Finally! I'm putting up the first three chapters for my sequel. For those who have been faithful, please continue in your faithfulness, for I am delivering a great idea this time around. That is to say, my fic is HALF done and is running to 90 pages, Microsoft Word-size... so...
There's build up. There's character spotlight moments. There's silliness. There's ROMANCE and there's act-shun!
Hope you enjoy!
PLEASE REVIEW! IT'LL TELL ME WHETHER THIS IS WORTH FINISHING OR NOT!
I do not own Naruto – if I did, Kakashi would really be great – like a Sannin etc etc etc… and we'd see what's under his mask.
Revelation of the Wolf: The Glory of the Hatake Clan
Kakashi, feeling a pit grow in his stomach, knew that the crack in his teacup that morning was coming true. Wishing a giant black hole would appear beneath his feet and swallow him whole, Kakashi wondered if life could get more embarrassing than this.
"No, no thank you!" yelled Naruto, waving his arms wildly. "I want to do – you know – a more incredible mission! Find us a better one!"
The Hokage raised an eyebrow.
Sasuke closed his eyes in silent assent.
Sakura's eye twitched as she thought, "Geez, how annoying!"
I thought I it was about time he'd complain.
Iruka jumped up, his hot blood already boiling.
"You idiot! You're just rookies! Everyone starts with these simple duties and works their way up!"
Naruto felt no shame as he yelled back at his elders. "But, but! We keep getting the crappiest possible missions!
Kakashi smacked the yellow-haired Genin upside the head.
He's so immature and restless! Traits a good shinobi learns to shed…. It's a good thing we haven't been given tougher missions – who does he think he is? The Yondaime?
Looking down at the yellow-haired Godaime, who was crossly shuffling through the massive piles of paper on her desk, Kakashi felt slightly odd.
Off colour. Something wasn't quite right.
Tsunade frowned at two mission papers.
"Come back in an hour," she said. "I'm not sure about these two…"
Kakashi sighed and turned away.
"An hour." The Hokage repeated.
She paused, then turned to her assistant.
"Go with him, Iruka, and bring him back here on time – "
"But, Hokage-sama – " Iruka said, waving his unfinished paper work. "These – "
Tsunade shook her head.
"You need a break and I need to make sure this jounin arrives on time, so take Kakashi with you for your lunch."
Iruka sighed, stood, bowed and left with the older Jounin.
Without much thought, he ended up sitting on a stool at the IchiRaku Ramen Shop.
Kakashi also sat down, with an annoyed sigh, wondering about the Hokage's uncertainty. Restlessly, he fiddled with a pair of unopened chopsticks.
"You okay, Kakashi?" Iruka asked, watching the sticks twitch in the Jounin's pale fingers.
Kakashi looked up and set the chopsticks down with a sharp click.
"Of course, I am. What made you think otherwise?"
"Well…. You seem…. Restless."
Kakashi sat back as realization dawned on him.
Naruto's demands for a more exciting mission – I remember how that day I felt so embarrassed. I guess that is what my sensei must have felt like when Obito and I complained about our boring missions….. this feeling…. I remember it…. I felt it back when I was untouched by the wear and tear of time….
"Hn." Kakashi snorted derisively at his own behaviour.
I'm acting like a restless, young Genin – excited about a mission, which will no doubt turn out to be deathly boring. There's a high probability I won't even have to use my new jutsu this time around. Geez! Behaving like a school kid about a new jutsu I want to show off!
Iruka slurped up a ramen noodle and looked at the silent, silver-haired Jounin.
Kakashi seems to be quiet today – not that he isn't normally quiet. It's just this silence seems to be speaking a thousand words – and I don't understand it one bit.
"Kakashi, are you okay?" Iruka asked, trying to adopt the tone necessary for giving comfort. A type of I-am-a-caring-teacher-and-you-can-confide-in-me-safely voice for troubled Genin like Sasuke, Neji, Naruto, Shino and Chouji.
Kakashi smiled, his visible eye curving.
"No, it's just a small thing you don't need to know about."
"Well, if you need help…"
"No, it's fine."
"Well, if you want to talk – "
Kakashi rolled his eyes, "I'm not a student, Iruka-sensei!"
Iruka smiled. "Well, all shinobi are excited when they've got a mission for the first time in a long while."
Since when did Iruka become a mind reader?
"But I've got to warn you – both of those missions won't challenge you at all…."
"Eh? I thought they were A-ranks," Kakashi said, trying to behave as if this wasn't an important topic for him.
Iruka glared at his empty ramen bowl.
"Just take my word for it."
Kakashi scratched his head in deep thought. He rose.
"Well. Maybe if I show up late, they will have been given away by then."
Iruka's hand shot out, grabbing the shinobi's wrist, pinning it to the countertop.
Kakashi looked down at the tanned ninja with surprise.
"Oh no you don't!" Iruka frowned. "The Hokage told me to get you back on time, and it's as much as my life's worth to get you back on time!"
"Make me." Kakashi said, with a smirk.
Within the hour, Iruka approached the kage's desk, dragging a reluctant Jounin, by the sleeve, behind him.
Tsunade looked up with a smile.
"Thank you, Iruka! I knew I could depend on you!" Whispering out of the side of her mouth, she asked the Chuunin teacher, "How did you do that?"
Iruka just smiled.
"You should be made Jounin for that," Shizune agreed.
Kakashi rolled his eyes.
"Okay guys, you can stop talking as if I'm not there." He said.
Iruka smiled proudly and sat back, behind the desk. Shizune chuckled at the disgruntled Jounin and removed Tonton from the desk.
Kakashi scratched the back of his head and wondered how he could decline the mission without getting killed.
"Well, Kakashi, I decided to give you the high profile A-Rank mission we received several weeks back."
Iruka rolled his eyes.
"This will mean A LOT of money for Konoha. A LOT of prestige. And could open doors for similar clientele. Which is why I decided to choose you."
Tsunade looked solemn. Iruka sighed and rubbed his forehead. Shizune petted Tonton absentmindedly.
Kakashi raised his eyebrow ever so slightly.