Konoha Children's Crusade: PrologueKonoha Children's Crusade
Takumi took a deep breath and checked behind him for the hundredth time to make sure that he hadn't been followed. The darkened corridors of the Daimyo's palace were even spookier than usual this evening. It wasn't helping that he hadn't been able to sleep on the trek back from the Hidden Sand Village. His nerves were completely shot. Dark shapes seemed to be scuttling about within the shadows. His stomach was roiling and his forehead was coated with a fine sheen of cold sweat. He was regretting that sake he had drunk in the hopes it would calm his nerves.
He clutched the dark cloak he was wearing to disguise himself a little tighter. He was expecting to have to explain his way past the Daimyo's guards, but he hadn't seen any in the palace. Come to think of it, he hadn't seen anyone since the two guards at the main gate just casually waved him inside. No challenge or anything. At first he had just assumed that they had been forewarned of h
Konoha Children's crusade Chapter OneKonoha Children's CrusadeKonoha Children's crusade Chapter One3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter One: A brand new day.
It was going to be a bright sunny day. The sun had just crept above the mountaintops and was beginning to burn off the morning mist. The light gleamed down through the forest like warm butter. It warmed the wings of a hawk circling through the sky. It lit up the six faces carved into the mountainside above the sleepy village. It shone down on the Hokage's residence, where it found a slightly parted curtain. Quickly, it stabbed inside and landed on the Hokage's face.
Naruto snorted and twitched, but the sun showed no mercy. He tried to brush it away with his hand but to no avail. He smacked his lips and slowly sat up in bed. He scratched his head and yawned. He looked around his bedroom. He looked down at his wife, and smiled.
"She will always be beautiful to me." He thought to himself as he reached over and brushed a lock of raven black hair off her face. His fingers traced her hairline A few silver strands were showing at her tem
The Last Battle of Tenten NoharaThe Last Battle of Tenten NoharaThe Last Battle of Tenten Nohara3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
(WARNING... Contains spoilers For Naruto Chapter 614)
"So Naruto..." sneered Obito. "I thought you said you weren't going to let even a single one of your friends die?"
The Uchiha let his gaze drift away from the obnoxious Jinchuriki cradling the dead Hyuga boy, and took a moment to survey the battlefield. Riding atop the Ten tails, Obito could have been a god surveying the four corners of the earth.
Not that he took any gloating pride in that. Not that any of that mattered. Nothing mattered. There was only one reason that he was still alive, one reason that he forced his broken twisted body up every morning. There was only one reason for all the death and terror and horror and war.
It was all for her.
Rin Nohara. Her smile haunted him still. Obito would be the first to admit that the dark powers that kept his body moving put him in the category of 'no longer being human.' He accepted that the horrors that had happened to him had dashed his mind
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"I've got to hand it to Naruto," thought Shikamaru. "He's come a long way. Seven years ago when he first became Hokage, he would have thrown these guys out a window. He's showing remarkable restraint."
" So you see Hokage-sama The Daimyo of the land of fire is most concerned about the drop in revenue from the Hidden Leaf village. Each year shows lower gains and thus a lower return on the percentage paid to the Daimyo." The old man delicately coughed into a lace handkerchief.
Naruto sighed and rubbed his temples. "Look, I don't know how we can just keep dancing around and around the same subject. We are at peace for the first time in decades. The five great nations and almost all of the smaller ones are at peace with one another. We have all negotiated our treaties so that we each have more than enough to support ourselves." Naruto gestured out the window. "Yes, the income of the village is slowly dropping year by year. What about ot
NejiTen Request Drabble: Kiss and Make UpTitle: Kiss and Make UpNejiTen Request Drabble: Kiss and Make Up2 years ago in Humor More Like This
Summary: First kisses are usually thought of as romantic, but that doesn't mean they always have to be. Takes place when Neji and Tenten are both six and at the Academy.
“Now isn’t there something you want to say?” Iruka prompted, gently nudging Tenten forward.
The six year old folded her arms and shot a glare at the small boy only a few feet away from her. Neji was glaring back, his white eyes now further emphasized by a large black mark directly under his right one. Tenten didn’t even bother hiding a smug grin at her handy work.
“No.” Tenten said promptly, stomping her foot slightly as Iruka sighed deeply. The other teacher, a new woman she didn’t know well, mirrored Iruka’s body language as she stood by Neji.
“Come on, Tenten, you don’t want to hurt your classmates, do you? I know you’re mad…” the woman started only for Tenten to narrow her eye’s further and point
Christmas GiftsChristmas GiftsChristmas Gifts3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Biwako scowled at the damage the hospital had suffered. Thankfully, no one was too badly hurt, and order had been quickly restored. She had just poured herself a nice cup of tea, and turned back to the heaping pile of paperwork screaming for her attention, when there was a polite cough behind her.
"Yes?" she asked, more sharply than was called for. It had been a very trying day, and she would have been done with the admission forms by now if she didn't keep having all these distractions.
"I wonder if you might be able to see me, now that all the ruckus has ended."
She knew that voice. "Hiruzen Sarutobi," she said primly, "If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times, I simply have no time to..." She turned and froze. "Good lord!" she gasped. "What is that?"
Hiruzen gave her that winning smile all the other nurses thought was so adorable. He took his hand away from his bruised cheek. "What this? It's only a little scratch that happened in the fracas upstairs. I w
HeavenPrologueHeaven3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A name was all he had left. All that remained of a once great family. It was his duty to restore that name; to ensure, through his actions, that it would once again be whispered in reverent fear.
All that shining glory had become merely a tarnished reputation trampled into blood-soaked mud. Power had proved to be a malicious mistress for the mighty Uchiha clan; at the height, when the clouds shrouding heaven were just in view, she had cut the ties of fortune and favored the bold no more. Instead she gifted her worshippers with ignominious death; now they were nothing more than corpses rotting beneath hard-packed soil but today their ghosts had risen to unleash their fury at innocent lives stolen away just as they were reaching the height of their potential.
Once upon a time there had been no one but him; a boy a mere child easily dismissed by those in power but, as he fought with all the skill and power he could muster under the lowering sky, Sas
HealingHealingHealing3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Tenten stood on the other side of the window partition, one hand pressed up against the cool glass. Her other hand was a tangled mess of splints and bandages. The sharp throbbing of her broken fingers almost obscured the burning itch of the sutures across her back. The burning itch of the stitches almost distracted her from the rhythmic pulse of the clock out in the hallway. The ticking of the clock was almost loud enough to cover up the muffled noise of the respirator in the ICU. The regular, soothing hiss of the respirator, every five seconds, would never be enough to take her mind off the fact that somewhere, inside that snaking mess of IV lines, monitoring cables, catheters, and bandages, her son struggled for his life.
She stood there and stared. Tenten wasn't quite sure when it happened, but sometime in the past three hours, paranoia had set in. She was convinced that if she looked away, that if she blinked, the machines would fail, her son's last breath would
The Panda Princess - NejiTen Day*~The Panda Princess~*The Panda Princess - NejiTen Day3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Lady Tsunade stared at them with bloodshot amber eyes, seeming absolutely exhausted even though it was barely ten in the morning. "I know that one of you is a jounin and the other two are chuunin, but..." She hesitated, fiddling with the files in front of her, making sure all edges aligned perfectly with each other as well as the sides of the desk before she looked up again. "I'm giving you a D-rank mission today."
Tenten fought back an impulse to twitch. D-rank? She searched her memory, flipping through her team's last few missions in an attempt to remember if any of them had done anything unforgivably horrible. Lee, of course, had been Lee: wildly loud and enthusiastic and himself; Gai, as always, an older version of Lee (or perhaps Lee was, instead, a younger version of Gai?); Neji his unflappable self: strong, silent, with that one vein in his forehead occasionally protruding from suppressed irritation
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She'd seen him among the many that had shown up to her banquet. This city had pleased her in that regard; in many other places she had been forced to pull people from their homes to fill the tables in the banquet halls. But there he was, making the best of the situation and networking like a professional. He knew someone who knew someone who knew her chief accountant, so she learned his name without having to get technical about it. It sounded sweet to her ears, and she rolled it on her tongue like candy all night. She had him sent for the next day. Apparently he put up a fight, because he came in with a broken rib and a black eye; she had the men who had touched him beheaded on the spot, and hushed him as the blood stained the cracks between the marble panels.
He'd run away that first night, after refusing her. She was hurt and somewhat confu
Before the Black Throne There was a rattle of chains as the rusty iron cage dropped from the ceiling. It was accompanied by the rattling laugh of the Dungeon Lord himself. The same mechanism that had dropped the cage over the great stone altar had also revealed his terrible black throne.Before the Black Throne1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“You may have found my gems of power, thief, but I don’t think they—or you—will be going far.”
“No,” the thief admitted. “This cage looks pretty secure. Very sturdy. Lots of spikes.”
“I claimed it from the Keep of Akragokh, where it once held prisoners of the Thousand Day Siege. Still, I don’t think it has witnessed such suffering as it shall see today.”
“Oh no,” said the thief. “What are you going to do to me?”
Standing, the Dungeon Lord approached an alcove near the throne and retrieved a
The milkmaid (part 1)The milkmaid (part 1)2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"That's really good but I think there is still something missing..."
Lera took a few steps back, eyeing her young comrade speculatively. There was indeed something missing but she couldn't pinpoint what precisely at this instant. In front of her, Kiddo was sulking, looking awkward and pissed.
Lera snapped her fingers and grinned, small wrinkles of merriment crinkling the corner of her bottle green eyes.
"I know! The hair!"
"Can't I just keep my hair up? It's bothering enough as it is..."
"No, Kiddo. Farm girls do tend to like to have their hair braided, it's less bothersome that way. Here, let me show you."
Nimble fingers started to weave through the thick mane of the girl who barely sighed, resigned now to what seemed like an ineluctable fate.
"It's true that you have had no one to teach you about this, Kiddo. Generally it's the mothers that teach that to their children. A four strands braids for the young woman seeking a companion, the hidden braid for the secret lover, the twisted b
It's for CharityIt's for CharityIt's for Charity3 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Absolutely not." Neji Hyuga stood in the dimly lit living room, utterly livid as he stared past his girlfriend. She looked up at him, brown eyes shimmering, her lower lip protruding slightly as she tried to get his attention with her ever successful puppy pout.
"Oh c'mon, Neji," Tenten sighed exasperatedly as she saw that he was not breaking his very fixated gaze on the fascinating wall sconce behind her. "It's not like they'll mean anything!" she yelled. He blinked, continuing to stare blankly into space. She threw her arms up in the air and stormed over to the dining room table to clean up the remnants of their unfinished dinner. Banging cutlery and hastily stacking plates, she stormed into the kitchen and slammed the dishes into the sink, not really caring whether or not she broke any. Neji watched her with careful eyes as she came back into the living room and grabbed her half empty wine glass from the table and turned to him, swirling the red liquid around slight
NaruHina: breaking newsUzumaki-Namikaze Naruto was not a hard person to understand. He was happy, optimistic, and a strong leader. He was enormously intelligent – something that couldn't be denied, no matter how many times he cocked his head to the side and asked "What does 'concession' mean?" for the nth time – and a powerful shinobi. He had an unconditional love for ramen and his precious people and would give his life to protect them both.NaruHina: breaking news3 years ago in Romance More Like This
(Yes, this does include the ramen.)
Though the public knew him well, the Konoha 11 knew him better. Teams 7, 8, and 10 grew up with him, witnessing the enormous change from the "oblivious, loud, and foolish jokester" to the "strong, wise, but still kind of oblivious Hokage". Team Gai hadn't come along until their first ever Chuunin Exams but it didn't take them a long time to catch on. They had watched Naruto grow just as much as the Rookie 9 had, and in turn were just as close friends. All of them kne
Konoha Children's crusade Chapter 3Chapter Three: After School.Konoha Children's crusade Chapter 33 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Hi Aiko! What are you going to do after school?"
"Hi Masami! Tamiko and I were going to go to the new sweets shop that just opened. Do you want to come with us?"
"That would be great. I've heard that they have a raspberry jelly dumpling that is just amazing."
"Shh!" hissed Tamiko. "Not so loud! Tubby over there will hear you, and she will eat the whole place out!" All three girls laughed behind their hands at the large girl who was walking by. "Hey Inoji!" Tamiko called out. "Come over here! We want to ask you a question."
Inoji lowered her head, so that her long blonde hair covered her face. Ignoring them, she plodded past them and over to the school gate. Aiko frowned. "Hey she didn't even stop to say hello... That's rude."
Masami smirked. "Maybe she's too busy thinking about what she's going to have for dinner."
Aiko smiled a mean smile. "I don't care. Walking by like that and ignoring us? She just disrespected us. I think we need to go teach her a less
ShikaTema-strawberry Pocky~*~(Hey guys! This is Deviation 199!!)~*~ShikaTema-strawberry Pocky8 years ago in General More Like This
Shikamaru swirled the end of the stick of Pockey that was in his mouth with his eyes closed. He was leaning back on his chair lazily, drifting off into nappy land.
He jolted upward when his blonde haired friend entered the room.
"You don't look busy."
"Oh..T-Temari, I was just..."
She giggled. He relaxed his shoulders again handing her a scroll.
"Halfway done. Hang around a bit and maybe we can finish this one together."
He gestured to the blank scroll in his lap. She nodded and sat on the arm of the chair. (I don't totally know what they do together, or what their jobs are so I'm making this up.)
"Read the names okay Temari?"
"Okay. Alphabetically then..."
She read the names that he had to copy onto the scroll. He sort of let his thoughts wander again like they normally do when he's around her.
^Man, she's all close to me again...could it mean something? I heard her talking with Kankuro about her liking m
The Day Gaara DiedThe Day Gaara DiedThe Day Gaara Died7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Description: SANDSIBS fic. Kankuro hangs in the moment between Gaara's life and death, struck with a pain he can't face. Read author's note. Set during Shippuuden. Angst and hurt/comfort.
Disclaimer: All characters and the Naruto-verse are copyrighted by Masashi Kishimoto and Weekly Shonen Jump. I am making no profit; this is just for fun.
A/N: Bromance/brotherly love, not Sandcest. AU. This is an alternate version of how Gaara's resurrection could have been timed and carried out and how Kankuro would have reacted to it. So while the flow of the story will ultimately align with canon facts, the process will be different. Also, this is my first attempt at writing fanfic in first person POV. A majority of my original fic is in first person, but I've never tried it in this venue. So here goes: first person POV, Kankuro.
Translations (jic): "nii-san" means older brother; "ototo" means younger brother.
After the rigor mortis wore off, they would put h
Quiet Moments NejiTen MANGA SPOILERSTenten got the news of Neji's death exactly 34 hours after he was declared dead. Hinata came to her while the bun haired girl was resting off a nasty gash on her arm, and the two sat together for a long time, neither crying, neither talking, just sitting in each others company.Quiet Moments NejiTen MANGA SPOILERS3 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Don't blame yourself Hinata." Tenten said eventually, her voice sounding horse and strained. Hinata nodded absently, Tenten's words were not taken to her heart as she knew it was her fault Neji was dead. "He wouldn't want it, and I don't want it."
"But Tenten-san, he was you special person." Hinata choked out. She had told her father and Lee and Guy sensei, but there was no one whose reaction she wanted to see less than Tenten's. The older girl put her hands over Hinata's.
"Yes, I love Neji with all my heart. This is why only I can abstain you from the guilt Hinata." Tenten took in another shaky breath and the Hyuga girl shook her head.
"I'm supposed to comforting you Tenten." Hinata said, looking into Tenten's