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'Naruto's mind…I can't explain it. I mean, I'm not aloud to. It's forbidden, against the rules.'


'I'm sorry, I need to stop rambling. Ino, as a Yamanaka you have certain responsibilities. Damn, this is harder than I thought. I thought… this would be easier to explain. But I can't tell you why. I mean, look, the point I'm trying to make is-'

"Yamanaka Ino!"

'Never enter Uzumaki Naruto's mind. It's full of memories, secrets, things that I'm not even sure that I could handle. His mindscape is…dangerous.'


"Huh?" The platinum blonde snapped out of her thoughts. Then she remembered where she was, the Hokage office.

"Shishou is trying to speak to you." Her best friend, Haruno Sakura, scolded. "It's disrespectful to ignore the Hokage."

"Oh, yeah. I'm sorry."

"Don't apologize to me, apologize to Tsunade-sama."

"I'm sorry, Hokage-sama." Ino had been summoned to the Hokage office to day. It had been five years since she had that discussion with her father about Uzumaki Naruto's mind. It had been one month since her childhood crush, Uchiha Sasuke, left the village of Konoha. It had been three weeks since the Sasuke Retrieval Squad had returned empty handed. Fourteen days since Sakura had begun working under Lady Tsunade as an apprentice. Forty-eight hours since she had finally gotten over the loss of the beautiful, raven-haired Uchiha. And it had been ten minutes since she had entered the office.

"I have asked you to come here because I am worried about Naruto." Tsunade explained.

"What about him?" Ino asked. Tsunade glared at the girl for a moment, and then began to speak again.

"I don't know if you've noticed," Tsunade had annoyance in her voice, "but he's been in the hospital ever since his battle at the Valley of the End."

'So that's where he was.' Ino thought. 'It has been pretty quiet around the village, lately. Peaceful.'

"I noticed. What do you need me for?"

"I know that his physical health is as perfect as always, but lately I've been worried about his mental health. He's been to quiet."

'She better not ask what I think she's gonna ask.'

"I need you to go inside of his mind for me. See if he's okay."

'The irony!' Inner Ino cursed.

"I can't." Ino shook her head.

"You what?" Sakura turned to Ino.

"I wasn't asking you, I was ordering you." Tsunade snapped.

"B-but, I can't!" Ino yelled. "I can't go into his mind! I just…can't." With that, Ino left the office. She left a speechless Sakura and a fuming Tsunade.


Tsunade punched the wall behind her desk, shattering the window next to it.