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
Heaven: Ch 10Chapter 10Heaven: Ch 102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There was nothing even remotely appealing about sharing a bed, Tenten found later that night. Nothing changed simply because they were forced to lie down and share a limited space while they were at their most vulnerable. She was still angry at Sasuke – for his words and his actions; for being so confusing and contradictory… For having taken her away from everything she loved. She didn't want to lie down next to him, but she'd had no choice. Anger had quickly been replaced with that helpless, irritated frustration that only occurred deep in the night when being unable to sleep.
He tossed. He turned. He muttered under his breath (Thankfully she couldn't make out what he was dreaming about). He stole all the covers.
All of that she could have lived with because, even in sleep, Sasuke was carefully guarded. He strayed no closer to the invisible line dividing their shared space into half than she did - and she was still awake. The problem was that she'd never
Heaven: Ch 11Chapter 11Heaven: Ch 112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As if Old Man Time was literally dragging his feet, it seemed as if the hours slowed; seconds melting into each other without moving forward. Never before had Tenten been so aware of the passage of a day. Sasuke lay unconscious as the healer worked. Beads of sweat decorated the Suna-nin's forehead protector but the green chakra coating his hands never wavered as he carefully healed the gash in Sasuke's side. It seemed like hours, but couldn't have been more than minutes ago, that he'd informed Tenten of the reason for the repeated fever; the unceasing infection: poison. She really should have suspected it.
She was indescribably grateful for a healer's presence. Far better that someone who knows what they are doing work on Sasuke. Still, she couldn't quite bring herself to leave the unconscious Uchiha in the med-nin's capable hands. She'd remained in the hallway only until she felt sufficiently in control of herself before returning to the room. What she thought she co
Heaven: Ch 7Chapter 7Heaven: Ch 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The rain fell. Sometimes in steady sheets that obscured the landscape in a grey haze, sometimes only a steady drip-drip-drip that threatened to stop completely but quickly turned into another violent downpour. Every now and again the sun poked a few feeble rays through the dark clouds but still the rain came.
A damp, cold, cave; unrelenting rain, supplies running dangerously low…
And Sasuke, shivering as he mumbled his way through fevered dreams.
Tenten wrapped her arms around her knees, staring despondently out at the lengthening shadows creeping towards the cave mouth. How had it all gone so badly wrong so quickly? The barely leashed panic that had been dogging her heels for the last forty-eight hours reared up inside her; an insistent flash of pure terror, before she managed to suppress it. Struggling to keep her breathing even, her mind clear and unclouded, she turned slightly to look at the Uchiha sprawled on the sleeping mat beside her. Despite the fact th
Heaven: Ch 8Chapter 8Heaven: Ch 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was warm; not the kind of burning fire he'd associated with his fever, but the all-encompassing kind of warmth he now knew only in his earliest memories. As a small boy Sasuke had been terrified of the storms that occasionally swept through Konoha. Violent crescendos of crashing thunder and flashing lightning; the wind howling like a pack of baying wolves… yes, he'd hated those storms. Until he'd been three years old – and his father had put a stop to the 'coddling' – he'd only have to yell and his mother would almost instantly be by his side. She would wrap the blankets tightly around him, whisper soothing nonsense into his ear and stroke through his hair until he fell asleep again. On the rare nights she didn't come, Itachi would be there. Even now, years into adulthood, Sasuke couldn't quite decide if he'd loved the attention from his reticent older brother or if he'd hated having Itachi see him at his weakest. Always, his father's voice rang in his ears, wheneve
Heaven: Ch 5Chapter 5Heaven: Ch 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I found them. The Beasts of Konoha are alive and well!"
Kiba's exuberant voice for all that he was trying to suppress his excitement was joined by Akamaru's joyful bark and Neji glared at the pair of them until they subsided into shamefaced silence.
"That's good news, Inuzuka. Next time, try not to alert the entire village of our plans," Neji spoke quietly, glancing around to make sure no one was near.
The Inuzuka grimaced at him but continued in a quieter tone of voice, "They are on the edge of the Suna border I guess the Kazekage's turning a blind-eye towards their presence."
Neji resisted the urge to laugh in sheer relief the feelings bubbling up inside him almost uncontainably. Here was finally some proof that Gai-sensei and Lee, at least, were all right and thriving. Having been forbidden to leave the village himself he had to rely on the Inuzuka's nose and the circuitous routes they devised for searching whenever the Inuzuka was sent
Heaven: Ch 3Chapter 3Heaven: Ch 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The light is different when next Tenten wakes. Instead of flickering flames, trying to keep deep darkness at bay, the shadows are suffused with a buttery glow. The air isn't as dank; the clamminess that came with being deep underground doesn't cling to her skin anymore it is easier to breathe. Despite the grogginess Tenten gingerly stretches out a hand to brush lightly over the surface she is resting on. She groans softly as she turns carefully onto her back. She hadn't been dreaming; she was very definitely lying on a bed. One that hasn't been used in a long time judging by the dusty, disused smell but a real bed, nonetheless. The shackles are gone, though her wrists and ankles still hurt from the tightly clamped steel, and the pain from before has receded. For a moment longer she lies quietly, allows herself to become aware of her surroundings in minute detail. She is still clad only in her bindings and underwear, her weapons are still conspicuou
Heaven: Ch 6Chapter 6Heaven: Ch 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The days slowly turned into weeks as Tenten healed and, surprisingly enough, they'd started to fall into a routine of co-existence that didn't grate as much as she'd thought it would. Being so dependent on him it had been at least a week before she'd even attempted to walk with Sasuke's assistance didn't do much for her pride but it seemed to do wonders for his trust in her. Her door was no longer locked at night; he didn't accompany her everywhere. Apparently, being nearly killed was enough to convince him that she wouldn't have the strength to attempt any wild escape plans. Tenten smirked without mirth wincing the moment the gesture pulled at her lips because the last thing she wanted was to be picking up Sasuke's mannerisms even this slight freedom of movement he allowed her had the most ridiculous amounts of gratefulness coursing through her system.
No further mention had been made of his offer to unlink the seal but that didn't mean tha
Naruto Gakuen: A New BeginningChapter One: A New Beginning, For Better, or Worse...Naruto Gakuen: A New Beginning4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
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It was a very typical day for the little town of Konoha. Sunny, but small clouds covering the light blue sky. Yes, the early fall in Konoha was usually rainy, messing with students' plans every year. There was no rain today, well, for now... Everyone prepared their rain jackets, mostly brown, but there was happier colours too. Like the bright orange of Uzumaki Naruto's and the pink of Haruno Sakura's you could see poking through the crowd. But, there was a somewhat eerie atmosphere around the grounds of Konoha. An ominous sinking feeling in the pits of all those who stepped foot on the school campus. Students, classroom assistants and teachers ignoring their gut feeling.
Between the oak and beech trees, that were coloured red, orange and yellow, was the winding path that lead up to the white washed school building. A light Autum breeze blew and gently skittered the crisp leaves around the grass. Between th
Heaven: Ch 2Chapter 2Heaven: Ch 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The woods were peaceful at night. Aside from the odd call of a nocturnal insect, and the rustling of small animals in the undergrowth, all was silent. The moonlight shone onto Tenten's little clearing, casting a silvery glow over daytime greenery. No breeze stirred the leaves and her view of the distant stars was unimpeded by clouds. Sleep, and the accompanying silence, had fallen over the world - not that the forests outside Konoha were ever particularly noisy. The village had always ensured that the area be kept free of bandits and the like, but the lack of noise was disheartening. Gai and Lee weren't the only shinobi who had left the village, after all, and Tenten couldn't help but wonder - somewhat desperately - where everyone had gone if she couldn't detect so much as a trace of any presence except her own.
Still, she couldn't quite shake the feeling that someone was watching her; the fine hairs on the back of her neck continually rose as she stopped every few sec
M O F + Enemies Ch 3M O F + Enemies Ch 35 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
'Does Ino seriously expect me to be of any use to her during this test..?'
'I'm the girl who always tried to prove to people that Kinochi could be as great as Shinobi but no one believed. The one only known as 'the girl on Gai's team'. Not known for being strong or skilled.
I'll probably just get in their way '
~ Flashback ~
Battered and bruised, a motionless body lay lifelessly on the hard, cold ground in the centre of Team Gai's training grounds.
Undone from her hair ties, her long brown hair lay
Precious Things: Ch 2Chapter 2Precious Things: Ch 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Will you stop that?!" Tenten exclaimed irritably, glaring daggers at Neji who hastily deactivated his Byakugan.
Except for when they were training he'd always made a point of never using it on her - it would've been too much like invading her privacy. But today he felt he had good reason – a week of illness, and she was still refusing to see a doctor.
He glared back at her, "I would stop – but you're refusing to accept that you need a doctor and therefore the only way of checking if you're all right is by using the Byakugan."
Tenten sighed, "And have you found anything out of the ordinary?" she asked sarcastically.
Neji had the grace to look a bit ashamed, "No," he admitted reluctantly, "aside from some chakra spikes every now and again, there's nothing wrong that I can see."
Tenten made a sweeping gesture with her hands as if to say 'you see' and turned to her breakfast again. She was feeling much better today, but Neji simply refused to accept her word f
Meeting Old Friends + Enemies Meeting an Old Friend!Meeting Old Friends + Enemies6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
One morning Shikamaru was enjoying his sleep until, an irritated looking Temari woke him up for training. "Shikamaru wake up, lazy! I need to practice my jutsus!" Demanded Temari. "Leave me to sleep." Shikamaru moaned using the pillow to block his ears. "Be that way you lazy SLOB!" She roared while she stormed out of the room. He watched her leave and then attempted to get back to sleep.
"What a drag...." He said sleepily.
Soon after he woke up fully because then he couldn't get back to sleep. He decided to go for a walk.
The streets were busy with people chatting to each other and some were shopping. Then he saw something brown and bushy sifting through the crowd. He recognised th
M O F + Enemies Ch 4 Ino's PreparationM O F + Enemies Ch 45 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Gazing out of her small, rectangular bedroom window at her growing hometown of Konoha and the setting hazing orange sun, a stressed Kinochi began to think,
Tomorrow The test, the test to prove that I have improved since my battle with Sakura. I was so embarrassed to draw with such weakling, the pink toad! Drawing. Being equal to your opponent. Ugh, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO!?
"Err.. I need kunai and... Other stuff. I can't even remember.." Ino scratched her head in thought. She did this when she tried really hard to think about something. "Umm.. I know!" A little light bulb suddenly lit above her head. "I'll phone TenTen. She'll know! She always knows." She scoped her small,
Heaven: Ch 9Chapter 9Heaven: Ch 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We need to talk."
Neji turned his head a mere fraction of an inch, tilting just slightly in the Inuzuka's direction, so that Kiba would know his message had been received. The top of Hokage tower was hardly crowded at this time of the night, necessitating surreptious movement and low whispers; the graveyard shift required only a minimum of guards. Since Danzo's demise ROOT had changed drastically; these days they aimed for the maximum amount of damage and exposure when they attacked. A midnight raid would result only in confusion – days lost before they could claim the credit – so tonight Kiba and Neji were joined only by Hinata and Shino, limiting the chance to talk freely.
It was strange how their partnership had grown in the months since he'd started the search for his teammates, Neji mused as he turned Byakugan eyes back to sweeping over the sleeping village below. Through the years he'd learned to be more sociable, to appreciate his connection with hi
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
M O F + Enemies Ch 2 The Test!M O F + Enemies Ch 26 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The next day Shikamaru had to go against his fear... Breaking up with Temari! He asked Temari to meet him in Konoha's park. "Temari... Uh.... Well... I-I think its time that w-we should see o-other people..." He stuttered, looking everywhere but her. "Ohh...'' Temari looked disappointed and then looked down at her feet "I knew it! Your in love with that Ino girl, aren't you?! Where is she?!" She snapped. Her mood changed completely in a blink of an eye.
Little children that were happily playing together stopped to watch the Sand ninja take her tantrum in the middle of the park. Most of them found it quite amusing but others were hidding behind each oth
AwakeAwakeAwake2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The rush of coldness washing over her entire body made the hair on the back of her neck rise. Strangely enough Tenten didn't feel threatened by it. Kami knew, she should have – the unsettling feeling coupled with the carnage of war that surrounded her should have been enough to scare her out of her mind. She only felt peace though; peace and affection flooding through her body, warming her in the wake of the sudden cold. It lasted seconds only and disappeared as if it had all been a figment of her imagination. After the brief instant of pure happiness came the icy flood of fear, far colder than the brush of moments before; coating her insides in a layer of frost.
Something was very, very wrong. Instinctively Tenten understood that.
Her loved ones were all out on the battlefield. All of them were risking their lives for reasons that were worth waging war over. The only one she could focus on was Neji, though. Which was ridiculous because if anyone would emerge from
Heaven: Ch 4Chapter 4Heaven: Ch 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Though the night had been sleepless, the rosy glow on the horizon came far too quickly for Tenten's liking. Pale fingers of light streaked across the sky; she could see it shining dimly through the cracks in the stone walls, near the ceiling. She sat huddled on the bed hugging her knees tightly to her chest despite the ache in her hip. The light relentlessly reached for her; she was as powerless against it as she was against the Uchiha.
After Sasuke had left her the previous night Tenten had spent a few fruitless hours combing over every inch of her damp cell; looking for anything and everything that might give her an edge. She'd almost succeeded in convincing herself that he was bluffing too that she wasn't linked to him in some crazy blood-binding jutsu. Logically, it made no sense; she'd never heard of anything like it. The truth was, she'd decided as she tested the door for any weakness, he'd cast a genjutsu and because she'd been disoriented she hadn'
M O F + Enemies Ch 5Shikamaru's PreparationM O F + Enemies Ch 55 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The sky was a dingy gray from rain clouds as the cold rain lashed down from them. Ino was lying curled up on the floor of a training ground, hurt and crying. Her hair lay messily around her face. She shivered as she lay there. She had several cuts inflicted on her pale body, her purple skirt was ripped in various places as the same with her top.
Standing triumphantly in front of her was a furious looking sand ninja, Temari. 'I'm going to end your pathetic life for you, Blondie. You took away my lover and you forced him break my heart. You're weak. Shikamaru is probably embarrassed to be seen with you!" The sand nin smirked darkly as she readied her giant steel fan, 'Hahaha. Kamaitachi!' [Cutting Whirlwind] "Ino!" Shikamaru shouted as he flew forward from his dark green pillow. He quickly checked his black digital clock on his small beside locker, the neon green digits read, 15:00.
Then there was a light knock on the outside wall, next to his bedroo