The Melody of the Fox

AN: Don't own Naruto.

Chapter 43

After breaking up with Naruto, the absolute last thing she thought she'd be doing is eating ramen at Ichiraku's. Anyone who knew Naruto knew that he was basically the restaurant's unofficial third staff member and was almost solely responsible for keeping the place afloat during it's earlier, rougher years. Everything in the place reminded her of Naruto, but it wasn't her choice to meet there. It was like the girls of the Konoha Twelve thought it would somehow bring him back to if they frequented his usual haunts, but she knew better. If Naruto didn't want to be found, he wouldn't be.

"Seriously, where do you think he is?" Ino asked, chopsticks stirring her cold noodles. "Come on, Sakura, you have to know something."

The medic-non groaned. It hadn't been the first time she'd been asked, and until he came back, it wouldn't be the last. "For the last time, all I know is that Naruto got a message from somewhere, Tsunade called him into her office, there was yelling, and the next day he was gone. Can you stop grilling me now?"

Uzumaki Naruto had been missing for three full weeks, and no one could talk about anything else. Some were happy that he was gone, not bothering to hide how they felt about finally being free of the demon. Others–like Naruto's friends–were worried that something bad had happened to him since he hadn't even left so much as a note behind. It wasn't like him.

The Godaime had yet to give him the status of nukenin, and that raised more questions than it answered. No one had any doubts that she knew more than she was letting on, but not even Shizune nor the other villages head could even begin to guess at the reason for Naruto's disappearance. It was like he'd vanished overnight for no reason at all.

Tenten leaned forward across the table, brown eyes scrutinizing the redhead. "Tayuya? Do you know anything?"

Shrugging, Tayuya downed the rest of her beef ramen. "Nope."

The girls exchanged glances at her answer. It was no secret that she and Naruto were no longer together and had parted on fairly bad terms. For them to break up and then Naruto to leave only a week after was curious to say the least. Every one of them except for Hinata thought that he'd been too heartbroken to stay in the same village and needed some time alone to think. A bit farfetched, sure, but it was the most romantic and was the only decent explanation they had.

"I knew it wouldn't last. You two just didn't fit, you know?" Ino said, taking a sip from her tea. "Naruto's cute and all now, but he's still Naruto. You're so much better off without him."

Sakura frowned. "Hey, Ino? Shut up. They'll get back together. She really loves him. Like, a lot."

Tayuya curled her lip and glared over at the medic-non. "No, I don't! I dumped him, remember?" she spat, not bothering to hide her distaste at the idea of still having feelings for him.

"That's not what you told me." Her grin widened when Tayuya's face turned a light shade of pink.

Tenten blinked at this strange show of camaraderie. From what she knew of Tayuya, the only person she was even remotely nice to was Naruto and occasionally Anko. "Since when were you two so close?"

Sakura shrugged. "She's actually really nice…once you get past the swearing, scowling, and rudeness."

"Well, fuck you too," Tayuya mumbled, elbowing Sakura in the side.

The girl rubbed her ribs and laughed. "You know what I mean. With Naruto gone, it's just been the two of us. And Sai, I guess." Both kunoichi shuddered slightly at the thought of the new addition to their team. "He's such a creep."

Tayuya's face took on a similarly disgusted look. "No shit."

Ino chewed on the end of her chopstick thoughtfully, one finger twirling itself around in her long, blonde hair. "I don't know, I think he's sort of cute. Do you think he'd say yes if I asked him out?"

A choked laugh forced its way out of Tayuya's throat. "Sure, if you don't mind dating a faggot."

"He's so not gay!" Ino exclaimed, looking scandalized by the thought.

"Really? Guy's wearing a fucking half shirt and low rise pants. If that's not begging for dick I don't know what is. At best he goes both ways."

As if they'd just noticed how odd his choice of clothing was, the girls looked around at each other uncomfortably. She may have been foulmouthed and crass, but she raised a good point. Not willing to fully accept that the guy she'd had her eye on possibly batted for the other team, Ino quickly changed the subject.

"How did he get on your team anyway?"

"I heard it was a decision from the higher ups to keep an eye on Tayuya. They think she has something to do with Naruto's disappearance," Sakura explained, looking none to happy about it.

Tenten cocked her head. "So he's a spy?"

"I don't know for sure, but you have to admit that it's pretty suspicious for them to replace Naruto after only a week with a guy none of us have ever seen before."

Ino frowned. "That's not fair. Just because he couldn't take being dumped doesn't mean it's her fault he left."

Finally, Tenten asked the one thing that all of them considered but none of them wanted to say. "You don't think he's dead, do you?"

"N-Naruto-kun isn't dead!" Hinata exclaimed, speaking up for the first time since they'd arrived at the restaurant. "He's strong. Stronger than anyone. He's still alive."

A shocked silence fell over the counter after her outburst. By now they'd all figured out that she had some feelings for the blond, but none of them–except for possibly Tayuya–knew just how strong they were until now. They'd carefully avoided discussing the rumors about Hinata being part of the reason for the breakup, but it was hard when she acted like that.

"I've gotta go," Tayuya mumbled, suddenly feeling sick to her stomach at the thought of Naruto being dead. She was angry with him, but not to that extent. Never to that extent. She left some coins on the counter and slid off of the stool, giving the girls a halfhearted wave on her way out.

Sakura quickly followed suit, feeling a little worried about her teammate's state of mind. While they'd only been on good terms for a few weeks, she still felt like they were friends and was just as concerned for her as she was for Naruto. Besides, she didn't want to be left alone on the team with Sai of all people. "I'll go with you. See you girls later."

As they walked side by side towards Anko's apartment, Tayuya kept glancing at the medic-nin every couple of minutes from the corner of her eye. She couldn't quite understand why Sakura was being so nice to her. Hell, she didn't know why any of them bothered with her.

The other girls had all been together for at least four years, and some of them had been classmates since first entering the Academy. She was an outsider, but not counting Hinata, Naruto's friends went out of their way to make her feel like a part of their group.

At Anko's suggestion she'd kept meeting with them to keep herself from being implicated in Naruto's disappearance, believing that the more 'normal' she acted the less likely they'd be to try to lock her up and interrogate her. She'd vouched for her innocence, but the woman's word could only go so far. It was only fair that she try to do some things to keep herself off of their radar. Eventually she found herself enjoying being around the girls, even if most of the things they talked about felt, well…stupid.

If there was a bright side to the whole situation it was that she was finally beginning to figure out who she was now that he was gone. She'd spent so much time and energy on Naruto and trying to make him stronger that she hadn't been focusing on herself as much as she should have. The gratitude she'd felt towards him for giving her a new life had blinded her from what she truly wanted for herself.

She still cared deeply about what happened to him. She'd freaked out for a full two days about his whereabouts, at first believing that it was her fault and then worrying over whether or not he'd been kidnapped. She'd even tried to escape to find him once, but unfortunately, the Hokage had a squad of ANBU officers watching her every move. She hadn't even made it to the gates before they'd cut her off.

Eventually she managed to calm down and even kept going on with her life. She thought about him often, but she wasn't obsessing anymore. Like Hinata said, Naruto could take care of himself. It was a strange thought, but even though she was under more surveillance than she had been in years, she finally felt free to do whatever she wanted.

"You know Naruto's okay, right?" Sakura asked, finally speaking up when they reached Anko's apartment building.

Tayuya had to roll her eyes at that. No matter how often it happened, she just couldn't get used to her being so nice. Maturity had done wonders. "I know. Don't worry, I'll see you tomorrow for training like usual."

Seemingly satisfied with this answer, the kunoichi smiled and turned to leave. "See you tomorrow!"

She watched her disappear around the corner before she trudged up the stairs to grab a nap. It was still too early to turn in for the day, and besides, she wrote her best music at night. She slipped her key into the lock and pushed the door open, immediately feeling the presence of another person inside.

"Anko! You home?" she called into the apartment, body slightly tense just in case she had to prepare for an attack. She highly doubted someone would be stupid enough to try anything, but old habits were hard to break.

Her shoulders relaxed when she received a reply from her roommate. "Yeah, I'm in my room!" Anko called. "There's food on the counter if you want it!"

Her light brown eyes slid over to a plain white bag, and though she wasn't especially hungry having just come from a late lunch with the girls, she was still curious as to what was inside. She opened the bag and almost laughed. Dango. Of course it was dango. What else would it be? Anko had an unhealthy obsession with the stuff, and was possibly even more addicted to it than Naruto was to ramen.

Her face fell sightly as he crossed her mind again, and shaking her head, she grabbed a couple of skewers from the bag and headed into her room. She stuck one of the sticks into her mouth. After eating so much of it over the past month, she'd actually become slightly addicted to it too.

Even though she'd initially had her misgivings about living with Anko, the woman proved to be a fairly thoughtful roommate. It helped that she was usually only home in the evening, but even then she just either lie on the couch watching TV in her underwear or took a shower and went straight to bed. She surprisingly brought very few guys home, though it was possible that it was because she didn't want to make her feel uncomfortable.

As she approached her room, she was a little shocked to feel her body begin to shake–almost as if it was trying to warn her about something. whatever it was couldn't have been in her room because the door was wide open and Anko was in the apartment. There was no way anyone could have slipped by without her noticing. Chalking it up to fatigue, she stepped into the room and shut the door behind her–only to see Uzumaki Naruto looking back at her with a slightly sheepish smile.

"Hey, Tayuya-chan."

Her mouth dropped open, and the dango skewers she'd been holding fell to the hardwood floor below her. He was sitting on the edge of her bed like he belonged there, just outside of the view of the window where her 'guards' could potentially see him. It took her a good minute, but she was eventually able to get enough of a grip on herself to close the curtains of her bedroom. The last thing she needed was to get caught with him in her room. "How the fuck–"

"I came back for you and we need to go now," he said, standing up and cutting her off.

Tayuya blinked. He'd said it in such a matter of fact way that it surprised her more than upset her. Who the hell was he to tell her what to do? For that matter, what made him think that she'd agree? "Who's we?" she returned, almost amused by his audacity.

Naruto sighed, running a hand through his long blond hair. He knew it wouldn't be easy. "Just trust me, I'll explain it on the way."

She crossed her arms tightly over her chest, mouth set into a firm line as she leveled him with her fiercest glare. "You hurt me."

Naruto swallowed heavily and averted his gaze to his hands. "I know."

"No, you don't know. You don't know anything about how I feel." He reached out for her and she roughly slapped his hand away. "Don't you dare fucking touch me," she spat, seething at the surprised look in his eyes.

What right did he have to look so betrayed? Like he'd been the one who'd left her without even a goodbye or some sort of explanation. Never mind the argument they'd had the week before he disappeared. His clueless expression just made her that much angrier. "I gave you everything. My time, my knowledge, my…" she swallowed heavily, unable to say the word that was on the tip of her tongue. "…And you decided you didn't want it. I wasn't enough for you so you left."

An angry look of his own flashed across his face. "That's not true and you know it! I just…I'm stupid, okay? I don't know what was wrong with me. I've never felt like that before and I freaked out!"

"So we talk about it, Naruto! You think I know how to deal with any of this? You're my first boyfriend." Realizing what she'd just said, she quickly corrected herself. "Were my first. We're supposed to get through this shit together. That's what a relationship is."

"I know that now! I've thought about it over and over again, and I know that it was my fault. I didn't trust you, and then I gave you a reason not to trust me. Just tell me what to do, Tayuya-chan. I'll do anything to get you to come with me." He got down on his knees and grabbed her hand, too tightly for her to easiy pull it out of his grasp. "I swear. Anything."

She rolled her eyes and sighed, more at herself than Naruto's act of desperation. As much as she wanted to tell him to fuck off, she still loved him. It wasn't something she could just turn off, and with those blue eyes of his staring into hers, she could quickly feel her defenses weakening. Why did he have to be so self-deprecating? It was pathetic, really, and it was making it impossible for her to stay angry. Still, she needed some sort of vindication before she could forgive him. "Punch yourself in the face."

Her eyes widened slightly when, without even hesitating, he raised his fist and slammed it against his face, wincing at the pain. She swallowed the lump that had formed in her throat at seeing him in pain and raised her chin.


Again he hit himself, but this time she too cringed. Her fingertips dug more tightly into her arms in an attempt to keep herself from stopping him.


His last punch produced an audible crunching sound, so loud that she worried he may have done some permanent damage. He raised his fist to hit himself again, but before he could complete the motion, she caught his fist with her hands. Seeing him in pain didn't bring her nearly as much satisfaction as she hoped it would. In fact, it had the opposite effect. She just wanted to coddle him now. "Stop! That's enough." His face was simultaneously bruising and healing, and it was almost fascinating to watch.

He raised a hand to his jaw and winced. "So, do you forgive me?"

"Hell no." She gently squeezed his hand, cursing herself for what she was about to say next. "But it's a start."

His face broke out into a wide–though pained–grin. A second later, it fell into a remorseful frown. "I want you to know that that's not what I meant. When I said that I wish I'd never talked to you."

Tayuya sighed. He looked so sincere that she wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. "Okay."

He was so happy that she was starting to forgive him that his first impulse was to kiss her, but he knew that she wouldn't be too happy about that. She might break his already bruised jaw if he tried. "So…will you come with me?"

She stared at him like he was stupid. "You want me to drop everything and just go with you without any sort of explanation?"


She could detect a hint of smugness in his voice, as if he knew she'd agree even though he hadn't told her a thing. The worst part was…he was right. Groaning inwardly, she shuffled towards her closet to get her things together.

"Let me get my stuff." She grabbed her pack–that she still had put off unpacking–and began to toss in the few items she'd either taken out or acquired within the last month. She could feel him grinning at the back of her head, and she actually sort of hated herself for giving in to him so easily. "So, when are we coming back? just so I know how much stuff to bring."

His grin fell slightly. "I don't know. Maybe never."

Tayuya blinked. That was the last thing she expected him to say knowing how much he cared for his village and wanted to be Hokage. Whatever was going on must have been pretty important for him to give up on his dream. "Oh." She'd finished packing and was just about to shrug on her backpack when she remembered something important. "Wait, the tracking seal. If I go with you, they'll find both of us." She tried not to look as upset as she felt at the thought of him leaving her behind again, but it was a quickly losing battle.

He furrowed his eyebrows in thought, obviously having forgotten about the seal as well. Hell, she herself never really thought about it and it was on her body.

She felt her breath hitch as he kneeled down in front of her and slid his hands under her shirt, lifting it until it was right below her breasts. She hadn't been touched that way in so long that it was having much more of an effect than it usually would, and she absentmindedly bit her lip to keep herself from making any unintentional noises. "What are you doing?"

Naruto cocked his head at her question, blue eyes staring at up her as if the answer was obvious. "Looking at your seal."

"Oh, right." She fought down the twinge of disappointment she felt at his matter of fact answer and let him continue. Of course that was what he was doing. She felt a small amount of his chakra flow into her seal, revealing the intricate patterns that made up her seal.

He studied it for a long few minutes, fingers gently tracing the lines leading to the Sozo Saisei embedded in her belly button. A grin appearing on his face, he dropped her shirt and looked back up at her. "I can modify the link."

Unable to hide her disbelief, Tayuya raised her eyebrows. "Seriously? You?"

Naruto poked out his lower lip. "Hey, I figured out the Hiraishin, remember? Ero-sennin's seal borrows a lot from the Yondaime's design." He reached into his weapons pouch and pulled out a small bottle and brush, which was surprising to her since she didn't remember him ever carrying them on his person before. He usually preferred to stuff his pouch full of weapons.

She jumped slightly when he lifted her shirt and pressed the brush against her skin, the ink a lot colder than she'd expected it to be. She couldn't see what he was drawing from her vantage point, but she definitely felt his warm chakra begin to seep into her skin through the lines he'd drawn, burning her as it rearranged the patterns drawn there previously by Jiraiya. It hurt like a bitch, but not enough for her to complain out loud about it. If there was one thing she had going for her it was her pain tolerance.

"Is it gone?" Tayuya asked, noticing that there was still a rather intricate pattern of lines on her stomach. She thought she could see a difference, but there were so many lines that they mostly looked the same. She was pretty decent at sealing, but this was a whole other level.

"Nope, but now instead of Jiraiya, Anko, or Baa-chan, only I can teleport to wherever you are."

"That's not creepy at all."

Naruto shrugged his shoulders, not looking at all bothered by her unease. "It's the best I can do this fast. When we get to where we're going, I can work on it more if you want."

Against her will, she found herself a little impressed with how much he'd grown in the short time they'd been apart. Maybe it was just her imagination, but he somehow seemed more capable. It felt like there was a little more authority in the way he carried himself. "What happened to you?" she asked, unable to stop her curiosity.

He cringed slightly at the question and stood up, eyes glancing towards the covered window. "Let's hurry up. I want to make it there by nightfall."

As much as she was annoyed that he'd so blatantly ignored her, he did have a point. Though it was easier to slip out under the cover of darkness, they were also much more likely to leave a trail of footsteps and broken branches and would be easier to track. "How are we getting out?"

"Same way I got in." He waited until she slipped into her pack before putting an arm around her waist, frowning when he felt her stiffen under his touch. "Ready for this? You might get a little sick," Naruto said.

Tayuya furrowed her eyebrows. "Ready for what?"

Her only answer was a large grin, and the next thing she saw was a yellow flash, involuntarily making her close her eyes. When she opened them again, she and Naruto were standing in the middle of a forest. At least that's what she gathered before her eyes began to swim.

"Wow," Tayuya breathed, taking a few seconds to settle her stomach. It'd been awhile since she'd had such a strong feeling of vertigo, and she hadn't even known what had happened.

Naruto laughed at her expression. "Yeah, the first time's always like that."

The unintentional innuendo wasn't lost on either of them, and clearing her throat, she looked around to see if she could recognize anything. Unfortunately, not being a Fire Country native, everything pretty much looked the same to her. All she saw were trees, bushes, and grass–not nearly enough information to identify their location. "Where are we?"

"About two miles outside of the village, I think."

She tried not to show her surprise as she realized what he'd done. The last time he'd used the Hiraishin he had only made it about four feet. "Which direction?"


"We should stop in Otafuku then," she said, already walking towards the northeast.

Jogging slightly to catch up, the blond frowned. His plan was to put as much distance between them and Konoha as possible, and Otafuku was probably one of the first places they'd check for them. "Why?"

"It doesn't seem like we'll be coming back for awhile, so we should probably get your money out of the bank while we're in the area."

Naruto slammed his hand against his forehead. "I forgot all about that!"

"And that's why I'm the one who always manages the money." She almost laughed at his pout but quickly stifled it. She didn't want him feeling like he was completely forgiven just yet.

"Do you even know where you're going?" he asked.

Tayuya shrugged. "Not really, but we'll run into it eventually if we keep walking."

Obviously not pleased with this plan, the jinchuuriki frowned. "You know, I bet there's a seal in Otafuku somewhere." He closed his eyes to concentrate. "Found one!"

"When the fuck did you put a seal there?"

"Well, this is weird, but I can use any seal the Fourth Hokage placed as long as it's close enough. It sucks up more chakra when I use his, though, so I usually replace it with one of mine."

"That is weird. you'd think it would be locked to his chakra signature or something."

"Yeah, that's how Ero-sennin explained it to me." He shrugged and grabbed her before she could ask anymore questions, hands already flying through seals. "Hold on!"

It wasn't nearly as bad as the first time, and after shaking her head couple of times, she was able to gain her bearings–only to find that they were on top of the tallest building in the city. Which wasn't that tall, being only five stories, but tall enough that someone wouldn't see two teenagers suddenly appearing out of nowhere.

She looked down at the city below them and was instantly hit with the memories and feelings of the first time they'd been through here. It was before they'd become strong, before they'd learned each other's deepest secrets, and before they'd truly become best friends. More than that, though, she couldn't stop the smile from appearing on her face as she thought about what she was about to do next.

Being careful not to draw attention to themselves the teens quietly walked down the side of the building and into an abandoned alleyway, and from there they were able to locate the bank in a few short minutes. It looked very much the same minus a fresh coat of paint on the outside and some new furniture in the lobby.

Tayuya took a moment to gather herself and skipped up to the desk with her best innocent smile, Naruto only a step or two behind her. "Hi, can we speak with Uncle Shin? We're very good customers of his and want to invest more of our money with him!"

The woman smiled at her exuberance, falling for her half-assed act so easily that it was almost pathetic. "Please hold on." She stood up and stuck her head into the manager's office–apparently "Uncle Shin" had gotten himself a promotion in the three years they'd been away–before returning a few seconds later with another smile. "The manager will see you in now."

Shooting the receptionist one more toothy grin, she opened the door and quickly closed it behind them. The man was just as fat and greasy looking as she remembered, maybe even more so if that was even possible. He wore a pristine white suit that bulged at the seams with his bulk, and his thin, dark hair was slicked back against his head.

"How can I help you?" he asked, lifting his gaze from his paperwork to look at them.

She could see the horror and realization slowly pour into his expression as he began to realize who they were. "Hey, Uncle Shin." The man's face went white, and she struggled to stop herself from laughing as he practically shit his pants. "Remember us?"

"W-what do you want?"

Dropping her sugary sweet attitude, she slammed her hands on the desk and leaned forward, lip curling into an angry snarl. "Our money."

He smiled hesitantly at her demand, dabbing at his brow with the handkerchief he'd pulled from his breast pocket. When they hadn't shown up in over three years, he'd started to hope that they'd died in the line of duty. It was unusual, especially for young shinobi. "Ah, you see, there's a process to withdrawing your money. It's invested and spread out in every major country, and it'll take at least 2-4 weeks after a request is made for me to get it back to you. I promise you, it's out of my hands!"

"That's not our problem. Get us our money," she growled.

"You have to understand—"

Her fingers began to leave imprints in the desk as he tried to explain himself. Noticing this, the man began to sweat even more heavily. "I don't have to understand shit. Get us our fucking money."

"Okay, I can get you your money in one week. Just give me that much time and I'll have every penny."

"You have five minutes." She shot a glance to Naruto and gestured with her eyes for him to flank the bank manager, deciding to up the stakes for him a little more and hit him where it'd really hurt. "Tell you what, you can get the money from that safe behind you."

Predictably, the man's eyes widened. "How did you–"

"Either you give us the money or we'll take it, and my math has never been too good. I'd hate to accidentally take more than I should have." Tayuya wanted to roll her eyes at how shocked he looked. She was no Hyuuga, but she was well trained in reading people based on their mannerisms and gestures. She'd seen his eyes flicker to the painting on the wall multiple times, telling her everything that she needed to know. "Oh, and if you try pressing that little buzzer under your desk, forget about it; my friend there already disconnected it."

His eyes shot over to where Naruto was casually holding up the severed line, grinning at him so innocently that he was sure the girl had him under some sort of mind control.

She saw him visibly deflate and fought down a smile. He was so easy to manipulate that, if she were anyone else, she might have felt bad. How he became the manager of a bank when he caved so easily to a couple of teenagers was beyond her. "I'll get you your money." He hoisted himself out of the chair with a grunt and removed the painting from the wall to reveal–unsurprisingly–a small safe. He shot them a mistrustful glance over his shoulder and tried to use his body to shield the combination from view as he put it in, earning amused grins from the shinobi.

As Uncle Shin began to gather a rather large amount of money stacks in his arms, Naruto walked over to whisper in her ear. "I forgot how scary you were."

"That was dumb of you."

"Yeah, it was."

He was so close to her that she could feel his breath on her neck, and she wished that he'd either try something or get the fuck away from her. At least then she'd know what to do.

"Here's your money," the man growled, almost throwing their cash on his desk. "Thank you for your patronage. Never come here again."

Tayuya shot him a sarcastic smile and picked up the stacks of bills, shuffling through them faster than either the banker or Naruto could follow. She was obviously used to handling large amounts of cash, further angering the man as he realized she'd so blatantly lied about not being good at math. It only took her a minute or so to count out all of the money, which was no small feat considering she couldn't even hold it all in one hand.

"No problem. The service here sucks anyway." She handed Naruto the money to put away and raised both middle fingers as she backed out of his office and into the lobby, ignoring the shocked looks of the people milling around her.

She eventually relaxed her arms once they were outside, letting loose a breath she hadn't known she was holding. It was sort of a stupid move on her part to draw so much unnecessary attention to herself. They were on the run from Konoha, and there probably weren't too many male blonds and female redheads traveling together. She had no doubt that the fat, greasy pig would squeal the first chance he got if the ANBU started asking questions. If the stupid way Naruto was looking at her was any indication, though, he didn't mind one bit.

"What?" she grumbled, feeling awkward under his gaze. She hated it when he looked at her so sincerely.

"I was just thinking how much I missed you."

Resisting the urge to smile herself, she rolled her eyes. "Aren't we in a rush?"

Nodding, he pulled her into an empty alley and slid his arm around her waist, smile widening when she leaned into him. He could tell that she hadn't forgiven him yet, but it was a start.

AN: Skipped ahead a couple of chapters because after looking over the outline, none of it was that important and I don't have the time for it. We can consider this part of the story part 3, or end game.