Re: The Truth of the Matter
At this news Iruka suddenly looked heartbroken, to the surprise of the Hokage. He had thought the chuunin’s visit to the young troublemaker was purely out of the compassion that Iruka showed all of his students, regardless of how they were connected from the past. It appeared that Naruto had managed to worm his way into the heart of someone other than himself, which filled the old village leader with a sudden wave of relief and joy despite the gravity of the news.
“He’ll be crushed. He works so hard already just to pass most of his schoolwork. I don’t think his grades can take anymore set backs.”
“Don’t count him out just yet, young man,” Miyake scolded. “Haven’t I already said he’s something of a miracle child? He’s alive, and that in and of itself is incredible. It’s my personal opinion—not that I can ever prove this of course—that the Kyuubi was using its influence to heal Naruto as much as it could. Probably why he was hallucinating the monster even when he shouldn’t know anything about it. It might not have been able to affect the infection directly, which is why Naruto got so sick, but it could manage the after affects of the body’s own defense system to keep the boy from dying. A self-preservation instinct, if I remember my seal work right. When the boy’s life ends, so does the Kyuubi’s. This might have extended to the boy’s brain cells, although we can’t be sure until he wakes up. In essence, don’t be surprised if his grades drop a little, but it wouldn’t be too much to hope that they won’t also.”
This raised Iruka’s spirits somewhat. He offered a word of appreciation for the explanation and left to go tend to his piles of paperwork that needed grading.
Sandaime, however, stayed behind with one last concern.
“You really think Naruto’s luck was the Kyuubi’s doing? You’ve said it before, that wound on his arm will take a while to heal. Would it really be able to correct that much damage to the rest of his body in such a short amount of time without breaking the seal?”