Before i start the story i feel it is important to make a few notes. 1. for the purposes of this story sasori is alive, although he only features in the begining. 2.the unknown akatsuki member has been left out altogether, simply because i don't know anything about him or her so it wouldn't make much sense to talk about her. 3.this was written prior to 329 coming out 4. The Akatsuki leader is always refered to as Al. So treat that as his name. Lastly this story is not complete so if it does get some support i will finish it off. With all that out of the way i hope you enjoy the story so far... The Akatsuki Heist The members of Akatsuki had recently been working very hard on the overall goal of the organisation. Two jinchuurikies had already been caught and a few others had already been located and it was only a matter of time before they were within their cold grasp. Due to these recent successes Al felt that it was important to round up the members and congratulate them on the work that they had done so far. However, there was also another reason to call the meeting, which could be very beneficial to the group. Everyone was then summoned to their usual meeting area, a large cave. It wasn?t the most ideal location, but it was secure and out of the way, none of the members appreciated spending time there but all understood that this lack of comfort would only be temporary. For this particular get together all would be present in their physical bodies, which meant that a few were going to be late and this was the case with Hidan and Kakuzu, much to the irritation of the more punctual members, including Itachi. Such meetings were usually reserved for major changes to the organisation, including the expulsion of members or the initiation of new ones. As Al had been rather vague in his messages the members? general consensus was that another was being added to their ranks. During the wait for Hidan and Kakuzu the other members were standing in various parts of the cave and talking to their respective partners. These weren?t the most sociable ninja out there and Al questioned the ability of the entire group to work together. This was something which could be a major issue as he knew once their plan reached its climax a major battle could face them. They all seemed to respect each others abilities but Al was worried about dissention in the camp, if members started to fall out with one another the whole plan could fall apart. His fears weren?t eased either when Hidan and Kakuzu eventually arrived. Itachi had obviously given some sort of indication to Kisame regarding his displeasure at their late arrival as he tightened the grip on his sword and gave the pair a hard stare. Sasori and Deidara were so deep in conversations that they didn?t even notice their arrival. The cave had some seating in the form of large stones which were arranged in a semi circle near the centre of it. Al moved into his usual position which was standing in front of the stones, once everyone noticed this they all sat down, apart from Zetsu who couldn?t. Up until this point none of the members were inquisitive enough to ask Al what the purpose of this meeting was, but none were expecting what he was about to say. ?Gentlemen, first I want to congratulate you on the way things are going, we are beyond my expectations in terms of the speed in which these jinchuuriki are being found and caught. It is important to recognize our successes and move beyond some slight failures that may have occurred.? Hidan half tilted is head towards the direction of Itachi and gave a wry smile. ?But that is not the only reason why I have summoned you here. In order to continue our quick progress I think we need to take some time out from our usual activities in order to focus on the restocking of our funds.? The various pairs exchanged glances with each other. ?As you know, bribery is very important in the way we operate; our power is obviously millions of miles away from the comprehension of most shinobi but in order to pass through areas without raising suspicion and gaining high class information paying off people has allowed us to remain unnoticed in the eyes of the various Kages? and we need this to continue. I am also worried about the possible lack of team work and this could lead to our downfall that is why I have called this meeting. There exists a central vault where the major countries store a large portion of their money, this is kept in reserve for emergencies and is guarded by high ranking ninja from all of the respective nations. I want you to break in and take all the money that you can without anyone realising who has done it. Even if you take the money but it is known that the Akatsuki has taken it I will regard this as failure. For this particular mission I will be out of sight as I have other deals that need to be attended to, Kakuzu will be in charge of this mission because of his intimate knowledge of the vault, which will be imperative to the success of this mission. We will all reconvene here in exactly 7 days, good luck gentlemen.? Al then closed his eyes and vanished from sight as he normally did after speeches. This situation was entirely alien to the members of Akatsuki who had never worked in large groups in order to complete missions. They did understand its importance though, an actual war could break out and they would need to be able to co operate in order to ensure their overall goal was completed. But there were problems, the members did accept Al as the leader but for this mission he wouldn?t even be around. It would be a real challenge for everyone to accept Kakuzu as the leader of this operation, but they all wanted to make this work. If his knowledge was truly valuable to the success of this mission then everyone would understand his appointment. After Al?s disappearance Kakuzu got up from his seat and moved into the position that Al previously occupied. As time was short he needed to start explaining the situation straight away. ?I know these are weird circumstances but as the treasurer of Akatsuki I have noticed our lack of funds and I talked to Al about and the possible ways that this situation could be rectified. Once we get this cash the organisation?s funds will not have to ever be replenished. Nevertheless, we do not have much time on our hands when pulling off this operation but I have thought about all of the possibilities for a long time now and I know all the details of that place.? The members seemed to be growing restless and this was noticeable to Kakuzu. ?Settle down, let me just say a few more points and we can stop for today. First the vault is located in the fire country, because of that I have set up a safe house there and we all need to meet there tomorrow, give me your maps and I will mark down the location. Secondly, before anything gets blown out of proportion, Deidara, myself and Hidan have known for a while that this mission was going to happen but that was simply in order to get certain things in place. It will probably take 2 days to reach there so that is the time frame that we have, but no one can be there any later, that goes for both me and Hidan. Now, with that out of the way just come up here and show me your maps that will be all.?