It's taken me awhile for me to get used to life back in the Leaf Village, besides, I haven't really been living here much to begin with. It's been almost a year and I haven't spent more than two months in the village I call home. I had never realized the birds sang differently than the ones in the Sound Village. That the grass tickled you're the underside of your feet when you walked barefoot differently than in the grass village, it was more coarse, yet, at the same time it isn't.
The people were much friendlier than I had thought, as well as more judgemental and mean than I had previously thought. But they were prepared for acceptance of what they had looked down upon before. That they were even willing to call that person a hero after calling that same person a monster for the persons whole childhood into adolescent. And I'm not talking about myself, no not at all. I cannot in anyway be classified as a hero, no, instead it's Naruto. Everyone in the Leaf Village knows his story. They know, but cannot sympathise with the struggles he has faced and will continue to face. With a year passing between Naruto and me, I'm able to see the difference in him more so than I had before. He still has his moments when he's a total goof ball, but he isn't half bad. He's still annoying though. He'll come to my house almost everyday to play with my younger siblings (mainly the younger boys, but he also pays attention to Kako) and he's taught them things I would have rather he hadn't, and you know what I'm talking about. I've had Eiji and Eiri come to me asking if they can study under him. That he could be their Sensei, I see nothing wrong with it. Why would I?
Akane and Shikamaru get along great; I think it has something to do about their power of pure awesome-ness and genius-ness. Both ways, they keep on challenging each other to some type of mental duel. It's kinda scary to have to watch. But I have to say Akane is talking more, she still isn't really one to talk unless talked to, or unless she finds there is something important that needs to be heard. She now at least holds a conversation with Shikamaru, hell she'll start one, but it normally ends in a mental duel. Now that I think about it, my house has basically become a bed and breakfast, a lot of people visit during the day, all for my siblings, and yes, this includes Hisoka.
I can't really hold anymore parties though, with the kids and all. It's hard enough trying to find someone to look after approximately nine kids; they're always coming and going. I now know what it feels like to be an adult (more so than before) and I really despise it. Don't get me wrong, kids are great and all, it's just trying to get them to do something is a fight. And it's so tiring. Hisoka doesn't do much. He claims to be the oldest and that he should have the reasonability, but ever since moving here he hasn't really done anything but lay on the couch. Sometimes he'd play with Kako. But she sleeps a lot (except at night and that's really annoying, wakes me up every time).
All in all, everything, now that I'm back, seems more together. My sisters and brothers are closer than before; my friends are more like family than anything.
Everything seems to be falling into place. Except for one thing. During the battle at the Sand Village my mother had said she'd had killed one of her children before. But who is she talking about? Is she talking about Hisaye? Or an unborn child? Who? Now, after she's said that, I need to know more about my sister's death, what happened, and if Sasuke is really to blame. Just more questions waiting to find their answers. Answers I now have to search for.
"Found anything?" Shikamaru asks me, we had gone to the hospital to look at the records, to see if anything didn't seem right with the files, if someone had tampered with them. But there is so many files, that it's hard to even find the file we're looking for.
"Nope, and it's times like these when I wish I had some sort of tracking jutsu."
"Keep looking I'm sure we'll find something sooner or later" we had asked Sakura to find it for us but she went onto an emergency call. So we're stuck looking at the last three years of files of anyone by the name of Hisaye, and so far, nada. I'm starting to get a little annoyed at the fact.
"Can't we just wait until Sakura gets off of her call?" I ask.
"Fine with me, less energy wasted."
"Exactly what I was thinking."
"They're gonna kill us." Shikamaru commented looking around the room at the files spread everywhere.
"Yeah, we made a mess."
"I was never cut out for this medical and filing stuff."
"So what should we do until she gets off?" he asks.
"It'll be a couple of hours at least; just don't make me go home to the hell hole."
"It can't be that bad."
"Yuriko is making the brownies."
"It's that bad? It took her this long to make them?"
"She tried to put it off for the longest time possible."
"Is that a hereditary gene or something? Cause you do that sometimes." He said eyeing me.
"I do not!"
"Sure…" he rolled his eyes and started stacking the files. One of the files fell onto the ground as he went to pick the stack up and move it out of the way.
"Shikamaru, you dropped a file." I looked down at the folder. "Shikamaru."
"What?" he answered somewhat annoyed.
"It's Hisoka's, the file is thick."
"Hisoka? But why would that be here?" he turned in my direction, files still in hand.
"I'm going to have a look at it." I sit on the floor and open Hisoka's file.
"Nothing yet Shikamaru, you have to wait."
"I was just asking." He turned back around, continuing to stack the files.
"How could we have missed this?" I ask myself "It was right there, why hadn't we seen it?" I ask under my breath.
"You say something?"
"No, just talking to myself."
"Again? People might start to think you're going crazy."
"I'm not my parent's Shikamaru."
"I know. I was just kidding."
"Shikamaru, come here."
"You know you could say please."
"Just get over here!" I snap. He slowly makes his way over, sitting next to me.
"What is it?"
"My mother was surprised." I say looking him in the eye.
"What? You're not making any sense."
"She was surprised when I entered black hawk mode."
"What's you're point?"
"She said 'this, it can't be possible'."
"What are you getting at? That you weren't supposed to have the black hawk?"
"Yes, that is exactly what I'm saying. She had told me 'twins'."
"Which we later found out was Hisoka, he's your twin. Are you saying he was supposed to have it? Because didn't he say they got the wrong twin?"
"You heard that? But you were unconscious."
"Hazuki." He said reminding me to get to my previous point.
"Right. He did say that, but maybe…"
"Maybe they didn't get the wrong twin."
"What? You think Hisoka has the black hawk as well?"
"Think about it, he was locked away. He was hidden. His name literally means secret. But why secret?"
"Get to the point."
"Maybe because we're twins we both have black hawk in our blood. Maybe it wasn't that they got the wrong twin, maybe they thought only one of the twins had it, the older one."
"Right. But how would they know he had it? How would they figure it out?"
"I'm guessing you're going to tell me there is something in that file that's going to tell us?"
"I'm hoping." I turn another page. The picture was of a smiling baby. I look down to see, he is in fact apart of my clan. That he is the second born. Everything looks normal. He was a healthy little kid. Nothing suggesting that he may in fact, have the Black Hawk bloodline within him. I flip the page.
"But why would it be in the medical file?"
"Hand it here, I'll read it." I handed Shikamaru the report that was a couple of pages long. There wasn't that much after the report. Just a couple of tests that had been made on him. Some shot information to prove he got the vaccines.
"Well?" I ask.
"You may want to read it." He handed me the report.
"You're scaring me Shika."
"Just read it, ok?" I look down at the paper.
Today started like any other day here at the Leaf Village. The students practiced. Fellow Nin returned from missions. Shopkeepers managed their shops. Nothing was out of the ordinary. Airi Katayangi is on leave to tend to her new born twins; Hazuki as well as the eldest of the twins, the boy doesn't have a name yet, she can't decide what to call him. Everything was peaceful. Then something happened that changed the course of the day. The day went from being peaceful to disrupt and in total chaos in just seconds. We prepared for an attack. Townspeople were escorted to a safe area and away from the centre point of the village. They were accompanied with select Nin from the academy. There was a count of the children who attend the academy to make sure all were present. The Nin then stood guard on either sides of the enclosure. I then left the enclosure once I knew everything was under control, I went back to the village to help.
When I made it back to the village, in the short amount of time that I hadn't been there, destruction had taken place. Houses destroyed, businesses collapsed. Roads damaged. Yet no person or animal or thing was present. It was unexplainable. All able bodied Nin were scouting for any link to why we were being attacked. If they could find the origin from where the attack was coming from; and who or what it was coming from. It scared us, the fact that we didn't know what was destroying our home. Where it was or why it was doing it.
Airi came running out of her property clutching a newborn in her arms; crying; and little Kousei holding her hand. She yelled for help. I remember thinking 'how could we have forgotten about Airi and her kids? What's wrong with me? Why did I forget!'. I ran over to Airi who had dropped to her knees, protecting her two children. I remember thinking 'two? Where's Hazuki? Or is it the boy?'. Both ways I remembered that she was missing a child. The attacks were coming from a small wooded area not far from her house. Yet, even though all of the houses surrounding hers were collapsed, yet hers went untouched. Something was surly wrong about the picture. Etsouko was away on a mission so there was no way he could help his wife, or protect their children. I asked her what the matter was. She told me her youngest son was in the woods, and that he wasn't himself. Confused, I asked her what she meant. She told me that it was her bloodline, dominate over Etsouko's bloodline, and that the baby couldn't control the bloodline. They were supposed to help with the control by having a seal on the child's body, but hadn't yet, she told me it was to be done the following day, the day after he lost control. And now they, along with everyone else in the village, are paying for the lack of a seal. I informed surrounding Nin about what had happened. And then gave orders on how to proceed. We weren't allowed to mess up, because if we did, it would mean killing a baby. None of us could live with having that on our conscious.
We surrounded the child (who was levitating in the air when we arrived to his location.) Something that took all of us off guard, I mean, it was a mere child who harnessed all the power, the power that destroyed a portion of our village. Whenever a nin tried to move in on the child to take him out of his trace, they were thrown. Giving many nin injuries. He was a child. We didn't want to kill him. Some fought saying we had no other choice, that for the sake of the village we must. To kill an infant, who has done nothing wrong, or who rather, didn't mean to do wrong. After all, it's not like he knew right from wrong, or from control and chaos.
I had to make a spilt decision. I too have a new born; it was then when I was thinking of him, if I would want him to die because of losing control. To be killed because of it. But I was also afraid of people not understanding the decision, and saving the child that destroyed part of the village. I thought of my child. The one I loved, the one my wife loved, I couldn't let the child die. It would sadden Airi and Etsouko too much. To lose a chid is unthinkable.
I gave the order to not kill the child. Airi came running up, still holding her newborn in her arms, tight to her chest. Kousei was nearby. She ran up to us, begged us not to hurt the boy. She yelled to her child. Hoping he would recognize her voice even through the chaos. At first it seemed not to work. That the child only grew stronger. Not only was Airi crying to her child, by Hazuki was crying in her arms. I would hate to have all that crying around me all the time- back to the topic at hand. Nothing seemed to be working. So, without an order, a Nin took it upon himself to snatch the child out of the air, ultimately being thrown and having broken bones. Airi thought we were trying to kill him and threw Hazuki (yes, she threw her newborn; she always did seem to not be the sharpest crayon in the box). Thankfully a Nin who had been holding her back caught Hazuki, almost instantly after she left Airi's arms.
Airi ran into the field of charka the child had created (and not only did she not get repealed but, it almost seemed as if she was being protected by the child. She stretched her arms upward to grab a hold of the child. At first she was giving a shock, a warning not to take him. She spoke to the child, reached for the child again. The child allowed it, she held him in her arms. Like any other mother would. She then turned to us and told us off how we could 'even think about hurting a poor instant baby who has done nothing wrong' one nin was brave enough to say that he has done something wrong, that he's destroyed part of our village. She shot him an icy glare that would cut to the core. I really hope young Hazuki doesn't receive that trait. If she does, I feel sorry for anyone who has to receive it. That glare still gives me the shivers.
None the less to say, it never hurts to be prepared. That the threat might be coming from your own village and your own people. If they be team mates or siblings, mothers, or fathers. They still come from your own village; they are still your brother or sister, even if it is not by blood. They are connected, they always will be. There will always be a way to reverse evil. Always a way to turn an enemy, into a friend.
"You did inherit the glare trait. Read the next report slash note thing." Shikamaru commented, a comment in which I'll pretend I didn't hear (the first part). I flipped the page to another page filled with writing. After reading what I just read I don't know if I want to or not. Here goes nothing.
Our Village is still somewhat destroyed. But the damage made wasn't as bad as it could have been. Now, every person in the village, both young and old is helping out to rebuild. The only places completely destroyed are the places near Airi's house. Which is a fair amount, but is still, it's better than it could have been.
Airi isn't seen in the village as much as before. Her boy, now given a name; Hisoka. The child was given that name for a reason. The boy is a secret. A secret she rather him, nor Hazuki not know about. From what was reported the child never had a seal placed on him. Instead he was locked away, never again to see the light of day. He is still a newborn, just as mine is. But he will forever be hidden in a dark room, away from his sister and brother. How, or why, would Airi ever do this? Her own child. I am seriously considering she is becoming crazy. If she had put a seal on the child's body it would fix everything. He would still be able to see his siblings, make friends. From what I heard Etsouko is backing her up with her decision, and tells anyone who disagrees should mind their own business.
What they are doing, is wrong. A child should not be hidden away. Away from the village, away from their family. I tried to convince her otherwise, to not keep the boy locked up. But she would have none of it, threatened to retire. Though she could, it would make no difference. She wasn't the best, but she certainly wasn't the worst. But for some reason, I have a feeling she is hiding much of her power from the rest. Not wanting to give away her cover. It's one of the few times I'm not sure how to convince her otherwise. When words are used correctly, it can turn the evilest of souls into ones of good. Just as words can be twisted into from good to evil.
The village has faced many obstacles within its life time. Many Hokage have come and many have left protecting our village. I just hope that my efforts will not go unnoticed, that I, one day be recognized for a brave act that I did for the village. That I can one day be just as great as the others, and possibly sacrifice myself in hopes of keeping the village safe. Although, I am afraid of death, I would do anything to ensure the safety of the village, even if it meant death. Though I rather die of old age, but protecting the village and its people is more important to me. It always will be.
There are many great Ninja in the Leaf Village. There will continue to be both good, and great Ninja. My son's generation may prove to be the best in a long time, and they may prove to be the worst. You never know when you're going to die. When one lives as a Ninja, one must always be prepared for death. One must always be ready for death, because in this practice, it's almost a given one will die for their village. It is an honour, and it is the greatest sacrifice any ninja could ever give.
"That's the meaning behind his name."
"Which means he's more powerful than me but just doesn't know it."
"Or maybe you are able to control the power better than he can."
"I doubt that, I can't even control my power very well."
"Look at who wrote it." Shikamaru said pointing to the slightly wrinkled papers I held in my hand.
"The Fourth Hokage," I pause "Naruto's dad?"
"Check the date." I look at the right hand corner of the paper.
"The last report was a week before the Nine Tailed Fox destroyed the village. The day Naruto became a monster to the village. But he said he was scared. How could he have been?"
"Everyone is afraid of death."
"Well his wish came true, people recognized him for the great act he did for our village, and he protected us all. The next generation. The village. He was able to do it all. But he never got to see his son grow up. I feel bad for him, and for Naruto."
"He did, and everyone is grateful. But his greatest fear also came true; the village looked down on Naruto. Something his farther didn't want."
"Do you think we should show these papers to Naruto?" I ask.
"That's up to you."
"You're a great help."
"But what I don't understand is why these papers are here, in my brother's file?"
"How should I know? Maybe misfiling?"
"In a hospital? Reports are made for the Hokages office. Not for hospital files."
"Well maybe we can ask Sakura."
"That will be forever, she's on duty for anther two hours."
"That's awhile. So, what are we going to do to make those two hours pass?"
"Not sure. Oh, by the way, my parents want to meet you. Like officially."
"That's gonna be awkward."
"Tell me about it, they were hoping today…"
"How long have you known about this?"
"Bout a week."
"And you say I put things off." I say as I stuff the notes back into my brother's file.
"How is it not?" I ask looking up at him. He had moved from the table, sitting on a near by filing cabinet.
"It just isn't." he said jumping off of the cabinet.
"There are times when I think you are smart, and then there are times when I think you're a total idiot, this are one of those times."
"Shut up and walk up the stairs so we can get out of here."
"Hazuki…really?" I just stood there.
"Wrong, but good practice."
"Why are you so difficult?"
"Cause I can be."
"Those kids are rubbing off on you."
"You're still not getting past me."
"What do I have to do?"
"Say something." I said jokingly.
"What do you want me to say?"
"Something I want to hear."
"You're awesome." He said giving me a smile, as if he was trying to toy with me. I expected as much though.
"Close enough. Let's go." I ran up the stairs.
"Close enough? Wait, Hazuki! What does that mean? Hazuki!" he yelled as I continued walking "Wait, Hazuki, where we going?"
"You're place; I want to get this over with as soon as possible." I said turning around and running from him.
"Hazuki! Wait up!" he yelled from behind me.
"Hey, Mom, I'm home." Shikamaru yelled to the empty house, kicking off his shoes.
"Well it's about time, where have you been?" she said in a motherly tone. Damn I'm terrified now.
"I brought Hazuki with me."
"Oh, well then." She said as she came around the bend of the corner and started eyeing me from head to tow, she now officially scares me.
"Hello Mrs. Nara." I say, trying to seem unshaken by her terrifying stature. She definitely wasn't like this the first time I met her. She was nice before, she was kind when I was in the hospital, but now, that I'm very afraid of her.
"Is Dad home?" Shikamaru asks.
"No, not at the moment, he will be soon though." I'm staying by the door, like a blimp on the radar. Shikamaru followed his mother around the corner. I had stayed by the door; my safe haven, a place to make a quick escape if needed. I'm not even going to go in without being invited.
"You can come in you know that, right?" Shikamaru told me popping his head around the corner. That was the one thing I was hoping wouldn't happen.
"I'm scared. As in completely terrified of your mother right now."
"Yeah, she can have that affect on people. C'mon, I'll be by your side." He came around the bend of the wall and took my hand, leading me away from my save haven.
"Shikamaru, I don't want to do this, can we go please?" I ask tugging on his shirt.
"It's not that bad."
"Uh, you're not in my shoes, you will never have to meet my parents in this way, I have to. Besides you're mother is very scary right now. I'm more afraid now than I am when I'm fighting my parents"
"Don't take it out of proportion."
"I'm not, I'm serious about this. You're mom is scary."
"You didn't need to tell me that. I've had to live with her my whole life, remember?"
"Right, I'm still scared though."
"I don't blame you. Don't worry. You'll be fine." I took a deep breath. What the hell am I doing here? Why am I here? Why'd I ever do this on my own free will? I'm such an idiot! "Don't worry, the scariness factor my dad bring into the mix, is so less severe than my mother. He's less bossy, less judgmental."
"I hope you're not lying."
"I'm not, my mom's just like this to freak you out, don't show her that it's getting to you."
"Easier said than done."
"Please, sit down." Shikamaru's mother motioned to a near by seat. I timidly sat down, Shikamaru sat next to me.
"So, Hazuki, it's been awhile. How are you doing?"
"Fine." I say clenching my jaw.
"That's good, would you like some tea?"
"No thank you."
"Okay." An uncomfortable silence fell upon the room. Oh, this is gonna be awkward.
"So are you two…you know…" her index finger moving back and forth from me and Shikamaru.
"Pardon?" I ask confused.
"Are the two of you…intimate?" she paused for a moment "Because if you are you really should be using protection." She was quick to add.
"Mom!" Shikamaru yelled embarrassed.
"Well, are you? You're still young so you really shouldn't be, but if you are…"
"Mom! Really?" his voice begging her to stop talking.
"Mrs. Nara I can assure you that in no way whatsoever are we, you know."
"Intimate?" His mother said so easily.
"Yeah, that." I say uncomfortably.
"You know there's nothing wrong with saying that word. Especially since the two of you are near the age."
"Yeah, I just, don't."
"Talk about this type of stuff that much. I just don't. "
"Well, has someone talked to you about-"
"Yes! I can assure you I have been talked to about that stuff." I said quickly. This is such an uncomfortable topic.
"Oh, well I though because you don't have any parents that you may not have."
"Mom!" Shikamaru yelled to her.
"What? Did I say something wrong?"
"More than one thing. But just because Hazuki doesn't have parents doesn't mean she's missing out on parent-y stuff."
"How was I supposed to know? It's not like I was left behind by my parents!" she covered her mouth "oops."
"Oops? Mom, really? That all you have to say? Nothing else, I mean c'mon-"
"It's okay Shikamaru." I cut him off "Mrs. Nara, I may not have grown up with parents. But I've seen many things others would never be able to live with. I've been abused by foster parents, locked away in small places. I never trusted Adults, because all of the adults I had ever known had either abandoned me, abused me, or tortured me in some way. I've likely gone through more than you could ever imagine."
"Excuse me?" She said crossing her arms over her chest.
"You heard me Mrs. Nara." I say with a calm tone "I have had to fight my parents. Kill them, and search for the children they left in various villages. I've had to hold the responsibility of raising a child not younger than myself; I now have to raise many children. I shouldn't have to at my age. I shouldn't have that reasonability. "
"I know; my son went to follow you." She shot a glare over at him, as if she were unimpressed with his decisions. Completely disregarding the other comments.
"Look, he chose to come with me. And without his decision to come with me, I don't think I would have been able to find my siblings. You may not be willing to accept your son's decision to follow me, or be proud that he left his village, family and job behind. But I am; he's helped me find my family. He helped save another village when my parents attacked. I know this may be hard for you to understand, but he has done many great things for many people."
"Wow that might actually be the nicest thing you've said about me."
"I've said nicer, you just haven't heard it."
"I'm home." A voice yelled from the direction of the door.
"Hi Dad!" Shikamaru yelled back.
"Come into the living room, Hazuki's here!" His mother ordered, wow, they take these meeting things seriously.
"Really?" Shikamaru's dad entered the living room. He walked into the room like he meant business. And with the stories I've heard about him, I know he does.
"So this is the famous Hazuki, I've heard so much about you."
"Good are bad?"
"Bit of both."
"Can you guys speed this up? Hazuki and I need to meet up with someone."
"Be patient Shikamaru." His mother snapped.
"Shikamaru, you'll be done here when we say you're done here." His father said as he sat down next to Shikamau's mother.
"That; was terrifying." I say as I run out of Shikamaru's house.
"They were more intimating than I thought they would be."
" 'Ya think! I can't believe you mother asked if we were intimate!"
"And then basically tried to give us 'the talk'"
"I can't believe this. That was too weird."
"Yeah. Not my proudest moment as their son."
"Think Sakura is done yet?"
"Thanks for the help."
"I do what I can." He said smiling at me. Damn he's cute.
"You make it hard for me to hate you." He just smiled at me and took my hand in his.
"Man, you're ego's rather large today."
"I think it's cause you keep on feeding me with compliments."
"Remind me to stop."
"Stop feeding me compliments." He teased.
"You're so funny." I say sarcastically.
"Why are we all the way over at your place? Shouldn't we be going to the hospital to meet up with Sakura." Shikamaru asks.
"Cause, I can't miss this."
"Because Eiji and Eiri froze a bunch of wasabi."
"Because they could."
"You let them?"
"Sure I did, it's going to be so funny! C'mon!" I led him inside the house.
"Is it ready?" I ask Yuriko.
"Everything's set up. All we have to do now is let the events unfold." She crossed her arms and stood next to me. Giving us a clear view of the table.
"Hisoka! Try this, it's pistachio ice cream! Hazuki got it for us! It's amazing!"
"What part of this plan included me in it? I don't remember this part!" I whispered to Yuriko.
"Did you just-"
"She just shushed me!"
"Kay, give me a big scoop!" Hisoka said rather enthusiastically. Poor boy doesn't know what's coming to him. Eiri took a near by spoon and stuffed as much 'ice cream' he could. He handed it to Hisoka. Hisoka took the spoon from Eiri and shoved it in his mouth. He stopped. Spit out the wasabi and ran to the sink. Put the tap on full blast and buried his face under the cold water.
"Y-You" his voice cracked "You knew about this." He breathed heavily.
"No." I replied, trying to hide my smile at his reaction.
"You did!" he took another gulp of water from the tap "And you two, you better start running! Just wait till I get my hands on you!" he ran after Eiri and Eiji.
"What? Why?" Shikamaru asks.
"Cause, after he's done with those two he'll come after me. So run!" I took his hand and ran out of the house.
"Where are we going?"
"You said we had to go to the hospital right?" I stop in the middle of the road.
"Well, where do you think we're going?"
"You look smarter than I thought."
"What, you think I'm stupid?" I say crossing my arms over my chest.
"You're words not mine."
"Thin ice buddy, thin ice."
"Hazuki" he said as he put his arms around my waist.
"What?" I ask, my arms still crossed.
"I didn't mean it like that. I was kidding with you. It's what we do."
"Do you really?"
"I'm just not…"
"I don't want to have to take care of all these kids. But I know I have to. They have no one else." I rubbed the bridge of my nose "I can't get any sleep; I'm not getting along with my new group, at all. Your parents seem to hate me and everything is just not working out as it should have been. I should be able to just not have to deal with a bunch of screaming kids and an ego maniac."
"Hisoka." I nod.
"I love you."
"Seriously? Do you know how long it took me to get the guts to say that and you say why?" he put his hands to his side and walked away. The rest of the walk to the hospital was a very quite walk.
"What did you two do?" Sakura screamed as she saw the mess we had left.
"We had permission." I say, trying to act convincing.
"What idiot gave you permission?"
"You gave yourself permission, didn't you?"
"No, not exactly."
"Hey, Sakura, can we have a look at the files from a couple of years ago?" I ask.
"Sure, just don't make a mess. And clean it up. I'll meet you down there in about two hours. Gotta run; I have to get to a sugary." She dropped a key in my hand, and then ran down the hallways, leaving me and Shikamaru behind.
"So…does that mean we can have a look? Or wait?" Shikamaru asks.
"I say we can go and have a look. She did give us the key."
"Sweet, let's go then."
Back to the present
"I'm not even going to bother who in their right mind would give you permission to even go in this place. Especially when you know nothing about the filing system! Here." She said handing me a file.
"Yeah. Why do you even want it?"
"Because, during my little battle against my parents in the Sand Village, she said she had killed a child before and she could easily do it again. For some reason, I have a hunch it's Hisaye she's talking about. She wouldn't be able to kill a baby. I'm not one hundred present sure it's Hisaye, I just have a feeling it is."
"Go ahead. Look at the file while I put these away." She said eyeing the numerous files spread throughout the room. Rolling her eyes at us in annoyance.
"She'll get over it, don't worry."
"I'm not worried. Besides, you made most of this mess."
"Just a bit."
"Hazuki, you made the majority of this mess, I just watched you as you made the mess."
"Shh, don't let Sakura hear you."
Hisaye's medical file is larger than I thought it would have been. They copied every bit of medicine they gave her during her comma. She did die when she was 14, but she was in a comma since she was 11 years old. There was a major battle with our parents (our parents tend to find us. It's the horrible luck that we have). Hisaye was gravely injured during one of the battles while trying to help a young child into the shelter. Sasuke was with us during that battle. He was by Hisaye, the next thing I remember is seeing a kunai to her heart. She was knocked out cold. Sasuke and I brought her to the Leaf Village. She was there for the years she spent in her coma. The more I thought about it, the more Sasuke became the cause for her coma. Then, one day, that was it. She suddenly died. I was left alone. I traveled. Trying to separate myself from the leaf village, from the pain of losing the only family member I had left in my life. I never forgave him for it; he was the logical choice for the cause of both her death, and the coma.
"Hazuki, look here."
"What is it?" I asked Shikamaru, my attention on the files in front of me.
"Cause of death."
"For who?" I ask, still looking at the papers in front of me.
"What?" my eyes wide with confusion "let me see it." He handed me the paper. I looked at the paper. The birth date was at the top right corner, medical information in the middle. What she was allergic to, the medications she took as a child. At the very bottom. On two bolded lines. The date of her death. And the cause.
Cause of death: Life support cut off.
"I gotta go."
"Hazuki! Wait!" but I was already out of the building.
I walk up to the grave of my sister. I can't believe this! Who cut the life support? Sasuke. It could be him! I took a piece of paper out of my pocket, a small pencil, and wrote:
If you truly do visit here. Meet me here in two days. I have an urgent matter I have to discuss with you.
~Two days later~
"Look who showed up."
"I was surprised that you decided to even talk to me."
"Trust me; I wouldn't talk to you if I had the choice."
"So you're doing this against your will?" he asked, with a raised eyebrow.
"As much as against my will as I can allow."
"That makes no sense to me."
"To be truthful, didn't make much sense to me."
"Then why'd you say it?"
"I need to ask you a very important question. And I'll know if you're lying to me."
"What is it then?"
"Did you unplug Hisaye's life support?" I say glaring at him.
"What? Unplugged her life support? No Hazuki. I didn't. I thought you were the one who took her off life support. After all she'd been in a coma for three years."
"Even if I had decided to do that, which I wouldn't have, I wouldn't have done it on her birthday!"
"I didn't unplug her life support Hazuki! I would never do that!" he yelled.
"I believe you. For once."
"C'mon, be nice for once."
"Wow, little miss Hazuki got off her high horse."
"Not for that!" I snap "I'm sorry for accusing you all these years."
"Eh, I don't really care."
"You should leave."
"Aw? How come?"
"Because I'm done talking to you. If you don't want to have a fight with the rest of the village."
"I'm outta here. Not because I run from a fight. But cause I have someone else to meet up with. I'm busy busy busy." With that he was off.
"So long Sasuke."
"So long Hazuki."
"Are all these little mysteries finally solved?"
"Ino, these aren't little mysteries."
"Then what are they? Lost siblings, you found 'em, Evil parents, you killed them, Sister died, you found out why, lost extremely hot twin brother, you found out his story. All of these, what do you call them? Cause to me it sounds like a bunch of mysteries you solved."
"Excuse me, Shikamaru helped. And don't call my brother 'extremely hot'"
"He'd find way to much pleasure in hearing that."
"Excuse me, but I did a little more than help, I basically found out the reasons about your brother and sister. And I also went around to all the different villages with you to find your many siblings. I also helped in the fight against your parents, twice may I add, and I was almost killed one time. The other just badly injured. So I did a little more than just help"
"Not to mention because of you two you not only broke up our team, but you also abandoned our team for the majority of the year."
"That really didn't need to be said Ino. Really." Shikamaru gave her a stern look. After all, she brought up what didn't need to be brought up.
"Never mind that," I started, trying to get off topic "Where's Naruto?"
"Hazuki? You sure you want to tell him?"
"Tell who what?"
"What a coincidence the blonde arrives." Ino says as she leans against the wall.
"Ino, you're blonde."
"I'm not talking about me Naruto, I'm talking about you, idiot."
"Here I thought you grew out of name calling, guess I was wrong."
"Hazuki, I don't need you to give those come backs. I can do that on my own."
"Sorry, it slipped. Anyway, I need to talk to you."
"What are you getting at Hazuki?"
"It's something for your eyes only."
"Okay come with me then." I followed him.
"Wait, I thought Hazuki was with Shikamaru. It seems to be that she is cheating on him with Naruto."
"Sai, you sad child. You still don't understand, do you? She's not cheating on him, she has something retaining to Naruto, something to do with a mission I think." Ino said as she inched closer to Sai. Her fingers climbing up his arm, giving Sai shivers down his spine. He was quick to move away.
"What do you want to tell me Hazuki?"
"Not tell, show" I handed him the report like documents Shikamaru and I had found in Hisoka's file. "I thought you would want to see what's written in these documents." Every couple lines he would pause and look up at me. It took him several minutes to finish reading the documents.
"So, my father…"
"And you're sure this is his writing?"
"Cross referenced it with other files he wrote to see if the writing was the same. It was, that and his name is at top corner."
"Right, okay. Thanks."
"One more thing."
"How dense are you?"
"What about her? She's a great friend."
"Yeah, she is isn't she? But she also has a huge crush on you. You're stupid not to notice it. She's strong you know. She isn't the little shy girl you think she is. She trains to be able to prove to her father she is strong. To prove to you that she is strong. And worthy of your attention. Don't tell her about this straight out. Slowly reveal that you know about it. And don't you dare tell her I told you. Because I will seriously kill you."
"Is Hazuki home?"
"When is she not?" Yuriko asked him.
"Can you get her for me?"
"Sure. Hey Hazuki! Get your butt down here. The idiot is here." She yelled to me. I was in the next room. She didn't need to yell, I could hear their whole damn conversation (walls aren't very thick).
"Go away Yuriko, you're annoying."
"Not as much as you are."
"That's hard to believe." I say rolling my eyes as she skips away "Hey Shikamaru."
"I'm known as 'the idiot'?"
"Yeah, it's a Yuriko thing."
"I would have thought I'd be the lazy one or something."
"It's Yuriko; she can barely describe what she's looking for. Much less people."
"Why are you here Shikamaru?"
"I would have thought you'd be happy to see me. Okay then, guess I was wrong. I'll leave."
"Shikamaru." He kept on walking "Shikamaru Nara get your butt back here." He slowly turned around and timidly made his way back to the door. "I only asked because you normally don't drop by unannounced. I thought you always said it was such a drag to come here."
"It is; it's on the other side of the village. Our homes are on the opposite sides of the village. It's always so bothersome."
"So why are you here Shikamaru?"
"Could have sworn we had a date tonight."
"Is that so? Then why is it I haven't heard about this date?" I ask, leaning against the door frame.
"No idea. So you coming?"
"But it's getting dark."
"No point. Just thought I'd mention it."
"C'mon, let's go." He held his hand out. Gentlemen like, so out of character for him.
"This is so very uncharacteristic of you."
"You know my characteristics?" he asks as I take his hand as he leads me down the very few steps.
"Sure I do. I've spent most of my time here being around you."
"Yeah. Kinda figured that."
"So, what's with the sudden interest to come to the other side of town and highjack me from my house?"
"You really are clueless."
"I mean it in the nicest of terms."
"I doubt that."
"Hazuki, you really are a work of art."
"It's been a year."
"Since you came here."
"Get to the point Shikamaru."
"You really aren't the smartest."
"Thin ice buddy, thin ice."
"We're going to celebrate you coming here."
"Cause we can. We celebrate, we party. What else do eighteen year olds do?"
"You're possessed. Where's my boyfriend and how do I get him back?"
"Haha very fun."
"Oh, but it is. Where are we going?"
"But we just past all of them…" I said pointing at the shops as Shikamaru pulled me away.
"We're taking a detour."
"I hate surprises."
"Deal with it."
"Shikamaru! Where are we going!" I whine.
"Shikamaru Nara you better tell me where we're going!"
"You really don't know?"
"This place doesn't look familiar to you?"
"The same place I took you for the lame sunset. I don't believe you." We paused at the top of the cliff.
"Haha, yeah. Thing is, that lame sunset is kinda imprinted in my mind." He leaned closer.
"You got taller."
"Or you just got shorter." He smiled and leaned in for a kiss.
"Ahh, one minute" I stopped him before his lips met mine
"But it's so fun!" I smiled. He leaned in again. This time, I didn't stop him. His soft lips met mine. His hand clutching the back of my neck. His body pressed against mine, our bodies fit together perfectly.
"Lookie here, the love birds are showing off. Again." The kiss broke.
"Kiba, you have the worst of timing." Shikamaru snarled.
"Hazuki all guys want the same thing-"
"Don't even finish that sentence. I promise you I'll jump down there and kill you."
"She means it."
"Shika my man, you picked one scary chick."
"Watch it Kiba." I snarl.
"Why are you here?"
"Everyone's at the field where we first met Hazuki."
"Why?" I ask.
"Cause. Party. Believe it or not, everyone's ready to party."
"Will you stop saying that Hazuki! Everyone's there to party. Why else."
"Let me guess Fujiye is bringing the drinks."
"Yeah, she is." He smiled at the thought "So you two coming?"
"Are we?" I ask Shikamaru.
"Do you want to?"
"It's up to you."
"Wow you two sound like a married couple."
"Kiba." I say.
"Why don't we go? It'll be fun."
"Sure. Hey, who knows, it may even be fun."
"So you coming or not?"
"Good. Now hurry it up."
"Shikamaru." I say stopping on the way down off of the cliff.
"I love you too." Shikamaru smiled from ear to ear. Leaned in for another kiss.
"Will you two hurry up!" Kiba yelled at the base of the cliff.
"He's more annoying than I thought."
"We should go."
"Yeah, we likely should."
"Hazuki! You made it!" Hinata ran over to me and hugged me.
"Yeah. I'm surprised to see you here."
"I was actually the one who organized it."
"Well it looks like quite a turnout." I say scanning the crowd. "Looks like the gang's all here."
"Yeah, oh! Almost forgot. Kumiko! Come here!"
"Oh, she moved here a while ago. She wanted to meet some other people, hence the party."
"Oh, when did she get here?"
"Maybe a week ago. She's been unpacking, so she hasn't really gone to the village much."
"Hi there, I'm Kumiko!"
"Hey, I'm Hazuki. Just be careful. We can get a little crazy when we're all together like this."
"Thanks for the warning" she smiled "but I think I'll be able to handle it."
"I have to go Kumiko, but it was nice meeting you."
"You to Hazuki."
Everyone was sitting around talking. It's fun, having everyone around to talk to. Just to hang out.
"Hazuki I hear your house is almost done with the renovations." Ino said, cutting the silence short.
"Yeah. Just maybe a week until it's done. Then I can get some of my siblings to move in. My house is getting way too crowded for all of them."
"What about Hisoka? Where's he going to be living?"
"He's moving into a large apartment I think. He's taking Kako with him. Yuriko wants to move out."
"But she's what? Thirteen?"
"She's just turned 14, so she thinks she should be able to do whatever the hell she wants."
"Why don't you let them move out? I mean look at Naruto, he had his own place for a long time. Look how he turned out." Neji said.
"That's for another time. For now. We rest."
"So Hazuki, what's in store for you now? All the searching is over. All the searching for answers is over."
"Don't know, I guess whatever comes my way. I'll be ready."
"We'll be ready." Shikamaru said as he wrapped his arms around my waist.
"The future is upon us, question is, with what?" Rock Lee added.
"What ever it is, we'll be ready for it, it's what we do. What we fight for. What we live for."
And so ends 'A Hidden Truth'. Believe it or not, I had a lot of fun, and trouble writing this last chapter, the whole story to be honest. I'm not that great of a writer. When I first started this story I thought my writing was only par compared to everyone else's. And to be truthful, it is. I'm not the best of writer, so I was surprised at the amount of people who actually read it. I never even thought someone would even have been able to find it among all the other stories.
It kind of saddens me to have to say goodbye to this story. It was fun to write and I think somewhere in me I really just wanted to keep on writing it forever. But everything must come to an end. It took me roughly around a year to write all of these chapters I think, I'm not very sure. Thank you to all the people who've read, reviewed, favourite, alerted, etc. It really does mean a great deal to me. I am sad to see this end as this was my very first Naruto Fanficton, but at the same time, I'm happy. I never thought I would finish this.
I hope you all enjoyed the process of reading the chapters and the events that unfolded. As well as this last chapter. As I mentioned beforehand, I am very sad to have to say goodbye to this story. But I may write a next generation with these same characters. Thank you to all who have supported me through the process. I am very grateful. So, I guess this is it. This time I have to say goodbye for good. So, peace out for the last, final time in the story 'A Hidden Truth'