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"This" is talking
"This" is Kurama/Truth/Jutsu
"This" is thinking
Sasuke groaned; his body felt like lead, whatever that freak did to him it wasn't comfortable. He sat up to find himself in the middle of a field…with a hobo standing over him. Acting on instinct, Sasuke unsheathed his chokuto, holding it at the man's throat.
"Who are you?" Sasuke demanded, though his tone held no real emotion.
"No, please don't hurt me! I wasn't trying to steal anything I swear!" The man cried
"….I never said you were." Sasuke deadpanned with a slight twitch in his eyebrow. The man realized his mistake…and snatched the hitai-ate on Sasuke's bicep.
"HEY," Sasuke chased after the man, taking notice at the fact that his speed had become diminished immensely. He felt incredibly irritated; how weak was he exactly? Sasuke shook his head, now wasn't the time to think about that. "This guy is clearly a civilian so I need to be careful."
Sasuke stopped in his tracks while the man kept running, thinking that the Uchiha was catching his breath. Sasuke lifted his right hand, a Chidori bursting to life. Sasuke aimed carefully and….
"Chidori Senbon (Thousand Birds Senbon)!" he fired electric needles making sure they were weak so he wouldn't cause any permanent or mortal damage.
"OUCH," The man fell over stiff and began to cry comically as Sasuke casually walked up to him. "PLEASE DON'T HURT ME, PLEASE SPARE MY LIFE!"
Sasuke simply reached down and grabbed his hitai-ate, completely ignoring the man as he re-tied it. "My jutsu should wear off in a few minutes; once it does, I recommend you don't try to steal anyone else's belongings. Now I must be on my way, have a good day…"
"Y-Yoki," Yoki said shakily
"Yoki-san" as Sasuke walked off, he felt a strange presence rush towards him. Acting on instinct, Sasuke clapped his hands together and slammed them on the ground creating a slab of stone behind him.
The stone was instantly destroyed; a large, muscular arm with a complicated looking tattoo was outstretched an inch from the Uchiha's face.
"Well that was close," Sasuke stated "Nice try though, that would've caught anyone else by surprise."
"Another alchemist who doesn't need circles huh? Interesting, what's your name boy?" the man asked/demanded as the transmuted rock began to collapse, picking up dust around them.
"You know its common courtesy to tell someone your own name before they give you their own." Sasuke retorted, jumping into the clearing to get a better look at the man.
"I abandoned my name long ago, however the military of this nation has given me the name Scar." Scar responded, making Sasuke smirk slightly.
"So this is Scar, he's one of the people that will make a difference on the promised day. Let's see just how good he is." Sasuke thought, unsheathing his chokuto
"Scar huh, the name is Uchiha Sasuke. Now let's see if the rumors about you were true." Sasuke shunshined behind the surprised man and sent a swift kick to his side, sending the man tumbling along the field. Scar recovered with a quick side flip and rushed Sasuke, clawing at the young Uchiha with his right arm. Sasuke jumped onto the Ishvalan's back and roughly leaped off making Scar lose his balance, falling to the ground.
Though embarrassed, Scar leaped back up and slammed the ground with his right arm, deconstructing it and making Sasuke fall on his ass as the ground under his feet was imploded into itself. Scar took his chance and pounced on the young Uchiha who barely had enough time to roll out of the way of the man's arm, lest his brain gets turned to mush. Scar saw this and sent a kick to his ribs before he was able to get off the ground. Sasuke winced, he thought he felt a rib crack from the assault but he recovered nonetheless.
"This boy has some keen experience as a warrior. I wonder where he learned to fight like this." Scar thought as he stood up, bringing his right hand up and clenching his fingers. "No matter, he is a hindrance at the moment and must be dealt with."
Before Scar could move however, the Sasuke in front of him exploded. The shockwave was strong enough to blow the Ishvalan off his feet and on his back. "W-what?"
Sasuke hovered over Scar with his chokuto pointed downwards with Raiton chakra coursing through it.
"I think that's enough for now," Sasuke re-sheathed his blade and helped Scar to his feet.
"Why didn't you finish me off? And what was that explosion just now?" Scar demanded
"Well for one, I didn't finish you because you're an important figure for Amestris and are destined for something that will shake the foundations of this country." Sasuke answered
"W-what do you mean?" Scar once again demanded
"I can't answer that just yet." Sasuke replied
"So how do I know that what you say is true?" Scar asked
Sasuke sighed; he had no time for this.
"Look how about this: I can stick by your side, keeping the M.P's away from you for the time being until this entire mess is sorted out. Or I can leave you to your own devices while watching over you from afar which can potentially get you caught and convicted for your crimes."
Sasuke knew he had Scar after that, the man was smart sure, however he knew that the young shinobi was powerful and could have killed him with ease during their little spat. He knew with Sasuke at his side he would have an easier time keeping the military off of him. The serial killer knew he couldn't pass this up.
"Fine Uchiha, I'll allow you to follow me just don't get in my way."
Sasuke smirked, his Sharingan flaring briefly making Scar do a double take.
"I thought you'd see things my way."
"Sasuke-san, hello anyone in there?"
Sasuke's eyes snapped open, he winced at the sunlight that showed through the small cabin he and his new team had taken salvation in, for now anyway.
"What is it May, I'm trying to meditate." Sasuke said in slight irritation
"Really, because you looked like you were sleeping." May retorted with a deadpanned expression on her face.
May-Chang was a girl a couple years younger than Sasuke of course you'd never know that at first glance considering she was the size of a nine year old little girl. She was also the princess of the Chang clan of Xing and had traveled to Amestris with her small panda, Shao-May to find the power of immortality. (Sound familiar?)
Sasuke scoffed at the girl's declaration, after spending three years with Orochimaru and taking out the Orochimaru-powered Kabuto during the war as well as the Sannin himself multiple times, he knew that immortality was nothing more than a pipe dream. Although he did take interest in her upbringing, being the son of the Uchiha Clan leader as a child did qualify him as a type of prince so he felt some type of common ground with the girl.
Of course that didn't mean he completely liked the girl do to her fan-girlish shriek that she made when he first met her which reminded him WAY too much of his time at the academy. (Which he still cringes about today)
Sasuke's eyebrow twitched slightly at the expression on May's face so he took a deep breath to calm his nerves.
"I was meditating," Sasuke said calmly.
"You were sleeping," May replied blankly.
"Meditating," Sasuke stated with a little force in his voice
"Sleeping," May retorted with equal force
"I WAS MEDITATING YOU DAMN MIDGET!"
Now May snapped
"YOU WERE SLEEPING, I HEARD YOU SNORING DUCK-ASS!"
Sasuke had the decency to blush and look away, ending the argument and, unknown to the two, keeping Scar from blowing both their brains out as he clenched his fist in annoyance.
"These damn brats are going to be the death of me." Scar thought
"HA! I win," May patted herself on the back
"Why am I with these people?" Yoki began to cry
"The Dobe would be annoyed by this girl and that's saying something." Sasuke mused while glaring at the grinning May
"ACHOO," Naruto sneezed
"Cover your mouth," Winry chided
Naruto, Ed, Al, and the still slightly irritated Winry were currently exiting the train that had taken them to Central. The ride was uneventful most of the time the only thing of interest that came up every now and then would be when Ed tried to speak to Winry and the response he would receive would be a blow to the head courtesy of the mechanic's wrench.
Naruto winced, he knew he was at fault (partially) for what happened between the two in Rush Valley but that didn't excuse Ed from flat out avoiding the topic of his relationship with Winry. Alphonse just sighed at his older brother's stupidity; he never could understand why his brother wouldn't tell Winry how he felt about her and vice-versa.
"What can I do though; it's none of my business anyway." Al reasoned with himself.
Winry herself had been rather irritable the entire time on the train, only giving one word answers when being questioned by Al and glaring bloody murder at Naruto for being the catalyst for her recent dilemma. Ed was getting the worst treatment; he couldn't even talk to the girl without getting hit with a tool of some kind which of course led to arguments between the two which ended in more bodily harm for Ed.
The group of four stood in the middle of the station with an awkward air around them, obviously still thinking of the unpleasant ride.
"I'm going to go see Mrs. Hughes," Winry stated before turning on her heel to leave. Naruto and to some extent, Al gave Ed a look that clearly said 'follow her or we hurt you'. Ed sighed and ran up to the blonde girl before she got too far and grabbed her shoulder.
"Wait, Winry let me-" Winry shrugged off Ed's hand roughly
"Don't touch me," Winry said in an even tone "I'm going alone, go check in with Central Headquarters."
Ed narrowed his eyes and clenched his fists; he was getting sick of this.
"What's your problem, I'm just trying to be helpful. I haven't even done anything-"
"EXACTLY," Winry shouted cutting Ed off and getting the others attention. "YOU DID NOTHING…nothing at all." Tears began to well up in her eyes.
Ed reached out to wipe them away only for Winry to slap his hand away and hurriedly wipe them away herself. "Just go meet with headquarters and leave me alone."
"GO AWAY!" Winry bolted out of the station, leaving the boys behind.
There was a tense silence afterwards with Ed clenching and unclenching his fists.
"Ed," the alchemist looked over to a concerned looking Naruto and his little brother. He sighed, pushing down his guilt for now.
"I'll be fine, let's just go before we attract any more attention." Ed said, walking off without even looking back.
They made it to HQ without any incident although both Al and Naruto could tell that Ed's mind wasn't on anything unless it was Winry related. In fact, Ed was so absent-minded he didn't notice a certain Colonel rounding the corner he was going towards. The result?
Why knocking said person on his ass of course.
"OW, what the hell?" Ed groaned, rubbing his sore skull.
"That's my line, Fullmetal why don't you watch where you're going?"
Ed gritted his teeth, why the hell did this guy have to be here?
"What are you doing here Mustang?" Ed asked
Hovering over Ed was his commanding officer from East City, Colonel Roy Mustang and his partner 1st Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye.
"Didn't you here kid I got transferred, looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of each other now." Mustang answered a little smugly
Mustang simply smirked and looked over towards Al's and Naruto's direction. "How've you been Alphonse, been keeping your hard-headed brother in line I hope."
"O-of course sir," Al answered shyly
That's when the Flame Alchemist noticed the new addition to the group who was quirking in eyebrow at him.
Naruto couldn't help but see something familiar while staring at the Colonel.
"Pale skin, black eyes, raven hair, loves to wear blue, that smug look…on…his….face."
Naruto felt his right eye twitch uncontrollably as he stared at Mustang.
"Hey you wouldn't happen to be related by anyone named Uchiha would you?" Naruto asked
"Uh no, why do you ask?" Mustang questioned uncomfortably
"That smug look on your face makes me want to beat your skull in just like an old douche of a friend I used to have." Naruto answered bluntly with his eye still twitching
At that moment, Mustang wondered if turning are favorite blonde shinobi into a roast was legal.
"…What's your name?" Mustang asked pointing at Naruto
"Uzumaki Naruto," Naruto replied
Mustang looked at Al than back to Naruto.
"Keep your pet fox on a leash would you, Al?" Mustang suggested
This had the wanted effect because Naruto ended up being held back by both Elric's while shouting obscenities at the Colonel.
After Naruto calmed down to the point of not wanting to assault an M.P, Ed finally gave their reasoning for being in HQ.
"We came to see Lieutenant-Colonel Hughes; I never thanked him for visiting me in the hospital so often." Ed stated
Mustang and Hawkeye stiffened, the action going unnoticed by the Elric's but being the experienced shinobi and war veteran that Naruto was, he picked up on the action immediately and narrowed his eyes.
"..He's not here," was Mustang's answer
"What do you mean?" Al asked confused
"He retired out in the country and took his family with him, so he's not here." Mustang answered in a very quiet tone. He hoped that the boys would buy it for now; he didn't want them to know that he Maes died helping them.
"He's dead isn't he?"
Unfortunately, he didn't take into account the young jounin shinobi standing only a couple of feet away with narrowed eyes.
"Don't lie to them, Mustang." Naruto stated coldly "Lying to protect them from the truth will only make things worse."
While this was going on, both Elric's looked visibly panicked (which is not easy an easy feet for Al).
"I-is it true?" Ed demanded, completely shaken
"Edward," Hawkeye intervened, trying to comfort the young alchemist.
"IS IT TRUE!?" Ed shouted
"…I'm sorry-ED!" Ed bolted for the exit to the building, nearly crashing into Maria Ross who was directly behind him at that point. Al followed his brother while trying to ignore Hawkeye's shouts to come back.
Naruto groaned in frustration, first Winry and now this? What was with all the drama surrounding him lately? Naruto was so caught up in his musings; he didn't notice Mustang grab him by his coat until he had felt the tugging.
"What is your problem kid? If you noticed the lie than why did you bring it up, I was trying to protect them." Mustang growled, Naruto shoved the Flame Alchemist away from him. Hawkeye took out her gun at the possible threat that Naruto may pose while Ross hurriedly went on her way, not wanting to be caught in the possible crossfire.
Naruto snorted when he saw Hawkeye's gun aimed in his direction. "You should put that thing away; your toy won't have any effect anyway."
"Watch it kid, you're not in the position to be making decisions. Now tell me who you are; judging by your state of dress I'd say you're a foreigner. Why are you following those two around and what are you after?" Mustang questioned continuously
"I already told you my name is Uzumaki Naruto and yes I'm not from around here. No, I won't tell you where I'm from because you wouldn't believe me anyway. I'm following the Elric's because they are friends and the only thing I'm after is peace." Naruto answered every question thrown at him in stride and with a pretty good poker face as well. "Look, if all you're going to do is bitch me out about dropping the ball like I just did then don't. Ed and Al needed to know that their journey and what they are going after may lead to bloodshed and the possibility that they can lose everything they hold dear. And I'm not talking out of my ass either; I know from experience that not everything will go as planned."
A young Sasuke during his genin days flashed through his mind followed by the Sasuke he encountered in Iron Country.
"And I know to some extent, they both know that pain but it doesn't compare to what I've gone through. They need to let go of that denial that no one will get hurt again or they could end up just like Hughes." Naruto caught the punch that Mustang threw at him with ease. Naruto gave Mustang a glare enhanced by glowing orange slit eyes.
"And you need to let go of that anger and hatred in your heart. A wise man once told me that hatred will only breed more hatred so if you want to help those boys and avenge Hughes, do so with a level head or it could mean your death. Now I'm going to find Ed and Al so I'll leave you to think over what I just told you."
With that done, Naruto vanished with a shunshin. Mustang dropped to his knees, sweating profusely.
"Colonel Mustang sir, are you ok?" Hawkeye asked in concern.
"W-who was that boy?"
And that's a wrap, don't be mad I know it's been a while since I updated and I give you a chapter with very little action, don't worry though next time things start to pick up I promise. Until then, happy reading later ^^.