Chapter 33: Reunion
Naruto let out a low whistle as he and Garra entered the forest where Nexus was based. It was truly an impressive sight. Above them Shinobi from every village they knew, and many they didn't, raced through the trees, while black robed Shinigami took the forest path. Coming to the staircase, Naruto mockingly gestured for Garra to take the lead. The redhead did so, a minor twitch of his lips indicating his amusement.
Naruto chuckled and followed, looking around in interest. It was defiantly unusual, and he had a sneaking suspicion as to the creators. He rolled his eyes, only those four would come up with something like this, and furthermore be able to make it a reality. In truth, he was surprised he hadn't run into Yoruichi or Kisuki yet…
He shrugged, he'd have to look them up later, or face Yoruichi's wrath which was something he'd like to put off for as long as possible. It wasn't his fault he was dropped off in eightieth district, took a couple decades to remember who-and what-he was and then another few to find Garra. He winced, that was an interesting event that was never going to see the light of day.
Taking his first good look around, he let out a low whistle. One simply couldn't get the full scope of the place from grand level. It was massive, huge platforms reaching high into the trees and stretching out as far as he could see. He had a feeling that a ridiculously large amount of elemental and shadow clones were used. The suspicion was confirmed when three identical men hauled a large glass tube off in some direction on the next platform over.
"Come," Garra said, "You can look around later, the…butterfly seems to have somewhere specific to take us."
Naruto looked back at the little black creature and sure enough, it was moving across the platform in a straight line towards a large building that had people swarming around it like ants around an upturned nest. Deciding that he may as well go along with it as he didn't have anywhere else to go, he followed Garra into the building.
The inside was even more chaotic than the outside, Naruto thought as he looked around. Everywhere he looked, someone was doing something. The assortment of desks crowded in the front room were piled high with paper as paper airplanes and black butterflies flew over head, the former with a seal that he'd never seen before. He was very tempted to grab one of the little notes just to copy down the seal…
"Don't even think about it," Garra murmured, seizing the blond mobile catastrophe by the arm and dragging him in the direction of what appeared to be the registry desk.
Said desk was manned by a rather frazzled looking young man who looked at them warily and started pulling out forms. The Hell butterfly, it's task complete, disintegrated right under the young man's nose, sending him into a violent sneezing fit.
"I habe thobs banm thibs," he muttered crossly, glaring at the spot where the butterfly had been and pulling out a pack of tissues. Naruto stifled a snicker as he accepted the papers handed to him by the sniffling secretary who looked very tempted to throw tissue at the blond. Garra rolled his eyes, long accustomed to the blonds' childish behavior, and handed back his neatly filled-out paperwork. A few minutes later, Naruto handed over his somewhat-less neat papers and the young man nodded.
"Good," the young man said, shoving the papers into an overflowing file, "Now, we just have to find some place to put you," he muttered, more to himself than the two infront of him. "Ah-HA!" he shouted triumphantly as he dragged a map from under one of the piles of paperwork, somehow managing to keep it from ending up all over the floor.
"There's room up on level four, south side, platform nine. I'll get someone to show you the way, hold on." He wrote something on a spare piece of paper, flipped it over and scribbled a seal on it. Channeling some energy into the seal, the piece of paper folded itself into a paper airplane and sped off.
They didn't have to wait long for their guide to show up. A red haired man sauntered in cheerfully, and froze.
I'm sorry for the beyond-long wait, but I've started a re-write of ANBU Shinigami after going back and reading through it. I looked at what I wrote and almost fell over in horror.
I have the first two chapters done as well as the prologue and am well underway with the third. I've posted the new version now, so check it out. I'll leave the old version up for comparison purposes and to show the changes in writing.
Thank you for putting up with my erratic-at-best update schedule and if you have the time, take a look at my crossover story, Liminality.