Chapter Two: Change Your Perspective
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Kirari leaned against the railing of the balcony and sighed. It was almost sunset and she had finally been able to find a place to live where Kaoru and Kenta were both happy. She looked over at the view of village and closed her eyes. She took in a deep breath, and exhaled slowly. She opened her eyes and put her eyes in her palms.
Two arms wrapped around her shoulders, but Kirari remained in the same position. Kaoru brought his face by his wife's ear and whispered.
"Are you sure about this? We could always go back to Tea Country." He muttered as he nuzzled into the side of her neck and smirked. "Unless you planned on make the spare bedroom no longer spare…" Kirari stiffened under, and then groaned.
"You get me pregnant again, and I'll kill you." Kaoru released his grip on Kirari and moved to stand beside her, also leaning on the railing of the balcony.
"I wasn't planning to." Kirari looked up to gaze at the village once again. "Sometimes I wonder if I should have married you." Kaoru scowled.
"I told you marrying me was a stupid idea. The clan didn't like you from the start, and now that I have an heir, they're dead set on bringing me back with him." Kirari leaned towards Kaoru, and let her head rest on his shoulder.
"But then I realize that marrying you was one of the best decisions of my life." There was a pause, and Kaoru rolled his eyes. "Why do they care anyway? It's not like you were an only child." The two stood silent watching the sunset. At the doorway to the small balcony, Kenta stood watching.
"Can't you do that when I'm not around?" Kirari straightened up and turned to face her son, a small smile on her face. Kaoru did likewise, but put his arm on her shoulder, and grinned. Kenta looked somewhat disgusted.
"I'll try to keep the lovey-dovey to a minimum." Kaoru said, obviously enjoying the moment. Kenta rolled his eyes, and let out a harsh sigh.
"I'll be in my room." And with that, the brunette walked away, leaving his parents to stand there. For a moment they were silent, but it was shattered as Kirari lightly hit the top of Kaoru's head with her fist.
"Will you stop that? You know he hates it when you do that." Kaoru shrugged, and walked into the small apartment. Kirari watched him walk away with a smile on her face. She turned back to face the view of the village once again. She brought her fingers to her forehead, and began to massage slowly. Her eyes slowly closed, and she let out a harsh sigh. She looked strained, and brought her hands down to the railing, which she gripped hard while squeezing her eyes tighter.
"Every time I'm here. Why do I loose control?" Her words were soft, and barely traveled to her own ears, but her voice was strained. Suddenly, Kirari let out a small gasp, and her eyes flew open. The usual black was now crimson, and three dark tomoe rotated around a small pupil. Her whole body relaxed into a somewhat slouching position, and she stretched her arms above her head, as if just awaking from a nap. She looked at the view in front of her, and smirked.
"Damn, It's good to be back!" She turned around and looked in through the glass door to the apartment. With her hands on her hips, she rolled her eyes. "Looks like Bozo and Shrimp are fine. I think that it's about time for me to see what's changed." She turned back around, and silently jumped down from the balcony, walking swiftly through the street below away from the apartment complex.
News of the three strangers who had arrived in Konoha traveled fast. Soon, most of the shinobi population knew of the three, and rumors were flying as to who they were. At the center of all this attention was Sasuke. He had been the one to escort them to the Hokage's office and now every question about them was directed towards him. It didn't help that tonight was the night that he and a few of the others from the rookie nine chose to go out to a bar for a drink.
"Sasuke-sempai, is it true that they're missing nin who are looking for refuge? Because I heard that one of them is a mass murderer who knows Hokage-sama! And that the other two are thieves from Lightning country who stole from the daimyo?" Sasuke finished the last of his sake and closed his eyes in irritation. This was the seventh person to come forward with assumptions and ask for the truth in the last hour.
"Shut up." The younger nin closed his mouth, just as he was about to ask another question. "I suggest you stop listening to drunk gossips, and get a life." Sasuke turned to glare at him, and the chunin began to walk away, not wanting to incur the wrath of an angry Uchiha. Sasuke sighed, glad that the annoyance had finally left. He was still contemplating the situation, and having idiots all around him wasn't helping the situation.
"You know Kid, people like you more if you don't go around staring at them like you want to rip their guts out." Sasuke turned to his right, where Kirari was relaxing on the adjacent bar stool. She had her hands behind her head, and was grinning while looking at an empty glass on the counter in front of her. When her eyes met his, she sat up, and held out her hand.
"Name's Kyoko. We never formally met last time." She waited for Sasuke to take her hand, but he simply stared at her with a confused look. She rolled her eyes, and leaned on the bar, letting her hand drop. "Is the alcohol getting to you, or did you not realize that just because your precious sister is in control most of the time, I'm not allowed to be my own person?" The bartender came over, and stood in frond of the two. "I'll take a water please." She said offhandedly.
"We don't offer water here. This is a bar." He stood over her, and crossed his arms. She turned to face him, and met his gaze with an intense scowl.
"I'll pay double what I would for alcohol if you just give me some water." The bartender simply shrugged his shoulders, and walked away with her glass.
"So you're one of her…" Sasuke trailed off, not sure what to say.
"Personalities is the term you're looking for, but yes." She leaned back in the chair and let out a deep breath.
"So I should call you Kyoko?" He asked, and Kyoko nodded her consent. They sat for a moment, before he spoke again. "You don't drink?" Kyoko gave a small laugh, and shook her head.
"Alcohol does nothing for the strength of the mind. Try dealing with a psychopath in your head while not being able to walk in a straight line. It's not easy." The bartender returned with the glass of water. He placed it in front of her, and she took it when he walked away. After a few sips, she spoke.
"You were awfully quite today. Any reason?" Sasuke shrugged.
"I figured that asking questions I probably wouldn't get answers to would be pointless. So there was nothing for me to say." Kyoko took another sip of her water, and smirked.
"What do you want to know?" She placed the water down as Sasuke gave her a worried look.
"Would me getting information out of you be violating her privacy?" He asked in a level voice.
"Not at all. They're my memories too. It's like I was watching it all happen, and I have every right to tell you what I've seen." Her smirk grew wider as Sasuke's expression went from worry to curiosity.
"Why did they come here?" Kyoko responded quickly, like she wanted to get through as many questions as possible in a short amount of time.
"The Shimizu clan, her husband's clan, is after them. More specifically, their kid."
"They want to keep him under their control, that's why. They don't want the Kekkei Genkai getting out. They've held onto it for so long, that they're afraid that it'll be used against them." Sasuke turned to face Kyoko completely now, his interest piqued.
"What is it?"
"They have the ability to calm down anyone with persuasion." Sasuke snorted contemptuously, and Kyoko, rolled her eyes. "You think it sounds stupid now, but just imagine being able to talk an enemy into such a relaxed state, that they can't fight back."
"Does he have the Sharingan?" Sasuke asked, somewhat too fast.
"Sorry to disappoint, but as far as they've been able to tell, he has no trace of it whatsoever. And speaking of the Sharingan, you're still single. Expecting Kirari to be popping out babies like a machine?" Kyoko began to chortle as Sasuke glared at her for the comment.
"Why do you care?" Sasuke's voice was seething, and it only cause Kyoko 's grin to widen even more.
"Because even though your sister would be perfectly fine if the clan died out, I'm quite sure that you, on the other hand, are not. And seeing as you're not with a girl, I'm guessing that you're still single." Kyoko clamed down, and took another sip of her water. "So anything else you want to know, or is it time for me to go?"
"How many…personalities are there?" Sasuke asked. Kyoko looked thoughtful for a moment before answering.
"Well, I guess you could say I developed first. But then there were about six of us including your sister. After she ran away, more developed. She was keeping track of the, but it got to a point where she couldn't distinguish one from another. I could only guess that there are about sixty, but there could be more or less. But only the first six or so ever take control. The rest just sit back and watch the show. You saw the original five last time, but I'm not in the mood to go into detail about that." When Sasuke looked slightly confused, she spoke again.
"I guess it's not something anyone would understand. Try to change your perspective. Imagine not being the one in control of your body. Not a fun thought, huh?"
Kyoko sighed, and took a long gulp of the water, leaving only a little at the bottom. She stood up, and placed some money on the table.
"I think it's about time for me to be heading back. Thanks for the chat Kid. I enjoyed it. You might want to keep this between you and me, just in case." She smirked and walked out of the bar, leaving Sasuke sitting alone. He looked around before standing up. He walked out of the bar into the night, heading off to his apartment. But as he walked, he thought about Kyoko's words.
"…You're still single…your sister would be perfectly fine if the clan died out… you, on the other hand, are not…"
Maybe it was finally time, Sasuke thought, to realize that his second goal.
Chapter two, and I can't tell if I like it or not.
In Finding Home, I'll be using Kirair's multiple personalities more often. Their appearances won't be as disguised, and when one besides Kirari is in control, I'm going to treat them as a different character, and refer to them by specific names. If it gets confusing tell me, so I can fix it.
Any information I've given about DID is loosely based off the information I get of Wikipedia, and I have no experience with it whatsoever. That said, don't take everything I say as fact, or you will be seriously wrong. And if anyone reading this has DID, and I've said something completely off base, or offended, feel free to tell me. That way, I'll better be able to write this. I appreciate criticism!
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