Alright, I know I should be working on MoE, but this idea wouldn't leave me alone, so I finally put it up, and put thought into it. So I know where I'm going with this, how I'm going to get there is the bigger question.
But I hope all of you will enjoy this, because I'm probably making those of you who are over here from MoE who are awaiting the next chapter very angry with me. Hopefully, you wont be too mad at me and I'll add some nice fluffy ItaNaru in MoE if you are nice or if you flame.
Speaking of flames, I welcome all of you flamers looking for nothing to do, to sit down, take a load off and do what you do best, because I need a bit of a laugh right now.
Naruto looked around the small airport. Ruddy bronze and brown statues of bears, elk and a mountain lion were clustered by the staircase leading to security and similar statues, in the form of geese, were hanging from the ceiling.
The lion looked as though it were ready to pounce, if one looked in the direction it's gaze was sat upon, it could be seen looking at a bear statue that was across the slightly narrow hallway; the bear merely gazed back, the ghost of a snarl on it's face; the elk was standing majestically above the mountain cat, all twelve points of his antlers looking sharp and deadly. The geese only flew in place, oblivious to the people walking under them.
He was dressed in black and orange shorts, a black tee shirt with a swirl in the center and his trademark orange jacket with black sleeves.
'This has got to be the smallest airport I've ever seen.' he thought as he grabbed his suitcase from the first of two revolving belts. He waited a few more minutes and a dog carrier came around. He snatched the large cage before he looked inside.
An unusually large for it's size Dhole; a wild dog that descended from Asia,(he had found it when it was injured and had nursed it back to health when he was only a boy) was sitting inside the cage looking at Naruto with strange red tinted amber eyes. It gave a mewl before it seemed to glare at him.
"Well, sorry, Kyuubi. It's not my fault that you couldn't come on the plane with me." the blond said glaring back at the dog.
"Hey! Naruto!" a voice called behind him.
He turned and saw the source of the voice, a white haired old man who was standing next to a busty, blond, old women.
"Get your ass over here, brat! I'm not going to stand here for another minute!" the woman yelled.
'Same old, baa-chan.' He thought to himself. He walked over to his great aunt and uncle and was smothered in one large bear hug.
"So, how have you been, Naruto?" the old man known as Jiraiya asked.
Naruto shrugged. "Eh, same old, same old. Moving back and forth across the country and Canada. Nothing new." he grinned.
"Ah. So how's your dad doing?"
Naruto gave a slight pause at this question. "He's fine. Just caught up in the business is all."
Minato Namikaze was the owner of a small, family owned business. He was also Naruto's father and he happened to live in Boston, Massachusetts. Naruto wasn't sure what his father did; read as no idea; but whatever it was, he was going at it every single day from five am till midnight every day, leaving no time for the two to do things together. But Naruto was used to that.
"Okay. Well, let's go back to the house, shall we?" the woman known as Tsunade said, walking toward the doors.
Once he was outside, Naruto realized how small the place actually was when he didn't see a parking garage.
"Is this the only airport around here?" he asked.
"There's one in Billings, but other then the ones for the farmer's, pretty much!" Jiraiya said with a grin.
Naruto was in disbelief. "You're kidding me, right? How small is this place?"
"Right now we're closer to Belgrade, but Bozeman is bigger. However, we live in Livingston which is smaller then Belgrade." Tsunade said. "To put it bluntly, it's tiny."
They arrived at their car; a black Ford Tonka; and Naruto put his stuff in the back. He then opened kyuubi's cage and tied the dog to the cage, preventing him from jumping out of the vehicle.
Jiraiya started the truck and pulled out of the parking lot after paying for the parking.
Naruto saw the mountains in the distance looming over the valley like a protective wall. Despite the fact that it was August, there was still snow on them; like a white cloak patterned with spots of deep blue.
'It's amazing how nature defies the seasons.' Naruto thought looking out the window of the back seat.
They drove along before they came into a larger town.
"Welcome to Bozeman! The largest town that doesn't take more then an hour to drive to within two hundred miles!" Jiraiya proclaimed in a sarcastic tone of voice.
"While we're here, why don't we stop and get the brat back there his school supplies?" Tsunade said, jabbing a thumb at Naruto.
"Not a bad idea. If we get them now, then you wont have to deal with the last minute shoppers." Jiraiya mused. "To Target, then after, Walmart!"
'How backwater is this place?' Naruto thought with a slightly panicked look.
When the pulled into the parking lot of Target, Naruto noticed something. And by noticed something, he meant somebodies.
Four girls; one a brunet with her hair up in two buns, a blond with her hair pulled back into a high pony, a blue-black haired girl said hair cropped short, and finally a pink haired girl whose hair was down, (obviously dyed, he thought absently); were walking toward the entrance of the store, laughter flowing from them.
The all removed themselves from their vehicle and walked to the entrance of the store, following the group of giggling girls. Naruto managed to pick up a bit of information.
"Did you hear what happened to that one girl?" The blond asked.
"You mean, Larka-san?" the short haired girl responded quietly. "Yeah. It's kinda tragic."
"What happened to her, Hinata?" pinky, as Naruto had now dubbed her, wondered.
"Turned out that when she was in this freak car accident," the blond informed the group when Hinata got a shy look on her face. "she got another personality. She's still got the same likes and dislikes, but now she's way more vocal about the things she doesn't like and somehow has a photographic memory."
"How the hell is that possible, Ino?" the brunet asked. When all she got was a shrug, she asked pinky. "Do you know, Sakura? I know you want to work in the medical field once you get out of this backwater town."
Sakura, as she was now known, thought 'this over. "She could have possibly damaged her brain in ways that could cause something like that, but other then that, I have no idea. Sorry, Tenten."
Naruto then turned a different direction then they were going. He saw that they never noticed him, which didn't really surprise him as he was standing behind them the entire time they were walking.
The trio had walked right down to the office supplies. Tsunade had given Naruto the list that she conveniently had in her pocket, so she could go look for what she wanted.
'Student's should have a three ring binder for each class that requires one. At a minimum, a notebook should be kept for note taking, when required. Pencils, pens, paper and supplies for an art class, if the student is taking one, are necessary.' Naruto read. 'Well that seems easy enough.'
He was reaching for a spiral notebook when he realized something, he didn't know how many classes he had. Turning to go down the aisle that he saw his uncle go down, he saw someone.
Black hair set in a low pony flowed down his back, the blue hoodie he was wearing was run through with streaks of white and black in a seemingly random fashion, pants that were slightly baggy in a shade of deep blue covered long legs and gray eyes that were a shade very close to back peered at the book in his hands, moving across the page, made up the older teens' overall appearance.
'He's hot...' Naruto thought absently.
The look on his face was one that could have made a few people around him laugh hysterically.
'What the hell was that?!' Naruto screeched inside his head. He looked back at the older teen with a slight blush on his face before it disappeared.
The teen was gone.
"Naruto?" Jiraiya asked. "Come on! We need to get your crap before Tsunade comes back!"
"Okay. Coming!" Naruto replied and ran back to get all of the things he needed.
So to all of you who would like to guess as to who that person in the blue hoodie was, you will get a large piece of chocolate, or if you are alergic/hate it, you get a cookie of your choice!