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Re: Lost Soul
Chapter 3 - Sore Back
Kiyoshi felt nice and steady from putting his weights back on.
"So you didn't explain why you keep them a secret." Kakashi reminded Kiyoshi of the conversation that went off-track.
"I thought you might've forgotten about that. I'll tell you, I used to use them as a secret weapon, started wearing them about 4 years ago and kept adding on little by little ever since. But later on, when I reached about 600 pounds or so, I began to have poor balance and became unsteady if I took them off. So I created a weak point for myself, and I'm trying to keep it a secret. I'm sure glad it was you that found the weights and not Ino or that blabbermouth Naruto. Will you keep my secret?"
"Sure, but never fight me, or I'll have to use that weakness of yours," agreed Kakashi
"Thanks, and I trust that nobody else knows of this?"
"Actually, the two kids know, they saw the weights when I was taking them off." They both looked at the mess of the field and the kids playing in it.
"Aw crap." Kiyoshi bowed his head down in disappointment.
"I don't think it's a problem, I know a very competitive friend and his student who might help you gain control of that excess strength of yours."
"Will they really help me?" asked Kiyoshi Inquisitively "what are they like?
"They are always training, have good morals, and a misguided sense of fashion."
"Well… I guess it can't hurt to try, but I think it's better if you introduce me in a few days, I want to go around town for a day or two, check out the scenery."
"Very well, but prepare yourself for what will probably be the hardest training session you'll ever experience."
They looked back at Naruto and the kids, called for them and started walking back to the Village.
The next morning, everyone within a half-kilometer radius woke up from a somewhat familiar scream. Kiyoshi woke up in yet another environment, this time his back was still aching, and once again Ino was standing over him, but at least it didn't smell like Vic’s nose drops.
"What are you doing here? Why am I on the bed? And this time I'm allowed to scream!!! Muahahahah!!!"
Ino was somewhat confused by Kiyoshi's hyper behavior, but answered his questions "I'm here to check up on you, and I put you on your bed because you fell off of it during the night."
"I didn't fall off the bed... I always sleep on the floor."
"Because I’m used to it! Now my back is sore!!!" Complained the sugar driven youth.
This caused Ino to get dramatically sad, and she pretended to faint and fall on his lap.
Kiyoshi put his I-don't-give-a-damn face on, and pinched her nose shut. Ino pretended to be fast asleep and started breathing through her mouth, which he then clogged shut with a sock. Ino jumped up pulling the sock out of her mouth and gasping for air.
"You're no fun!" she turned around and crossed her arms.
He started dressing, and saw her peeking. "That's it! Get out!" and pushed her out the front door still not wearing a shirt. He then slammed the door and locked it up with three locks.
Ino stood outside blushing and smiling "Oh you, I'll wait out here then, we'll go for a walk! Alright?"
"Fat chance" whispered Kiyoshi, finished dressing and started climbing out the window.
His first stop was to get some groceries and bring them back home "should be fine, by the time I'm done she'll have already figured out that I’m gone and probably leave me alone." he thought to himself, he grinned at the idea of having the whole day to himself.
An hour later, he finished grocery shopping and was on his way home looking like a pack mule. He accidentally bumped into Sakura who was standing in his way. Waiting for Kiyoshi with her arms crossed and eyes fixed on him; she wasn't too pleased.
"Oh, hi Sakura!" he looked up at her shifting the weight of his groceries.
She didn't change her face expression, and said, "She's into you... a lot!"
"Yeah... haha is she nuts or what?"
"I don't care if she is, she's my friend and you're still a stranger to me. If you're not interested in her, say so."
"I'm not interested"
"Not to me, tell her..." she points at Ino still waiting outside Kiyoshi's residence.
"Oh my god... is she still there? Why is she still there?!" Kiyoshi exclaimed pointing out what an idiot Ino is.
"She’s not usually like this, you have that effect on her. Fix this situation or I’ll make your life miserable."
"You already are" Kiyoshi slightly shifted his groceries and started walking around Sakura. "You're right, she has to know that I’m not interested, I want peace, but if you really are her friend, you'll get her to stop stalking me, or I'll dump her so hard that even your head will spin. Just to make sure that she leaves me alone."
Sakura stood there for a few moments shocked, taking in what he just said to her. "I guess he really does care about other people's feelings" Sakura thought to herself.
Kiyoshi walked up to the house and Ino ran up to him. "So how about that walk now?"
He walked right by her pretending to not notice the girl, walked into his house and locked the door.
Ino melted "Oh my god! He's so cool!"
Sakura couldn't stand Ino's affection, rushed over and dragged her away by the ear.
Kiyoshi thought to himself "this is the life, no worries, good in the fridge, a useless bed taking up space..."
At that exact moment, Shino was passing by Kiyoshi's house and a bed flew out the window with shards of glass thrown all over the place. Then a flow of chakra poured out of the hole that used to be a window, picking up all the shards and reforming the glass screen. Shino took a moment to examine the house along with the bed in its front lawn, and carried on with his morning stroll.
Several minutes later Naruto came running up to the house pounding on the door. "Let me in Kiyoshi! I'm being chased by dogs!!!"
Kiyoshi's voice came from the inside "do you smell like dog too?"
Naruto took a moment to smell himself and replied "No", the door opened and Naruto rushed inside.
"So… what brings you to my place instead of your girlfriend Sakura's?" asked Kiyoshi
Naruto blushed and replied, "She won't let me in... And also the fact that Tsunade has asked for you."
"And why were the dogs chasing you?"
"Because I tried to spray paint them in their sleep."
"Okay... That's going on my list of 'smart things to do'." He observed Naruto's mindless shrug, and chuckled. "Let's go to Tsunade's"
"Lets wait a bit, those dogs have rabies."
"Kakashi-sama said that you're good at shadow replication. Has it occurred to you to actually use kage-bushins to lure the dogs away?"
"Alright then, has it occurred to you now?"
There was a small pause, eventually Naruto replied "yes"
"Good, now use it"
Naruto crossed his fingers screamed "Kage Bushin No-Jutsu!!!" and a clone poofed out of thin air. The clone jumped out through the window as Naruto and Kiyoshi watched. The dogs all jumped at Naruto's imposter and sunk their teeth into the clone. The Kage Bushin started walking away with dogs hanging from every square foot of his body.
"Haha well that was quite something." laughed Kiyoshi as they stepped out and headed towards Tsunade's office.
When they arrived there, Tsunade asked them in. "Kiyoshi, I understand you didn't pass Kakashi's test, so therefore I have no reason to let you into the Village." Kiyoshi was a bit confused because this isn't the Tsunade that Kakashi spoke of. "However" this caught his attention "Kakashi gave me a report on the test and..." a grin formed on her face "I'm Impressed. You see, nobody actually ever passed the given test, except of course Naruto and Sakura, because Naruto read a book that he shouldn't have!"
"Gah I didn't read it!!! I used it to trick Kakashi sensei into blocking his ears and eyes!!!" exclaimed Naruto pointing his index finger at Tsunade.
"And it worked?" asked Kiyoshi
"Yeah, well it wouldn't have for you, seeing he didn't read the book to the end when I was fighting him."
Tsunade felt a change of conversation so she prodded them back in line, "but the main test was behind the text. The test was an observation on how one values their team, and you passed with 147%"
Kiyoshi's eyes widened, never has he heard someone say such nonsense as 147%. Yet here was a Hokage feeding the number to him.
"Anyways, I've decided to let you stay, and even convinced the Senate to accept you by calling a in personal favor." she leaned over to him and signaled him to do the same "in return you have to bring me chocolate every time you step into my office."
That last request somewhat surprised Kiyoshi, he didn't know whether to respect Tsunade, or consider her sanity. "Thank you very much, I look forward to doing missions with your Shinobi." he remembered something "oh, and Tsunade, I have one more request."
"What is it?"
"It’s regarding the missions, I have a moral code to follow."
"Say no more, no assassination or assault missions."
Kiyoshi was once again surprised. This time, more than all other surprises combined together. "How do you know about my code?"
"It's my business to know who's visiting me, and Akane is a good friend of mine."
'Akane', the name he didn't hear for a long time. "Thank you Tsunade-sama."
Kiyoshi and Naruto walked out of Tsunade's office with her yelling "bring this meeting's portion of chocolate next time!"
"What was that all about?" asked Naruto
"None of your business, oh clueless one."