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Itachi Uchiha

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@Dante | May 25th, Year 109 | Abandoned Lot, 8:38PM

Originally the case belonged solely to an investigator named Dante, a man whom Itachi had yet to meet. Given his fledgling status, he was assigned to tag along with the senior, to get some experience as he was told. He had no qualms with essentially being babysat, though hopefully, his colleague would allow him to help. While it was his first case to involve murder in Pandora, he was no novice to the field. Their job was to hunt down the killer of their victim, and he had plenty of experience in that regard. The only change however was the target in question - the culprit was something supernatural.

That would be a first. For everything that existed in the Elemental Continent, the closest things that came to traditional monsters were the Tailed Beasts and the Akatsuki. There were the summoning creatures, but from the suspected creature types that were listed in the file, Itachi doubted that they came close. The current running theory was that a demon had killed Malcolm Ement, leaving behind a bloody crime scene. The notes that were attached to the police report stated that there was a slight smell of sulfur and the ferocity of the attack. The photographs had been especially gruesome, though a lifetime of gore had strengthened his stomach to such a sight.

The dusk sky was steadily growing darker by the time he arrived at the taped-off scene. Law enforcement was a lingering presence waiting for their appearance, and his mentor had yet to arrive. His only companion in the encroaching night was the croak of closeby crickets and distant car-horns. After a moment's pause, he ducked beneath the caution tape and cautiously approached the body-marker. Evidence of the crime still sat undisturbed, the only missing part being that of the corpse himself. Aside from that, the police officers had done a routine job of leaving the scene as pristine as it could be. Perhaps there would still be traces of where the demon had run off to, though pursuit would have to wait until Dante had appeared.

That said, he still wandered the perimeter of the scene. Black eyes bled red as the Sharingan slowly whirled awake, the tomoe lazily circling. Details became sharper, eliminating the fuzzy static that had previously plagued his vision. There was an overturned rock towards his left that inevitably attracted his attention. He was inspecting it by the time another approached, his finger swiping over one bloodied face of the stone. From the looks of it, it had been overturned when their culprit had fled the scene of his meal. "It looks like it fled south." Itachi murmured in place of a greeting as he dropped the rock back to the ground.

 
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One thing Toby knew he was always good for was making sure the new kids were gonna be just fine. The other thing was handling demons, but that was much more obviously up his alley. Combine the two and it was a scenario with his name written all over it. The one downside? He was running late.

It didn't happen as often as he felt most people expected, but it did still happen from time to time. Today just happened to be a weird day, slow but too quick all the same. A cup of coffee in hand, the half-devil was quick to show his badge to the officers before shooting them a wink and ducking under the police tape. It was time to get to work.

Scanning over the reports had taught him the basics, giving him a small hunch on what type of demon they might be dealing with. Sulfur was common enough, but the markings less so. Looking at the scene, he was at least relieved to know the report hadn't missed much. "Good to know. You wanna take the lead?"

For as much as this had been Dante's case, he also knew it was good to trust the kid's instincts sometimes. They weren't fragile, they had powers of their own. He was just there as backup, to make sure things went smoothly and that they were doing just fine with the pressures that came with the job.


 
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The coffee explained in part as to why Dante had been late, though Itachi couldn't falt him given the work he did. The man looked every bit the stereotype of a tired investigator: unshaven stubble, scraggly hair, worn-out clothes. But he seemed friendly, which matched what he heard around the offices. In other words, the perfect individual to pair up with rookies.

It was surprising, however, to hear him so readily give up the lead, as he put it. He paused for a brief moment, one head cocked to the side. "Very well, we need to move quickly to catch up." Hopefully, the trail wouldn't grow cold given how recent the attack had been. There was also the possibility that it would be sentient enough to try to throw them off its scent. Humans were often smart enough to create false leads, who's to say that their prey wasn't?

"Do you have any idea as to what sort of creature this demon could be?" Itachi questioned as he turned on his heel to head southbound. There was no question behind the brutality of the demon, but was it humanoid in appearance? Or was it akin to a mindless beast? There was no way to be certain based on just the crime scene alone, but he had an inkling that it was the latter.

There was no doubt that it had covered itself in blood, leaving behind a minute trail even in the failing light. From the spaced out droplets, in small indents in the dirt, both just big enough for his eyes to pick out, it had a leaping-sort of gait. "It has a rotatory gallop," he stated before giving Dante a quick glance. "Like a dog, it helps it run faster but it'll grow fatigued. Quadrupedal and heavy from the looks of its tracks."

 
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He kept up with the kid as they moved in the direction Itachi had tracked it towards, one hand stuffed into a pocket while the other was kept warm by his coffee. It was obvious he seemed confused by being allowed to be in charge, but it was good experience. A show of trust in judgement, too. Or at least he hoped it came off that way. The kid obviously knew what he was doing, so the half-devil wasn't going to question it.

"I've got a solid guess." Dante replied almost nonchalantly to the question, taking a sip of his coffee. He waited for him to finish speaking, nodding along at the mention of the creature's gait. He was spot on, which was almost impressive. "M'pretty sure it's a hezrou. Not a demon from my world, but they like to stir up trouble here. Kinda looks like a giant mutated toad, walks like a dog like you said. Giant claws, hungry eyes."

They picked on prey simply out of hunger or a desire for destruction. Which was really just another form of hunger for them, truth be told. Could be pretty nasty at times, but there were worse things to deal with on a night like this. "I can pick it off pretty quick unless you wanna take a shot at it yourself, kiddo."


 
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Itachi fell quiet as Dante explained his hypothesis, turning the answer over in his head. Hezrou. A demonic, toad-like creature whose kind has caused issues in the past. Hezrou. The word was foreign, but he couldn't help but think of Danzo. He had insurance that the man wouldn't endanger his brother's life even after death, but what if they were to appear in a realm like this? It would lead to a demon far worse than the Hezrou they were hunting.

"This Hezrou, how sentient is it?" So far the trail had been relatively easy to follow, even as the blood led them away from the park and into spacious back-alleys. There were trashcans that had been knocked over in its race away from the park, tracks in the garbage from its claws. Given that he couldn't hear it yet, the Hezrou was still too far out of reach for them, which only spurred a second question: "Do you think that it's still hunting?"

If another person's life was at risk, then he would need to go faster. He could scale the walls in order to get an aerial view, check to see if he could spot it in the distance. Itachi wasn't sure how agile Dante was, but for an older individual, he seemed surprisingly spry. Even if he went further on ahead, there was no question that the demon-hunter could catch up.

"If I see an opportunity to attack, then I will take it." Otherwise, he would defer to Dante's seniority in the case. He may have been the lead tracker in this specific situation, but the safest course of action was to let the one more experienced with devil-slaying to kill the Hezrou. But if it left him an opening to safely attack? Then Itachi would take it.

Kiddo was an unfamiliar term of endearment to hear. Kiddo. When was the last time he had been referred to as such, six? Seven? At least not since his graduation from the Shinobi Academy, but that had been well over a decade ago. It didn't bother him, it was merely unusual. He was careful to keep his expression neutral as it always seemed to be these days.

 
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"It's pretty mindless, but considering how big they are? I doubt that was enough of a meal." It was just one person for a frog-like creature that was about 8 ft. tall. They'd be lucky if it decided to slow it down for them. He chewed on his lip for a moment, eyes scanning over the surrounding area as they walked, "I could always be wrong, it could be something else entirely, but I dunno. Might be a good idea to pick up the pace."

The last hezrou he'd encountered had been quick, but it's swing was slow. It gave enough time to dodge, which he was thankful for even with his healing abilities. Better to not get smacked through a wall by a meaty, clawed hand.

He gave the kid a small look, "And hey, don't think I'll be slowing you down. I may look old, but I'm still pretty quick." It was more cheeky than anything else. For as much as Dante knew he looked human as could be, it was still funny to watch people assume there wasn't more underneath the surface.


 
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What Dante said made sense; one human for something whose tracks looked that big? It had devoured him in a short enough time that it was possible that it could kill another person on this chase. His assumption that this was a Hezrou could be wrong, but from what Itachi heard, it sounded accurate. They didn't have the time to walk at the pace they were.

They were entering a target-rick environment. It could be a matter of time until their target found itself a new meal, and that would be entirely on their heads. Even if it wasn't a Hezrou, this demon needed to be found, urgently. It would be harder to pick up on the small details to track it while they ran, but there was no question that he'd be able to.

"I meant no offense, I'm sure you can keep up." Itachi knew better to doubt someone's capabilities, especially when it came to a world as varied as this one. For all he knew, he was the one holding him behind. Age did not equate prowess, as both he and the wizened third Hokage had proved. If Dante said that he could keep up, then Itachi trusted him to be capable of such.

The Body Flicker made his leap from the floor to the top of a nearby balcony seamlessly invisible. One second he was there, the next, a few raven feathers wafted through the air where he once was. Jumping between walls and balconies meant that there were fewer obstacles for him to maneuver, covering more ground overall.

A minute passed and there was a scream, followed by the nearby sounds of dumpsters being shoved out of the way. They made a loud, metallic-screech as something impossibly strong threw them around. If Itachi had to guess, their Hezrou found another meal. When he turned the corner into another alleyway, he spotted it trying to reach a huge claw in between the narrow space of two buildings.

With practiced ease, he pulled out several shurikens from where he had hidden them up his sleeve. It took him only a second to weave the signs necessary for a Jutsu, and before the Hezrou could get closer to its prey, a series of flaming stars hit it deftly in the eye and face. It stumbled back with a roar as Itachi hopped back towards the ground. "That's the Hezrou, Dante?"

 
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