The Devil's Fruit
Kasek: A request that started to bug me... Don't get your hopes up for an epic story, I'm already working on one (or is it two? BLEACHed isn't far enough along, and it's been forever since I worked on it... Do not worry, I'm still working on Kitsu Kitsu no Mi, at the very least). I guess I'll just make snippets of this here and there. I have no idea why I'm posting this. animefan11950, I hope you're happy with yourself.
Intro: "I take you guys out for meat all the time, so I thought it was high time you had some fruit!" "Er, Asuma-sensei... are you sure this is safe to eat?"
Disclaimer: I do own neither Naruto nor One Piece.
Shikamaru stared at the strange fruit that Asuma had brought them to eat for a snack. Asuma looked rather proud of himself. "Of course it's safe to eat, the guy who sold them to me assured me that it would only help your growth as a ninja. One bite is all you need to become stronger!"
Shikamaru grabbed the red pineapple with yellow swirls. "I don't know... it doesn't look... natural, to me."
Ino narrrowed her eyes at it. "Yeah... it's like... it just gives off this creepy aura..."
Chouji stared at it hungrily. "Oh, come on, you guys. Worst comes to worst, you might get a stomachache."
Shikamaru sighed. "Alright, I might as well take a bite...how troublesome." He took out a kunai and sliced a piece off of his pineapple, and took a bite out of the inside. He nearly choked when he accidentally swallowed from the shock of the bad taste, but it made it's way down his throat. "Okay, I am not taking another bite of this thing."
Asuma chuckled. "The bad taste is a sign that it's healthy for you."
Chouji rubbed his stomach. "I want a piece now..."
Shikamaru tossed him the mysterious pineapple. "Here, you can have it."
Chouji happily took a piece off with a kunai and chomped on it. His eyes widened, but he managed to chew and swallow. Tears were in his eyes as he turned to Ino. "Hey, it's not half-bad..."
Ino glared at her chubby teammate. "I saw that! You think it tastes horrible!"
Chouji crossed his arms. "My mom says that bad-tasting fruits and veggies either are really good for you, or are just rotten... and it certainly doesn't look rotten."
Ino sighed, and she too took a piece and ate it. Unlike Shikamaru, she actually did choke on it. Asuma quickly performed the 'Heimlich no Jutsu' on her, quickly forcing her to spit it up. She coughed for a minute before glaring at it. "That... is the most disgusting piece of fruit I've ever had! I refuse to try to eat another piece!"
Asuma sighed. "So, Chouji, Shikamaru, feel any different?"
Chouji's stomach grumbled. "Actually, I just feel hungrier..."
Shikamaru yawned. "I think it was a waste of time." He kneeled down, and began tracing his hand on the ground.
Asuma frowned. "Aw, man... I paid quite a bit for that fruit, too..."
Ino crossed her arms. "I think you got swindled, Asuma-sensei."
Shikamaru's eyes widened when his finger came into contact with his shadow- it had actually stopped. Curious, he kept pushing, harder and harder, until the shadow actually began to move, his finger never actually being covered in darkness. He began wondering if he could repeat this phenomena with someone else, and shuffled over to Asuma's shadow, and poked its pants. True to form, the pants of the shadow began pressing inwards as Shikamaru pressed against it, until...
"What the? What was that?" Shikamaru looked at his sensei, who was looking around rather agitatedly. Shikamaru frowned, and poked the shadow again, this time much harder. "Ow! What the heck?" He looked down at Shikamaru, and frowned. "Did you just do that?"
Shikamaru shook his head. "I... think so... let me try again." Shikamaru poked once more, and Asuma flinched yet again.
Asuma was shocked. "Is that some new Nara-style jutsu? I've never heard of it..."
Shikamaru shook his head again. "No... it's not a jutsu... I'm not using any chakra..." Shikamaru reached down to his own shadow, and actually grabbed it. He pulled, and all present were shocked when his shadow came up with his hand, round, lighter-colored dots for eyes on its face. Shikamaru pulled on it until it was fully erect, not to mention detached from his body, and let go, letting it stand there freely. He began walking around it, which further shocked all present- one of the laws of physics was that shadows had to stay on the opposite side of their owners from the sun, which this shadow was not doing.
Shikamaru examined it carefully, poking and prodding it. "Huh... it's some physical manifestation of darkness... interesting. I've seen my dad use a jutsu that could make his shadow turn into needles to pierce the enemy, but this..." He blinked. Wait a second... it was his shadow. He furrowed his brow in concentration, and the shadow actually raised its right hand. The shadow then raised its left leg. And then, surprising everyone yet again, the shadow began doing the Robot.
Ino stared at it for a second before bursting out in laughter. "The... the Robot! Hahaha... I never thought I'd see you of all people doing the Robot!"
Shikamaru frowned. "To be technical, it's my shadow that's doing it... so, it looks like I can control my shadow... I wonder to what extent..." He furrowed his brow again, and the shadow slowly morphed into what looked like an all-black deer, that lowered its head and pawed the ground while facing Ino.
Ino took a step back. "Sh-Shikamaru! Stop trying to scare me!"
Shikamaru smirked. "Scare you, huh?" The shadow bulged, and then all of a sudden burst into a myriad of small round balls, which quickly sprouted bat-wings and little points for ears. They began swarming around Ino, who could feel the occasional wing beat against her skin. As Ino curled up into a ball to protect herself, Asuma scowled. "Shikamaru! Stop scaring Ino!"
The bats flew to Shikamaru's side, and reformed into his shadow, which stood next to Shikamaru at attention. "Alright, alright, geez... Hey, you think that fruit did this?"
Asuma rubbed his beard. "You know, it might have been... Chouji, do you have this power too?"
Chouji quickly tried to grab his own shadow, but only managed to grab a tuft of grass instead. "N-no... doesn't look like it..."
They heard a creepy laugh. "Kehehe... so, you actually took a bite, did you?" Team Ten quickly turned to the source of the voice- a tall young man (at around six feet tall, he looked to be right at the turning point between boy and man) with brown hair, eyes narrowed to the point you couldn't see anything, and a grey winter jacket with blue jeans. He wore regular black and white sneakers, and white gloves on his hands. "Heh... you, boy, are now a master of shadows..."
Asuma took a fighting stance. "You... you tricked me!"
The boy/young man laughed again. "Did I? I promised that eating such a 'healthy' fruit would allow the eater to become a better shinobi, didn't I? His mastery of shadows will make him a formidable ninja, indeed! Though, I'd avoid water if I were you..."
Shikamaru glared at him, and his shadow took a fighting stance, as well. "What was with the fruit?"
The young man took a sudden interest in his hand. "I'm sure you've heard the expression 'eat of the Devil's fruit', right? That, boy, was an Akuma no Mi... particularly, the Kage Kage no Mi. One bite, and you gain a lot of power, for the mere cost of your ability to swim."
Shikamaru sighed. "Well, I never did like water much, anyways... I prefer looking at the clouds. So, I assume that there is power only in that one bite, right? Chouji doesn't have this power even though he took a bite, too..."
The young man tilted his head, a smile on his face. "Why, yes, that is correct."
Ino decided to speak up. "Wh-what is your purpose? Why would you give Asuma-sensei such a fruit?"
He glanced at her, causing her to shiver in fright- there was something not... right about this guy, that's what Ino felt. "I like to watch interesting things happen... trust me, you aren't the only person I've given such a fruit to... nor will you be the last. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to figure out how to make someone else eat one of these..."
Shikamaru growled. "Wait!" His shadow transformed into the bats again, and flew straight towards their antagonist.
He smiled again. "Oh, you've already mastered it to this level? My, my... I can't wait to see how you advance." He disappeared, and reappeared behind Shikamaru. "You know, I just realized I never gave you my name. I'm Yuumei Akira. And you?"
Shikamaru was stunned, and slowly turned to face Akira. "N-Nara Shikamaru."
Akira nodded. "Well, Shikamaru... I'll see you again someday. Ja ne!" With that, he disappeared.
Shikamaru's shadow bats returned to the ground beside Shikamaru, his shadow forming where it would naturally be. Shikamaru gulped. "So, uh... what now?"
Kasek: No idea why I'm posting this. Whatever you do, don't get your hopes up.
Also, send in character+fruit ideas (say, Chouji with the Baku Baku no Mi), I might end up using them. Unlike my other story, where the One Piece-verse also applies, in this fic, the Naruto-verse is the only verse, so any fruit will do (besides, I don't feel like making up more fruit for this story, too).