It's December, which means Christmas is right around the corner. I love this time of year. All of the Christmas movies come on, people decorate their houses, and there are all kinds of special snacks and drinks (boiled custard among my favorites)!
I wanted to do another Christmas special this year, and I hope you enjoy it. It's in 2 parts, just so you know.
Disclaimer: Riyuto-san does not own Naruto. The rights are not under the tree this year. He checked.
Naruto hummed a happy tune as he and his friends made their trek back to the village. He, Hinata, Rock Lee, and Kiba had been assigned a mission a couple of days ago to deliver an important package to the Daimyo. The mission had gone off without a hitch, much to Naruto's relief. Today was December 23, and that meant only one thing.
"Christmas is in two days," Muttered Naruto happily. He rubbed his hands together at just the thought of the holiday.
Kiba sighed. "Give it a rest, will ya? You've been chanting that for the past two hours. I'm getting sick of hearing it."
"But Kiba, where is your holiday spirit?" Asked Lee, cocking a brow.
"I've got plenty; I'm just not gonna express it aloud every five seconds." Replied Kiba. Akamaru barked in confirmation.
Naruto chuckled. "Oh, just wait Kiba. I've got gifts for everyone this year. Even your sorry butt."
Kiba raised a skeptical brow. "Is that so?"
Naruto nodded. "Yep, I spared no expense. If you don't believe me, just wait until Christmas day. Then you'll see."
Lee took a large step to walk next to Naruto. "So what did you get me?" He asked.
Naruto chuckled again. "I'm not telling." Naruto glanced back, and his gaze met with the pale eyes of the Hyuuga girl.
Her gaze lingered on his, and a blush spread across her cheeks. Naruto nonchalantly turned his head back to Lee and began laughing as he begged Naruto to tell him what he got him. She was happy she was getting to spend time with him like this. She had thought that, after confessing her feelings when she did, things would be awkward between the two of them. However, things went the opposite way. Naruto either didn't remember, or didn't want to remember.
Hinata didn't know which one hurt her the most.
As Hinata contemplated her and Naruto's relationship, she heard Kiba speak up from her side. "Hold up guys, something's not right."
Naruto and the others stopped in their tracks and turned to Kiba. "What is it?" The blond asked.
Kiba sniffed the air. "You smell that Akamaru?" He asked. Akamaru sniffed the air as well, and barked a yes. "There's a bad snow storm moving in."
Naruto turned his gaze up to the sky, searching for the weather Kiba spoke of. All he saw were a few harmless white clouds in the distance. "I don't see anything."
"You idiot, my nose is a lot better at sensing this stuff than your eyes." Snapped Kiba.
"Oy, don't call me an idiot, flea bag! I say we keep on going." Retorted Naruto.
"If we don't find a place to hunker down in soon, it will be too late."
"And when is this system supposed to come in?"
"…I don't know exactly."
"Aha! So you don't really know. We could be back to the village by the time it hits."
Kiba went silent for a moment. Naruto grinned in triumph. "So then it's settled. Let's keep going. I need to get home to finish wrapping the gifts as soon as possible."
Kiba sighed. "So you'd rather us risk our lives so you can wrap your presents?"
Naruto turned to Kiba. "Take a look at the sky. If we were about to get hit with this snowstorm, I think we would have already seen signs by now."
Ten minutes later
Snow seemed to pour from the sky like a waterfall. Blinding snow flowed down upon the Konoha shinobi. Blanket upon blanked hammered down, and it was all they could do to try and brace themselves.
"Still think I'm being paranoid?" Hollered Kiba.
"How was I supposed to know this was going to happen?" Yelled Naruto, clinging to a tree.
"You could have freaking listened to me! This wouldn't have happened if you hadn't wanted to wrap your stupid presents!"
"Just shut up and use your nose to find someplace to get out of this!"
Kiba wanted to hit Naruto as hard as he could, but he couldn't see him, and was having a hard time keeping hold of the boulder he was clinging to. "My nose is useless in this extreme cold. I can't sniff anything out. Heck, I can't smell anything!"
"What about Hinata-san?" Yelled Lee. He had braced himself in the snow, and was actually having a mini battle with the storm. He could feel he was winning. "Couldn't she use her byakkugan to find somewhere?"
Naruto glanced around. "Hinata?" He called.
"Hai!" She called. She was actually next to Naruto, but even she couldn't see him in this blinding snow. She activated her kekkei genkai and scanned the surrounding area. It was hard, but she could definitely see something…. "I think I found something. Looks like…a house of some sort."
"We need to get over there!" Hollared Naruto. He could tell where Hinata was now that she was speaking. He reached out and took a hold of her hand.
Hinata nearly jumped out of her snow boots. If it hadn't been for this storm, she would have fainted on the spot.
"Kiba, Lee! Follow the sound of my voice and take my hand. We need Hinata to lead the way!" Shouted Naruto.
The others agreed, and quickly fumbled around in the wall of snow for each other. They managed to find and lock hands, though. "Lead the way Hinata!" Said Naruto. Hinata nodded, and began leading her friends towards the target location.
It took them a while of walking through the many trees and bushes to come across what Hinata had located. If anything, the snow storm was getting worse. They were all already up to their knees in snow.
They came up to a building. As they approached it, they could tell that it was a large building. Hinata was not sure, but she thought she could see lights on through a window. She stepped forward, and knocked on the door as hard as she could with her free hand.
They stood there for a moment, hoping and praying that the door would open.
After what seemed like an eternity, the door quickly creaked open, and the group of shinobi rushed through the door. The man who had opened it slammed it shut after Akamaru had filed in. The Konoha shinobi collapsed to their bottoms, panting heavily.
Naruto patted his legs several times. "I don't think I can feel my legs." He said.
Lee nodded. "Any longer out there, and the snowstorm might have bested even me." He admitted.
Kiba rubbed his hands together, trying to create warmth as Akamaru shook the snow off of his body. "I can't feel my nose." He turned to Naruto. "Hey, try and listen to me next time."
Naruto waved his hand from side to side. "Yeah, yeah, whatever."
Hinata sneezed, which earned a "bless you" from the man who had let them in. Hinata stood and brushed her jacket off. She bowed to the man. "Thank you for letting us into your home."
The man shook his head with a grin. "No, it was no problem. Besides, this isn't my house; this is just the village's inn. My name is Hideo, and I run this place."
"It is nice to meet you. I am Hyuuga Hinata," She said, bowing again. "May we please stay here for the night?"
Hideo chuckled. "It doesn't seem like you or your friends have any choice. I would be contributing to your deaths if I didn't let you stay."
"There is a fireplace in the dining room," Hideo said, gesturing to a large door down a hallway. "Why don't you and your friends go there and warm up while I get your rooms ready."
Kiba and the others snapped to attention at the word "fireplace." They stood up, said their thanks, and sprinted for the warmth they were promised. Hinata giggled before following after them.
Naruto had thoroughly enjoyed warming up by the fire. Even though Kiba bit his ear off again, all he had to do was tune him out and let the fire do its job. It didn't take too long for Hideo to reappear and announce that the rooms are ready.
"Already?" Asked Kiba.
Hideo nodded. "We do not get many visitors, but we always have the rooms made up just in case."
With that, they thanked him, and allowed him to escort them to their rooms. They walked to the main room and turned to go up the set of stairs that lead to the top floor. They climbed, with Naruto bringing up the rear. He glanced around as he went up, and had a feeling in his gut that something wasn't right. It was like waking up in the morning and not knowing if there was ramen in the cabinets.
Naruto suddenly understood what was wrong with the inn. He glanced at the head of the line, where Hideo was. "Hey, Hideo-san! Where are all the Christmas decorations?" He asked.
Hideo turned to Naruto as they stopped at the top of the stairs. "What are you talking about?" He asked with genuine curiosity.
"I mean, I don't see a Christmas tree or any decorations anywhere." He replied. The others glanced around, as if they were just realizing the same thing Naruto noticed.
"Christmas? What it that? Is it a kind of wood?" Asked Hideo.
Naruto blinked a few times. He didn't know how to explain it, and at the moment he didn't feel like he had the energy to find out if Hideo was really messing with him or not. He shook it off and said he would explain later.
Hideo seemed to be satisfied with it, as if knowing what Christmas was, was something unnecessary and useless. The ninja were shown their rooms, and they bid each other a good night. Naruto filed into his room and noticed just how small it was. There was a bed, a desk, a dresser drawer, and a window.
He was fine with the size though, as he dropped his pack by the door and plopped himself down onto the bed. He buried his face in the pillow, and the last thing he remembered thinking about before passing out was how confused Hideo was at the mention of Christmas.
Naruto awoke early the next morning. He didn't know if there was actually anything that woke him up, and as he lie in the bed, his eyes slowly slid shut as he prepared to fall asleep again. There was a sudden voice that rang out inside of his head. It screamed, "Wake up Naruto, it's Christmas Eve!"
His eyes widened and lit up with the excitement. That meant tomorrow would be Christmas. He had to get back to his apartment and finish wrapping the presents. That alone seemed to force him out of bed. He glanced over at the window, and noticed that it had stopped snowing. He walked over and pulled it open. He hung his head out, and noted that the sun was just beginning to rise.
Below him were a few villagers. Some were adults, meeting and greeting with one another. Most of them were children, however. They were all currently engaged in what could be described as one of the greatest snowball fights ever. There was so much snow, that most of the children could hide themselves simply by digging a hole, standing in it, and burying themselves. It was perfect.
Naruto closed his eyes, and took a good whiff of the air. "Gotta love the Christmas air." He said to himself. "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" he hollered. The glanced around, wanting to take in the reaction of the villagers. Many just glanced up at him with confused looks on their faces, much like Hideo's. The adults shook their heads and went back to their conversations. Naruto's brows lowered in confusion. More people that didn't know what Christmas was? How was that possible?
Suddenly, Naruto was pelted in the face by a snowball. He staggered back with a shocked gasp. He wiped the snow from his face, and went back to the window. The children were pointing and giggling. "Got ya mister!" One of the boys shouted, and the rest seemed to laugh harder.
Naruto grinned sheepishly. "Oh, it is soooo on." He said. He created a few shadow clones and leapt out of the window. The children were gawking at the fact that there were three Naruto's, and the Naruto's laughed. "I hope you're ready for the snowball fight of your lives." They said, scooping up clumps of snow and packing them into snowballs.
Hinata woke up not too long after Naruto. She could immediately hear the laughter of children, followed by the laughter of her long time crush. He elegantly rose out of bed and strode over to the window. She peered out and spotted a few Naruto's, laughing and trying to duck a barrage of snow being hurled at them, while trying to throw their snowballs back at the children.
A warm smile spread across Hinata's lips as she watched. She suddenly felt the urge to go outside. She rummaged through her pack and pulled out her second jacket, mittens, and her white furry earmuffs. She slid out of her room quietly so as not to wake the others and made her way down the stairs. She slid out the front door doubled back around to the back of the inn, where a few people had gathered to watch the snowball fight.
Naruto was losing, and Hinata couldn't help but wonder if it was because he wanted to let the kids have fun. She giggled as she watched Naruto laugh as he and his clones were hit with snowball after snowball.
"So how are there three of him?" Came a voice next to Hinata.
She jumped slightly at the surprise of her guest. She turned to see Hideo standing next to her, sipping coffee out of a mug as he watched the scene before him. "Oh, Hideo-san. Good morning." She said, bowing.
He nodded kindly. "Good morning to you as well, Hinata-san. I didn't mean to frighten you."
Hinata shook her head. "It's alright."
Hideo's gaze went back to Naruto. "So how are there three of them?"
"I'm sorry. Naruto-kun and I are shinobi from Konoha. He can create kage bunshin of himself." She explained.
Hideo raised a brow. "As many as he wants?" He asked.
Hinata nodded. "Hai."
Hideo whistled. "What I wouldn't give for all that help." Hinata laughed lightly. He was quiet for a moment. "I wonder why he is so happy when he is getting beaten so badly by children."
Hinata smiled. "Naruto-kun loves Christmas, it's his favorite holiday." She said. Although, she was sure that if a new ramen themed holiday were to be founded, that would definitely replace Christmas.
Hideo turned to Hinata with that same curious look he gave Naruto last night. "There's that word again. What is Christmas exactly?"
Hinata turned to Hideo with her own curious gaze. 'Does he…really not know what Christmas is?' She thought. "I'm sorry, but is it…possible…do you not understand what Christmas really is?"
Hideo nodded. "I've never heard of it before, and I'm pretty sure that no one else in the village know either. So, what is it exactly?"
Naruto was standing within hearing distance of Hideo and Hinata, and heard every word they had said. Especially the part where everyone in the village didn't know what Christmas was. He dropped the snowball in his hand, and the clones were dispelled instantly. He didn't understand how someone didn't know what this holiday was. It was unfathomable to him. He was in such a stupor, he completely ignored the barrage of snowballs the children threw at him.
They came running up to him, laughing joyously. Naruto crouched down to their levels, and glanced around at them. "Neh, do you guys know what Christmas is?" He asked hopefully.
His spirits dropped, though. They all seemed to be drawing blanks.
"Christmas?" One asked. Naruto nodded hopefully. "Is that some kind of tree?"
Naruto sighed and shook his head.
"Then what is it?" Another kid asked. The others nodded, gazing intently at Naruto.
Naruto grinned. He shot his arms into the air to add to his explanation. "Christmas is only the single greatest holiday out of all of them! You decorate trees and houses, bake cookies, sing Christmas songs, and you exchange presents with the ones you care about."
The children just stood there, as if they were trying to picture this completely foreign concept.
Naruto gripped his hair with his hands and let out a frustrated yell. "Arrgh! I don't know how to explain it better!" He yelled.
"My, my, is there something wrong here young man?" Came a kind, old voice.
Naruto and the kids glanced up to see an older man with a wooden cane coming upon them. The kids greeted him, and he greeted them back warmly. He turned his attention to Naruto, and bowed. "Greetings, I am the leader of this village. My name is Asuka Kenji. May I ask your name?"
Naruto stood up and bowed nervously. "I'm Uzumaki Naruto, future Hokage of Konohagkaure."
Kenji's eyes softened. "I have to say, that sounds rather comforting. I'm sure you'll make a fine Hokage." Naruto grinned sheepishly.
Hinata had the sinking suspicion that Asuka-san had no idea what a Hokage was. But he was being polite, she knew.
"Say, Asuka-san, maybe you can help me out here." Said Naruto.
Asuka nodded. "I can try my best."
"Do you know what Christmas is?" Asked Naruto desperately.
Asuka seemed to ponder this for a moment before replying. "I'm sorry, but I don't seem to be familiar with that term. Is it a type of tree?"
Naruto shook his head. "Why don't you know what Christmas is?"
Asuka shrugged his shoulders. "Please forgive me, my boy. You see, the people of this village tend to keep to themselves. We never wander farther than the boundaries. Why, not too many villages even know that we exist. I was born in this village many years ago, and inherited the title of leader when my father retired. That being said, there are only about sixty or so villagers living here. Most of the time, the only visitors we get are people lost in the woods. We feed them, shelter them, and then they depart rather quickly."
Naruto narrowed his brows as he processed the information. "So you've never been outside of the village?"
Asuka shook his head. "Afraid not, my boy."
Naruto lowered his head. 'I can't believe…that this place…on Christmas Eve…has no Christmas spirit….'
It's short, but it's not over yet. Review for more good Christmas fun. And some Naruto/Hinata fluff. You all love that.