Kali looked up ahead at Naruto with a concerned expression. The boy looked so… what was the right word for it? Determined? Hurt? Perhaps a combination of both. Kali didn’t blame him—he, Zac, Althea, and she had been through so much since they left Choji behind to fight Jirobo. They first nearly got killed by that olive-skinned man with six arms that spat webs like some kind of nightmarish Spiderman. They escaped as Neji, the boy with the extremely perceptive vision, offered to stay behind and fight. That was when Kali began to notice a pattern. With each “Sound Ninja” they encounter, they normally have to leave one of their own in order to advance. Such a pattern was a very risky one.
After that, the team managed to catch up with the two remaining members of the Sound Ninja, Tayuya and Sakon. They used an interesting strategy involving Naruto’s ability to create identical copies of himself, Shadow Clones he called them, to create a diversion. Amazingly, they had gotten their hands on the mysterious coffin that contained the Leaf Ninja’s dear friend. However, Sakon, that creep with what looked like a second head on the back of his neck, attacked Akamaru. Kiba was desperate to save him, but Kali watched in horror as they both went tumbling off a cliff and into the unknown.
Shikamaru commanded Naruto and the trio to take the coffin back to the village while he would go to save Akamaru, but the team was attacked suddenly by an unknown figure who easily and effortlessly stole the coffin back from them. Kali caught that his name was Kimimaro, whose ability, as most of these “ninja” tended to have, was unknown. He took the coffin warning Tayuya that he wouldn’t kill her if she effectively deals with the Leaf Ninja and the trio.
“I have to get Sasuke,” Naruto had said in exasperation. He had pretended to engage in a fight with the red-haired girl Tayuya, but suddenly ran off after the mysterious white-haired boy yelling a quick apology. Shikamaru had ordered the trio to go and look after him, assuring them that he could handle Tayuya, despite it being a “drag”.
The group was in hot pursuit of Kimimaro, which was quite exhausting for Kali though not terribly, until they finally caught up to him in a large, open field with long grass. “What strange weapons,” Kimimaro had said to the trio before Naruto had interjected, beginning to question the white-haired man, also commanding them to stay out of the fight.This is where Kali got a little confused. Kimimaro had responded to Naruto’s questions without emotion, saying that some guy, Orochimaru, wanted Sasuke’s… body? How was that even possible? Then Naruto, enraged, underwent some form of transformation: his teeth grew sharp and his body became enveloped in a sinister red aura. Then, he summoned a substantial amount of Shadow Clones and began mercilessly fighting Kimimaro. That’s when Kali saw his frightening power—not just Naruto’s, but Kimimaro’s as well. The man could create bones from his body and use them as weapons, and they were really strong and quite effective in keeping the enraged Naruto away from the coffin, which was beginning to emit a strange, black smoke.
After some time of the trio watching in stunned horror, the seals containing the character “封” disappeared from the coffin and it collapsed, revealing inside a boy with jet black hair. Kali didn’t quite see his face. Naruto paused his fighting and urged Sasuke to comeback, but the boy responded with only laughter as he ran away. Naruto tried to chase after him, but Kimimaro went in for a fatal blow.
Kali screamed, but right when she thought the bony sword was about to pierce Naruto, out of nowhere a figure appeared and blocked the attack for Naruto. He looked rather silly, having bushy eyebrows and a bowl-style haircut, but he looked like a formidable ninja, and he seemed to be on our side, as he was wearing the same headband (around his waist) as the other Leaf Ninja. That must be how they identified themselves. Anyway, the boy, Rock Lee, had come to offer reinforcement, he and urged Naruto to continue and told the trio to go as well, as they could offer Naruto some help. Kali wondered when they would actually start helping, but she didn’t know how well she could fend against these people. She’d prefer to fight the Heartless.
Now it was just the trio and Naruto, and he seemed as angry as ever. His teeth and fists and clenched and he wasn’t talking to the trio. There was an ominous silence as they went through the trees, following the sound of Sasuke’s menacing laughter. Kali thought Naruto was really on the verge of tears.
Before too long, the forest began to open up again, revealing a magnificent ravine. A waterfall roared on the far end and statues of two men stood on opposite cliffs, facing one another. And, on the fingers of the figure on the opposite side of the ravine, stood Sasuke. There was so much negative energy in the air that Kali thought she would gag. This couldn’t be a good sign. The Heartless were coming.
“Sasuke!” screamed Naruto in desperation as he jumped up toward the statue on the closer side of the ravine.
“No, wait!” shouted Kali. She prepared to jump up after him when an extremely loud roar tore through her eardrums. She turned around and screamed in horror. Behind her, having appeared out of nowhere, stood a fifteen-foot tall monster. No, a Heartless. It had spider-like legs, huge arms with hands that seemed to have mouth-like openings complete with sets of teeth, as well an hair-raising head with four eyes that made Kali want to pee herself. The area above its face was emblazoned with a black and red Heart with an X through it.
She was stunned. The creature filled her with complete terror. Her hand gripping the Keyblade trembled. This was just too much for her. She had seen so much, too much. She wanted out. The Arachniterror screeched in what seemed to be a cackling laugh and swung one of its arms down toward her. Kali didn’t move.