Thanks everyone for the support. I know that there wasn't much action so far, but its only the first chapters. The background isn't set yet so just patience. Someone asked if I would be using the Pieces of Eden. I say ... in time. Everything is planned.
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The hours left before 6 were passed in an exciting state, at least for Hinata. She couldn't tell how Naruto felt with that stupid piece of cloth on. Oh, she had tried her Byakugan more than once and while she could see his shape and chakra, characteristics werent really visual. So she was stuck with watching at half his face, which wasn't nearly that bad, since his eyes were very expressional when he allowed them but the bad part was that he rarely did. But with his spiky hair, while, and his mask he did remind her of a certain perverted copy ninja.
Hinata took care to explain to him exactly how he should behave while in dinner with nobility and what was allowed to do and what not. She also made lunch, for the first time this week. Naruto said he liked it and retreated to his room with a short apology. That intrigued Hinata's curiosity and she peeked with her Byakugan at his room. After making sure he was not naked, she looked closer and saw him standing at the window. He gazed at something outside it and raised his arm and bent his elbow so that the part from his elbow to his palm was parallel to his chest. Hinata saw an eagle enter her field of vision and strangely enough it came inside and landed on his hand. Naruto stared at the majestic white eagle for a while before caressing it behind its head. Naruto extended his other arm and opened his palm. The eagle looked at Naruto and opened its beak, letting the small envelope it was holding drop on the man's hand. Naruto petted the majestic bird some more and it flew away. Naruto looked at it for a while and went back to his desk.
He sat and opened the contained a letter. Hinata still didn't understand the language but the two names the first letter Naruto sent had. His own and someone by the name of Altair. Naruto took his time reading the letter. he then put it on a drawer and reached inside the empty envelope. It turns out it wasnt empty because Naruto retrieved a small white feather from inside it.
'The hell? A feather?' Hinata wondered inwardly.
He raised the feather to eye level and inspected it for a few seconds. After that, he placed the feather in one of his many pouches and moved to his bed and laid there with his hands behind his head to relax.
Hinata deactivated her Byakugan seeing that Naruto wasn't doing anything. She felt a bit guilty for spying on him but she rarely did and she just couldn't help herself! She was thankful and disappointed at the same time for having enough self control to not peek at him when he bathed or see beneath his clothes. She was arguing with herself many times on the matter. Her sin-self's strongest argument was that he had seen her partially naked before so it was only fair that she did the same. Her noble-self countered by saying that he did so to save her life and even then he only saw her upper body while she would peek on his entire form. The argument was halted for now but her resolve might slip if she isn't careful.
Shaking her head off such thoughts, Hinata grabbed her gear and headed for the heads of the Hokages, as she did the previous days. She set her things up on the head of the Second Hokage and resumed her painting of the Hidden Leaf Village. She would occasionally activate her Byakugan to see every little detail and add it, since she wanted to make it as true as possible and was using very small brushes to do so. She was still at the beginning though, since a project that complicated would take her a lot of time while it would be impossible for a civilian to keep his hand so steady.
She stopped when she noticed the sun's position and she packed up to go back. She entered the house and left the painting gear in her room. She entered the bathroom, locked the door and striped of all clothing and placing the new, clean set of clothes which were formal but also flexible for combat on the sink. She turned on the water and got in the tub. She took extra care in bathing since dinners required a good appearance but formal matches more so. After she finished bathing she got out of the tub and wrapped herself in a towel. She then dried her hair and put on the clean clothes.
She exited the bathroom and knocked on Naruto's door. He opened and greeted her. He had ditched his long, white, hooded cloak and was in his white leather, sleeved shirt and pants that gave away his athletic body. His short blond hair, freed from that bloody hood, was pointing the sky from every angle possible although it wasn't so improper since it was very shortly cut. His black cloak with the strange emblem was on his hand.
Naruto nodded as did Hinata. They both moved out of the house and descended the path that led to the main Village. Once there Hinata led the way since Naruto didn't know where the Hyuuga compound was.
On the way some bold civilian and Shinobi whistled seeing Hinata in her tight battle attire, Hinata palmed her face while Naruto had an amused look with a calculating glint in his eyes. Hinata decided she didn't want to think about that.
After ten minutes of walking the reached the big gates of the Hyuuga Compound. The time was 5:48. The guards bowed and after saying: "Hinata-sama." They opened the door and let them in. A Branch member told them to wait there while she went to fetch Hiashi. Naruto was keeping his head in front of him but his eyes flew around the Compound with a curious look. It wasn't so much awe, as if he'd been in majestic placed before, as it was curiosity for something different.
Around two minutes later the female Branch Member came back followed by Hiashi and Hanabi. She bowed and left leaving the four alone in the hall.
"Father." Hinata said and she and Naruto bowed slightly. Hiashi tilted his head in acknowledgment ever coldly.
"Daughter. I am glad you decided to attend. Dinner will be held as soon as we are ready and your spar with Hanabi will commence afterward. Is that the man you live with?" Hiashi said.
"Yes father. That is Naruto, don't bother to address him as he knows very little to none of our language though I have been ordered to change that." Hinata replied. Hiashi nodded.
"I am aware of the fact. Have you informed him the reason for your and his presence this evening?"
"I have father." Hinata replied.
"Good. Then if there is no further holdup, we shall proceed to the dining hall." He said and they moved to the big hallway. Hiashi's trained eye saw Naruto studying him and Hanabi as well as the house. He didn't think much of it since almost everyone who came in the Manor studied it either for their own reasons or out of awe, and Hanabi had a look like she had something stinky under her nose which was as good as a label to declare her thoughts of being superior to others. She merely glanced at the older boy not thinking much of him. 'That's him? And he isn't even a Ninja. Even an Academy Student could beat him, why should a Hyuuga bother with him? And my sister has moved in with him. Pathetic. Today is the day I will officially become clan heir by beating her.I am sorry sister, but the clan can't have a weakling for it's leader' Hanabi thought, much in bitchy-mode which didn't seem to leave her behavior for many years now.
Naruto and Hinata soon followed and they entered the big formal dinning room. The big table was filled with all the Main Family, the Elders and some exceptional branch Family members. Friday was the day formal dinners were held every week. Every Main Branch member in konoha was demanded to attend.
Hiashi sat at the head of the table. Hanabi sat from his left and Hinata from his right. Naruto bowed lightly to the people in front of him and sat besides Hinata. The dinner began without much words. First course, main course and lastly desert. All the while most Hyuugas were subtly glancing at Naruto to see how he behaved, reacted or ate. Surprisingly from some whom having heard he was from very far away presumed he'd be without manners, Naruto ate slowly and politely, finished everything and wiped his mouth before drinking. He behaved as one attending a formal dinner should. Hinata mentally thanked herself for her thoroughness.
What irritated many of them was the fact that he didn't seem to remove his mask to eat. When some either excused themselves or looked down and activated their Byakugan they were surprised to see a complex ink seal from the inside of his mask. Much like a certain perverted Jounin.
While Naruto was slowly savoring his desert, conversations began throughout the table about various things. That was the time for discussion. Hiashi and Hinata were having a low conversation.
"So daughter, has your stay with this man been pleasant?"
"Yes father. I have no complaint." Hinata said. She hid the fact that she was attacked and in bed for three days. That would only complicate things.
"How is he as a man? Has been kind to you?"Translation: 'Did he put his hands anywhere he shouldnt?' Hinata thought. 'If you only knew how 'yes' this answer is.'
"As a matter of fact he has father. He has been most kind with me and never did anything I didnt approve or told him not to." Hiashi nodded approvingly.
"How has been doing regarding our language so far?"
"He is a keen learner, he has been taking everything teach him like a sponge. Nevertheless, it will be a while before he is able to have a decent conversation." Hinata spoke in a matter-of-fact tone.
"I see. That is indeed sad. Perhaps then he will be able to explain his intentions better." Hiashi said. "Because for him to only want to join the Village is not a very believable reason don't you think?" Hiashi said while sipping his drink.
"I do not agree father." Hinata said.
"How so Hinata?" Hiashi asked.
"As you have heard in my earlier report father, he seems to be very fast and while I dont know how proficient he is with them, I do know that his weapons skills must be good. I dont know if it means much to you, father," Hinata said ever so harshly at the end. Hiashi cocked an eyebrow. "but he is able to much my speed in a spar." Hiashi smirked inwardly. 'Just a little more.' He thought.
"Forgive me daughter if I remain skeptic. You were never the most proficient in the Gentle Fist thus I will keep my doubts." Hinata inwardly seethed. She had heard enough.
"With all due respect, father, but I believe Naruto's speed matches if not overcomes the attack speed of even the best of our clan."
'Bingo!' Hiashi thought.
"I highly doubt that. But..." he said and saw his daughter's quirked eyebrow. "we can easily find out." Hinata raised her other eyebrow.
"The meaning of your words seem to avoid me father." Hinata said.
"Well daughter, you know that you fight with Hanabi is a sight many of the Hyuga clan want to see. Perhaps we can arrange your friend to spar one of our best. Unless of course you spoke too fast?" Hiashi challenged. Hinata frowned at the obvious setup.
"That is not my decision to make father. But if I know Naruto that much, I am sure he will accept." Hinata said. Hiashi drank a bit.
"Why dont you make sure then?" Hiashi said. Hinata didnt answer but only nodded. She turned to him and had his attention soon enough. She explained what Hiashi proposed and he made an eye-smile and responded. Hinata turned to her father.
"He agrees father. Hinata said and Hiashi smiled slightly. Hanabi raised an eyebrow. How did this lowly man hope to compete with one of Hyuuga's best?
"Good then. It will take place before your fight if that's fine with you. Now, let us finish our dinner in silence."
"Are you serious about this father? Bringing him in our house is one thing, but is it proper that we waste our time fighting him?" Hanabi said letting some hostility and anger loose. Hiashi glared at her.
"This is not for you to decide Hanabi. You should never underestimate your opponent no matter how weak they look and this man definitely does not look weak. And I think I said we should finish in silence. You will do well to obey me, daughter." Hiashi said in a menacing tone. Hanabi looked down in embarrassment.
"Forgive me father." Hiashi didn't answer nor did he show acknowledgment in any way, shape or form. The desert was soon finished and the compliments said. The Hyuugas started to rise one after another. Hiashi rose last.
"Dear Hyuugas. We will now proceed to the dojo where the scheduled fight between Hanabi and Hinata for the place of Clan heir will take place. But before that, it is decided that another fight merely for the sake of entertainment will take place. Our guest, Naruto agreed to show his fighting skills and style against one of our own after my request. His fight will take place as soon as we all gather at the dojo. Let us go." he said. murmurs were heard throughout the table about the news. Hiashi ignored them and moved out of the room followed by Hanabi, Hinata with Naruto, Neji and the other Main branch Members.
The dojo was the open space in the middle of the complex. It was square and big. Bushes and training dummies were at the sides of it. The Hyuugas all stood at the sides of the fighting space. Hiashi and the Main Banch were on the side which was closer to the door and the rest of the Hyuugas opposite them.
"Now let us begin. Is Naruto-san ready?" Hiashi asked. Hinata asked Naruto and he nodded. He removed his black cloak and placed it on a dummy leaving him in his strange white and red one. He checked something in his long vambraces and moved forward. He put his hood and stood ready.
"Alright. Naruto-san's opponent will be Neji Hyuuga. No major injuries or permanent ones, no crippling. This is a friendly match therefore..." Hiashi kept with saying the rules.
'The hell? Neji?' Hinata thought with fear. Neji was the best in his age group. he was stronger than Hinata and Hanabi put together and almost as strong as Hiashi himself. He was considered by many the best Hyuuga to come in many years. His shitty attitude was even worshiped by some. Hinata was worried. Neji could seriously hurt Naruto. 'What did I do? I let my anger take over. I only hope Naruto won't get hurt.'
Neji moved in the dojo seemingly not caring about anything. His eyes stayed fixed on Naruto who was looking back at him with a sizing eye. Neji stood opposite him and made some signs before the referee told them to begin.
"Give up." Naruto's face mask moved lightly.
"Now why would I do that?" Was his answer. Neji narrowed his eyes. Was that man mocking him? That was it. He had his chance to give up. Now he would suffer the consequences.
"Very well." Neji said and slipped into his Genlte Fist stance.
"Begin." Said Hiashi. Neji observed Naruto's unmoving stance and his seemingly made out of steel eyes and after some seconds he closed his palms into fists and entered a basic Taijutsu stance to test him. Naruto raised an eyebrow at the apparent underestimation but let it go. He himself loosened his stance and waited.
Both stayed like that for a while before Neji decided to begin. He charged in half of his top speed and aimed a slash-like fist at his enemy's waist. Naruto only bent his waist backwards to avoid the blow. Neji followed it with a leg sweep. Naruto jumped on the spot and avoided it and used his forearm to block neji's fist coming next. He moved to plant his foot at Neji's face but he foresaw it and blocked with his other hand. The force of the kick threw Neji backwards a little and Naruto gracefully did a back-flip and landed on his feet the four pieces of his cloak's lower coming together once again.
Naruto stood straight looking at Neji without emotion. Neji once again came at him, faster this time.
Naruto ducked under a swirling kick and blocked the following left punch with his elbow. He sent his fist at Neji's stomach which was blocked by the Hyuuga's free hand. With his advantage at being ducked, Naruto did leg sweep and caught Neji's feet. Neji wasn't a genius for nothing, he placed his hands on the ground and pushed bringing himself in a standing position again. Naruto was standing in front of him in a few meters distance defiant.
"Have it your way." Neji muttered and activated his Byakugan extending his field of vision. Naruto changed his position. He moved his right foot back a little and raised his arms slightly. Neji came at him once again and he started sending punches and kicks and well-aimed spots of Naruto's body only to have them dodged, parried or blocked. Neji ducked under a punch and, supporting himself with his hands, tried to sweep Naruto's legs from under him. Naruto saw this in time and jumped, avoiding the leg coming at his own, and did a front-flip and with the gained momentum he brought his foot with crushing force at Neji who stopped it with his hand. The two parted and Neji held his arm in pain.
The rest of the Hyuugas watched in growing interest as this non-ninja faced off against Neji no problem. And Neji was done playing. Now he was getting serious. Hanabi watched stupefied, Hinata allowed a small look of pride and Hiashi had his face impassive, forever frozen in the Hyuuga trademark scowl.
Neji waited a couple of seconds for the pain to pass and never let his eyes wander off of his calm opponent, although with his Byakugan he could see him from everywhere. Naruto was breathing slightly more heavily than he was at the beginning but that was it, otherwise he was fine. He was directing a steely gaze at Neji as if saying: You'll have to do better than that.
Getting himself together, Neji placed himself in the Gentle Fist stance. Naruto's only move was to extend his arm silently invite Neji forward, mocking him in the process. Neji wasn't one to disappoint. He leaped at Naruto and aimed an open palm at his chest. Naruto leaned backwards and avoided the hit. After that he moved Neji's other hand of course and caught both of Neji's wrists with his hands. Moving with lightening speed, he stepped on Neji's chest and used it to gain momentum and do a back-flip while keeping Neji's hands at bay and kicking him in the face with his other foot. He landed further away from Neji and said Hyuuga looked at the blood he wiped from his mouth in anger.
The rest of the Hyuugas were dumbstruck. Hanabi's jaw was on the ground.
'He...he actually hit Neji-niisan. He actually landed a blow on him! I haven't seen anyone move like that! What kind of style is it?' The rest of the Hyuugas were pretty much thinking along the same lines. Naruto was able to keep up to Neji's speed without enhancing it with chakra. This told alot about the man's endurance and speed. And while Neji was an expert at the Gentle Fist, Naruto's evasive skills were matched by few and his agility was one to admire. Which begged the question how could he move like that with such a long cloak?
Neji regained his composure and looked at Naruto with a small smile a hint of respect playing in his pupil-less eyes.
'Finally,' he thought 'a man worth fighting.' With that, he charged once again and Naruto was forced to gracefully avoid all of the chakra powered Gentle Fist strikes. While Neji seemed out of luck, one hit would be enough. Naruto was moving backwards and fast in order to keep in a safe distance between himself and Neji's palms.
Seeing as he was running out of space to retreat to since the column signifying the end of the dojo Naruto thought fast. He ducked under a palm strike and sweeped at Neji's feet. The Hyuuga genius jumped and stoped a punch with his elbow. Naruto took advantage of the fact that Neji was airborne and pushed with his hand driving Neji backwards. Until Neji was back to his feet, Naruto had turned his back at him and running toward the column. With only a few meters left for Naruto to run and even less separating him from Neji, said teen then gave chase.
Just as Naruto reached the column and Neji needed a couple more steps to reach him, he used his momentum to run up the wall for three steps and then he shot himself in the other direction going above Neji and rolling as he landed. He looked back at Neji and prepared for the imminent Gentle Fist attack.
Neji went at him once again and started sending fierce blows at was bending backwards to avoid attacks and was using his hands to send Neji's palms away.
As Naruto blocked a kick with his hands. Neji sent a palm at him which Naruto violently pushed upwards with one of his hands. Neji's other hand was coming from below and Naruto blocked it with his free hand. Neji inwardly smiled as his plan bared fruit since now Naruto would have time to dodge or parry his next attack. Neji's hand which was parried upwards came down fast at naruto's head. The best Naruto could do was bring up his hand to take the attack. As if in slow motion, Neji's Gentle Fist attack landed on Naruto's left vambrace and sent his chakra in Naruto's body to cause internal damage.
'That's it.' Thought Hanabi smugly. 'He cant use his arm now. The fight is over. He'll be lucky to use it again in a few months. It was a direct hit.' Since Neji's thoughts were the same, he slowly stood straight and turned his back to Naruto holding his arm and began to walk away deactivating his Byakugan.
Walking away, Neji suddenly saw the mouths of the Hyuugas open with surprise. He turned his head to look behind him but felt immense pain as Naruto punched him for all he was worth with the hand that was supposedly out because of the previous Gentle Fist successful hit. Neji flew to the center of the dojo and staid there, finding he couldn't move after the hit. Naruto slowly walked up to him.
'This isnt possible! I hit him straight on that hand!' He thought. He reactivated his Byakugan, not without pain, and concentrated on the hand. To his -and some Hyuuga's who followed his example- surprise, they saw small lines of chrakra forming a web-like seal on his vambraces. The chakra wasnt Naruto's but it was still there forming a chakra barrier, thus making Gentle Fist attacks as strong as usual palm strikes which was mediocre at best.
Naruto slowly walked up to Neji and kneeled beside him. Instead of doing something to finish him off, as he and some Hyuugas feared, Naruto lowered his head and brought his mouth next to Neji's ear.
"Who do you fight for?" Naruto whispered. While his accent wasn't perfect, Neji had no trouble understanding it. The question puzzled him but he didnt let it show.
"I fight for myself and my clan." Was Neji's whispered but firm response. Naruto raised his head and shook it a few times.
"Then you can never be truly strong." After that, Naruto got up and walked away. Neji was very confused and frustrated and his brain was working overtime and none at all at the same time.
Seeing the scene, Hiashi cleared his throat and declared with a firm voice: "It seems that Naruto-san has defeated Neji. A great fight, well done to both of you!"
Medics came and took Neji away. The reaction of the Hyuugas was split. Most Main Family members were gaping like fish although some had the decency to notice and stop it. Hanabi couldn't think at the moment, she couldn't process the fact yet. Hinata was relieved and mentally kicked herself for not having faith in Naruto's abilities although she was frightened by them at the same time. But seeing Hanabi's indignant look, she mentally patted herself and Naruto on the back for a job well done.
The Branch Family members had quickly overcome their surprise and held semi-smug looks, although the older generations did well on trying to hide it.
Naruto walked back to Hinata and gave an eye-smile as if he just came back from finishing a shopping errand.
"If there is no disagreement, we will continue on the main event without further delay." Hiashi declared. Naruto gave Hinata a small push and an eye-smile. Feeling confident, Hinata walked to the center of the dojo. Hanabi followed, having recovered herself from Neji's unexpected loss.
"Forgive me for what I am about to do sister, but I can no longer allow you victory, too much is at stake for me." Hinata said as she entered her Gentle Fist stance.
"Speak not for you will lose once again." Was Hanabi's slightly arrogant reply as she copied her movements.
"The rules are the same. Begin!" Hiashi declared.
Hanabi charged at Hinata and directed a series of chakra strikes at key-points of Hinata's body. Hinata blocked a few, dodged others and after parrying a palm strike Hinata caught Hanabi's wrist and pressured it. Stopping her other arm before it hit her, Hinata kept pressuring her sister's wrist. Hanabi struggled to break free but found she couldn't escape from her elder sister's hold.
Soon Hanabi fell to her knee as she let out a scream from the pain. Hinata drew Hanabi's hand and kneed her hard in the gut and followed with a kick that sent Hanabi barrelling backwards. Another surprise for the Hyuugas, Hinata never before had fought Hanabi with such ferocity and cruelty. She had always been reluctant to hurt her younger sister and Hanabi had taken good advantage of that. But no more.
"You have grown into an arrogant and spoiled brat Hanabi, and I will hopefully beat that out of you." Hinata declared firmly. Hanabi slowly rose to her feet rubbing her wrist and glaring at her sister. Feeling good enough to keep fighting, Hanabi slowly approached Hinata but stopped some meters away. She widened her hands into the stance for the 8 Trigrams 64 Palms.
"You are within my field of divination." Hanabi declared. She then charged at Hinata with lightning speed and directed attacks at all of her chakra points.
"Rotation!" Hanabi had too much momentum and crashed fingers-first into the dome of chakra. She was hit by it for a good five seconds before she was blown backwards and Hinata stopped the rotation in a crouching position with her left hand behind her and her right in front. Hinata charged this time and as soon as Hanabi landed she caught her face in her palm and brought her above her and then crashing down on the floor.
Many were shocked by Hinata's brutality as it was uncommon for the kind woman but all she had on her mind was to make sure Hanabi realized how gravely wrong she was.
Hinata placed her foot on Hanabi's chest to make her stay down.
"You are defeated sister. Accept it and save whatever dignity you have left." Hinata spat at her. Hinata didn't want to act like that, she didn't want to be mean to her sister, but that was the only way Hanabi would get the message.
Hanabi didnt reply and Hinata put more weight on her Ninja sandals on Hanabi's chest and received a small yell of pain from the still growing teenager.
"Resign or I will be forced to further hurt you." Hinata said in a quiet voice but it was heard throughout the dojo. She pressured harder to show she wasn't joking.
"I resign." Came Hanabi's defeated and pained voice.
So thats it for this chapter. I hadnt posted for a while because of my exam period but now its over so I'm back to business.
The story got transfered to the crossover section. I hope I didnt lose many readers by this. It seemed the right thing to do.
The last few manga updates were overral nice (albeit a bit disgusting meaning Danzo's right hand) abd I cant wait for more. I hope Naruto is okay and has come to a decision when he wakes up. I also hope that he will finally return to the Village. I will personally hunt down Masashi Kishimoto if, after the bomb he dropped with Hinata's confession, he doesnt give them a scene or has him reject her.
Read and Review guys, reviews make me happy and a happy author is a writing author(wtf?)!
Until next time,