No, Please, You Can't!
They say you'll never know what true love is, but I do. The one person I was actually with, I had only been with him a few days, but I knew everything I needed to about him. He might have knew only a moment how I felt, but I knew then that I loved him and I knew I always would even if I was only fourteen. I wouldn't be able to find another person to love. I just couldn't believe he was gone. Naruto and I had both finished off Shiin for Menma the moment the mine had blown up. Naruto had called out Menma's name in anguish and I began sobbing, but I managed to get it together enough to fight Shiin with Naruto. I was going to avenge Menma. I did. I got to attack him with Naruto with the Rasengan and then we took Shiin back to the village.
"I owe an apology to him," Ran's brother murmured as we stood in a circle in their village.
"Thank you, mister," Fuki whispered and I looked over at the cliffs with determination, though I was still crying.
"Naruto," I whispered as I walked over to him, "I'm not going back to the Leaf Village yet. I-I want to find Menma's body or at least as much as I can of it and bury it properly."
"I understand Ani and… I think you deserve this." I took the Ocarina and looked at it, my bottom lip beginning to quiver.
"Go find him… Did you tell him? How you felt?"
"Yes and he felt the same way back," I murmured and a sob came out. "I'll see you later, Naruto. Tell Tsunade I'll be back in a week, maybe longer."
"Okay." I said good-bye to the three of them and after they had left, I got my stuff and headed up to what was left of the mine. Once there, I began collecting rocks to build the rock shelter. I piled up the first row of rocks, then infused my Chakra with them to keep them in place by the mountain side they were connected to. As I built it higher and higher, I had to get more rocks and that's when I found it. I gasped out and stumbled back as I found the charred body and wanted to cry, but all I could do was puke.
"Menma, don't worry," I murmured as I put some stuff around him so I could find him later. I went and finished the shelter before walking out of it.
I walked slowly over to his body and did a few signs, my Rinnegan coming out, and then I placed a glowing hand of Menma's charred skin. I closed my eyes and let my Jutsu do what it would. It felt like forever before I felt skin under my finger tips and I opened my eyes to see Menma slowly turning back to normal. I smiled and began crying in happiness, but it didn't distract my concentration. Within a few hours, he was back to normal with warm flesh again. He let out a small groan, but stayed unconscious so I put him on my back and took him back to the shelter. I laid him down on a clean bed face down so I could clean his wound since there was a bunch of gunk in it from the dirt and stuff that had gotten in from the explosion. Once his wound was cleaned out, I covered him up with a blanket and I started a fire, hoping he wouldn't start a fever.
I ran a finger through Menma's hair as I sat by him, hoping he'd wake up soon. I glanced over at the fire to see if the broth was done and it was so I pulled it off from the fire. I put Menma over on his back so I could feed him and rested his head on my lap so I could begin feeding him and wouldn't have to worry about him choking. He ate it all and then I gave him a little water before laying his head back down. I heard some movement as I was gathering all the dirty dishes up and I looked over to see Menma struggling to sit up. "Menma, don't move!" Startled, he looked over at me.
"Ani? H-how am I here? I remember that blast and..." He fell silent, not sure how to finish.
"I brought you back with my Kekkei Genkai. I hope you're not mad at me, but well, I couldn't let you stay dead."
"I'm not mad," he said finally, "I'm just surprised I'm still alive. Are... are you mad at me?"
"Of course not! Why would I be?"
"For lying to you? Throwing you off a cliff so I could kill myself? I have a list of reasons going on."
"Well, don't think that!" I went over to him and laid down next to him. "When do you want to go back to the Leaf Village? Naruto misses you."
"As soon as I can walk."
"I can turn you invisible so Tsunade wouldn't know you were there right away. Let's get you to bed, it'll be bad if your awake. You need to rest."
"Will you lay with me?" I nodded and scooted closer to him. He rolled onto his side and pulled me up to his chest. "Do you mind?"
"Of course not." We fell silent and I looked up at him. "Menma... did you just tell me that you liked me just because you knew I liked you?"
"No! I mean, I didn't even know you felt the same way. I was going to tell you, but then you mentioned you had to sort out your feelings that day and I couldn't after that. I decided to tell you, preparing you to reject me completely, but you didn't. It was one of the happiest moments in my life and nothing will ever compare to it again." "Menma, I love you and nothing's going to change that either," I murmured, feeling sleepy and I heard him make an agreeing noise, but he was falling asleep too and then we both were asleep. Over the next couple days, I helped Menme regain his strength back and then on day three, he told me we should head back to the Leaf Village so he could apologize for what happened. "Are you sure?" I asked as I gave him his soup after he had sat up.
"Yes, I'm sure of it. We need to get back to the Leaf Village. Plus, we have a promise to keep to Naruto."
"Promise?" I questioned.
"Yes. We promised him we'd eat that Ramen with him, right?" I smiled.
"Yes, we did. Come on, then. Let's get this all set up and we can go." I let him eat and then gathered everything up. We walked for a few moments before I noticed Menma growing weak from exhaustion. "Okay, get on my back. Don't argue, I can see you're getting tired." He didn't and by the next day I was back at the Leaf Village. I had Menma invisible when I was greeted and then I went to Tsunade's place right away. Menma was walking silently beside me.
"Ani, how are you?" Tsunade asked as she walked over to me and I let her hug me.
"I'm fine," I murmured.
"Do you want to stay in the village?"
"Yes," I answered quickly.
"I have a house for you so you can stay. Come on, I'll show you there and then everything's up to you afterwards."
"Can I become a Shinobi here?"
"Sure." We walked in silence to the house I was getting and then I was left alone to change it up myself. I made Menma visible again.
"How are you feeling?" I asked him as I laid him down on my bed.
"I'm just a little tired," he answered, "Ask Naruto when he's going to have that Ramen. I want to talk to him then."
"Alright." I smiled at him and he fell asleep. I got a blanket put over him and then laid down myself on my couch after locking up the house.
Three days later, I was running through the trees with Menma behind me, trying to find Naruto, with my fingers intertwined with Menma's. He slowed down and I did as well when I spotted Naruto. "Hey, Naruto! Do you mind if we join you!" Startled, Naruto looked up and then dropped the chopsticks he had had in his hand and his mouth hung open as Menma and I walked out in the clearing.
"What? What's going on? Menma, what are you doing here?"
"Ani! What is the meaning of this?" I swallowed as Tsunade burst out from her hiding and I could see her anger. "YOU USED YOUR KEKKEI GENKAI DIDN'T YOU?"
"Don't hurt me, please!"
"YOU HAVE A HELL LOAD OF EXPLAINING FOR ME!"
"Can we eat first?" I asked, cowering slightly.
"FINE!" We sat down together and as I began eating with Menma, I answered questions for Tsunade and Naruto. I explained also about my theory about my parents being in the Akatsuki and was happy when I wasn't told I was going to be murdered. We all lived happily together after that.