Haruki stood at attention as the Hokage walked down the row of 20 Arashikage ninjas. Each bearing a seemingly heavy weight. Today was the day every Arashikage Kage ranked ninja would fight each other to the death. Haruki was one of the few who were chosen first hand to participate. Haruki gave no effort in retaliation and humbly excepted the offer. Once the Hokage reached the podium with 3 large mats on it, he sat down next to two of his advisers who would oversee the tournament as well. The Hokage took a deep breath and gave the opening speech. Afterwards he sat back down and shouted "Begin!" Haruki gripped his sword and immediately slicing a man's head off everyone was still and silent, but shortly began to move again. They started charging Haruki, but Haruki outsmarted them using the dead Kage's body as a shield. He took out about 4 people during this, including the first one. After the ambush had settled down three remained. Haruki stabbed his sword into the ground and began a quick shadow technique. The technique engulfed his hands in black, pulsating orbs. Haruki then picked up his sword and began swinging at his opponents. Neither dared to go in after the blade swings because the technique hardened the shadow of the blade making the swing paths blades as well. Haruki eventually had the two cornered. He sliced one, but the other took the oppurtunity and got behind him. Haruki was lucky enough to turn around and parry his blade, but knocked both of their blades away in the process, thus making him lose his technique it had turned into a hand to hand fight. The fight dragged on for hours before Haruki came out victorious. Haruki kneeled to his Hokage. The Hokage stood up waving his hand over the boy's head signaling At Ease. Haruki stood up his Gi drenched in blood and sweat. The bodies behind him were being whisked away to graves made on the side of the stadium. The Hokage handed him a piece of paper. "What is this?" "I know I did not discuss the matter with you, but this is your new partner." Haruki read the paper giving the results of a Mizuga kunoichi (female ninja). "Hokage you can't be--" "That is enough Haruki, it has been decided among the Hokage's that this is the best course of action. You will meet this girl tomorrow morning at sunrise. May the shadows hide your soul from the evils of the world." Haruki gripped the paper, bowed out, and walked off to his dojo. He prepared his things and meditated through the night.