|Reviews for Human Nature|
| Alibi Nonsense chapter 3 . 8/26/2013
With the phrase, 'as he curled into near fatal position', you might want to change 'fatal' to 'foetal' or 'fetal' because, at the moment, it means that the position could end up killing him.
| Crystal M. Key chapter 8 . 3/17/2012
This is an interesting story, and I hope you update it sometime. Thanks! Favorite quotes:
"Oi, Tsunade-baba," Naruto complained, plopping down into one of the chairs and waking Tsunade up from her nap.
"Naruto!" Tsunade snapped, quickly wiping her mouth and rubbing the red mark off of her cheek from where she had been napping on a stack of papers. "How many times have I told you not to call me that?"
"About a thousand," Naruto said happily, receiving a glare. It wasn't his fault that he always caught her sleeping, and that she was old.
His blue eyes widened as he rounded the partition, drawn to the couch and the red-head sitting on it. After blinking a few times to clear his eyes he looked again, and saw the same thing. Gaara of the Desert was sitting on his couch, reading a book.
His mind kept trying to figure out the pros and cons of Gaara living with him as a permanent partner, as well as what Tsunade had to be thinking. Actually, he knew what Tsunade had been thinking, he just wasn't sure whether he was supposed to be flattered or offended.
With a grimace Gaara finished his soggy Ramen, making a mental note to either cook himself (which he wasn't really good at), or to get Naruto to cook something else (which was a challenge he didn't know about yet).
A pink-haired girl was standing over his prone (he frowned at this) partner. Her hands were on her hips as a scowl twisted her face, a look that he'd learned meant extreme agitation or anger whenever he'd seen it on Temari. And after having seen what Temari did when she had a face like that, mostly to Kankuro, he decided that it was best to take care of her now, before she decided to go crazy and attack Naruto in some form of a feminine rage.
Naruto looked around the room before spotting his mangled alarm clock. He frowned, then pointed at his alarm clock. Sakura's eyes widened and they both looked at Gaara who was looking away as innocently as he could. The effect was slightly disturbing.
"It beeped," Gaara explained monotonously, meeting Naruto's eyes coldly.
Neji, Tenten, and Lee looked up as Naruto appeared. He was grinning sheepishly, scratching the back of his blond head as he joined them. Lee, with his usual exuberance, jumped forward to meet him, starting a lecture about how those in the flower of their youth shouldn't waste it by being tardy. As Naruto smiled at Lee while looking for a way to escape the green clad youth, Tenten was watching him with sympathy, and Neji was rolling his white eyes at his teammate.
Eventually Lee stopped trying to "encourage" Naruto to enjoy his youth, which happened to coincide with Sakura re-joining the training session. As soon as the black-haired boy moved away Naruto let out a sigh of relief. He genuinely liked Lee, he really did, but occasionally the other boy would catch him by surprise with one of his speeches, most likely learned from Gai, and then Naruto was stuck listening to him for about half an hour, or until Lee was distracted.
Naruto smiled as the waitress came around, ignoring Gaara's glaring. She was one of the few people who liked him and wouldn't try anything funny with his food. The brunette grinned, plopping two menus down on the table as she walked up, genuinely happy to see the blond.
"Who's your new friend?" she asked, ruffling Naruto's hair with her free hand as the chuunin tried to half-heartedly fend her off.
"Gaara of the Desert. He's here because of the treaty and my new partner," Naruto answered, finally grabbing onto the waitress's hand to get her to stop messing with his hair. She smirked at him, but didn't try again after he let go.
"He's the one who fought Uchiha in the chuunin exams a couple of years ago, before the invasion, right?" she asked, giving Gaara a good once-over as she chatted with Naruto.
"Yeah, but he's cool," Naruto grinned up at her, smiling happily as she laughed and ruffled his hair again briefly.
"Whatever you say, kiddo, whatever you say," she grinned down as he swatted her away, pouting. "Wave me over when you and your cute friend decide what you would like to eat."
Naruto waved as she left, then picked up a menu. After a moment he looked over to the other boy, noting his almost wide-eyed look as Gaara stared after the waitress. Naruto would bet that Gaara had never been complimented in his life, let alone by a complete stranger.
"I'm like you," Gaara murmured, closing his dark-rimmed eyes for a moment as he took this thought in. "I'm…"
"Like you," Naruto murmured with him, smiling as he did so. "Yeah, cursed forever to be alone with our demons, until we found each other."
Naruto watched Gaara's breathing even out, the other boy's chest rising and falling evenly even as his face crinkled with occasional flashes of pain. Tentatively Naruto moved his hand to hover over Gaara's forehead, face focused on the other boy. If it had been anyone else…but it wasn't. It was Gaara of the Desert, one of the most feared ninja in their area. But he was also lonely. How many people had reached out to him with simple comfort? Naruto knew that answer, none.
Slowly Naruto slid his fingers into Gaara's hair. It was soft, softer than he had expected and finer than his own thick strands. Almost instinctively he ran his fingers through the red strands, occasionally brushing Gaara's skin underneath, as he would have liked to have done to him as a child. The motions calmed him, a lazy smile spreading across his face as he watched Gaara's face calm into almost a serene expression.
"So how are you doing with your partner?" Iruka asked, noting a few specks of sand lingering on Naruto's clothes.
"It isn't too bad. We're getting along well, and he hasn't randomly destroyed anything but my alarm clock, so it's been going pretty well," Naruto said with a smile.
Iruka smiled and ruffled the blond's hair, earning himself an indignant squawk as Naruto batted him away.
Naruto had given up on hunting game when Gaara had persisted in swamping everything that moved with sand, then bringing it along as food while glaring at Naruto as if daring him to complain. Gaara hadn't cared, but Naruto had started rolling his eyes and sighing every time Gaara killed another innocent woodland creature.
After a few moments Naruto started to shift nervously, trying to be polite and not just push Yomi off of him. Gaara just rolled his eyes at Naruto's helpless looks and Keitaro snorted, recognizing the look from his younger days.
"Yomi, you can let the boy go now, before your attentions kill him."
Yomi scowled at her husband, but let go, much to Naruto's relief.
"We should set up a surveillance schedule," Naruto said.
Naruto then blinked and looked at his partner who was giving him a look that suggested the blond was stupid. The blond frowned for a moment, then rolled his eyes, recognizing his partner's mood.
"I know you're taking nights. I was talking about during the day."
"You know, it's still odd without Gaara in the house, even if the amount of sand still hasn't diminished," Temari commented, looking around their sparsely furnished home.
"Yeah. It's been a few months and I still expect to see him raiding the cabinets for something to eat after his late night excursions," Kankuro said, looking anywhere except at his sister.
"Sakura is the same way, and Temari. I think all girls are just tyrants waiting to be set loose," Shikamaru growled.
"Temari's worse," Gaara said, ignoring the surprised looks he was getting from the others.
"Give her a present."
All three boys looked at Gaara as if he'd grown an extra head. He glared back, sand shifting ominously until they looked away.
"A present? Like a festival present, or jewelry, or what? And why? It's not like she'd talk to me now anyway. How bothersome," Shikamaru muttered, taking the cloth away from his face again, satisfied that his scratch wasn't bleeding anymore.
"Barrettes, or hair things," Gaara said, sitting down and ignoring the odd looks he was receiving.
"How do you know this?" Chouji asked, frowning at the red head.
"Temari?" Shikamaru asked. "Temari likes hair things?"
"Presents," Gaara said, rolling his eyes when they continued to give him odd looks. "She gets mad at a boy and they give her presents. She likes hair things the best, but candy does just as well."
Anko was about to give up and terrorize a few of the chuunin exam applicants while eating dango, but Genma's raised hand turned her away from the chaotic bustling of the midday lunch rush.
"This new bunch of applicants are crap," Anko said after picking through the pile of applicant forms that had been turned in early.
"They aren't any worse than they've been in previous tests," Genma said, idly twitching the senbon needle hanging from his lips with his tongue.
"Which means that this time they aren't even crap with potential. Shit, the next generation is screwing us over already and they haven't even done anything," Anko muttered, pushing the papers aside so that she could hit her head on the table.
"Oh, come on Anko. Give them a bit of a break. Some of them have improved from the last test," Genma said, watching the dark-haired woman moan and groan. "Just because the ones with the greatest potential have already become chuunin doesn't mean that there won't be any surprises."
"Shit. I'm almost tempted to let Naruto eat a few pounds of sugar before letting him loose in the Forest of Death along with that sand wielding psycho partner of his," Anko said, leaning back in her chair.
Genma shuddered at the idea and blinked rapidly for a few moments before finding his voice, "That was probably the most traumatizing idea for everyone that you could possibly come up with, wasn't it?"
"That was the idea," Anko's grin verged upon malicious as she watched the other j
| lambtastic chapter 8 . 6/24/2007
lol. cool story :) please contine soon!
| cjandre chapter 8 . 3/31/2007
Great story! Is it completed anywhere else? I love the slow build up of trust between Gaara and the leaf-nin. Excellent!
| Neko of death chapter 8 . 1/11/2007
This story is great! I can't wait for an update!
| PrettyInPuce chapter 3 . 11/13/2006
Ah, just a small translation correction. Ahou actually means 'fool' not retard. *Goes back to reading*
| Deal-wit-it chapter 8 . 8/18/2006
is gaara going going to 'die' in this story
| boshums chapter 8 . 11/17/2005
Mou, when are you going to update again? I adore the story (!) can cannot wait! D
| Constructor chapter 8 . 11/9/2005
| Miako chapter 8 . 8/26/2005
Awsome! keep up the good work!
| matchynishi chapter 8 . 8/17/2005
Lol! I absolutely *adored* the Kyuubi's manifestation... so adorable and sarcastic, XD... The whole fic was wonderful, as well. And again, you've kept everyone in character. Gaara's persona, in particular, was very well crafted. Excellent fic, update soon! :)
| Fic Slayr chapter 7 . 8/7/2005
are these characters just meant to disappear 4 ever?
| Fic Slayr chapter 6 . 8/7/2005
this mission is takin a while
| Fic Slayr chapter 5 . 8/7/2005
more naru angst and gaaras seal should be fixed, maybe by jiraiya?
| Fic Slayr chapter 3 . 8/7/2005
fix the seal..even though its good for makin their relationship better, its a problem