A/N: Okay, so here I am, back with a vengeance (and another chap. fic) But you know, I DO love the Inuzuka clan, and I felt it was only right that someone wrote a fic about the bond they share – hence I'm writing this! Hurray! Anyways, I really hope you enjoy this; and although I wrote this for myself, I'd love it if you enjoyed it, and even more if you left a review!!
Disclaimer: Naruto isn't mine –sob- And the Inuzuka clan isn't mine –sob-.
But I swear to God, Kami, Buddha, and whoever else, if I meet one of the people who created the American-dubbed version of Naruto, I'd kick their butts for what they've done to Tsume -shakes fist-
Dedication: This is dedicated to my good friend Reverberating Winds, because although she doesn't know it; she gave me this idea… in a way. Thanks so much
Important: I NEED some help with this fic. My Japanese is extremely limited, and I'd like some help from someone who speaks Japanese to translate my made-up jutsus… Because I know as much as everyone else how cheesy jutsus sound in English… So please, send me a message or review if you'd like to help.. There won't be much to translate. (Oh, and if anyone knows Kiba' jutsus in Japanese, I'd appreciate those, too)
If no one can/will help me, Ill just do them in English, okay?
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The Bonds We Share
"Hokage-sama, it's been 3 days." Shizune informed Tsunade, as she came into the office.
Tsunade looked up and nodded.
"I know. I just thought she'd been delayed. Something must have happened."
"Shizune, bring them to me."
"Hai, Hokage-sama!" And with that, she left the office.
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A little while later, Shizune returned with two rather confused Inuzukas. She showed them into Tsunade's office, before bowing and making a quiet exit.
"Ah, ohayou, Tsume, Kiba."
"Hokage-sama." The two greeted, bowing respectfully.
"As you know, Hana was sent out on a tracking mission almost a week ago."
The two Inuzukas nodded in response.
"The mission should have been fairly easy, and should have only taken a maximum of around four days. However, Hana's four day limit ended three days ago."
"So you suspect she's run into some sort of trouble." concluded Tsume, the leader of the clan, and Kiba and Hana's mother.
Tsunade rested her elbows on her desk, fingers intertwined. She closed her eyes. "Precisely."
"What?! Hana's in trouble?! You should have told us earlier!" exclaimed Kiba. Tsume put a hand on her son's shoulder.
"Kiba calm down. This is the Hokage; show some damn respect!" she hissed in his ear. He closed his eyes and counted to ten, refraining from saying more colourful things to the Godaime.
"It's okay, Tsume. Kiba has a right to be upset, Hana is his sister, after all." Tsunade reasoned from her position seated behind her large desk. "In response to questions, Kiba… We do not know for sure if Hana is in trouble, or if she has just simply been delayed for some reason… that is why we waited. However, we have received no word whatsoever from her, which is highly unusual in any situation."
The two nodded and waited for the Sannin to continue.
"Because of this, we will send a team to recover her. I felt it was only right to notify you before sending out a squad."
The two women turned to the boy, who took a step forward, a look of determination in his eyes.
"This is a job for an Inuzuka. I'll go."
Tsunade regarded the boy. True, he was a good ninja, but Hana had a lot more experience. She knew for a fact it took a lot to take the younger woman down; and doubted the fifteen-year-old could do it alone.
"No." she replied, in her 'authority' tone. "I will not allow it."
"Why the hell not?!"
"You know as well as I that Hana is a strong woman. If something has happened, you will not be able to handle it alone."
The Inuzuka boy looked enraged.
"She's my sister! I'm sick of people doubting me; I'm good enough dammit!"
"Kiba, I am not sending you out there all by yourself and that is final!"
"I'll go with him."
Both Tsunade and Kiba looked at the woman, who hadn't said a word since the argument had begun. Tsunade once again took her famous position, elbows resting on the desktop, eyes impassive.
"Only an Inuzuka can find an Inuzuka."
Tsume placed her slightly-calloused hand on Kiba's head.
"I'll go with him."
Tsunade closed her eyes and sighed.
"Although I expected some kind of objection, I did not see this coming." She looked at them over her intertwined hands. "True, you're from the same clan; but how can I be sure you can work together?"
Kiba, taking in everything that had been said, smirked.
"Naruto and Sakura aren't the only ones who've been going through intense training these past two years." The Godaime gave him a quizzical look.
"I've been training him." Tsunade turned to Tsume, who stood straight and grinned that infamous Inuzuka grin.
"With the help of my daughter, of course."
"We've created jutsus combining our own techniques together, and some brand new ones." Kiba grinned, also standing a little straighter.
"In other words, techniques to be used with another Inuzuka." Simplified Tsume, ruffling Kiba's hair.
"We can do this." They declared together.
Tsunade smiled. As expected of the most stubborn clan in Konoha.
"I'm still not sure you won't get too worked up on this mission-" the two dog-users went to speak, but Tsunade cut them off with a wave of her hand.
"However, I am aware that you are both highly capable and respected ninjas of Konoha. I'll let you go on one condition." The two nodded and Tsunade smiled.
"You bring her back safe."
"But REMEMBER Kiba, we don't know what has become of Hana – be prepared for the worst. I'm sure your mother is aware of this." Said woman gave a nod in confirmation.
"Good. You will leave tomorrow morning. That gives you today to plan your course of action, and perhaps practise these new jutsus." She took two scrolls out of her drawer, and signalled the two to come closer.
"This first scroll is a copy of Hana's mission details, the second contains your own." She explained, handing them over to Tsume, who secured them in her Jounin vest. "Here are your passes, should you need to enter a foreign village." She said, also passing them on.
"I'll say this one more time. Be prepared, and be careful."
The two nodded before disappearing from the office. Sighing, Tsunade rubbed her temples.
"Damn Inuzukas. I never get a moment's peace with all of them around…" she complained. Still grumbling, she hit the 'talk' button on her magic box.
"Hai, Tsunade-sama?" came her assistant's voice through the speaker.
"Get me some sake. I'm going to need it."
The younger woman sighed.
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The two Inuzukas walked side by side along the street, heading to their clan's compound. They reached the gates and pushed them open, to reveal the place they called home. Although small compared to those of the Hyuuga or Uchiha clan, their compound still covered a considerable amount of land; containing more than a few houses, and a lot of dogs. As the mother and son walked towards the main house at the other end of the compound, they were greeted by fellow clan members, humans and dogs alike. After saying the odd 'hello' and receiving the odd bow of respect for the clan member, they reached their house. They entered the building and sat at the table, as Tsume pulled out the two scrolls.
Their two dogs entered shortly after them, sensing their partners were home. Akamaru bounded over to Kiba and sat at his feet, whilst Tsume's dog, Kuromaru, sat on the chair next to his partner, small enough to actually fit on said furniture.
"We have a mission?" Kuromaru enquired, regarding the scrolls with his good eye.
Tsume nodded, opening the first up. Kiba looked at the two, slightly jealous that his mother's partner could speak human, whereas Akamaru could only communicate with him by barking. 'One day, we'll be elite just like them, Akamaru. It'll be soon, too.' The boy thought to himself, as he absentmindedly stroked his dog's head. After quickly reading it through, she swivelled the scroll sideways across the table, so all of them could read it.
"Hmm… So Hana's mission was to track a group feudal lord, who is said to have been kidnapped, apparently by rogue ninjas of the S-class level. She would report to the village on his whereabouts, presumably so Tsunade could send a team to go there and retrieve him."
"So she wasn't meant to confront them, but there was a small chance they could have known about her…" Tsume nodded in agreement, hoping that Hana hadn't faced the several s-class missing Nins alone.
"Okay… here's what we'll do: we'll track Hana's scent and follow it, which is hopefully along the designated route. The dogs will help us." Kuromaru nodded and Akamaru barked, showing that they understood."
Kiba nodded. He knew he'd learn a lot from this mission, working with his mother; one of the best fighters his clan has ever known. To say he was excited would be an understatement.
"So, how about we practise those techniques?" came his mother's voice, breaking his thoughts.
"Yeah." He turned to her and grinned, before looking out the window. 'I hope you're safe, Hana'.
Tsume gave a sad smile and joined him at the window, her hand on his shoulder. "She'll be fine."
He turned to her and gave his best attempt of a smile, the anxiety catching up with him. As they walked out the door, Tsume looked at her son, sensing his uneasiness, with only one thing on her mind-
'Hana… you'd better be okay. You're making us worry.'
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A/N: So… how was it? I know it's obvious that I love the clan, so I won't bother saying it; but I think it's so important that someone does write about them, I think the bond they share as a clan is deeper than any others. And because I am such a big fan of the Inuzuka clan, it'd mean a lot it if you reviewed!