spike... touching the forehead of the creature... those wide eyes turning grey... then the face... then the rest of it... turning to immobile stone... a huge statue crashing through the air... and then shattering into fragments...

Kunoichi Kei tumbles to the floor in the midst of shattering stone... kneeling there panting on her knees for a moment in the midst of the remains of the demon... finally exhaling and gathering herself... taking her iCee out of the pack and making a call... "Belle... hai... it’s Kei... I'm home... please don't be upset... it's a long story... but I tink maybe you and Sara need to come over to the school library..."

(January – March 2010)