Magan no Naruto
A Naruto/Nasu-verse Crossover Fic
A/N: Not much to say here other than inspiration can be a bitch.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto nor the Nasu-verse. They belong to Masashi Kishimoto and Type-Moon respectively.
Chapter 01: Perceiving Death
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
That was the first sound to reach my ears as I awoke. I tried to drown it out by rolling over, but it was to no avail. That noise continued to grind on my nerves. I tried to avoid thinking about it, hoping that if I didn't show any signs of responding to it, the source would go away. However, it continued on in a steady, consistant pace.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Sighing, I begin to open my eyes, only for my vision to be flooded with white. So much white... It was almost blinding. I was forced to blink a few times to adjust to the lighting. Once my eyes had adjusted, I almost immediately recognized where I was. Only one place had so much white, and I would know because I've been sent here on an occasional basis. I was in a hospital room, the very one that was kept in reserve for me for whenever a few angry villagers managed to catch me, and put me in terrible condition. That must mean the ticking is a wall clock above my bed...
I couldn't help but sigh tiredly, as I tried to remember what had happened before I was hospitalized again. However, all I got were bits and pieces of it. Apparently, I either took a killer blow to the head, or my mind is blocking the memory out. Either way, I don't really care. I have enough nightmares as it is. I sighed once more, as I tried to get up, only to have a good deal of trouble. It felt like my body was a lead weight. All I could manage was to push myself into a sitting position, and even then, I had to support myself with both arms. This is honestly a new feeling for me, because every time I've woken up in here in the past, I'd feel as good as new.
Knock. Knock. Knock.
That sound reaches my ears, and I look towards the door, wincing at the stiff feeling in my neck. It silently opened to reveal one of the few people in the entire village that I trust: The Sandaime Hokage, or Ojii-san as I like to call him. He's the closest thing I have to family. A surprised look crosses his aged features as his gaze meets mine. He walks over to my bedside, smiling softly.
"Naruto-kun, it's good to see you're awake. How do you feel?" He asks, pulling up a chair and taking a seat. I smile weakly at my grandfather-figure, and respond.
"I've been better, Ojii-san... I'm kinda' tired and stiff." I say, allowing me to hear how raspy my voice sounded right then. My throat was rather dry, after all...
"I would imagine so. After all, you've been out cold for a good week now." My mind comes to a halt when I hear him say that. I was out for a week? That's another first. It usually only takes me a day or so to recover. Perhaps I should find out more about what happened to me.
"Ojii-san... What happened.?" I ask weakly, my voice a bit rough from being unused for quite a while. A sad look crosses his face. I have a feeling I know what's coming next.
"Naruto... I'm afraid the villagers got to you again... With the help of a chuunin. By the time we had arrived to save you, you were near death, as a kunai slash had cut a good part of your heart, and reached your stomach. It's a miracle that you're alive still, even more so that you're now awake and well enough to talk." He explains.
I knew it. However, something strikes me as odd. Now, I'm no medic nin, nor am I an expert on biology, but even I know that the odds of me surviving a wound that damaged my heart are almost non-existent. How have I survived all these attacks...? Ojii-san always says that it's a miracle, but I know that miracles don't happen this often. I decide to voice this to the Sandaime.
"Jiji... Tell me the truth... How did I really survive...? It couldn't have been a miracle." I can't help but notice the Hokage's flinch at my question. Apparently, I struck a sensitive topic, which makes me want to know all the more. After a few minutes of uncomfortable silence, he finally speaks.
"I was afraid this day would come sooner than I had hoped..." He sighed, before looking me straight in the eyes. "Naruto-kun... What I'm about to tell you is an S-Class secret of the village... Only you are free to tell it, without facing the punishment, as it directly involves you." My interest continues to rise. An S-Class secret involving ME? What could possibly be so important about an orphan like me? I decide to be patient and let him finish what he's saying before I ask anything more.
"Nine years ago, On October Tenth... The Kyuubi no Kitsune attacked the village, and we were almost completely powerless to stop it... Only the Yondaime could defeat it, but at the cost of his life." I nod impatiently. I knew all that. Hell, everyone in the village knew that. What he says next, however, catches me off guard.
"That is only half true. The Yondaime couldn't defeat the fox." I raise an inquisitive eyebrow at this. If the Yondaime couldn't defeat it, then wouldn't Konoha be nothing more than a memory right now? "Instead, he chose to seal it. But he couldn't seal it in himself or an object, as it would break free easily. Instead, he chose something with Chakra Coils that had yet to be developed, Chakra Coils that could adapt to a massive power... A newborn baby."
I freeze as the pieces come together for me. October Tenth, Nine years ago was the day I was born... In the back of my mind, I already have figured it out, but I silently pray to kami that I'm wrong.
"Jiji... I was that newborn... Wasn't I...?" I ask, looking down at the sheet covering the lower half of my body. Sighing sadly, the Hokage nods. I can practically hear the sound of reality as I know it shattering around me.
"Yes, Naruto... You contain the spirit and power of the Kyuubi No Kitsune... It is the reason you've been able to survive near-death injuries so often." He said solemnly. It all made sense to me now... The hateful looks, the angry whispers, the spiteful names... It was all because of the fox. In a way, I'm relieved, because that meant it wasn't me who caused the villagers to hate me so much, but what I contained. On the other hand, I'm depressed, because my life has been hell for something I couldn't control. Nonetheless, I'm thankful that I finally know the truth.
"Thanks, Jiji... I feel a bit better knowing that..." I say appreciatively, causing the Hokage to blink in surprise.
"I'm surprised at how well you're taking this, Naruto-kun." He says. I can't blame him, because I'm surprised a bit too. I'm fairly certain that under any other circumstances, this would've had me reeling in shock. I shudder to think about what I'd be doing in that case. Today, however, I feel I just don't have the energy to do anything other than accept this.
"Same here, Jiji. Same here..." I say, smiling weakly. It was then, however, that something caught my attention. Something that I should have noticed immediately... Everywhere I look, there's something different than normal. Perhaps it was my fatigue that caused me to miss it. Or was it something else? Either way, I decide to voice the question on my mind to the Sandaime.
"Jiji... Why is everything covered in lines...? Even you... Did someone go crazy with a marker, or something...?" I ask. For just a brief moment, I see a frown mar the Hokage's face, before he quickly replaces it with a smile. Getting up from his seat, he excuses himself from my company, and heads to the door, all while muttering one thing.
"It seems it couldn't be avoided after all..."
When the door closes behind him, I blink in confusion. What couldn't be avoided...? What did that have to do with the lines? A bunch of questions pop into my head, but none of them get answered. My eyelids start to feel heavy after a while, so I lay back down, and close my eyes, before beginning to sleep...
The Next Day...
When I wake up, I notice that I'm still in the same hospital room as before. Same walls, same ceiling, same wall clock that's starting to get on my nerves... From what I've been told, it's a Sunday, so there's not as many people working today. The Hokage has yet to visit me today, and I've got nothing to do since I was ordered to stay in bed, so I'm getting bored quickly.
I begin to drum my fingers on the sheet covering the lower-half of my body, only to pause as I feel something... strange. Looking down, I blink as I notice that one of my fingers have sunk into one of the lines Curiosity getting the better of me, I try to push my finger in deeper, and to my surprise, it goes in easily. An idea comes to me as I pull my finger out. Grabbing a fruit knife from the table at my bedside, I stick it into one of the lines along the bed, and begin to trace along it.
What happened next caught me completely off guard. The bed broke from where I traced the line, and hit the ground with a loud crash. A nurse comes in, and gives a yell of surprise at the sight that greeted her. I couldn't blame her, seeing as how I'd probably do the same in her position.
A few minutes later, I find myself standing in the office of one of the doctors, with the Hokage, and several other people, all of them looking at me either warily or with curiosity. I feel a bit uneasy under all this attention. Normally, I'd welcome it as long as it didn't involve hatred, but this is different. I feel like I'm an experiment that's being evaluated here.
"Now, Naruto-kun, please tell me how you broke the bed? I promise I won't be mad." Ojii-san asks, with a small smile on his face in an attempt to put me at ease. I pull out the fruit knife, which I brought along with me, and simply say that I traced one of the lines I saw on the bed. Ojii-san and the other people share a look. The unease I'm feeling seems to increase by a good amount as I hear them muttering to each other. Soon, the Sandaime looks back to me.
"Now, Naruto-kun, there are no such lines anywhere. Please, tell us the truth." I feel sad at this. One of the few people I trust in the entire village wouldn't believe me... However, I tried telling them again.
"I am telling the truth. I traced the line and the bed broke apart!" I exclaim desperately. The Hokage just sighs, before placing a hand on my shoulder, and leading me back to the room I'm staying in.
"Alright , Naruto-kun, if you don't want to tell us today, that's fine. We can just continue this talk tomorrow." He says, while helping me get up into my bed, and pulling the covers up to my reach. I felt like crying. Why wouldn't jiji believe me..? When we reach the room, he gently guides me to the new bed, and helps me get settled on it. Before he leaves, he tells me to try and not break this bed too. The smile on his face tells me that he's just teasing me, but his words strike me a bit more than he would know.
I knew I couldn't stay in this room for much longer, so I stood up in the bed, opened the nearby window, and jumped out. I kept the fruit knife with me so I could at least have some chance of defending myself if I was spotted by some villagers. The very second I land, I start running away from the hospital. I didn't care which way I was going, as long as it was away. I don't know how long I had been running, but I knew I didn't get far, as my chest wound started hurting quite a bit after a short while. When I stop, I look around. I was in the forest surrounding the village.
I didn't get very far at all...
I sit down in the grass and sigh, as a lone tear streaks down my cheek. I look up at the sky, hoping to find some reprieve from the problems I had. I can still see the lines in the branches that obscure parts of the sky from my view. My head hurts a bit as I look at them, so I close my eyes. I don't know how long I stayed like that, but eventually a woman's voice calls out to me, snapping me out of my dozing.
"Hey you. It's dangerous to rest in a place like that." The voice says. I open my eyes cautiously, before looking around for the source of the voice. It isn't long before I find her.
Long, bright red hair that flows down to her back, blue eyes that glimmer with a hint of mischief, somewhat tanned skin without a scar to be seen... I can't help but blush briefly at her beauty. Her outfit is rather simplistic, consisting of a white t-shirt, jeans that seem to fit her legs firmly, and sneakers. A briefcase is in her right hand, and a neutral expression is on her face as she looks down at me.
"Eh?" I manage to get out in my surprise, before realizing how stupid that must have made me sound. I resist the urge to facepalm, seeing as how that would most likely worsen the mild headache I'm experiencing. Then again, her words didn't seem to hold any malice towards me.
"I said, it's dangerous to rest there like that. You're a runt, so I can't see you when you if you're laying down in a place like that. I was this close to kicking you." She says while pointing at me grumpily, and I can't help but glare at that statement. I know I'm short, but I'm still growing! I feel a bit of my usual energy return to me as I stand up, and glare at her.
"Hey, I'm still growing, darn it! So don't go calling me a runt!" I exclaim, causing the woman to blink in surprise, before she chuckled slightly. I blink in surprise, before heatedly asking what's so funny.
"Nothing, it's just this is the first time I've seen a kid talk to me like that." She says in an amused tone of voice. Almost immediately after, our eyes meet. Apparently, she sees something that bothers her, as a frown plays on her lips.
"You've got a strange set of eyes, kid. They scream that something's bothering you..." She pauses for a moment, before setting her suitcase down on the ground, and sitting down next to me. She pats the ground, gesturing for me to do the same. Seeing no harm in doing so, I comply.
"Well, I suppose it's fate that we met here. Would you like to talk for a little while? My name's Aozaki Aoko, by the way." She asks me, smiling softly. I'm taken aback. A total stranger is actually taking an interest in me? I don't understand why, but something about her makes me feel like I can trust her with my problems. Before I know it, I tell her my name, before telling her everything that's happened up to this day.
Time passes quickly as we talk. I retell everything that's happened to me that I can remember, and she responds with some advice, or her own insight on the situation. As this goes on, I feel as if a great weight is being lifted from my shoulders. Not even the Sandaime has been able to listen to me this much, due to the fact he's usually so busy with being the Hokage. Eventually, she takes notice of the sun's position in the sky, before standing up.
"Oh, it's this time already. Sorry, Naruto, but I've got some business to take care of. So let's stop here." She says as she holds out a hand to help me up. I grasp her cool hand, idly marveling at how soft her skin feels, before getting pulled to my feet. However, it feels like my chest is constricting. Once she leaves, I'll be all alone again...
"I'll see you tomorrow. I'll be waiting here for you in this same spot, okay? You should go back to your room and listen to your doctor's orders until then." My mouth forms a simple 'oh' at this. She speaks with such ease as she walks off, giving me a cheerful farewell. A wide smile forms on my face as I realize what this means. Happiness fills my heart as I begin to head back to the Hospital. Tomorrow we'll be able to talk again...
That night, my sleep was easily the most restful I've ever had.
Five days later...
It's been a few days now, since I first met her. I'm still hospitalized, since the Sandaime wants to make sure I have no real lasting damage to my health. However, this doesn't stop me from leaving each day to go see Aoko. I don't know why, but for a while, every time I called her that, she would seem to get a bit angry, like she didn't like her own name. I thought of calling her something different, but I soon dismissed that thought. I told her that I'd never stop calling her by her name because to me, it represented someone who brought me back from the edge of despair, and helped me a great deal through my troubles. She seemed a bit surprised, before smiling and nodding at me.
Today, however, I'm a bit nervous about our meeting. This is because I've kept the lines a secret from her, and I was going to change that. I brought the fruit knife with me to where we usually meet: The same spot where we first ran into each other. When I arrived, I saw her sitting down and looking up at the sky as she waited for me.
"Aoko-nee," I called to her cheerfully, causing her to look in my direction and wave me over. I happily oblige before continuing what I was going to say. "I've got something to show you!" She looks at me with mild surprise, before asking what it was. Pulling out the fruit knife, I lock my gaze onto a piece of thick shrubbery at the edge of the clearing. Walking up to it, I focus before tracing the knife along one of the lines. The result is immediate, as the top half of the bush falls to the ground with nothing more than a rustling of leaves. I look back to Aoko with a grin on my face.
"See? Nobody else can do something like this, right?" I ask, expecting some sort of applause or question as to how I did it. What I didn't expect was for her to exclaim my name, before slapping me across the face. My eyes widen in shock at this, as my mind reels. She clasps my face with both hands, forcing me to look at her, and fixes me with a stern look.
"What you just did was very thoughtless, Naruto. You shouldn't destroy things like that just to show off." She says firmly. It doesn't take me long to realize what I did was bad. This feeling, mixed with the stinging of my cheek, causes tears to form in the corners of my eyes.
"I... I'm sorry..." I manage to get out, as my tears begin to fall. I thought Aoko was going to abandon me now... That she hated me... However, these thoughts were erased when she pulled me into a gentle hug. I feel the warmth of the embrace flow through my body, as I sniffle, and try to hold myself back from crying.
"There's no need to apologize, Naruto... While you did do something that I should be angry at you for, it's not your fault." She says, rubbing my back in a soothing manner. I find myself quickly calming down, as my tears stop. After a few moments, she pulls back a bit, and looks me in the eyes.
"But you know, if someone doesn't tell you now, someday you would make a mistake that'd be unfixable. That's why I'm not apologizing for hitting you. You can hate me all you want, if you feel that way." She says calmly. I blink. Me? Hate her? That'd be as likely as me getting a duck-butt hairstyle, and starting to brood all the time. And I like my hair the way it is right now, thank you very much!
"No... I don't hate you, Aoko-nee." She gifts me with a warm smile. One that I can't help but return. She then proceeds to ask me about the lines... Those jagged, black lines that apparently only I can see. I do my best to describe them to her. As I do, she seems to go into deep thought until I finish. When I do, she looks to me once more, and begins to speak.
"Naruto... What you are seeing is something that should never be seen by anyone, or anything. We are all imperfect. This is because we will eventually break down one day. What your seeing are the points at which something or someone is most easily broken. In essence, you are seeing the future, Naruto." She explains, and my eyes widen in shock. Seeing the future? Before, I would laugh at the idea. I may be young, but even I knew that Foresight like that is impossible. However, I remember what happened to the bed, and what I did to the bush. Those two occurrences are enough to actually believe that this could be case.
"See the future, huh...?" I manage to say, albeit dumbly. I can't really help it, as this is a lot to take in. Aoko nods, and gives me a small smile in response.
"That's right. You can see death, Naruto." She begins, "Nothing really needs to be known beyond that. If you happen to go down that path someday, the principles will become clear to you as something that is needed." She explains, earning a sigh from me as I try to process all this.
"I... really don't understand, Aoko-nee..." I say in a disappointed tone. I expect her to sigh, or express some form of frustration, but instead, she pats me on the shoulder. I look up to her with confusion evident on my face, silently asking 'Why?".
"That's good, Naruto. It's important that you don't understand now. All I want you to know is that you must never cut these lines on a whim or as a joke, understand? If you do... Your eyes will begin to take the lives of others too lightly, and that is the worst thing that can happen." Aoko answered, as she looked out to the distance. I look in the same direction, but I don't really see anything of interest.
"... Okay. I won't do it again, Aoko-nee. Besides, doing it does kinda' give me a headache..." I reply, earning a nod of approval from her.
"Good, Naruto. Never forget what you felt here today. If you stay that way, I'm sure you'll eventually find real happiness." I smile at this. Before, I would loudly brag about how I definitely would find happiness, and become Hokage, so that everyone would have to respect me. However, my time with Aoko taught me that just a position wouldn't earn me respect. I'd have to work hard, and have a positive attitude to earn it. However, right now, something occurs to me that makes me feel upset.
"Aoko-nee... I'm a bit worried... I can see the lines no matter where I go... And if I touch them, things around me would break apart." I say worriedly, looking back to her with concern. She looks back at me, before giving a reassuring grin.
"You're right, Naruto. I'll be able to help you with that, at least... It seems that's why I'm here with you." She begins with a sigh. "Naruto, tomorrow I'll give you three very special presents. I'll help you gain some of the normalcy that should have been in your life." She says. After this, we begin to talk about various things for the rest of the day, until it's time for us to part for now. After saying our farewells, I return to my room in the Hospital. Once I get into bed, I fall asleep almost immediately, excited for what was to come the next day.
Little did I know, tomorrow would not only bring about something great, but also something very sad for me...
The Next Day...
When I wake up in the morning, I immediately get dressed, and head out to the spot Aoko and I meet at usually. When I arrive, I notice that she is here earlier than normal. I'm a bit surprised, but I'm happy. This means I get to spend more time with her today. I walk up to her, but I notice that she has her suitcase yet again. Almost immediately, I can tell something is different about this meeting.
"I'm here, Aoko-nee." I say simply, as I set down next to her, as per usual. She favors me with a small smile and a hug, before beginning to speak.
"I'm glad you're here early, Naruto. I need you to do me a favor, and show me where the seal is on your body. Then I'll give you your first present." She says. I blink in confusion, before I oblige by lifting up my shirt, and channeling a bit of chakra through my body, causing the seal to appear. I blush in mild embarrassment, before I feel a cool, slightly wet sensation moving across my stomach. I look down to see Aoko using a brush designed for drawing seals to form a new one just above where my first seal is. After a few moments, she finishes, and I feel a dizzying sensation in my head. I close my eyes as I release my shirt to steady myself. Once the feeling passes though, which doesn't take very long, I open my eyes, and what I see amazes me.
"A-Aoko-nee... I can't see the lines anymore! It's like magic" I say excitedly. She gives me a warm smile as I hug her tightly, thankful for having my regular sight back.
"Well, I am a sorceress after all, but that's correct, Naruto. What I just gave you is a special seal I managed to borrow from my sister, and modify to suit you. It's the Aoko-Special, Magan Goroshi Fuin!" She says, happy that I like her first gift.
"With it, you will be able to control the flow of mana, or chakra, to your eyes much more easily in order to activate and deactivate your gift at any time, until you're able to do so without it." She explains, causing me to pause.
"Wait... You mean I still have the ability to see those lines...?" I ask fearfully. I'm honestly afraid of them, seeing as using them would break my promise to Aoko. She nods, before beginning to explain once more.
"Yes. That's the one thing that can't be fixed. Your only choice now is to keep living your life, and do your best with the eyes you have now." She says simply. I still feel fear gripping at my heart. I begin to tremble slightly.
"N-no... I don't want these scary eyes... If I still have them, I could end up breaking my promise to you..." I whimper. In the world of Shinobi, anything can happen. This was a fact that the Sandaime drilled into my head a year ago, when I started attending the academy. What happens next, though, surprises me. Aoko actually chuckles.
"Oh, you mean never cutting the lines again? Silly, you can break that promise whenever you like. I won't be mad." She says, favoring me with a smile. I can't help but blink in confusion. Promises were made to be kept, weren't they..?
"I don't understand... You said that cutting the lines is something I shouldn't do..." I voice my concerns. However, Aoko just waves it off, before beginning to speak once more.
"That is true, Naruto. But, it's one of your gifts. It's yours to use as you see fit. No one else but you has the right to judge you. But out of all the abilities one can have, yours is terribly unique. If you have such a power, that means there is a meaning behind you having it. God doesn't give us powers for no reason. You might even say that you were given the 'Mystic Eyes of Death Perception' because one day, a time will come when you need them. That's why you must not live in denial of their existence." She says, looking up at the sky once more.
I'm honestly a bit awed at this revelation. I never had thought of it that way. Was there really a purpose to me having this gift? If there was, did that mean there was also a reason why I was cursed with containing the Kyuubi? I have many questions, but I decide to file them away for later inquisition.
"But you know, that's why you must never forget. You are a very strong, kind, and honest person, Naruto. As long as you remain the way you are now, your eyes will never bring forth any wrong." She says, pulling me into a light hug. I blush a bit, but return the embrace anyways.
"I'm not telling you to become a saint, however. All I'm saying is that you should live true to yourself, and become a man in the manner you think right. Since you can accept your mistakes and are able to apologize, I know that in the coming years, you will become great, and achieve your dreams." At this, I feel a warmth spreading through my body. I feel... Happy. Genuinely happy.
"Oh, but I must say, unless the situation has exceptional circumstances, you shouldn't activate your eyes. Special powers attract special powers. Even those beyond the normal life of a Shinobi. Only when you decide there is no other way should you use your gift, and even then, be mindful of how you use it. Power in itself is not evil. What is evil rests solely in the hearts of the ones wielding such power. Be it for good or evil, it will be up to you and the choices you make throughout life." I sigh, but nod and smile.
Next, she opens up her suitcase, and pulls out a moderate sized scroll, before handing it to me. I blink in surprise, seeing as the scroll seemed to be a bit wider than the suitcase. I'm about to ask, but I remember her telling me that she was a Sorceress before, so I decide against doing so.
"That there is your second gift. It contains not only chakra control exercises, and a Ninjutsu I believe will help you on your path in life, it also contains exercises that will allow you to eventually use Ki and Mana individually, and even someday access your Magic Circuits." At this, I grin and give Aoko another hug after I set the scroll down. She returns the embrace, before pulling away and reaching into her trunk once more.
This time, she pulls out another scroll. But this one has a different design than the other one. It's also much larger. The only scrolls I can think of that would be that large are either all-purpose sealing scrolls, and those summoning contracts that Mizuki-sensei covered in class one day. When she unrolls it, my suspicions are confirmed about it being a summoning contract.
"This, Naruto, is no ordinary summoning contract. With it, you will only be able to summon once, but that summon will stick with you throughout your entire life as your familiar. You won't be able to use the summoning just yet, but when you've gotten a few years older, you'll be able to summon something grand. Of that, I'm positive." She then goes on to tell me how to sign the contract, and then how to summon. After memorizing how to summon, I nip my thumb hard enough with my teeth to draw some blood, before using it to sign the contract with my name. The blood seems to glow a bit, before turning an ink-like black, and drying into the scroll almost immediately.
Once the process is completed, Aoko rolls the scroll back up, before putting it back in her suitcase. I suddenly get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I look to the woman I've come to view as one of my most precious people, and see her standing up, and picking up her suitcase. Almost instinctively, I know what's coming.
"Aoko-nee... You have to leave now, don't you...?" I ask sadly, getting a nod in response. I feel like my heart is breaking. The person who has been the nicest to me in my entire life is about to leave... And I don't know if I'll ever see her again... Tears begin to form in the corners of my eyes, but I recall something that Aoko told me during one of our meetings.
"f you tell lies that even you can't believe, you'll only make whoever hears you sad."
As those words echo through my mind, I force myself to grin through my tears, before speaking.
"Then I promise you, Aoko-nee... I'll definitely become great, and I'll be someone you can be proud of! That's a promise of a lifetime...!" I manage to say, closing my eyes to hide how sad I'm feeling. It doesn't do much good, however, as my tears are still falling. Suddenly, I feel a soft, warm sensation on my forehead. Opening my eyes, I see Aoko kissing me on the forehead. I blush brightly to the point where I think I'm beginning to resemble a blond tomato. When she pulls back, she begins to speak once more.
"That's the spirit, Naruto... I have no doubt in my mind that you'll fulfill that promise." She says, giving me another smile. I look away, embarrassed, as I wipe away my tears. I then watch as Aoko stands up straight, and turns away from me. "Well, this is farewell, Naruto. Life is not easy; everyone's life is a hard, long, rocky road, filled with dozens of pitfalls. You have more power than anyone else to do something about that, so pull yourself together." She says. I nod and give a slight vocal acknowledgment
"Yeah... Farewell, Aoko-nee." I say, trying my best to sound strong. She nods in response.
"Well done, Naruto. Hold onto that confidence, and always live true to yourself. When you find yourself in trouble, calm down, and think things through carefully. Okay? A solution will always present itself if you do. Everything will be alright. You'll definitely manage. Of that, I'm positive." She says after giving a cheerful laugh. Her words cause me to brighten up a bit, and calm down. What she says next, though, really cheers me up.
"Plus, this won't be our only time together, Naruto. I'm sure that our paths will cross again someday. I look forward to that time, since I'll be able to see what a great man you've become." At this, I can't help but give a genuine smile. It's only a 'Farewell for Now'. I feel relieved at this, and things going back to relative normalcy doesn't seem so scary now.
A breeze blows through the clearing. The tree branches and grass sway in unison. I only knew her for seven days, but she taught me things more valuable than anything else, and helped me more than I could have imagined. I feel like I've been renewed. A smirk plays on my lips as I look in the direction Aoko left in. "Just you wait, Aoko-nee... I'll keep my promise to you...!"
Coincidentally, I was discharged from the hospital soon after that, and was allowed to return to the academy. The villagers still glare at me, and occasionally tried to do hurtful things to me, but it's alright. I'll be just fine, even by myself. I'll continue to go through life with a smile on my face. And like that, my ninth summer ended. The new autumn arrived, and I think I became more mature.
Chapter 01: Perceiving Death... Complete.
Hey everyone, Naruto here. Time sure does fly, doesn't it? It's been four years since I met Aoko-nee. It's finally time for me to graduate from the Academy, to boot. Things are only going to get much more chaotic from here on out, though. I can tell. However, as long as I live by what Aoko-nee taught me, I know everything will be alright in the end. By the way, did I tell you I've made new friends? I can't wait for you to meet them.
Next time on Magan no Naruto: "Chapter 02: Crimson Heart".
I wonder who will be on my team?
A/N: Okay, folks. I seem to have a much easier time writing this fic than I have any of my others. This one just seemed to flow so well. Granted, I did use some lines from some of Type-Moon's works, however, a lot of this was improvised. Keep in mind, though, that I do not intend on making Naruto god-like in this fic. He will be strong, yes. But he won't be able to beat Orochimaru just by raising an eyebrow. (Granted, I'd PAY to see someone make a fic featuring that, even if just as an omake! Ha ha.) Now, this will also be a crossover with the three Type-Moon series that I know: Kara No Kyoukai, Tsukihime/Melty Blood, and Fate/Stay Night. In other words, it's a Nasuverse general crossover.
Don't worry, I'm not abandoning my other fics. I just felt like getting this done to get my creativity flowing. Now, if you liked what you read, or have some suggestions on how I can improve my writing, please, let me know in a review! I'd be more than happy to take the time to respond. Just make sure it's at least somewhat detailed. Don't just say "I like it" or "It's good", and be done with it. I wanna' know what you liked, and why you liked it!
Anyways, that's all I've got to say for now. So until next time, folks. See ya'!