|01-07-2009, 09:35 AM||#1|
tale of galant jiraiya
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In a hasty flash, Naruto had hidden behind a tree. “I’m in place,” he whispered into a microphone.
Sai was already in place, behind another tree not fair from Naruto’s. “As am I,” he mumbled, glancing over his shoulder. Sakura ran behind a large rock, and then peeped around it.
“I’m ready,” she muttered, listening for the culprit.
“Okay, get ready… wait until he comes into view…” Yamato instructed.
The three teenagers nodded as they waited and watched silently and guardedly, looking out for their prey warily.
Now! They all thought in unison as they leapt out of their hiding places stealthily and dashed after their prey.
“Give up; you’re outnumbered,” Sakura said with a grin of satisfaction.
The enemy ninja glared at them in silence.
“If you just hand over the scroll, we’ll let you go,” Naruto compromised and took a slow and gentle step closer, but his eyes were firm. They all carefully and slowly approached the man when suddenly, they fell.
Sakura screamed in disbelief and confusion.
“What the…?” Naruto began incredulously and confusedly, befuddlement clear in his expression.
He recovered quickly, gathering the charka in the souls of his feet and running up the side.
“Tajuu Kage Bunshin No Jutsu!” Naruto shouted and made hundreds of clones appear. “Let’s go!” he ordered.
His clones nodded subserviently and ran after the man. One of the clones jumped on him, holding a kunai to his neck warningly. The man elbowed him off, and then ran on as he threw kunai’s at other clones. Naruto then jumped down in front of him. “Game over,” Naruto muttered and grinned. He pulled back a fist and brought it down upon the man, punching him hard and mercilessly in the stomach.
He went through the guys pockets and took out the scroll. “Thanks,” muttered Naruto sarcastically. “I’m so glad you’re so obliging,” he muttered.
Naruto sat the man beside a tree and he left the guy a first-aid kit and some kunai for the basic fact he felt sorry for him, since his boss would probably kill him or banish him because of his failure. The man was just a pawn in another’s game.
“Naruto!” Sakura yelled, irritation lacing her voice.
Sai just sighed and sat on the ground.
Naruto quickly ran back to them.
“Yes, Sakura-chan? What is it?” Naruto enquired jovially as usual.
“Help us out of here! You have more charka then us!” Sakura shouted in agitation, aggravated that she wasn’t able to help bring the enemy to justice.
Naruto sighed and began walking down with his charka. As soon as he got down, Sakura punched him in the stomach, and then elbowed him on the neck.
Naruto winced and rubbed the back of his neck. “Ow! Sakura-chan, that really hurt!” Naruto whined, switching hands to hold his stomach.
She grinned. “Well, just goes to show you that you shouldn’t abandon us like that,” Sakura explained huffily and crossed her arms in a very Tsunade-like fashion.
“But, couldn’t you have summoned something? Or used your remaining chakra to walk up? You could have sorted your chakra out and then used a bit of it to walk up, and you’d still have some left afterwards, right?” Naruto asked as he blinked innocently.
Sakura laughed disbelievingly and twitched, a little irritated that she didn’t think of that. She glanced at Sai, raising an eyebrow, as if asking ‘and what’s your excuse?’
Sai sighed. He pushed himself up and dusted himself off, before answering. “I’m out of chakra, you idiots,” he answered simply, feigning a smile.
Naruto glared at him a little bit, while Sakura twitched in annoyance again.
“I guess I’ll help you out, Sai, seeing as Sakura-chan’s a little… um…” Naruto stopped when he saw Sakura glaring at him. “N—never mined,” he said and swallowed fearfully as he helped Sai up. He then winced as he felt his stomach hurt where his curse seal is.
Memories then crashed down upon him like a tidal wave.
“You don’t know what it’s like,” Sasuke hissed darkly as his obsidian eyes darkened further before alighting with Sharingan as his rage escalated. “You don’t know what it’s like to lose people you love – you’ve never had anyone to love you!”
Naruto’s sapphire eyes darkened into a tempestuous grey. “Sasuke,” he said softly and tiredly. “I do know what it’s like to lose people; it’s always happened. I am a… I have a monster in side of me, and that’s all people see me as. It makes them fear me, and with such fear springs mistrust and hatred…”
“You know nothing,” Sasuke snarled, not wanting to comprehend Naruto’s pain; just his own. “At the Chuunin exams I said I wanted to fight you, and I still do. Let us not waste time by talking about pain. I will break the chains that bind me to you all, and I will gain power… and I will kill him!”
Not wasting any time, Sasuke growled as he charged at Naruto, his eyes flashing mercilessly and abhorrently.
And then, after their large battle, Sasuke had collapsed above him and just stared uncaringly. He then just stood up and left, as if Naruto hadn’t mattered to him at all; as if he didn’t exist – as if his chains had been shattered.
Naruto looked down, his eyes engulfed in dread, resentment, guilt and hopelessness. Sai noticed. Those eyes again… I’ll have to draw them… Sai thought, staring into the intense flares and daggers reflected in the blond adolescent’s eyes. It was like a fire was burning and no matter how anyone tried to put it out, it remained as strong and heated as ever. It was… outstanding, to say the least. Sai had never before seen eyes such as those.
Naruto blushed when he saw Sai looking at him. “What are you lookin’ at?” Naruto snapped.
Sai shook his head silently in response.
Naruto glared at him as confusion swam in his fiery eyes but he then shrugged dismissively. If Sai didn’t want to share anything yet, he didn’t have to.
The blond boy then used the last of his own chakra to run up the side, Sakura following along. Naruto breathed out heavily as he fell to his knees.
“What’s wrong?” Sakura asked in concern as she knelt next to him and placed a hand on the blond boy’s arm.
“Isn’t it obvious? He’s used up all of his chakra,” Sai explained calmly; indifferently.
Sakura glared at him.
Naruto’s body glowed red and he gritted his teeth as he tried to regain his breath.
“Exactly, and it sucks when that happens, because I have to use Kyuubi’s chakra or I’ll pass out,” Naruto explained, clenching his stomach.
Sakura bit her lower lip worriedly.
Naruto grinned at her weakly, attempting to make a ‘thumbs-up’ gesture. “Don’t worry, I’ll be okay,” he whispered in a reassuring tone.
Sai said nothing, just stood there and watched the scene impassively.
|01-07-2009, 09:36 AM||#2|
tale of galant jiraiya
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Yamato then came running up to them.
“How did it go?” he asked in his serious yet friendly way he always did.
Naruto grinned again in response and he lifted up the scroll half-heartedly.
Yamato smiled back at him. “Good work, guys,” he congratulated. He then noticed Naruto’s oddly erratic breathing and how he grasped his stomach. “We’ll rest here for tonight,” he surmised. “Sakura shall have her own tent, as shall I. Naruto and Sai, you’ll be sharing a tent together, to. Got it?” Yamato said.
All three teens nodded, and began setting up camp.
When they had completed their task, they got into their tents and Naruto collapsed into his sleeping bag, falling into unconsciousness instantly.
Sai let a small smile slip out at his actions. He entered his own sleeping bag, watching Naruto before he himself fell into darkness.
In the morning, Sai awoke to find Naruto really close to him. A little too close, Sai had thought uncomfortably as he scowled lightly.
Naruto was moaning and grimacing in his sleep restlessly. “N—no… please… help me… don’t… don’t leave… we need you…!” Naruto pleaded. What could he be dreaming of? Sai thought, viewing the blond boy’s actions. At times like this, Sai was glad he grew up learning not to have emotions. He couldn’t experience sadness and fear. That was a good thing about it, right? After a few more minutes of Naruto struggling, Sai decided to wake him up.
Sai leant over and shook his shoulder forcibly. “Naruto, wake up,” he said tonelessly.
“Nani?!” Naruto yelled. He turned around, seeing Sai. He laid back down, breathing hard.
“What were you dreaming of?” Sai asked curiously but blankly.
“Nothing,” Naruto stated breathlessly. The same dream every time… Damn it, Sasuke, you affect me in my freakin’ dreams now too! What next? Are you going to pop up when I’m doing something embarrassing? He thought grumpily, and then rethought. Okay, scratch that. I’m almost always doing somethin’ embarrassing anyway. Ugh, if Sasuke heard me admit that I’d never hear the end of it…
After he realised that his thoughts were gaining a melancholy edge, he decided that getting up would bode well so that he wouldn’t be depressing and boring (Like Uchiha’s or Neji, he thought with mild amusement). He did get up and pulled his jacket on. He got up and left the tent, deciding that he would begin packing up.
Yamato and Sakura exited a little bit after Naruto had and started helping the blond after exchanging quiet greetings and questions of health.
Sai also came out and helped to take down the tents.
“Shall we be off?” Yamato asked.
“Yes, we shall,” Naruto mumbled.
Sakura and Yamato were puzzled.
“Naruto, are you… alright?” Yamato asked dubiously.
Naruto turned away. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
“Okay…” the captain replied uncertainly with a frown.
Sai raised and eyebrow, deciding not to leave Naruto alone. Sakura had gone ahead with Yamato to give Naruto some time alone with his thoughts.
Sai, on the other hand, didn’t want to let this drop.
“Naruto,” Sai mumbled.
“What?” Naruto groaned. “What do you want?”
“You looked like you’ve been thrown into a tub of depression. What’s wrong?” He mumbled. Not that he cared though, right?
“Nothing, Sai. I have already said it’s nothing so why can’t you just leave me a—”
“No, Naruto, it’s not ‘nothing’. You’re always putting on a fake smile, always grinning, acting stupid, everything about you is fake—” Sai began.
“Oh, and you’re not?” Naruto yelled.
Sai didn’t flinch. He remained emotionless and unperturbed.
“I admit that I don’t smile properly, but I have an excuse; I don’t know how.”
“You can learn,” Naruto whispered, stopping. He looked up at the sky, his aqua-marine eyes shimmering. They were gleaming with sadness and confusion yet still burning with that passionate fire that they always held.
“Why do you fake your smile, Naruto?”
“I don’t – you do.”
“Yes, but you do as well. No one can always be happy. I’m not an idiot, Naruto. I can tell you’re not smiling properly.”
“But I made you smile properly once, from the bottom of your heart. Didn’t I?” Naruto whispered hopefully.
Sai blinked in surprise. Naruto had remembered that…? “Yes, and I’ll someday return the favour,” Sai replied seriously.
Naruto jumped in surprise. He looked at Sai, who was now smiling. Was it fake now? It had to be… but why did it seem so real? So… human…?
“You’re my reason to smile, Naruto. I just have to find yours,” Sai explained.
Naruto’s sapphire eyes widened in honest astonishment. Sai cared? And he said that… Naruto was his reason to smile? Wow. That’s just… so sappy that it’s… nice. It makes me feel happy… Damn it, I’m trying to be busy having an angst moment here, and he just had to ruin it, didn’t he? Thought Naruto with no conviction.
“Hey, you two! Come on, we’ll be late!” Yamato yelled from in front.
Naruto grinned and he took Sai’s hand and ran to catch up.
“Coming!” He yelled. Sai took note of Naruto’s features and his own face softened when he saw the slight real happiness and acceptance in the blond boy’s eyes.
I promise… I will make you smile for real one day, Uzumaki Naruto
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