Kitsune of Gakuen
Sorry, please ignore any suffix consistency errors from the past chapter. I am currently watching the anime and rereading the manga to get a vibe for the arcs following a lot of changes and things.
Naruto and Moka were sitting under a tree together, talking about the vacation that was about to start. The impending trip was that of a camp out connected to their club.
Moka dressed to impress in a violet summer dress with a black midriff length blouse over the dress. She also wore black shoes with black stockings, and with her was a bag. This was the first time he ever seen her dressed casually if he was right. ''My heart is racing. I haven't been back to the human world since...'' she trailed off. It was obvious what she was thinking about. The time she spent in human world and how much she hated it.
''Moka,'' Naruto placed a hand around her waist. ''You have nothing to worry about. I'll be by your side every step of the way my Angel.'' he affectionately.
''Thank you Naruto-kun.'' she softly replied as she began to flush. ''I feel better knowing you'll be there. My expectations are stronger than my fears! I'll be counting on you Naruto.''
''Right...'' Naruto got a glance at her cleavage. He placed a soft kiss on her neck causing her to moan.
He started massaging her midriff causing her to pant. ''Ever thought about fooling around in a tree?'' He asked with a grin.
''Naruto!'' Moka gave him a scandalized look.
The two S-classes dropped down to the ground when they saw their friends approaching.''Hey girl's whats up.''
'''Morning Naruto,'' Kurumu chirped.
Naruto then noticed Yukari seemed distracted. ''Yukari-chan. Something up?'' He asked seeing the far away look in her eye.
''Huh? Oh it's nothing Naruto. I guess I was just nervous about going to human world that's all,'' She explained as she held on to her wand protectively.
''Come on Yukari-chan were all friends here. You could talk to any of us, even me if your nervous.''
''Wow...thanks cow tits thanks. Even you have to a heart huh?'' Yukari teased.
'Kurumu forced a smile,''Well no tits, better to have a heart unlike some people.''
''Come on girls, enough is enough. You're supposed to be friends so enough with the insults okay?''
''Sorry Naruto!'' they replied.
The others gathered on the bus and got on. ''Hehehehe, you're an usual one aren't you Naruto-san. Fighting upperclassman and becoming the new head of the Public Safety Commission.''
Naruto's eyes narrowed. ''Curious as to how you know this information. Also as to why you burdened yourself with finding out. ''
''Hehehe, I'm just a simple driver. Just having to hear rumors here and there. You could say I bear a little responsibility for you!'' He said lighting a cigar and smoking it.
The bus soon emerged from the tunnel and entered the human world. Immediately the bright yellow light of the sun bombarded them as it floated over them high in the sky. As the group took in the change of scene, they saw many people loitering about. Men, women, and kids with all walking around peacefully.
The Bus soon took a left and passed a sign saying 'No Trespassing!'
'Oh Kami! Some crazy shit is about to happen I just know.'
"Huh?" Kurumu spoke up, confused, "Maybe it's just my imagination, but didn't that sign say no trespassing?"
"It does seem like we're going further into the mountains." Yukari agreed.
After a few hours driving they finally arrive in the general area of their trip. "Wow! Where are we?" Kurumu asked excitedly, "A sunflower garden?"
"It's beautiful!" Moka remarked excitedly as well, "Is this where we're staying? I had no idea there were such places in the human world too!"
Everyone took in the sight before them. An endless ocean of sunflowers that swayed in the wind.
Nekonome stared at the area they were in before turning to face the bus driver. "Huh? This is a totally different spot than where we had planned isn't it?"
"Well, I thought we should try stopping by this stop for a bit. Currently this is a well-known spot in the human world."
"Well known for the sunflowers?"
"Negative. It's well-known for being a mysterious spot where one person after another has been spirited away. Don't you think that in this day and age that spiriting away is quite poetic?" The mysterious bus driver asked.
''Tch don't ask me. I'm not the poetic type. I have a little bit of talent in performing musical instruements and that comes from practice, the same with art.''
"You'd best read the local newspaper for details." He said as Naruto took the newspaper and sifted through it, "Well, you guys better be plenty careful not to get spirited away too."
'So I wonder what's going to be this monster? A giant bee? Sunflower army?'
"Well Nekonome-sensei, why don't we go out to eat? I'll treat you to some yummy fish."
Nekonome's tail shot up along with her ears. ''...Fish?'' That was all she needed to hear. The doors of the bus closed and it shot off like a that they were gone.
''Oh shit! Our stuff was on the bus!'' Naruto shouted as his tone was filled with disbelief. He couldn't believe irresponsible the so called adults were.
''I can't believe it! What's that bus driver thinking! We've been deserted deep in the mountains!'' Kurumu loudly complained as Naruto suddenly sensed something.
"Girls! Quiet!'' Naruto said, gaining their attention as he continued trying to pinpoint the soundof rustling.
''Naruto?'' Moka asked concerned.
''I thought I heard something. Unfortunately I can't pick up anything else scent wise.'' he said as he rubbed his nose. There was nothing, but mainly sunflowers and that particular plant itself actually lacked a scent. Though he soon got his answer as a strange roar came from the flowers.
''Kuso!'' Naruto looked around until he took notice of a small structure not too far from them. ''Over there a Cabin! Head for it now!''
The group arrived at the cabin, all let out a breath of relief. Naruto noticed the girls were panting heavily. 'Damn? I guess their stamina is rather limited?''
''What was that? Some sort of weird creature? In the human world that's a none monster settlement?'' Kurumu wondered to herself. There were several places on the planet that were monster free terrorties. Neutral zones that acted as borders between settlements that particular species lived in. There were suppose to be some sort of forest creatures that lived near here, but their name escaped her at the moment.
Moka took on a serious look before she replied to Kurumu's question, "Spirited away… I wonder what's been going on here? What's written in the newspaper the bus driver gave us? We need to find out what kind of place this is…"
Naruto pulled out the newspaper before he began to read it, "It says here that…"
Elsewhere some other people were also in the general area. The occupants were in a car, two women, one a young female of college student age and the other an older woman. "In Okabanachou in Fujimi city 18 sightseers have disappeared one after another." The radio announcer spoke as the two people in the car listened, "There has always been a legend that a Witchlives on a hill in that very area. For that reason there have been rumors that these incidences are the work of a witch!"
"People with interests in the occult have also started to visit the area…"
"Sempai, they're talking about us!" The girl with the map spoke up with a giggle.
"Heh, well Youko, you really do love the occult." The sempai smiled as they reached a familiar landmark, "Look, we're almost at Witch Hill!"
"This is going to be great!" Youko enthused, "I hear that its a beautiful place with a bunch of sunflowers in bloom.'' Because of the construction they were all going to be cut down soon, so the two thought they should see them while they had a chance.
Within a section of the settlement the Newspaper club was brainstorming. ''Nekonome-sensei...did she wanted us to find out what was going to happen?'' Moka wondered as Naruto shook his head in disbelief.
''Doesn't sound like much of a plan. If that's true then it'd mean she's testing us. How annoying! In that case we should just figure out who's doing the spiriting away ourselves! What if something really does happen? This is the human world! Even my tarot cards say this vacation is ill-fated!"
"I've had enough of you Yukari-chan. Tarot cards are worthless anyway! If this is how you were going to be why'd you come anyway?'' Kurumu rounded on here. She straightened her back, her hands on her hips as she said in an authoritative voice, "If you're so worried then why don't you just go home by yourself! You really are just a wimp aren't you Yukari?"
The room got quiet and everyone could see the dejected look on Yukari's face. Her body trembled as she whispered, "Wh-Why you…"
Then she raised her head and spoke up in a loud voice, "Don't be so stupid! I'm not afraid of anything!"
"Wait! Yukari-chan! Where are you going?" Moka spoke with concern as the young witch got up and slammed the door behind her, leaving the group behind.
Moka then turned to Kurumu. "Come on! That was going too far, Yukari-chan is running up the mountain!" Moka chastised Kurumu, "We've got to follow her."
"Whoa, when the hell did she have an Iron Tarot card?'' Naruto asked with wide eyes.
''I've been stabbed...'' Replied a light-headed Kurumu as blood dripped from her forehead.
Yukari ran through the forest as thoughts filled her mind.
Memories of when she was younger, of living off in a small sealed off village at the bottom of a deep gorge. The views she was brought up on insisted that humans were the enemy, but ever since she'd met Naruto that had all changed. She didn't know what to think anymore.
Suddenly, a loud piercing noise filled that air as Yukari turned to find out where it was coming from. "A-A scream?" She asked herself as her legs began moving towards the noise, "It came from the Sunflower garden. Could they be in danger?"
Soon she found herself sprinting, trying to find the location of the scream.
"Wh-What's with this sunflower garden?" Youko screamed as she struggled against the flowers which were trying to swallow up her sempai. "This can't be happening! Someone help!"
Finally Yukari arrived to the scene, but she froze when she saw who it was that screamed. "A… human." Yukari thought to herself before she heard the girl ask, "Who are you? Wh...why are you dressed like that! A-Are you a witch?"
The way she had said those words brought a cold indifference to her heart as she spun on her heels and began to walk away. "My mistake! I thought someone else was in danger! I wouldn't have bothered to come if I had known it was some human stranger." She said in a chilly tone.
"W-Wait! Help me! She's going to be eaten!" Youko begged to the retreating witch, "My Sempai! My Sempai is going to be eaten by these sunflowers!"
"…What?" Yukari asked as she turned around and inspected the scene more closely.
"It's my fault! I was the one who said she should come to this 'Witch Hill' as a test of courage… and because of me, my sempai was suddenly attacked by the sunflowers!" Tears were forming at the edge of the girl's eyes as she struggled to keep her sempai from being eaten.
"Wh-What is this…" Yukari thought as she looked on in horror. 'Is that a plant! A plant feeding on a human? Could this be… a type of magic plant…?"
Suddenly, a growling voice came from one of the 'plants' as it said, "F…oood…"
Then it turned to Yukari and opened a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth. It used its vines as limbs as it stalked towards Yukari, hungrily growling, "Food…"
It lifted itself high into the air by using its stem. It roared as it lunged at Yukari who barely managed to miss being eaten. "Kyaaa!" She screamed as she was thrown backwards from the impact. But even as she lay there stunned, she began connecting the dots.
"C-Could this be… what's been causing all those people to be spirited away?" She thought as surprise and shock filled her, "All those people who disappeared were eaten by this?"
But she had no more time to think as she saw the monster ready itself for another attack. Thinking quickly she pulled out some of her tarot cards, holding 10 in one hand. With resolution, she yelled, "I'm not going to let myself be eaten by this thing!" as she threw her magic-induced tarot cards at the monster plant.
The tarots hit their mark and embedded themselves into the plant. She was glad that her plan seemed to be working and was about to make her finishing move when she was suddenly hoisted up into the air by her legs. The plant monster had managed to catch her just before she had made her move!
"There, I knew I heard someone over there!" Moka said as she pointed somewhere behind her, "It sounded like a scream!"
Kurumu walked far behind the group. She could hear how they were all concerned over the young witch and she couldn't help but feel guilty. If Yukari was in danger, it would be all her fault that she was.
"Yukari-chan…" She thought as the guilt accumulated insider her chest, "Maybe I went too far…"
She moved away from her thoughts as she looked at everyone else who was busy searching for Yukari.
"I told them it was ill fated. We shouldn't have come to the human world to begin with. Now I'm going to be eaten. Oh, I wish everyone was here for me now. Someone save me…" Yukari begged within her mind, "Save me… someone save me…"
''You really are just a wimp aren't you Yukari?'' The memory of Kurumu's words somehow snapped her out of her pitiful trance. Just in time too since the jaws of the plant were about to dig into her flesh.
A surge of power filled her as she lifted up her wand. She called upon a tarot card which obeyed her call and cleanly sliced the top jaw of the plant that was about to eat her. Deftly she escaped and landed on the ground.
"I can't believe I'd have to go think of someone like her at a time like this." Yukari said in a serious tone, "I can't stand it. I'm not going to let her make fun of me again."
Her eyes now held a look of determination as she looked at the roaring plant monsters. They didn't seem to like that she had sliced one of their comrades in half. But she prepared for that and their roar did not terrify her anymore. She stood her ground as they lunged at her with open mouths.
"W...Witch-san...Hey, what are you doing? Watch out!" Youko warned the younger girl who would be eaten by the plan if she didn't move. But her worry was in vain as multiple tarots shot out and cleanly sliced the other plant monsters in half as well. "The reason my attack didn't work was because it wasn't powerful enough. In that case, it's simple. I just need to increase the attack force. It should work if I harness the full magic for this spell. I won't continue to fall behind!"
She felt all the magic from her body drain from her as she placed the power into the attack. Tarot cards flew everywhere, cutting down any plant monster that reared its ugly head. In less than a minute there was nothing but corpses of the plant monsters littering the ground. Yukari suddenly felt weak in the knees as her eyesight became blurry. But she smiled as she fell backwards.
"…There, see? I am a genius after all."Was her last thought before darkness took her.
"Waahh… what is this? Plant monsters!" Kurumu said as she surveyed the chaos, "Did Yukari-chan beat them all up? Wow…"
"Found her!" Yelled Naruto as he ushered everyone to where he was. Relieved sighs escaped the group as he cradled Yukari in his arms. She was alive and was breathing normally save for a little sweat that dripped down the side of her face.
Two girls suddenly came up to the newspaper club and thanked them. "Is she with you? We'd like to thank witch-san for saving our lives! If it hadn't been for her, sempai and I would've been eaten by those plant monsters!"
Kurumu had distanced herself away from the group and was standing on a patch of sunflowers that hadn't been turned into monsters. A small smile played on her lips as she thought, "She really did beat them. I guess she is the type that hates losing after all."
Then she spotted Yukari's hat hidden somewhere beneath a pile of debris. She got up and went over to pick it up. She held it in her hands a bit, thinking of how Yukari had defeated those monsters. Slowly, she turned around and walked back to the group.
"You're not weak at all Yukari-chan." She spoke in a proud voice as she placed the hat on Yukari, "I'm sorry for saying those awful things to you before."
Everyone gave a small smile at the touching scene before them.
'Monsters in the human world? What on earth is going on?'
Deep in the mountain and isolated from human taint, two figures conversed in a hidden cabin.
"A witch… on my hill…" The figure that was clearly touched by age's hand questioned her apprentice.
"Yes, O-Yukata-sama." The apprentice said as she inclined her head in respect, "Despite her youth, she possess quite strong magic. The witch destroyed the magic plants we entrusted to guard our priceless sunflower garden.
The elderly figure gave a weak and tired smile beneath her hooded face. "Well well… How many years has it been since I last met a real witch… We must welcome her. The young witch… we are of the same blood."
The apprentice then left as a mysterious old man walked out of the shadows. He looked like a kindly old man wearing a black suit and carrying an old brief case with the image of a cracked human skull encrusted on it.
''Come now old witch, when are we going to start this attack? I can only be patient for so long.''
''Calm yourself Shadow walker. You'll have some fun you just have to show a little patience.''
Back with the group. "Boy it's hot." Moka complained as the group made their way to an area far away from the sunflower field.
"The human world does have different seasons.'' Naruto replied, earning a smile.
"So how is she?" Naruto asked as he placed the bucket filled with water next to Moka.
"No not yet," She replied, "She's doesn't have any serious injuries, but she's exhausted from using too much of her power in the battle."
"I wonder if she's okay?" Kurumu asked from the adjacent side of the tree.
"I was surprised at first, I didn't know she had such a power to defeat these monsters." She began, "...but if she's so strong, why is she so scared of the human world?"
Kurumu gave a small smile as she continued, "I guess there are many things we don't know about Yukari-chan. That includes witches, since they're the hybrid of human and ayashi."
"Umm… how is Yukari-chan doing?" Youko asked as she reached the tree where the newspaper club was resting, "Is she awake yet?"
''Oh… not yet." Moka replied, noticing it was the people whom Yukari had rescued earlier.
Youko then leaned down, bending her knees as she took a good look at Yukari before saying, "So, Yukari-chan is the witch that lives around this area right?"
Moka spoke up as she replied, "No, she's not. We're just here on a research project."
Youko's eyes widened at the news. "So I was wrong?"
Youko scratched her head as a puzzled look played on her face. "I was wondering because… this area holds a legend that a witch lives here." She began to explain, "Especially in that ranch, we call it "Witch's Ranch"because there is a rumor that a witch lives there."
"But recently, there was a decision to build a new factory around this area. Since then, there have been people missing. That's why people have been scared; they think that these missing people are the factory managers that angered the witch and met the ''Divine Punisher!''
"You guys don't have any proof, so please do not randomly blame witches." Everyone turned to see Yukari struggling to get up, "Humans can never understand witches."
"Yukari-chan!" Many people exclaimed at once as the witch got up to her feet. One Kurono Kurumu was especially excited.
"Thank goodness you're awake! How are you feeling?" She asked with concern. But she was simply ignored by Yukari who turned a cold shoulder towards her."
"Oh ya… I remember, Yukari-chan and I just had a fight."Kurumu thought in dismay. "Well, anyway… if this area is so dangerous, we should probably leave as soon as possible." Kurumu suggested.
"Then shall we leave and go to the town where our motel is located? We might be able to catch up to Nekonome-sensei. We should probably tell her about THIS INCIDENT." Moka too suggested, putting a heavy emphasis on the last two words.
"Oh! Then we can probably give you guys a ride… even though there are more than five of us." Youko offered as she pointed toward her car, "We're pretty close to town."
"Really? That would really help!''
"What's the matter Yukari-chan?" Naruto asked the girl who was standing still for some reason.
A solitary figure looked down from a tree branch as the car disappeared from the area. "Master… those humans made a mess in our sunflower garden and just left." The figure spoke in a quiet, seething voice.
"Ruby… are you just going to let them get away like that…?" The master communicated through her wand to her disciple, "I've told you before… we, the witches, look after our tribe mates. Make sure to make her join us…"
Ruby's eyes narrowed as she replied, "But… it seems like she has companions with her."
"Hmph… they must merely be humans… if they get in your way, you may kill them. Right now… we want as many comrades as possible. In order to protect this land… WE MUST PUNISH THOSE HATED HUMANS! Bring that young witch to our ranch… can you do that? My beloved disciple Ruby?"
"…I understand master." She replied before she lifted her wand over her head. She chanted a spell before her body dissolved into a black crow with a wand in its beak. Once the transformation was complete, she flew towards the city where Yukari and her friends would be heading. Trouble would brew soon afterwards.
Changing back from her crow form the woman observed her target. ''...Well...Well! After chasing her all over the place, I can't believe she would end up in a human's town. I guess there are witches that don't know what they're doing. Witches can hear the sounds of the wind and converse with the Fairies. We are the race that uses the power of nature to our advantage. That's why when she stays in the city where nature has been destroyed, it makes me sick. I wonder if she is worthy to be our race!
''Don't be nervous Yukari-chan,'' Naruto said placing a hand on Yukari's shoulder. ''You'll be fine as long as I'm here.'' He said hoping they would quickly get through the now noticing crowds.
''Hey dude...'' one random otaku said to his friend.
''Yeah I've noticed.''
''Check it out! They're hot. That girl's so cute. Her face and style is perfection.'' Another guy said drooling as his eyes obsessively focused on Moka's ass and tits.
''That one has enormous tits.'' Another said gushing over Kurumu's fun-bags.
''That's huge, this one is also pretty damn hot!'' another boy said, this one of college age said switching from gazing at Moka to Kurumu.
''Are they models? Their skin looks so smooth.''
''Come girls, let's speed it up.'' Naruto said hoping to leave the perverted weirdos behind. He'd be damned if anyone else, but him was going to pervert on his girls. Well with the exception of Gin who didn't know when to give up. Lord have mercy if he ever did anything like that other guy and tried to serenade one of them.
''That's a cosplay right?''
''Whoa a witch! She's cute!'' an obvious lolicon gushed.
''Mooooe!'' A fat and chubby otaku screeched.
''BACK-OFF!'' Naruto roared causing all the perverts to reel back in fear.
Naruto led the girls away and ducked into the ally.
''Damnit! What's with humans? They're just like those monsters at academy! I'm not just some toy for people's amusement damnit!'' Yukari was shaking badly.
''Yukari-chan it's ok. I understand. You'll get used to it so..''
''Stop lying! You don't understand my feelings at all...it's impossible for Naruto to understand.''
'Yukari...I understand more than you know.'
"There's too much difference between my world and the human's world! No one will ever understand!'' She cried out as tears dripped down her cheek.
''Yukari-chan...'' Before Naruto could finish, a crow flew between them.
A crow shot by and soon enough several others poured down.
"Kyaa! What is this? Why are they all being so offensive?" Moka yelled out as she tried batting the crows away.
Naruto swung his hand sending several of the birds crashing into the wall.
No one noticed that behind the cloak of crows a girl with a wand like Yukari's swooped down, covering said girl's mouth before spiriting her away. As the fog of crows lifted, Moka realized something.
"Huh? Yukari-chan's…gone." She thought as she looked around, seeing the young witch nowhere to be found.
"Hey guys! Yukari-chan's disappeared!" Moka alerted the group, who immediately looked around, trying to find Yukari.
Naruto looked around and sniffed the air. ''Damnit! It's faint but theirs a scent that wasn't here before!''
Yukari blinked as her vision slowly returned to her. She got up, feeling a bit dazed as she looked around. Suddenly alert, she realized that she was alone, or so she had thought. "Huh? What? Where… where am I?" She spoke in a distraught manner.
"Hey… you're awake." Yukari turned to the source of the voice. There, standing at roof top's edge was a girl whose clothes looked liked she had been in a battlefield. Her skirt was all torn as were the rest of her clothes. Bits and pieces seemed to want to fall off every time she moved. She looked to be about Sixteen and had pitch-black hair that was held to the side by braids. Currently in her outstretched hand, a crow sat there perched.
"So how does it feel to be in the humans' city? You looked terrible back their young witch." Ruby spoke in a smooth, even tone. Then, she outstretched her arms, facing the city before she began speaking again.
"The city doesn't have anything." Ruby began with a trace of sadness in her voice, "No winds, no water, no flowers, and not even the smell of earth and the grass."
Her voice took on an edge as she continued; "Only ego and selfishness remain here. As a witch, the only way to describe the city was pity, correct?"
Yukari looked on in awe at the girl. But she was startled when a crow flapped its wings in front of her, screeching.
"Oh… don't worry about it. These crows are my friends. They've helped me bring you here from those humans."
A prominent question began to form inside Yukari's mind as she began to realize something. But she had to make sure. So she asked tentatively, "What… what are you?"
Ruby smiled as she answered, "My name is Ruby. I'm a resident of the Witch's Ranch. I really wanted to be your friend so I came over from the ranch."
Yukari's expression took on a happy look as she realized that she wasn't the only witch in this place.
"Humans are the enemy." Ruby spoke to the younger witch as she gazed at the street below her, "I have lived in the human society so I understand. Humans are powerless, pitiful creatures that can't do anything but destroy."
Slowly she turned to face Yukari as she continued, "You should understand after arriving here, witches and humans don't even need to communicate. We never need to."
She walked to Yukari and grabbed hold of her hands. She looked into her eyes with honest ones of her own. She spoke truthfully and honestly. "Those humans that fill us with hate are planning to destroy the sunflower patch along with our ranch. That is why Yukari-chan, in order for us to fight against the humans, we need your help."
Ruby handed Yukari a sunflower, as if to add meaning to her speech. The younger girl looked at the delicate flower carefully before she heard Ruby speak again.
"Will you help us?" The older witch pleaded, hoping that Yukari would agree. After a brief silence, she was rewarded with a nod from the younger witch. She became so ecstatic that she enveloped Yukari in a hug as she pressed her cheek against hers.
"Really! Yaay! Now you are one of us, let's be friends!" Ruby rubbed her face like a cat would against Yukari's face. This startled Yukari because the girl was acting completely different from her earlier demeanor.
"Ruby-san! Ruby-san!" Yukari tried getting the girl's attention, but it was of no use. She was just too happy to hear her.
"Yukari? What's going on here?" A voice spoke out, halting the happy fest.
"Yea, that's right! What's going on?" Another, distinctly female voice spoke up also.
Both Ruby and Yukari turned to meet the trio.
Something about Naruto's gaze made Ruby felt ill at ease.
''You humans, how did you know that we were here?''
''Well the crows all converging overhead made this place easy to find.'' Naruto answered before his focus went to Yukari. ''Yukari-chan we heard everything. I'm not mad. All I can say is I'm sorry. For not trying to understand you and your feelings. Forget this report. If you really can't stand it here then let's go home.''
Hot tears filled Yukari's eyes. She nodded, glad that even after what she said Naruto had forgiven her. She made a step towards him when Naruto jumped back. A superficial cut appeared on his shoulder sleeve.
''Aaw what the hell? I just bought this shirt. you owe me 69.95 plus tax. ''
A gash appeared on Naruto's shoulder shortly after, 'blood spurting out. Yukari froze in fear and shock. The Naruto before he exploded into blood as his voice came from the left.
''Now that wasn't nice,'' Naruto said noticing the claw like sharp wings of the Witch. Thank Kami for Paranoia and Bunshinjutsu.
''I don't know what is what you just did, but I won't hesitate to kill our enemies without hesitation...'' six crow like wings spread from her back.''You don't have to look like you're suffering Yukari-chan. They are merely human, besides I'm going to be your friend from today on. They never understood your feelings in the first place and gave you trouble right?''
Her wings shot forward at the trio.
Naruto's eyes flickered red. Yukari knew what that meant. Before either opponent could make a strike Yukari jumped between them. One of Ruby's wings gashed Yukari's face, only just narrowly missing a fatal blow if Naruto then move to pull her out-of-the-way instead of attacking.
''I...I can never forgive those who attempt to hurt my friends. They mean so much to be and even if it is a Witch. I won't let them lay a single finger on them.''
''I...I cannot accept this!' Your friendship means more than the Witch's race?'' Her whole body started to quiver. 'I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS AT ALL!''
Naruto's chakra spiked causing Ruby to step back.
''N-No impossible! You can't be! Die!''
Naruto dodged her wings and nailed her in the stomach with his palms.
''No way, this is not happening. We the witches are a high, honorable race. How could I lose? What is that guy?''
Spit flew from Ruby's mouth as her eyes blurred into darkness as she lost consciousness.
Ruby's wings disappeared into nothingness as her body fell. Naruto caught her before she fell.
''Naruto?'' Yukari started to ask unsure what to say.
''We'll take her with us for now,'' He said, no one said anything in response.
"It's dark already. We can't find our motel and we're really split up with Nekonome-sensei." Moka said aloud, "And we can't just leave this girl in the middle of nowhere."
Night fell upon the city as Moka and Yukari sat next to an unconscious Ruby on a bench somewhere in the city. They had tried for a while to find the motel, but it had been to no avail.''
''Leave it to sensei to give us a map that only highlights all the sushi restaurants and aquariums.'' Naruto said with a dead pan remark and sighed.
Suddenly, Yukari stood up and moved to the front where the group could see her. "I'm sorry everyone for how I acted. Even if we come from different worlds I still like care for each of you! As long as I'm with everybody, then I'll be ok.''
Just then, Nekonome came walking from a store just around the corner where they were sitting at. "Hey, everybody's here!" The sensei said cheerfully as she carried three boxes filled with fish. "Why are you guys here?"
Immediately she was bombarded by all sorts of questions ranging from, "Where were you?" to "You idiot!"
"Oh! Wasn't this supposed to be a research trip?" Was her only reply, which caused everyone to fall on their face.
Meanwhile in the subconscious of the older witch. ''...Ruby?''
A young girl, a young ruby, happily walked hand-in-hand with her parents. She smiled at the bright lights of the city. She looked up when her mother called her name. ''Ruby, see this settlement? This is a human's city?''
Her mother explained, as she made a sweeping motion with her hand to their surroundings.
''Whoa...'' Ruby gazed at the impressive buildings and structures that surrounded them.
''The lights are twinkling like stars.'' Her father said before chuckling. ''It seems like you love it already. Ruby...if one day...both witches and the humans can live off together, wouldn't that be great?'' he asked her.
Though not far from their location driving down the street haphazrdly was a drunken driver. With a bottle in hand he drove upon the sidewalk, running over trashcans and alerting the pedestrains on the sidewalk.
The last thing Ruby felt was the sensation of being pushed by her parents, the pain of hitting the pavement, blood, and the horrible screams that accompanied before she blacked out.
Ruby's heart raced as her eyes opened; sweat dripping down the side of her face. As the memory receded to the back of her mind, her vision began to focus. She could see two figures floating above her and as her eyesight sharpened, she managed to make out who they were.
It was the blond haired boy from yesterday and the pink-haired girl.
Adrenaline shot through her veins as she realized she wasn't in her home. She got up quickly, ready to fight if need be. "What! Wh… where am I… ugh!"
Pain filled her body as she gripped her stomach, where it hurt most. "Ruby-san! You shouldn't move yet, you're still injured!"
Ruby recognized that voice! Slowly, she turned to her right where the rest of the group was sitting. There, she saw the younger witch, giving her a worried look.
'Is this a dream? No...the group from yesterday. I tried to kill them, but I got defeated instead.' she thought, her mind still a bit fuzzy."Ugh… where… where am I? What are you guys…" She spoke despite the pain.
Silence reigned for a while before the group looked at each other.''Uzumaki Naruto, we arrived here today because of a club project and you're at our hotel. These are my friends, Moka Akashiya who is a Vampire and Kurumu Kurono is a Succubus. You've already met Yukari.''
''How? How did you beat me? What are you? There's no way a human could have beaten me.''
''I'm not exactly human myself. I guess you can say I'm a hybrid creature that's mostly Kitsune. There's not an exact label for what I am besides Hybrid though I still consider myself human.''
''Human? You consider yourself part human? Yet you consider yourself friends with Ayashi and Witches? Do you find me stupid?'' She questioned in anger.
''I don't know why you hate humans, but not all of us are evil. Not all of us are disgusting perverts or destroyers of nature. Like I said I'm a Hybrid, I'm a bit of everything.''
''Why? Why did you help me? I tried to kill you and your friends back there? Don't you hate me?'' she wondered.
''I have no reason to hate you Ruby-san. True you attacked us, but it was more of a transparent hatred against humanity than wanting to bring any real harm to us, not to mention I'm not one to hurt pretty girls if I can help it,'' Naruto finished with a smile.
Ruby's eyes widened slightly and she looked away, blushing and seething a bit.
Outside the teacher and bus driver were listening in.
It was the next day and Ruby found her injuries healing.
Naruto had cooked up a meal from some ingredients Yukari went out and brought.
Ruby watched on, trembling, her feelings mixed about the situation as she watched the four joke around.
''Naruto, how about I give you a massage. You're shoulders seemed so rigid lately.'' Kurumu cooed as she began massaging his shoulders.
''Oi leave Naruto-kun alone! He's trying to eat Kurumu-chan!" Moka huffed as she took to feeding Naruto.
''Your always hogging him Moka. I want some time with Naruto too.'' the succubus whined.
''You'll probably just suffocate him with your chest,'' Yukari added with an impish grin.
''No one asked you NO-TITS!'' a flush Kurumu angrily remarked.
''Well Cow Tits doesn't mean I can't join the conversation.'' she countered.
"Stop… Stop joking around." Ruby whispered as her pain and confusion filtered through her voice. Naruto managed to capture the soft sound of her voice and turned around, causing everyone to turn around along with him.
"You guys… are so naive." She began before her voice grew louder to the point of yelling, "I…I'm not going to be fooled! Because I know how SELFISH AND DIRTY THE HUMAN RACES ARE!"Tears streamed down her face as she threw the covers off of her and lunged at Naruto. "I'll never trust humans! I'll peel off that monstrous human skin right now!"
"Naruto watch out!" Kurumu warned as Naruto sat there. To everyone's surprise, Naruto simply lifted up his drink in front of Ruby's face, who paused mid-lunge.
''Everything isn't as Black as White as you believe Ruby-san. I know what it's like to be different. To be hated, to not feel like you're 'human' for a burden I didn't ask. I had my Kagebunshin collecting this information since I woke up early this morning. 'Witches Ranch' is your home right? I heard about how its set to be destroyed to become the site of new construction. For that I'm sorry.''
As she took in his words, Ruby looked at the drink, which she noted had a smiling face on it. This irked her to no end as she slapped it out of Naruto's hand, "Sh-Shut up!"
But she knew she had lost as she calmed and sat back down, her hands between her legs. "Now it's too late! You can't do anything about it! The humans have already angered my master. In order to punish the humans, my master is going to turn the city into a sea of flame."
A crow descended below upon the arm of the aged woman standing among the sunflowers. ''...What?...Ruby was defeated by her opponent!'' What is that girl doing at such an important time? Thanks to the energy from the water and sun...My ''Soldiers'' that I made are growing well, on the other hand...'' A humanoid like claw erupted from the ground.
''Ruby...Is suppose to be the general that controls these soldiers of mine...For this reason I have taught Ruby the way she is today. I can not afford to lose her! She must return if she is alive.''
That afternoon Naruto had found a message upon his things. After reading the message he slipped away, but not before leaving a kagebunshin behind so he wouldn't alarm the others. Hopefully by tomorrow morning everything would be taken care of.
Later that night, when everyone was asleep, there was one person who was still wide awake. Ruby looked at the group curiously. A hint of a smile played across her face when she saw Kurumu and Moka wrapping their arms around each of the clone Naruto's arms.
Her eyes wandered to the drink she had knocked out of Naruto's hand. At first it brought her anger, but then she remembered Naruto's words. Those words brought a light feeling to her heart that loosened her grip around the drink to a tender touch. Her eyes softened as she continued to look at the can before she was interrupted.
"Ruby-san? What's wrong, can't you sleep?" Yukari quipped up, surprising the older witch who fumbled with the drink due to her surprise.
"Oh, Yu…Yukari-chan." Ruby stated as she faced Yukari, who simply gave her an innocent look.
"Want to go outside?" Yukari offered, to which Ruby agreed.
Naruto opened a single eye when he noticed the girls leave.
"Hey, Yukari-chan… where's my magu?" Ruby asked as she leaned against the railing of the hotel. They were outside near the stairs, beneath the light of the moon.
"In order to use magic, witches need to control nature's power with an item right?" Ruby explained, "I can't go back to where I came from without that stick."
"You… you should stay here a while longer. I'm sure Naruto wants to be your friend too...''
Ruby grew quiet at the suggestion. A deep sadness filled her heart before she confided her secret to Yukari and unknowing to her, Naruto along with Moka and Kurumu who had awoken when he started to move were around the corner.
"You see…My parents died in a car accident in the human world when I was young. Humans were the ones who killed my parents.''
Ruby felt her throat tighten as the agonizing memory made its way the surface. She covered her mouth to silence the choked sob that wanted to come out. Regardless, she still continued speaking, "We were shopping as a family and suddenly a car rushed towards us. My mom and dad pushed me out-of-the-way. While I was alone, all I could do was hate humans! Hatred towards them, their cities, everything!'' Finally she broke down as quiet tears streamed down her face. She leaned over the railing, suddenly feeling weak as a sudden influx of emotions drained her energy. Everyone who had listened suddenly felt bad for the older witch and couldn't help but sympathize for her.
"Ruby-san." Yukari worried for the older witch.
"You're lucky Yukari-chan." Ruby suddenly said, garnering confusion to those listening.
"Huh?" Was all Yukari could say.
Ruby wiped away a few tears before she turned to face the younger witch, a sad smile on her face. " I wish I could've met you guys a lot sooner.
Without warning, Ruby dashed down the stairs around the corner where the others had listened. The all cried out Ruby's name, but she ignored their worried voices. Soon, she was out the hotel, running down the empty street. Her pace slowed down when she felt she was far away enough.
"It's too late for me to change my life style now." She thought melancholy. She turned her head when she heard the wings of a bird descending towards her. A crow floated next to her, carrying her wand in its beak.
"I've found you Ruby," It stated, "I've brought Ruby's stick. Hurry up and go back or the master will be angry."
Ruby looked back the way she had come. Yes… it was far too late for her to change. This would be her last time seeing them.
"Ruby-san! Ruby-san!" Voices echoed out, calling for the older witch. Everyone from the newspaper group was now awake and searching for Ruby.
"Ruby-san! Where are you?"
"Yukari-chan, look up there!" There they spotted Ruby flying away.
"Goodbye." Was her final thought before she soon became nothing more than a dot in the sky.
Chapter 8 is where the major plot line changes occur. Shit starts to get real.