Hinata Is Not Dead:

I know I am not the only one who has had a strong reaction to chapter 437 of the Naruto manga. I have already seen a bunch of fics that tried to elaborate on Hinata's thoughts and words, provide Naruto's reaction, invent a happy/sad closure to the battle and so on. Well, I also have an idea of how to use this situation. It is a short one and here it goes.

Up for Grabs Six: Take a Bow

I was browsing though my RSS feed of FF dot net Naruto fan-fictions and decided to listen to some music to liven up the usually dull experience. I "half-accidentally" chose the song "Take a Bow" by the British rock band Muse and while I was listening to it, I realised that its lyrics are a prefect framework for Naruto's probable thoughts in chapter 437. I think it would make a very neat introspective song-fic. I will present the lyrics to You and comment on the individual passages.

I envision it that the song would "start to play" at the moment Nagato (I will use this name throughout this text because that is how I now refer to Tendou Pain, since he is alone on the battlefield) uses his Shinra Tensei attack on Hinata and that its final lines would correspond with the last double-page of chapter 437.

You corrupt
And bring corruption to all that you touch

That is definitely what Naruto thinks about Nagato. He knows that the villain has suffered a lot in his life from what he heard. However, Naruto disapproves of the path Nagato chose to take. Naruto knows that finding a different solution is hard but his nature is never to give up and every time he encounters an obstacle that cannot be overcome, he just goes around it. The "corruption to all that You touch" quite literally corresponds with how Nagato blew Hinata away.

You'll behold
And beholden for all that you've done

Naruto said it himself: "I told You, Your death will lead to peace." Naruto's intention from the start was to defeat Nagato and punish him for what he had done to his village and probably also for what he had done to all the other Jinchūrikis. He may not be aware of it but I sense that it is deep down there somewhere.

And spell
Cast a spell
Cast a spell on the country you run

This part here is a little problematic but it definitely relates to how Nagato is in charge of Amegakure. In that little world, he became the leader and some people really regard him as a divine figure. However, that pride is only an illusion because Nagato is neither a god nor an invincible individual and his promises are largely empty.

And risk
You will risk
You will risk all their lives and their souls

Nagato is definitely putting all the citizens of Amegakure at risk. It is clear that once the Elemental Nations learn more about the Akatsuki's plans, some of the Kages may choose to launch a pre-emptive strike on Amegakure and make it a battleground once again. Nagato's motivation is the suffering his home endured in the past, the suffering he wants it to never taste again. However, his actions are very risky and may well lead to this outcome.

And burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell
Yeah, you'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
Yeah, you'll burn in hell
For your sins

Simple enough. I think that this should be the point when Nagato stabs Hinata and Naruto starts giving in to his rage and decides to show no mercy.

Oh, our freedom's consuming itself
What we've become
Is contrary to what we want

Take a bow

This is probably the most problematic part of the song in that it is hard to relate to the goings on of the chapter. It is a passage about self-reflection, that much is clear. Let's say that Naruto reflects on the short moments of understanding he had for Nagato and thinks that he probably used to want to become a "regular" saviour. We know from the flashback from chapter 373, during Jiraiya's battle with the various Pains, that Nagato wanted to be a good person who would end the world's suffering. However, he became a monster who decided to bathe the world in pain. Naruto's situation is not that drastic but it is similar. After unconsciously hurting Sakura, he vowed never to use Kyūbi's power again, but here he is, giving in to his rage and unleashing his demon without restraint and he knows he will probably regret it somehow. This would warrant the plural, the "we".

The last line – Take a bow – could be interpreted in a number of ways. It could be a subconscious calling to both Naruto and Nagato to become humble again. It could be a promise from Naruto to Nagato that he will make him beg for forgiveness. Or it could be an interjection from Kyūbi – bow before my power, weaklings.

You bring death
And destruction to all that you touch

Naruto is not yet completely lost to Kyūbi's influence and can feel more rage towards Nagato. He now feels pure disgust for him, especially after he brutalised Hinata. Note that I am not saying that Hinata is dead (I do not want to believe that she dies), as this line is only a generalisation of the situation.

You must pay
You must pay for your crimes against the earth

This passage is merely an extension of "You'll beholden for all that you've done" and also of "You will risk all their lives and their souls". Again, the "crimes against the earth" reflect that Nagato wants to destroy entire countries to achieve his goals and that he is taking lives like it is nobody's business, especially the lives of the Jinchūrikis.

Yeah, hex
Feed the hex
Feed the hex on the country you love

This ties in to the "spell on the country" and "risking all their lives and souls" and is merely expressing what I have already explained there. Nagato's actions may benefit Amegakure in the short term but it is highly probably that they will lead to its demise. The irony is that Nagato does indeed love his country and hometown.

Now beg
You will beg
You will beg for their lives and their souls

This is the point where Naruto is almost completely consumed by his rage and mere milliseconds away from leaving everything up to the primal force of Kyūbi. The last shreds of his conscious thinking lead to these lines. The pronoun "their" should not relate only to the citizens of Amegakure but also to the citizens of Konohagakure and even to Nagato's accomplices. Nagato should beg for the lives of all of them because if any more people from Konoha die, the inevitable retaliation will be even greater. Nagato should beg for "their" lives because he brought doom on many, even those he may hold dear. He should beg for "their" lives because the means he had chosen are not enough to justify the ends and may very well prevent those ends from being fulfilled.

Now burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell
Yeah, you'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
Yeah, you'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
Yeah, you'll burn in hell
For your sins

The final lines of this song, the chorus, should be in unison with Naruto's first genuinely beastly roars because nothing more than primal rage is needed for these thoughts to be expressed. Hardly anything needs to be explained here either. Both Naruto and Kyūbi are after Nagato's blood (Kyūbi simply loves bloodshed) and they want him to suffer tremendously.

There, that is all. I know that it may be asking too much to have Naruto think about all of that in such a short period of time but it is feasible. Just remember that when Naruto first visited his mindscape and communicated with Kyūbi, he was falling off a cliff and the whole affair took only a few seconds of real time. If You could manage to squeeze all these thoughts I presented into a presentable story package, You will have my gratitude.

I Repeat That Hinata Is Not Dead:

I may eventually turn this idea into a song-fic myself but right now I do not have enough "heart" to do it. That is why I decided to explain the basics of it to You and hope that someone will take it up. So, if You think You are that someone who is capable of putting this spin on chapter 437 into coherent words, write a review for this chapter to let me and everyone else know. If You found my explanation of this idea rushed but would still be willing to write it into a story, do not hesitate to contact me and ask me to clarify.

Stay on the safe side!