Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Taro watched as the gleaming sun fell behind the distant mountains and disappeared from sight. He carefully stretched his arms and legs which were stiff from hours of waiting. The time to strike would soon be upon him.

The whole neighborhood had gone dark now, and only the shining from lights from inside the warehouse lit up the area. The guards out front had not yet gone through rotation. He knew it was only a matter of time before they would switch shifts.

He made his way back down the tree, being careful to stay out of view behind the tree's massive trunk. Still maintaining his distance, he fled to the other side of the street, keeping cover behind any cars that he could. And then he waited.

It wasn't long before two guards came from inside and met with the one's out front. He would use this opportunity as a distraction to get inside.

Pulling a small hook out from his bag, he launched it in the air and watched as it hooked on to the top of the wall. Then, sliding on his hooked feet claws, he began his climb to the top. Pulling himself up one arm at a time, he reached the top and heaved himself up onto the wall. At this angle, he could only see the top of the guards' heads but could see that he still had time to make use of the distraction.

He reeled the hook back up and held it in a neat bundle in his hands, ready to throw it up into the tree near the window. He swung the hook around and let it loose into the air, watching as it seamlessly latched on to one of the large branches near the top. However, he was now going to have to climb the rope without any assistance from nearby walls.

Replacing his foot claws in his bag, he then took a firm hold on the rope with both hands. Pulling his feet up, he let his weight swing him on the rope until he was positioned under the tree.

"What was that?" one of the guards said.

The tree had made more noise that Taro had anticipated, and the rattling of the leaves did not go unnoticed.

Taro quickly began to pull himself up, using all the strength he could spare. One hand after another, he hauled himself up closer and closer to the branch.

"What are you talking about?" said another guard. "You've been on duty for too long, you should go home and get some rest."

Taro made his way up to the branch and hurled himself onto it, feeling a little exhausted from the climb, but forced himself to begin reeling the grappling hook back in.

"Ah, I suppose you're right. It was probably just a cat or something anyway."

Securing the grappling hook in his bag, he watched for the guards leaving. He could no longer see past the corner of the building, but he had a clear view of the street. It wasn't long until he could see the two guards walking to their cars and waving goodbye to the others.

Now, his focus was getting inside.

Read the next Chapter "Infiltration" >>>>>>

Having successfully made it into the tree, Taro now must find a way into the building to save Michio. What will happen to our young ninja? Find out how the story unfolds 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.