ALL RIGHT! Welcome to my first entirely AU fic. This one will probably be updated a little slower than "A Jinchuriki's Husk" was, but I'm still planning on at least weekly updates. This could potentially be a long fic (aka more than 10 chapters) and like "A Jinchuriki's Husk" my target word count for each chapter is 5,000 words. So... thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the story!
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, or else I would be filthy stinking rich and would use some of money to fund research into reviving the dodo bird.
Please do enjoy the opening chapter of "Guardian"- Her Dream
A blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy with strange whisker marks on his cheeks stood in front of a panel of stern looking men. The boy stared up at the panel with a face devoid of fear. Just looking into his sapphire eyes one could see his strength, and one could see that the boy was no stranger to a fight. His eyes were strong, like those of a wolf.
"Naruto," called the head member of the panel. "Congratulations. You have successfully completed your training, you are now officially a guardian. Are you prepared to receive your charge?"
"Hai." The boy known as Naruto calmly replied.
"Naruto, from this day forth, you are a guardian. Your charge's life is vastly more important than your own. From this day forth, you shed any hopes and dreams of a future. From this day forth you dedicate your life, and use your power to ensure that your charge survives. Congratulations." The man dictated.
"Arigato." Was Naruto's only response.
"You are to proceed to the Charge's Hall to get information on your charge. Once you have information, you will leave immediately to find and protect him or her. Dismissed."
The blonde-haired boy simply nodded, and left.
Naruto was now 16. His name was simply Naruto, no last name. No guardians had a last name, a last name would only add more value to the guardian's lives, something that could not happen. Guardians weren't meant to live happy lives, no. A guardian typically gave their lives to protect the life of their charge. Guardians never fell in love, and certainly never had children. That was, until Naruto's parents.
Minato and Kushina fell in love and somehow managed to get assigned to charges who were in love with each other. Eventually, Minato got Kushina pregnant, and she was too weak to protect her own charge. Minato took over, as guardian for both of their charges during Kushina's pregnancy.
Just as Kushina gave birth to Naruto, a powerful man attacked their charges, forcing Minato and a weakened Kushina to sacrifice their lives to stop the man. The Guardian Assembly immediately took Naruto, who was the son of two immensely powerful guardians. As soon as Naruto could walk, they began crafting him into the perfect guardian.
Naruto mastered his father's legendary rasengan and hirashin, and even created his own upgraded version of the rasengan. He mastered his mother's chakra chains technique as well. On top of that, the boy had mastered sage jutsu, and mastered both the wind and fire elements and was well on his way to mastering the water element. He truly was a prodigy.
His strength and speed were nearly unrivaled, and his taijutsu was second only to a few. Usually a guardian wasn't given a charge until they reached 18 years of age, but Naruto was a special case. At 16 he was already more powerful than even the most seasoned guardians.
Last but not least, the boy had two tanto that the he mysteriously never used. The council had tried to figure out what he used the tantos for, but Naruto would only tell them they were for his ultimate technique, and he hoped to never have to use them.
The powerful blonde-haired boy walked through the doors of the charge hall, and headed straight to the desk.
"Ah Naruto, congratulations on officially becoming a guardian." The kind old man behind the counter said as he shuffled through some folders looking for Naruto's charge information.
"Thank you old man." The boy calmly replied. Even though the boy had been trained from a baby, he still didn't seem to grasp the concept of respect fully when it came to his elders…
"Ah here you are. You lucked out Naruto, you got a beauty!" The old man proclaimed as he handed Naruto a folder. "Oh, don't forget your new change of clothes! We don't want you out there in the bright orange guardian trainee outfits. If you went out there like that, everyone in a 100 mile radius would be able to spot you!"
"Right, thanks old man. I'll be going now." The prodigy replied, as he took his leave. He opened the folder to see a picture of a beautiful girl with pink hair, and shining emerald eyes.
Sakura Haruno huh… I wonder what your destiny is… the blonde mused as he left the Guardian Academy for the first time.
Sakura Haruno was walking through the village of Konoha. She wore a short red zip up sleeveless shirt, with a white circle on the back, a short pink skirt that went just to her thighs, and had tight black shorts underneath her skirt which went slightly further than the skirt. Her feet were covered by calf-length boots, and her long hair went just past her shoulders. It was a beautiful spring afternoon, and she was glad to have nothing to do. Sakura was a highly intelligent girl who had been trained by her father how to fight a little, but she was only 16 and was yet to figure out what exactly she wanted to do with her life yet.
As a little girl she had always dreamed of being one of the Celesti, a person who had a hidden power which would reveal itself when they face their destiny. The Celesti had been saving the world since the beginning of humanity, whenever a major threat arises, a Celesti's hidden power would come out to save the world.
The Celesti had become so important to the world's safety, that in time they began to be hunted before their hidden powers could burst forth. That was when the Guardians appeared. A group of powerful heroes dedicated to protecting the Celesti. A younger Sakura had always dreamed of having a strong, handsome, dreamy Guardian who stood by her side as she saved the world.
Now that the pink-haired girl was older she knew how unlikely it was for her to be a Celesti. Sakura Haruno was simply an ordinary girl. Her taijutsu was nothing special, she didn't have very good stamina, she wasn't the most beautiful girl, she was just Sakura. A smart girl with an obnoxiously large forehead.
She remembered when her best friend Ino Yamanaka left two years ago. A strong looking older man, with spiky black hair and a black goatee and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, came to her and told her he was a Guardian and she was his charge. Sakura had been so jealous, but not overly surprised.
Ino was a stunning platinum blonde with the perfect figure, was strong-willed, intelligent, and brave. In the 10 years Sakura had spent hanging out with the blonde, she had never once backed down from any sort of challenge. Sakura had always admired that about Ino and always wished she was a little more like her friend.
In the two years since Ino had been recognized as a Celesti, Sakura hadn't heard from her once. The pink-haired girl often daydreamed of Ino fighting against evil with her sturdy guardian at her side.
Ah what a life that would be… the "ordinary" girl thought dreamily. She was brought out of her musings when out of nowhere a cloaked man appeared in front of her.
"You are Sakura Haruno?" he asked in a deep, gruff tone. Sakura didn't know why, but hearing his voice sent chills up her spine. Warning signals began blaring in her mind as her muscles began to tense.
"Wh.. who wants to know?" she stuttered in as confident of a voice as she could muster.
"Tch, stupid girl. Asking that question is as good as confirming your identity. Your best bet was to lie and give a fake name." the cloaked man sneered as he took a slow, but deliberate step toward her.
Sakura backed up, and her body began involuntarily shaking. No… I won't be scared… She thought as she stopped, and clenched her fist. I don't know what this guy wants, but he's going to regret messing with me…SHANAROO!
The pink-haired girl sprang at her attacker throwing a fist towards his face. The cloaked man easily caught and held onto her fist. With on fist caught Sakura tried to catch him in the gut with her knee, but the man easily dodged and caught her head with a roundhouse kick while simultaneously letting go of her hand. The kick sent her flying into a wall.
"You really are a stupid girl. Someone as weak as you should've known better than to attack me. Your best bet was to turn and run… Not that it would've made a difference." The cloaked man taunted as he slowly approached her.
Sakura's head was spinning, she felt blood tricking down the back of her head as she attempted to stand. Her trembling legs couldn't hold her as she dropped to her knees. Tears began falling from her eyes.
"Why are you doing this to me?" she meekly asked her attacker.
"Because, you could be a problem to my boss later." The cloaked man replied calmly, as he stopped in front of her. He withdrew a kunai that he had hidden in his sleeve. "Now then, time to die brat."
Sakura's tear filled eyes could only watch as he swung the kunai at her throat.
Sakura's thoughts were interrupted as she was suddenly… teleported away and was now in the strong arms of a blonde-haired boy, with three whisker-like marks on his cheeks, and bright sapphire eyes.
"What the fuck? How did you do that?" the cloaked man stammered angrily.
The blonde ignored the man as his eyes examined her, with a slight frown on his face.
"Sorry I'm late." he apologized with a warm, kind voice.
"Wh.. Huh?" Sakura stammered. One second she was as good as dead, the next second she was in the arms of a strong, handsome boy whose voice sent a wave of warmth and calm throughout her entire body. Her usually active brain was uncharacteristically blank.
She looked at her savior. He was wearing black pants, and black open toed boots, a red sleeveless kimino shirt, a dark gray chainmail mesh undershirt, black wristbands, and a black forehead protector with a cherry blossom imprinted on the metal in the center. To top his outfit off, he wore a plain khaki colored cloak, with two red lines on the bottom around him. His hair wasn't short, but wasn't long, and was fairly spiky.
"I'm sorry I'm late." He repeated. "I've never been outside of the academy before, and I guess I should've studied geography a little more." The blonde finished with a nervous chuckle.
"WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?" the cloaked man yelled interrupting Sakura. He was obviously not too happy about the lack of attention the whiskered boy had been paying him.
Her sapphire eyed savior gently set her down, before turning to face her attacker. Sakura watched in awe as his previously gentle and warm eyes hardened into cold terrifying ones.
"You don't really need to know my name. All you need to know is that you attacked my charge, and now you're going to face the consequences of that." The blonde replied in an icy tone.
His charge? Is he…
"A guardian? Damn, you people are fast. I didn't expect her to get a guardian for at least another year… Oh well, a little fun never hurt anyone… Except you, and her" The cloaked man called out in an arrogant tone.
I'm a Celesti?
Sakura's guardian remained calm, his cold eyes fixed on the cloaked man. "Fun? Hah, I'm way out of your league. I hope you've made your peace, because you're about to die."
"You think a boy like you can kill me? Hahahahahahahaha. Dream on br…URK!"
The whiskered boy appeared to be fed up with talking, as he interrupted his opponent by flashing in front of him and ramming a kunai into his throat. The man fell back with a gurgle, his eyes wide with surprise.
Shit! The blonde thought, as he realized what he had just done. He just brutally murdered someone in front of his charge, who probably had never seen someone die before. His once again warm sapphire eyes found horror stricken emerald ones.
"Uh… Sorry about that." He said awkwardly. "I've spent my entire life in the academy, so I sometimes forget that people aren't as accustomed to violence as I am."
"You… you killed him!" The pink-haired girl accused in a terrified tone, that matched the look of horror on her face.
"I did, I'm sorry I did it in such a brutal way. At the academy they always told us to kill our charge's first attacker away from our charge. My teacher would kill me if he found out about this…" Sakura's savior began walking towards her.
"S..Stay away from me you murderer! I know taijutsu!" Sakura stammered as she stumbled backwards. Her body was still wracked with pain, she could barely move.
"Relax Sakura." He said in his warm voice, with matching warm eyes. "You of all people will never have to fear me. Anyone who threatens you will however. You Sakura Haruno, are my charge. My life is now a shield for your life. I will protect you until you face your destiny, or die trying."
Sakura's face softened a little. This is just like out of my dream! Except I was never bleeding from the back of my head in my dreams… "So I'm a… Celesti?" she asked her guardian who now stood a few feet from her.
The whiskered boy simply nodded at her. "What's your name?" Sakura softly asked.
"Naruto? What no last name?"
"Guardians don't have last names. A last name would place a new value on our lives, and we could potentially neglect our charges to protect our family." Naruto stoically replied.
"That's terrible! What about…"
"Sakura," Naruto softly interrupted. "It's not something I really like to talk about, especially not now. That bastard still managed to hurt you and I need to get you to a hospital."
"What? I'm fine! Really!" Sakura lied as her knees began to buckle.
"Sure you are…" Naruto said, as he scooped her up bridal style. He closed his eyes and he seemed to be focusing on something. Just as Sakura was about to ask, his eyes flashed open to reveal yellow toad-like eyes, causing Sakura to gasp.
"It's one of my techniques. These eyes signify that I'm in sage mode. When in sage mode I can track people's chakras better. I needed to figure out where the hospital was so I used my sage mode to find where there was a concentration of people who's chakra levels indicate that they're sick or injured. Now close your eyes, my method of travel can be a bit much for someone not used to it."
Sakura complied, and felt a strange pull on her body.
"You can open your eyes now Sakura."
Emerald eyes opened, and again Sakura gasped. She was in the hospital.
"How did we get here already? The hospital is at least a 30 minute walk from where we were." She stuttered.
"Hehe, I used a jutsu of mine called the hirashin. My father invented it, and I sorta improved it a little." Naruto bashfully replied.
"That's amazing Naruto!" Sakura cooed.
"It's nothing really Sakura…" Naruto replied with a blush.
He must not be used to receiving compliments… The pink-haired Celesti thought. Her guardian carried her straight up to a doctor.
"Hey, she's hurt. Heal her." He gruffly ordered.
He also doesn't appear to know anything about respect… Sakura thought with a sweat-drop.
The doctor looked at Naruto with an indignant look on her face, before noticing the blood oozing from the back of her head. "Follow me." The doctor replied, as he walked into an open room.
"You're SUPPOSED to check in and wait for a doctor or nurse to come to you, but since she appears to have suffered some sort of head trauma I'll let this slide just this once."
"Whatever, just heal her."
"What happened to you miss?" the doctor asked in an annoyed voice.
"I was attacked by a man. He kicked me in the head and I was slammed against a wall." The doctor shot a suspicious glance at Naruto.
"It wasn't Naruto, he saved me from the man!" Sakura quickly added, noticing the doctor's glance.
"I see…" the doctor murmured as he began cleaning the wound on Sakura's head. Sakura hissed in pain when he dabbed alcohol on it, instinctively reaching out and tightly squeezing Naruto's hand; the whiskered boy's eyes widened in surprise at the action.
"Hmmm… you don't appear to be concussed, which to be honest is a miracle. I'm going to stitch this up, and then you'll be good to go. Try not to fall asleep for 12 hours just in case you suffered a concussion though, and you'll need to come back in a couple of days so I can take these stitches out.
"That won't be necessary, I can take them out." Naruto interrupted.
"I'm sorry sir, but you don't appear to be a doc…"
"I've been trained in administering first aid. I only brought her here because I slacked in diagnostic classes."
"Well maybe you should stitch her up then!" the now thoroughly annoyed doctor huffed.
"Fine." Came Naruto's gruff reply. "Umm… Sakura? I'm going to need both of my hands to do this…" Naruto awkwardly murmured.
Sakura blushed as she let go of her guardian's hand. "This is going to sting a little…" Naruto whispered. The pink-haired girl hissed in pain again as she felt him start to work. The annoyed doctor stomped out of the room in indignant outrage.
"There, good as new… Sort of. Now let's get going." Naruto said as he picked Sakura up. "We're going to leave this village. We're going to need to keep on the move before more people come to attack you."
"Isn't that what you're here for? To protect me from those people? I don't want to leave Konoha, I like it here… And why are you carrying me, I can walk just fine!"
Naruto blushed a little as he placed Sakura on her feet. "Oh… sorry about that. I didn't even realize I picked you up…"
"Sureeeee" The pink-haired girl teased. "Admit it, you just like carrying a beautiful girl like me around!"
Naruto's entire face was as red as a tomato. "No no no!" He chuckled nervously, waving his hands in front of him. "It's nothing like that. I just picked you up because I still considered you to be hurt. I wasn't really thinking... honest!"
"Nani? Are you trying to say I'm not beautiful?" Sakura growled, the playful expression that was on her face earlier long gone.
"What? No, of course not!" Naruto stammered. "You're very beautiful Sakura, but that wasn't the reason I was carrying you!" Sakura's angry face turned into a bright smile.
Are all women in the real world crazy? None of the girls I met in the academy were like this. Of course I would be the one to get stuck with some crazy girl as my charge. Naruto thought with a semi-hidden exasperated look on his face.
"So… you never answered my earlier question. Why can't we just stay in Konoha and have you fight off anyone who comes after me?" The pinkette asked with a serious look on her face.
"Listen Sakura, I'm very powerful, and I doubt there are many people in this world who can beat me. But you're my charge, and I'm not going to take any unnecessary chances. There's always a possibility that someone stronger than me will come after you. If we stay in Konoha, me fighting off your every attacker, eventually someone stronger will come. Maybe lured by wanting to kill you, or craving a battle with me to test their own power."
"I understand…" the emerald-eyed girl's face was tugged downwards into a frown. "When do we have to leave?"
"As soon as you say bye to the people you want to. While you're doing that, I'll pack up your things for the trip."
Sakura's face again turned upwards into another smile as she spotted another opportunity to flirt with/tease her new guardian.
"Well I didn't know my guardian was such a pervert!"
"What are you talking about now Sakura?" the blonde-haired guardian replied in a wary tone.
"You just want to pack my things so you can look at my panties! ERO-GUARDIAN!" Sakura hollered that last part loud enough to draw curious glances from the surrounding villagers.
"NANI?" Naruto yelled as a look of disbelief covered his face.
"You heard me just fine ero-guardian." Sakura replied sticking her tongue out at him.
Why did I have to get stuck with her as my charge? Naruto inwardly groaned to himself. "Sakura… it's not like that at all. I'm just going to seal your stuff into scrolls so we can easily carry them. You don't know how to do sealing, so there's no need for you to be around. Instead, you can have that time to say goodbye to…"
"I know Naruto, I was just teasing you." Sakura interrupted with a smile present on her face. "But can't you say goodbye with me? I want everyone to meet you!"
"Sakura…" the whiskered guardian replied warily. "I'm a Guardian. We're not the type of person Celesti want to introduce to their precious people."
"Why not? I think my friends and family would all love to meet the man who's going to be protecting me for the rest of my life!"
A pained look appeared on Naruto's face. "I…" Sapphire eyes gazed sadly into shining emerald ones. She's so… innocent. She seems to believe that whatever fantasy she invented about Celesti and Guardians are real. She looks so… happy. I can't tell her the truth. I will protect her from it for as long as I can…
"I will protect you for the rest of my life Sakura." The blonde finished with a fake grin.
Sakura beamed at him. "I already knew that baka! Now come on, let's go meet my parents!" She grabbed Naruto's arm and began dragging him down the street.
-This is so great! I don't really want to leave Konoha, but now I get to go travel the world with my dreamy Guardian by my side! And boy is Naruto dreamy… I just feel so warm and safe around him. He's even better than the Guardians I dreamed of when I was little!
Sakura's dreamy stare fell upon her handsome Guardian. And he said I'm beautiful! Strong, caring, warm, and he thinks I'm beautiful… I wonder if all Guardians are like this or if I just hit the jackpot…
"Are all Guardians like you?"
"Erm… what do you mean Sakura?" Naruto replied thoroughly confused.
"Well you're powerful, caring, warm, kind, funny and handsome! I just wanted to know if all Guardians are like you or if I just got really lucky!" the Celesti asked with a cute semi-flirty smile.
"Umm… well I guess each Guardian is different just like each member of your village is different." Is she flirting with me? This isn't good…
"So I'm lucky! Well I'm really glad I got you then!" Sakura beamed as she latched onto his arm. Naruto's body instantly stiffened and a blush began creeping up his cheeks.
"Sakura… what are you doing?" the blonde asked awkwardly, trying to get his arm free from her grip.
"I'm holding your arm baka." She replied as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"Ya… but why? Are you feeling woozy from your injury?" Damnit, she's pretty forward. I need to find a way to stop her flirting without telling her the truth.
"Nope. I'm feeling fine. I just want to hold your arm, got a problem with that?" the pink-haired girl declared.
"Well… sort of. Listen Sakura, I'm your Guardian and you're my charge." Sakura's face turned into a dreamy smile. "It's just… well you and I just met. Don't you think this is moving a little fast? We've only known each other for a couple of hours…" Naruto drawled.
That was the best you can do Naruto? We're moving too fast? That's just a band aid to the problem, not a solution… Damnit, please just drop it Sakura. I don't want you to know the truth.
Much to Naruto's chagrin, Sakura's dreamy smile stayed put on her face.
"First off Naruto, it's not like holding your arm suddenly makes us boyfriend and girlfriend. Second, even though we've only known each other for a couple of hours, I trust you completely. Being near you fills my entire body with a wonderful warmth and a sense of security." Sakura retorted.
"You say that I'm kind, caring, and funny. But really Sakura, how do you know? You know nothing about me, how I act, how…"
"I know enough baka. I would be willing to bet every penny I will ever earn on the fact that you are kind, caring and funny." The pink-haired girl interrupted. He's so cute, trying to play hard to get.
"Sakura… I think you're confusing your feelings for something they're not." The guardian cautioned. "I just saved your life so you're putting me on a pedestal…"
"I'm a pretty good judge of character Naruto, I'm not putting you on a pedestal because you saved me." Sakura let go of his arm. "Stop coming up with crappy excuses, if you don't want to be with me because you think I'm ugly or something then just say it!" she finished with a slightly hurt tone.
"I already told you Sakura, you're a beautiful woman, and you seem to be a great girl. Any guy would be lucky to have you." Naruto replied, not realizing he just fell into his charge's trap.
"You're right, you are!" Sakura cooed with a bright smile again latching onto his arm.
Naruto sighed as he looked at his beautiful pink-haired charge. You're not making this easy Sakura… "Sakura, we can't be together like that ever. You're my charge, I'm your Guardian. That's just the way it is."
"And why can't a Guardian be with their charge? It seems to me that a Guardian in love with his or her charge would be an even better protector!" Sakura quickly retorted, a small frown present on her angelic face.
"It's just…" Damnit, why can't she just give it up. I don't want to snap you from your fantasy Sakura… please give up. "It's just the way things are alright?"
Sakura narrowed her eyes. "You're keeping something from me aren't you?" What if he has a… Sakura let go of his arm jumping backwards and pointing an accusatory finger at him.
"You have a girlfriend don't you?" she yelled.
Naruto again groaned. "No Sakura, I don't have a girlfriend. Guardians don't have romantic entanglements, it's just the way things are."
"Why?" Sakura was clearly not ready to give up.
"Because it's the way things are. I'm sorry Sakura, but it's how things are always going to be." Please just drop it Sakura. Please… you're too innocent to be sucked into this messed up world.
"What aren't you telling me?" Sakura asked with a suspicious glance.
"N…nothing Sakura. Please just drop it." Naruto all but begged.
"Fine, I'll drop it for now, since we did just meet. But you're going to tell me the truth eventually, and then I will tell you why that truth is dumb." The pink-haired girl said confidently.
Bullet dodged… for now anyways. Thought Naruto. I need to come up with a way to get her to forget about these things. I could treat her badly, but she's my charge, I don't ever want to hurt her… If I try ignoring her I could potentially be putting her in danger… Damnit, why didn't any of the academy classes tell us what to do if a charge suddenly starts falling for you…
"We're here!" Sakura announced interrupting Naruto's musings.
"Where is here exactly?"
"My house, we're going to pack and say goodbye to my parent's." Sakura replied in a soft sad tone. Naruto hated hearing her speak in such a tone.
"Hey… I know this is hard. But not only are you going to get to explore the world, you might get to save it someday and be remembered as a mighty hero for generations to come." The blue-eyed Guardian consoled.
"I know… It's just kind of bittersweet to leave the place where I've lived all my life and to say goodbye to the people who took care of me, all while not knowing when I'll be able to return." Sakura's eyes were cast downwards and her angelic face was tugged into a frown."
"I know what you mean…" Naruto softly replied, catching his charge's eyes with his own. "Today is the first day I've ever been outside of the academy. Of course, the people there weren't very loving so I guess I wouldn't understand leaving behind precious people who took care of you…" Sakura's eyes softened a little.
"But look on the bright side… While you're with me you won't have to pay for a thing! As a Guardian I'm given a pretty decent salary so I can afford to pay for whatever you need!" He finished with a foxy smile as he sheepishly scratched the back of his head.
Naruto's words managed to bring a small smile to Sakura's face, much to the Guardian's relief. "Thanks Naruto…" she nearly whispered before wrapping him into a tight hug. Not wanting to send her the wrong message, Naruto awkwardly patted her on the back.
She pulled back from him and shot him a beautiful smile, before opening the door and walking in.
"Sakura honey, where have you been? You were supposed to be home an hour ago." A man Naruto assumed was her father sternly greeted.
"Yea… sorry about that dad. But there was a… complication of sorts." Sakura quietly replied, not really knowing how to broach the subject with her parents.
"Your daughter was attacked because she is a Celesti ." Naruto butted in gruffly. "Unfortunately I didn't make it in time, and she sustained an injury. But she's fine now, and as long as I'm here she will never get hurt again." He continued confidently. Sakura shot her guardian a soft and grateful smile.
"NANI? And just who the hell are you?" Sakura's dad nearly yelled, obviously not pleased with the random boy who decided to inject himself into his and his daughter's conversation.
"My name is Naruto sir, and I am Sakura's guardian. Now that she's been identified as a Celesti, we need to keep moving. So unfortunately we will need to leave this village immediately, and I'm not sure when we'll be able to return."
"YOU THINK I'M GOING TO TRUST SOME KID I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE WHEN HE TELLS ME HE'S TAKING MY LITTLE GIRL OUT OF THE VILLAGE?" the angry Haruno patriarch bellowed.
"Dad… he's speaking the…"
"STAY OUT OF THIS SAKURA." Her father ordered.
"Mr. Haruno, I may be young, but I'm very powerful. If we stay here, the people after Sakura will eventually find out where she is, and eventually someone who is stronger than me could come to hurt her. When we're on the move it's harder for her enemies to keep tabs on our location." Naruto calmly explained, thanking the academy for teaching him how to deal with angry parents.
"And how the hell do I know you're not one of Sakura's "enemies?" And for that matter, how the hell do I know that Sakura's a Celesti?" the Haruno man spat.
"Dad, he saved me. He's my guardian, the man who attacked me CALLED Naruto my guardian." Sakura interjected.
"Sakura, you're young. He could easily be manipulating you, I can fight well enough. If you're really a Celesti then I will protect you from anyone who comes after you honey." Sakura's dad replied.
"Mr. Haruno, you may be strong in your own right. But I can tell that you can't access your chakra. You don't stand a chance against anyone who would go after a Celesti. Believe me when I say this, Sakura is safest with me. My very soul is now a shield for her life." The blonde Guardian retorted, trying his best to maintain his calm. We don't have time for this… she should be saying her goodbyes, we should be getting out of here. If one person found her, then others know to look for her here.
"Makoto, I think this boy is telling the truth." Sakura's mother said, speaking up for the first time. "I've been watching his eyes throughout this conversation, and the way he looks at Sakura, I can tell he will not let anything happen to her. He's truly worried for her safety."
"Hmmph, that may be so Kaori," Makoto replied. "But that doesn't mean he's strong enough. Outside now boy, you think you're strong enough to protect my princess? Then prove it." Naruto sighed and followed his charge's father out of their house.
Makoto and Naruto stood staring each other down, and Makoto drew his katana. "Are you ready boy?"
"Haruno-san, please, I don't want to hurt you. Just say goodbye to your daughter, she's already having a difficult enough time with this as it is." Naruto pleaded.
"Just as I figured, you're weak and afraid. You want to be on the run so you don't have to fight." Makoto smugly spat.
"Just because I prefer to avoid a fight whenever possible, doesn't mean I'm weak Haruno-san. This is my last warning, please stop this."
Makoto responded by letting out a feral roar and charging his daughter's guardian, intending to cleave the boy in two. Naruto disappeared and reappeared in a flash behind the elder man, gently knocking him in the back of his head, causing him to fall to the ground.
"Haruno-san, you don't stand a chance against me. Not only do I have access to my chakra, but I've trained very hard and know many advanced techniques. It would take you at least 10 years of intense chakra training to even be near my level of power."
Makoto looked up at the blonde with a shocked expression on his face. I couldn't even come close to tracking that boy. He moved so fast that he seemed to have disappeared… Naruto offered his hand to the elder Haruno, which Makoto took.
Naruto followed a surprised Makoto back inside. "I'm sorry… Naruto you said your name was? I'm just very protective of my daughter. If someone as powerful as you is looking after her, then that must mean she truly is a Celesti. And if as her guardian, you feel it is safest for her to be on the move, then I will not try to stop you."
Sakura smiled at her father as a look of relief flooded her face. Thank god Naruto didn't hurt him, from what I saw earlier it would've been easy for Naruto to seriously maim or kill dad without any effort at all.
"Let's go pack your stuff Sakura, we need to get moving. I don't want anyone else finding you here." Naruto said.
"Right, follow me." Sakura replied, leading the way to her room.
An hour later, Naruto and Sakura returned from her room, with a couple of scrolls. Sakura had teased him when he was sealing her underwear, and her powerful guardian blushed furiously.
"It's hard to believe that so much of my stuff are in those three scrolls." Sakura said softly.
"Yea, fuinjutsu is amazing. Most guardians don't really know much about it, but my father was a fuinjutsu master, and I inherited his aptitutde for it." Naruto boasted.
"Just another of the many reasons I'm lucky to have gotten you as my guardian." Sakure replied with a soft smile on her face.
Crap… Naruto frantically thought. She's giving me THAT smile again. I really need to be careful about setting her up for these kind of moments. If she pushes this too far then I'll have to snap her from her fantasy…
"So honey… do you know what your destiny is? I don't actually know how this whole Celesti thing works." Sakura's mother asked. Sakura just shrugged her shoulders and turned to Naruto for an answer.
"It doesn't work that way actually. I have no idea what her hidden power is, and have no idea when she will face her destiny, if she ever even will. A lot of Celesti go through their entire lives without their hidden powers being needed. We won't know what destiny Sakura has to face, or what her hidden power is until that exact moment comes." The whiskered boy explained.
"So… does that mean she may never be able to come home? That she will always be hunted?" Kaori asked with a sad look on her face, one that was mirrored on her daughter's face as well.
"Unfortunately it does. Although usually when a Celesti gets older, they have less people hunting them, as there are younger Celesti to go after. The older a Celesti gets, the more likely they are to die without having to face their destiny. Once Sakura reaches a certain age, I'm sure her guardian and she will return here."
Sakura noticed that Naruto said "her guardian and she" instead of "we" and looked at him with a puzzled expression. Why didn't he say we…
"It's alright. I know my little girl is safe as long as she has you looking after her Naruto. I know that nothing will happen to Sakura because you will always be there to protect her." Sakura's father exclaimed warmly, clapping the guardian on his back.
A slight pained expression showed up on Naruto's face for just a second, before he replaced it with a confident smile. Sakura however, noticed the brief expression. What are you hiding from me Naruto…
"Of course Haruno-san! I will protect Sakura until the end of my life!" he replied confidently. Well, that's the truth at least… the sapphire eyed boy thought.
Sakura's parents simply smiled at the guardian. "I'll be waiting for you outside Sakura. Take what time you need to say goodbye." Naruto said, before stepping outside of the house.
The Guardian stood outside the house, alert for any hint of danger. We've been here for too long, but Sakura needs to properly say goodbye.
Sakura watched as her Guardian stepped out of the house, to give her and her parents some privacy. That was sweet of him. She thought with a smile.
"Well Mom, Dad, I guess this is goodbye for now. You don't need to worry about me, I've never felt safer than I do when I'm around Naruto. He'll protect me. Hopefully we can come back soon, but I don't really know how all this works…"
"I'm proud of you princess. Try to write ok?" Sakura's father said softly as he gave his daughter a hug.
"You like him don't you sweety?" Sakura's mother asked.
"Ya, I do. But I'm not sure if he likes me…" Sakura answered with a slight frown on her face.
"I saw the way he looked at you honey. He likes you, don't give up. Be safe. I love you Sakura" Kaori said as tears began to form in her eyes.
"Thanks Mom. Love you too." Sakura replied, tears forming in her eyes as well.
"I love you Sakura. Make us proud, and if you or Naruto ever need anything, we will be here for you." Makoto added.
"Love you too dad… thanks." Tears began freely falling from Sakura's face as she rushed forward to catch her parents in a hug.
"I'll miss you… so much…" the pink-haired girl sobbed.
"Shhh… it's ok honey. You're going to get to travel the world with a handsome boy protecting you. This is basically a dream come true for you." Kaori soothed. Sakura pulled away from the hug and smiled.
"You're right. Well, I guess I better get going now. Thanks for everything mom and dad, I hope to be able to see you soon."
"Goodbye honey." They both replied in perfect unison. The pink-haired Celesti exited her home and smiled when she saw Naruto's alert sapphire eyes scanning their surroundings. She walked up to him and looped her arm around his.
"Lead on oh powerful Guardian!" she beamed. Naruto was obviously uncomfortable with having their arms looped together, but led the way anyways.
"So… are you ok? Your eyes look a little red…" Naruto inquired with a concerned voice.
"I'm fine! I mean… it's hard to suddenly leave your parents and home without crying, but it's ok. I get to travel the world with you, I'm excited! This is basically what I used to dream of when I was a little girl!" Sakura assured while flashing him a genuine grin.
Naruto simply plastered a fake smile on his face in response. She's way too innocent for this. I will protect your dream Sakura... for as long as I possibly can…
Sakura was standing just outside the gate of Konoha, staring back at her home, her guardian at her side.
"Well… this is it. Goodbye Konoha…" The pink-haired girl whispered before turning to the whiskered boy. "Well, let's go save the world Naruto!" She proclaimed in a cheery tone while pumping her fist in the air.
Her guardian chuckled, and began walking the path away from Konoha. "Yea Sakura, let's go save the world…" he whispered too softly for her to hear.
"So… they brought Naruto out of the academy early…" A tall man, with raven black hair pulled back into a ponytail, and one line under each of his red eyes said.
"That is correct sir." A cloaked figure replied.
"Hmm, they've been saving Naruto for a highly important Celesti. Do you know where he and his charge are currently?"
"Yes sir, they're travelling a path from Konoha, I'm not quite sure where Naruto plans on taking his charge though."
"I want you to ambush Naruto on his path, but don't kill him. He will be a powerful ally, free him from his charge." The raven-haired man ordered.
Yeehaw, sorry for the first chapter. It wasn't the greatest, but I had to throw in a lot of info so you would know the universe I'm writing in. I'm even more curious for reviews than normal for this one as it is my first entirely AU venture. So REVIEW and let me know what you think. Seem like the dumbest idea ever? Overused idea? Interesting idea? Let me know =)
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