W.I.T.C.H. Fan: Yo, yo yigidi yo! What's up guys! Okay honestly I was going to wait a few more months to publish this, but I couldn't wait that long. Besides I knew you guys were dying after the way the first story ended so I thought I'd go easy on you guys. Well without further ado, I give you the sequel to Naruto and the Guardians!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto and W.I.T.C.H, nor will I ever or else this would have already happened.
Love never dies
Irma Lair yawned and stretched her arms over her head as she walked down the street for her rendezvous with her friends.
'We've all been so busy lately, it'll be nice to spend some time together,' she thought with a smile.
The guardian turned around with a huge grin to see Hay Lin running up to her. "Hey Hay, what's up?" she asked as the black haired girl fell in step with her.
"Same old same old," Hay Lin responded with a shrug. "Being a fashion intern has its ups and downs like everything else, but it's worth it. What about you? Any new gigs?"
Irma sighed. "Not recently."
Hay Lin shook her head. "I'm telling you Irma, if you want to be a singer and actress you have to go to other cities and audition for stuff. You can't stay in Heatherfield your whole life."
"And leave you guys behind? Are you nuts?" The brunette replied. "We're still guardians for crying out loud, I can't leave. Besides I'm only twenty one, I still have a little bit longer."
"Whatever you say," Hay Lin replied.
As they walked into the restaurant they had decided to meet at, they saw Will, Cornelia, and Taranee already sitting at their usual table.
"About time you guys showed up, I'm starving!" Will cried the second she saw them.
"Well we can't all go to the college right next to this place," Irma said with a smirk.
"That's only because you and Hay Lin decided not to go to college," Cornelia pointed out.
The earth guardian and Will were twenty two years old and in college. Taranee, who was twenty one like Irma and Hay Lin, had finished college early and was working at a dance studio.
"So Will have you had any progress on that book of yours?" Hay Lin asked with a grin. Will had develped a passion for writing over the years and had written a book based on the guardians adventures, as well as smaller fantasy works.
At Hay Lin's question, the redhead bit her lip and the girls could see her eyes twinkling with excitement. "As a matter of fact there has been. I didn't tell you guys earlier because I didn't want to jinx anything. A few weeks ago I accidentally left my bag in my English class and my professor found my manuscript. He showed it to a friend who specialized in fantasy and it's going to be published."
Irma and Hay Lin let out excited cheers and Cornelia and Taranee threw their arms around Will's neck in a celebratory hug.
"Congratulations Will!" Taranee said.
"So, what are we going to do to celebrate this momentous occasion?" the earth guardian asked.
"Well I would like to go to Meridian and tell Elyon about this so we can celebrate with her," the keeper replied.
"Totally," the water guardian agreed. "It wouldn't be the same without Elyon."
It wasn't until everybody started staring at her that Irma realized she had been absentmindedly playing with the blue necklace around her throat. It was the blue necklace that Shikamaru had given her at the Christmas party five years ago. She hadn't realized she was still wearing it until after they had left the village and, even though Irma had said she would, she couldn't get rid of it.
"I thought you said you wouldn't wear that necklace anymore," Cornelia said quietly, though there was a sharp edge to her voice.
"I guess I just forgot about it that's all," Irma said defended lamely.
"You wear it every freaking day Irma. How could you forget about it?" Taranee snapped.
"It's just a necklace guys. Whatever sentimental value it had for me went away four years ago," the brunette retorted.
"Five," Will said suddenly.
"What?" Irma, Cornelia, Taranee, and Hay Lin asked, turning to look at the redhead.
"It's been five years today since we left the village," The redhead explained.
All the girls were silent for a few minutes as unwanted memories came back to them.
"I can't believe it's been five years since we left," Hay Lin said softly.
"It kinda makes you wonder how everyone back there is doing," Taranee added.
"Look let's forget this whole little side conversation ever happened," Cornelia said. "Let's just go to Meridian and celebrate the news about Will's book with Elyon."
With smiles on their faces, all five of the girls jumped up and made their way out the door. Irma lagged behind a little and looked down at the necklace.
"You know you aren't as much of a pain as I thought you were."
She started as Shikamaru's voice from their first date ran through her mind. The girl shook her head to get all unwanted thoughts from her mind before quickly running to catch up with her friends.
'I have no reason to think of him," Irma told herself. 'I got over him a long time ago.'
Shikamaru, Ino, and Sasuke all shook their heads in both mild amusement and disgust as they watched Naruto and Chouji each devour twelve giant bowls of Ramen in their weekly eating contest.
"HA! I won, believe it!" Naruto yelled, slamming his last bowl on the table two miniscule seconds before Chouji could.
The old man and Ayame both laughed heartily as the Akimichi frowned and the famous Knuckle head did a victory dance in his seat.
"Naruto, isn't the Hokage supposed to be a bit more distinguished than this?" Ino asked with a small grin.
"Hey just because I'm the Hokage it doesn't mean that I can't enjoy myself every once in a while," the blonde replied.
Sasuke rolled his eyes. "Naruto to you once in a while is once every four days."
His best friend glared at him. "I wouldn't be saying stuff like that if I were Sasuke. I promoted you to Anbu and I can demote you to academy teacher with Shikamaru in a second."
"Please don't. Having Sasuke working in the Academy would be such a pain," The lazy genius said.
"Plus all those kids would tear him to shreds," Chouji chuckled.
"Hn," The Uchiha replied though his friends could see that he was annoyed with them teasing him.
"Ah lighten up Sasuke," Ino chirped. "You've been grouchy all day."
"With good reason," he muttered. "It's been five years."
Immediately Shikamaru, Naruto, Ino, and Chouji's faces darkened. They didn't have to be told what Sasuke meant. They knew.
The clouds watcher stood up. "I have to go," he said, ignoring the way his teammates looked after him.
His good mood having vanished, Naruto silently stood up, nodded to remaining three of his friends and walked back to the Hokage tower to finish his paper work. Sasuke let out a deep breath before heading back to his house, leaving Chouji and Ino alone.
"I can't believe that it's still hard on them, even after so long," the beautiful blonde observed.
"Yeah, you think they would've at least gotten over it a little bit," her chubby companion agreed.
"I have to admit though, I miss Irma too. For some reason the village hasn't been the same without her here," Ino said, putting her chin in her hands.
"Well we know Shikamaru hasn't been the same since she left," Chouji said with a frown.
"I was hoping nobody would bring it up today," the girl said. "I saw Neji, Lee, and Kiba and they're a little bit moody today too."
"Yeah we're all in kind of a bad mood today," the Akimichi said with a nod.
A few minutes later the cloud watcher sighed deeply as he walked into his apartment. 'Has it really been five years? Seems so much longer than that,' he thought walked over to his dresser.
Opening the top drawer he reached in pulled out the small silver ring he had given Irma when he was 17, which had been kept in perfect condition over the years.
"Shikamaru I love you!"
Shikamaru smiled bitterly as he remembered Irma's joyful exclamation. He knew that she had only said it because he had agreed to go with her to help Will and Hay Lin and hadn't meant it seriously. But her voice still haunted him.
He had tried to get over her. Really he had. He'd used all sorts of means of distraction, from missions to seclusion in the first year. He had even stopped escorting Temari whenever she was in the village because she reminded him too much of her younger sister. Shikamaru had finally stopped lying to himself when Ino quite forcefully threatened to put him in a coma if he didn't shape up. Even though he'd made some progress he still couldn't shake off his feelings for the water guardian no matter how hard he tried.
"What a drag," he muttered.
"Will I'm so happy for you!" Elyon squealed, throwing her arms around her friend's neck.
"Thank Ellie," Will replied, returning the hug.
"So what do you want to do?" the queen asked. "You can decide how we should celebrate. This is your big news after all."
"Make it good Will," Irma piped up. "I've been dying of boredom for the past few weeks and I need some excitement."
That's when the heart of Candracar elevated itself and a fold appeared in Elyon's throne room.
Taranee grinned widely. "Irma I think you might just get your wish."
"Alright!" Hay Lin cried. "I hope we can finally get some more bad-guy-butt-kicking action after so long."
"I'll come with you," Elyon said. "I could use a little more action myself these days."
As the girls stepped through the fold and into Candracar's congregation room they were greeted by Halinor and Luba.
"It's been a long time guardians," the cat like woman said with small smile.
"I trust you have all enjoyed your few years of rest," Halinor asked.
"Yes we have, but please tell us the Oracle has something exciting for us to do," Cornelia said, barely able to contain her curiosity.
"As anxious as ever guardians," the Oracle said walking into the room. "However this may not be as exciting and adventurous as you had hoped."
Irma, Hay Lin, and Elyon's shoulders slumped in disappointment. "Great," they all muttered sarcastically.
"What's the job Oracle?" Will asked.
"Halinor the scrolls please," the wise man said, holding out his hand to the former guardian.
Halinor handed him two thick scrolls, which he then handed to Will. "The council and I have decided that it would be best to create alliances with the other worlds so in case of an extreme event there would be more forces who would fight with us in our cause," the Oracle explained.
"So you want us to go and get the treaties signed?" The redhead asked.
"So I guess I won't really be needed then," The queen said as she began to turn to leave.
"Actually my young queen, it may be useful to have you go with them. Having a powerful ruler such as yourself with the guardians to help negotiate the treaty may prove affective," the oracle interjected.
Elyon smiled, pleased to have been allowed in the loop.
"So how do you want us to approach this?" Taranee asked, as she examined the scrolls.
"You may approach it as you deem fit guardians. However no matter where you are sent the treaty must be signed before you can continue to the next world," Luba said.
"Doesn't sound too bad," the air guardian said with a small smile.
Irma shrugged. "At least we'll get to travel."
The earth guardian stepped forward. "So when do you want us to start on this Oracle."
"You'll be starting today. Members of the congregation have already made astral drops to take your place for the time being," the man said.
The guardians and the queen all smiled eagerly. "Great so where's the first stop?" Will asked.
"It's actually two stops. There are two villages you are to go to. The kages will each sign their own respective scroll," the oracle said.
The girls all froze as they picked up on one word in the Oracle's sentence.
"Kages?" Hay Lin asked hesitantly. "What do you mean exactly when you say kages?"
"The Hokage and the Kazekage of course," the Oracle stated. "You will be going to the Village Hidden in the Leaf and the Village hidden in the Sand."
END OF CHAPTER
W.I.T.C.H. Fan: Can't you just sense the drama about to unfold. What can I say, drama makes every story better. Anyways I really hope you guys likes the beginning to Love Never Dies and I hope you stay tuned for the rest of the story.