Monday, February 27, 2012

Michio Found

Taro looked around to both sides. There was nobody there. He made his way down the hallway and looked around the corner. At the end of the hall was a guard sitting in a chair, and behind him was a heavy metal door.

The guard was lumped over in the chair with his arms folded and his head tilted back. He was fast asleep!

Michio must be behind that door. He had to get past this guard and he would find him. But he couldn't take any chances.

Taro reached into his bag and pulled out a small bamboo tube and a feathered dart. It was lined with a chemical that would cause a man to go into a deep sleep for several hours.

Taro loaded the dart and put the tube up to his lips. Then with a quick burst of air, the dart flew through the air and into the sleeping guard's neck.

The man was instantly roused, clasping his neck with his hands and let out a great yelp.

"What the hell?" he said, clambering to his feet. The man took a few steps and then tumbled to the ground.

Taro ran over to the man and started searching his body. He found what he was looking for, a ring of keys on the man's belt. He turned the man over and unfastened his belt, sliding the keys off in the process. And then he quickly made his way to the door and started trying different keys.

After a few tries, one of the keys slid right in, and with a satisfying click, the door was open.

Taro hurried inside the dark room and waited for his eyes to focus on a dark figure in the middle of the room. There, tied to a chair, was Michio!

"Michio!" he shouted. "Michio, wake up!"

He shook the lifeless body but there was no response.

"Michio, get up!" He slapped Michio's face but he still didn't move.

Taro reached in his bag and pulled out a small bottle. He opened it up and was immediately taken over by the strong order that came out. He put the bottle under Michio's nose and began slapping him on the cheek.

"Michio, can you hear me?"

"Ugh..." the lifeless form grunted.

Michio looked up at Taro, his face battered and bruised, and there was dried blood on this side of his face.

"Taro?" Michio said.

"Yes, Michio. It's me. Thank God you're alright! We need to get out of here."

"Taro, you shouldn't have come."

"I'm here to save you Michio. Let's go."

Taro put away the small bottle and took out a kunai knife. He sliced through the ropes that were holding Michio, and Michio fell forward unable to hold himself up. Taro caught him and helped him to his feet.

"Michio, can you stand?" Taro asked.

"I think so."

Michio took a few steps forward but began to fall again. Taro went to hold him up again, but Michio waved him off and regained his stability.

"I'll be fine, Taro. I just need a minute."

Just then, an alarm sounded.

Read the Next Chapter: "Base Under Seige" >>>>>

Taro finally found Michio, but now it looks like they have big problems on their hands. Will they be able to make it out alive? Find out in the next chapter of our story, "Taro's Ninja Spy High School." And don't forget to comment.

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.