Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto and its characters, Masashi Kisimoto does.
I started the story from Naruto ep.162, about the cursed warrior. This is my first fict, sorry for the bad grammar, well, I'm kinda suck in it.
She was sitting on the back porch of their house that afternoon; facing their large backyard with posts, right beside her sat a long red haired woman. She smiled as looked up to the clear blue sky above them. Sunlight went from the back of her head when she turned to face the little girl, made her face looked dazzled. She could only saw her warm smile and her long hair.
"Ne, honey always remembers where you belong. The places where you grew in, people who cares of you. That is you call it home, a family. Don't forget that!" that woman smiling again.
"Okaasama?" she asked weakly, afraid to disturb her then she turned her head and saw a man stood in the backyard. He wore a complete samurai warrior suit without helmet, waived his katana on his right hand to a big log and cut it into pieces. His katana sparkled by the sunlight as he raised it. He stoped moving and turned to her.
"Otousama? Is that you?" she blinked confusedly when the man ignored her and opened his mouth started to say something.
"Do not forget love, you're not only inherits your mother's blood. You are an onna-bugeisha. You fight for honor."
Suddenly everything looked so bright and hurt her eyes; she shut her eyes to avoid the light, until she heard a voice calling out her name. She opened her eyes and found her self in the white room, she saw an old man with white robe wore a red-white cap with kanji 火, meant fire, on his head stood before her. The old man smiled warmly at her."Welcome to Konoha Kyouna, this place will be your home."
She blinked her eyes and examined the room while thought about his words. "Konoha?"
Averting her gaze from the old man, she saw a man with blonde spiky hair with bangs ran down beside his face stood together with a woman beside the old man. Her long red hair looked similar with her mothers. They smiled warmly to her as the old man said again.
"From now on you're going to live here with them, they're your family."
"Hmm… Bird country? 'A ghost known as Noroimusha has been creating a commotion outside the palace'." Kakashi looked confused when he read the mission paper handled to him from the Godaime. " They want us exterminated ghost?"
"We tried to refuse by telling that we can't do ghost exorcism but..." Tsunade sighed tiredly. "He begged at me and gave all of his own savings because he thought the money was not enough. Though the real problem isn't the money, with that payment, I'm not sure I can find any volunteer for this mission."
"Maa…So you in the end accepted it?" Kakashi still felt unsure with this kind of mission.
"You might say I'm generous, but the majority of the jōnin and chūnin are already away on different missions. I was wondering what should I do, until I found on your history report lists that you have dealt with same case long time ago." She said with serious tone. Kakashi gazed at the paper in deep thought, tried to remember something.
"Aah…it was a long time ago Tsunade-sama, I have a very special partner who expert in exorcism thing at that time. But you know, I just finished my mission and Bird country is far enough from here, also today is-" Kakashi didn't continue his words when he raised his face and saw Godaime's face started to turn scary as usual if she got rejected.
"I know who you mean with special partner Kakashi, but I've already assigned Naruto, Tenten and Neji for this mission. However, they're still genins and need a jōnin to assist them."
"Naruto? You won't like the report if you send him to this mission. He's afraid of ghost." Kakashi sighed heavily, his noisy student who claimed will be the greatest Hokage in the future turned into nothing more than a coward little boy when he heard about ghosts or any scary stories.
"That's why I send you too. It's a ghost they have to deal with, if Naruto face something with it, you're the only one who can help him." She insisted. "At least I guess you know a little but about exorcism since-"
"Okay, okay, fine. I'll assist them. However, I will hide in the shadow to watch them. And please don't tell them about me, I think Neji could handle Tenten and Naruto well, it's a good leadership training for them. Beside, there is something I need to do first about this mission." Godaime nodded gladly as he finally accepted the mission."Nah, I think I'm leaving now Hokage-sama."
Kakashi walked out the Hokage's room and decided to wander around the shopping district in Konoha for a while to clear his head although he never liked the crowded place. He stopped walking and turned to Yamanaka's shop, this shop was the one and only florist in this village run by Yamanaka clan. He knew Inoichi-san. The clan's head, member of Konohagakure Intelligence Division and was one of his late father acquaintance. His daughter was a genin of his friend's students. He remembered Asuma told him about a bossy blonde girl in his genin group, that wasn't because he got lot interacted with them but his student, Sakura, was the best friend of her. Shrugged, he went into the store and didn't expected to found Ino was in charge there.
"Irasshaimase!" Ino greeted cheerfully to their customer with a pot of flower in her hand before she frowned and blinked rapidly when she realized who was coming. "Eh, Kakashi-sensei?" She exclaimed in surprise, the man waved his gloved hand and smiled.
"Yo, Ino! Um... Do you have any daisies? I want to make a bouquet." Kakashi looked around the shop, tried to find the flower. "Uh, can you add some colors for my bouquet? White or pink daisies maybe, I never good at this." He glanced at the shop girl and rubbed the back of his head sheepishly. "Please?" Ino snapped from her surprise, she nodded and started prepared the flowers.
"Hai, 500 ryō sensei." She handled the bouquet and grinning. "Who are they for?" She smiled curiously at the man.
"Maa…it's for a friend. Hahaha…Mata ne!" Kakashi slipped his hand into his pocket to get the money and walked out the store.
"Coming again sensei!" Ino smiled widely after Kakashi paid the bouquet and left. "I never saw Kakashi sensei bought any flower before." She muttered to herself when her mother back to the shop and heard it.
"He used to come and bought a bouquet of daisies every may seventh, Ino." Her mother said and pointed the calendar, smiling as she saw her daughter's eyes widened. "Hee? Really?" Ino still confused. Sakura never told me.
Kakashi landed in front of a big wooden torii gate with big stone beside the gate and 'Konoha shrine' graved on it, after took a rooftop routes from the shopping district. He started to climb up the stairs still holding the bouquet on his hand and stopped as he saw the old man stood in front of the Chōzuya when he reached the sandō.
"Kakashi-san!" The old man with robe saw and greeted him when he entered the forecourt of the shrine, Kakashi bowed politely at the man. "Coming again?" He asked with smile.
"Yes, Tsurubuchi-sama, but I'm in hurry. I am really sorry, but can you give it to her? I have a mission to do, and I don't have much time to have my visit. I wish you can give your blessing." Kakashi gave the bouquet to the Kannushi, the old man looked a little confused at this. He knew no matter busy was the man, he never forget to visit her and prayed.
"It's not something to deal with killing people ne Kakashi-san?" Kakashi shook his head and made an expression.
"No, but I'm going to have a deal with the dead, Kannushi-sama." Tsurubuchi raised his eyebrows, he never heard any shinobi could deal with something like that before. Not if they joined their mission with them.
Meanwhile, in the other side of village, Naruto was busy eating ramen in his favorite place when he realized someone watching him eating from the side of the stall, he glanced sideway and stopped eating. "What's with that guy, ne, Teuchi-ossan?" He asked the ramen stall owner.
"He's been like that for awhile" Teuchi whispered, Naruto tried to ignored the weird glasses guy and kept eating but the guy stared him again with drool over his mouth. He started to lose his patience, and jumped out to confront the person.
"If you keep staring like that, even a delicious ramen noodle would be hard to eat, you know. If you hungry come in and eat!" He said angrily to the glassed man outside the Ramen bar.
"No, I'm not hungry at all!" The guy hold his grip tightly, but then suddenly his stomach growled, loud enough so Naruto could heard it too and made him blushed. Naruto blinked for a moment, before he bursting in laugh.
"Nah, don't worry niisan, I'll treat you. Come in!" Naruto griped the person's hand to enter the stall and called out the Restaurant owner. However, 20 minutes later he was shock seeing this weird oniisan could eat six bowls of ramen with that speed. Maybe he just too hungry, he thought.
"Thanks for coming! The next time you come; have Naruto to treat you again!" Teuchi-san smiled widely as Naruto looked sad to his green frog wallet, which was not chubby anymore.
"Jeez, to say something like that isn't even a joke." He pouted at the bill. The glassed guy rubbed his back head in guilty.
"I'm really sorry to make you pay like that. As thanks, I will..."
"No no, don't worry about that." Naruto cut him off and shoved his wallet back to his pocket. "By the way, nii-chan, what's your name? I have not seen your face in the village before. I am Uzumaki Naruto!" He introduced his self, the guy sighed in relieve and smiled.
"My name is Chishima, from Bird country. I came to Konoha to request a mission."
"Nii-chan, you came to hire help from Konoha and you have no money?" Naruto titled his head in confused, remembering his situation, Chishima rubbed his head sheepishly.
"Uhm...You see, there wasn't enough money and I have to use my savings, so..."
"So then it must be a quite important mission huh?" Naruto cut him off again, the glasses guy nodded.
Naruto dragged him to the brick chair near the road and started asked him to tell his story about his childhood friend who was chosen to being a young Daimyo in Bird country because his father and his twin sister died in illness, that causing him to be a completely different person. He worried about him as his friend rather than as his Daimyo, he suspected that is something wrong behind it, so he came to Konoha for help. Naruto frowned, he remembered could not save Sasuke, his friend, and he knew the feeling.
"Leave it to me, let's save your friend!" He promised. "I'll talk to Hokage! Come on!" he dragged the guy and ran to Hokage tower. Naruto left Chishima out of the tower and stared the door with worried.
"Is he will be alright, Naruto-san?" the guy muttered worriedly as he saw the boy ran eagerly into the tower.
"You're mean Tsunade-baachan." Naruto slammed into the office and hit his fist on the table, the Hokage and Shizune watched him in confuse with papers in their hands.
"Hey, when you're going to barge in to someone office, you could at least knock the door." Tsunade said calmly, stared the small blonde intruder who started yelling in her office. Naruto waved his hand.
"Forget that. What's with you're taking nii-chan's money and refuse his mission? You call people who do that, an Oni, you know. You're an Oni-baba!" Naruto snapped and made Tsunade's eyes narrowed.
"I dare you to say that once more!" She threatened the boy with the glint on her narrowed eyes.
"You're an Oni-baba!" Naruto repeated, and then he got a punch flew to his face as response for his words. "Yaiks, that hurt!" He shouted in pain, as he glared at the older woman on her desk.
"Damn it! Who said we didn't accept?" Tsunade yelled back at the blonde boy who rubbed his cheek and gazed her with confuse look. "I have to wait another genin to make a team, and Neji and his team haven't back yet from their mission."
"Oh so, that was it. You're just waiting for Neji to return from his mission, huh?" Naruto scratched the back of his head sheepishly.
"You blockhead!" Tsunade grumped, Naruto grinned innocently. "Lee is in the middle of mission with Gai, you go as three-man team with Tenten and Neji as the leader. That's good, right?" He nodded lazily. Neji again. He was send with the Hyūga boy again, it's like he always got a mission with him lately. Shizune, the browned short haired woman in dark blue kimono walked closely to Naruto and asked.
"So, you're heard from that boy what this mission entails?"
"Huh? Well, not yet but -" Both Naruto and Sizune peered at Tsunade's sudden darkened faced.
"It's a ghost extermination." The Hokage said darkly. Naruto's face suddenly turned pale and he gulped in nervousness.
"When they walking at night, it seems that a ghost cloaked in white armor appeared. That is- Huh?" Tsunade continued but stopped her words when she turned and didn't found Naruto anywhere, she stood and peered from her desk when her assistant pointed her finger down.
"H-Huh? I didn't hear anything about g-ghost." Naruto hugged his shaky legs in horror, leaned down himself to the desk.
"Are you afraid of ghost?" Tsunade shook her head in disbelief, Kakashi was true about this whisker scratched boy.
"I'm not scared! There's can't be a ninja that's scared of something like that."Naruto exclaimed as he stood and folded his arm. Both Tsunade and Sizune resisted their laughed as they peered down to his legs, they're still shaky, showed that the boy was really scared.
"B- b-but does ninjutsu works against them?" Naruto still stammered and shaken asked back to the older women, Shizune shrugged.
"Well, that's something you need to find it by yourself."
Where am I ? She blinked slowly, the blurry vision of white ceiling welcomed her sight. It's too bright. She closed her eyes again. She smells something, what is t? Is it the wind or...no, it's something else. It's smelled nice and fresh. She tried to open her eyes again. A gasp voice heard not far from her side, but she didn't care, she's not strong enough to turned her head, just where is she now. That ceiling wasn't familiar.
The nurse blinked rapidly and pinched her own hand, it's hurt, she wasn't dreaming right? She just wanted to do her daily check duty and she saw her patient's eyes opened. That eyes always closed for how long? Almost 4 years. She always thought that girl won't make it, but there, she's awake. Her patient was awake. The girl's eyes slowly opened again. That girl really awoke. She felt like wanted to screamed but no voice came out, with her shaken hand she reached the door and ran out of the room to break the news, they need to know about this.
Meanwhile, in her room the girl closed her eyes again, where am i?
"Geez, after finally catching Inoshi Mousou, we don't even get paid." Naruto whining in disappointed when the four of them stood in front of the castle pond, waiting for the ceremony started as Toki asked them to see. Neji glanced at him.
"Give up on it, Naruto." The blonde pouted back at the older genin. "But-"
"It seems that a harsh judgement is going to be laid down on the Watari Ninja." Tenten said as she leaned forward her body so she could see better view. Kakashi crossed his arms and stared forward lazily, started to getting bored for waiting.
"Yeah, Toki-san is finally released from herself destructive desire for revenge." He shrugged, the sound of Taiko heard from the castle, signaling the other that they will start the ceremony. Naruto widened his eyes in interest, "Haa…It's starting."
"Tonariii…" the door slowly opened, Toki stood between Komei and another man. She's wearing her royal kimono with her and stepped forward. Kakashi's visible eyes widened and his cheek flustered as he saw the princess.
"Woah…that's." He grasping in awed, Toki was look beautiful, her long hime-cut hair, her elegant looks, and she looked like...her. Kakashi snapped back, he shouldn't dozing off like this. They watched the ceremony till the end and sending their farewell to Toki and Chisama who sending them away from the gate of country.
"Toki nee-chan was super kind and super pretty." Naruto stopped walking and seeing the country from the mountain followed with his team. Kakashi hmmed and put his hand on his waist, felt glad with the mission was finally overed.
"I wonder if the Bird country will become a good country again like it used to be long ago."
Tenten who stood beside Naruto turned to asked.
"By the way, Naruto, did you really meet Sagi-sama's ghost?"
Naruto startled a little. "Don't even joke! There's no way ghost exist in this world! That was a dream." Kakashi hid his snickered as he stared at them, yappari he met the ghost in this mission. Neji crossed his hand and stared hardly to the country directions.
"Iie. You can't say all of it was a dream." He said in serious tone. Tenten opened her mouth, she knew Neji always serious but Naruto jerked back.
"What are you talking about?!"
"Do you remember that first Noroimusha that we were chasing?" Naruto dazed in though as Tenten nodded to Neji.
"The inside was empty."
"Surely there was some trick to that, like some string or wire-"
"No, I saw it with Byakugan at that time." Neji cut off and shook his head, Tenten flicked her fingers as she remembered the first Noroimusha they've met.
"Ah, Neji said it didn't have the aura of the living."
"Right, I couldn't feel any aura coming from that Noroimusha."
"In other words, there was a ghost." Kakashi concluded the children discussing only to see how Naruto will react. As he expected, Naruto eyes widened in horror and started fisted his hair, he screaming frantically at the fact he had learnt.
"Heee?! So that was a real ghost after all?!" Kakashi held his laugh and ordered him to stop.
"Calm down, Naruto!" But the boy didn't hear, he closed his eyes still fisting his hair he shook his head and kept screaming.
"It's a lie! It's a lie! Please say that it's a lie! Aaargh…!"
"So, the real ghost did appear?" Tsunade chocked when she heard Kakashi's report, the jōnin nodded.
"Naruto kept denying about it, but when Neji told him that he didn't find any human presence, he freaked out." He giggled as remembered how freaked Naruto was.
"Aah… he's afraid with ghost, such a opposite with his cousin." the Hokage joined in laugh.
"I think I deserve day off after all of the troubles with Houki and his Watari group, right, Godaime-sama?" Kakashi asked after he stopped laughing.
"Okay, okay. Take your day off then." She waved in agreement and back to her papers, Kakashi bowed a little and walked to reach the door. "Ah, Kakashi wait a minute. Are you're going to visit her again?" Godaime's words made Kakashi stopped, he turned and shook his hand.
"Well, I just got the report from doctor that she's awake." Tsunade said, Kakashi's hand froze on doorknob."I'm telling you the truth." she added, then smiled when Kakashi disappeared from her face. "Haah… youngster," She sighed "But I just can't believe she can fell asleep for this very long time." She muttered and took another paper to read.
"How is her condition?" Kakashi looked through the window of intensive room in medical building, the one and only bricks building in Konoha's shrine site, up in the hill behind the Hokages face statue mountain. He didn't dare enough to get in the room, only watched her from the window with the old Kannushi beside him.
"I don't know how to say it, but she looked completely confuse." The Kannushi replied to him. Kakashi kept stood and examined the long dark haired girl behind the window who sit on her bed with pale face and blanked expression watching her hand.
"What is she doing?" Kakashi wondered.
"She seemed confuse with her body, she didn't do anything except looking her hand and said that she's not that little girl anymore." The Kannushi sighed. "Please, could you ask Godaime-sama to examine her again, Kakashi-san?" asked the Kannushi before left Kakashi behind.
"Ah!" Kakashi agreed, he'll do that for sure. He bowed politely and turned back to the window, surprised when he saw the girl already looked at his direction, their eyes met, but hers was completely blank. He sighed, at least she's awake. A nurse inside the room was aware with Kakashi's presence, she always saw that silver spiky guy around to visits her patient. She bowed and opened the window so Kakashi could moved closer and faced the girl.
"Ohayo!" Kakashi greeted and gave his smiled eye, but the girl didn't do anything, she's only kept staring him blankly. "A very long time no see right?" he asked, still, no response. "I brought you this." He hand over a flower to the girl. A white daisy. She looked the flower, not rejected but also not accepted the flower, she turned to Kakashi and opened her lips.
"Who are you?" Kakashi closed his eyes, took a deep breath and sighed heavily. She didn't remember.