~~Hey guys, back with the second chapter for the Summoner of Mossflower Woods. I've spent a lot of time writing down about 20 different story ideas, and getting them out of my head before I focused on writing what I have already. School is slowing down so I can afford to write again. This has actually been done for about 3 months now but If you head to my profile, you'll see the stories I've been planning and hopefully help me in choosing which one to write first. Enjoy the story yo, and give me some feedback on how it is. I'm trying yo make it make sense, if that makes any sense~~
Chapter 2 - What will you do?
"Will Choji Akimichi and Dosu Kinuta make their way down!" Hayate Gekko called out.
Ino and Shikamaru looked over at Choji worried for his safety, while Asuma had hushed words that only Naru and Choji could hear.
"Choji, it's time for you to show them what you can do. Fear will hold you back, but it's courage and strength that will win this match for you." Asuma consoled a slightly shaking Choji. He sighed as he saw that Choji still didn't stop shaking, this nervous habit of his.
Something in Naru 's mind clicked. 'Choji-kun must have seen what this guy did when they showed up to help us after Sasuke was knocked out, but this guy is a one trick dolphin horse' Naru could swear she heard Kyuubi laughing in the back of her mind but payed it no attention.
"Hehe, fuck kokuo" Kyuubi whispered, then focused back on the seal on Naru's navel.
"Hey, if you fight, I'll take you for an all you can eat BBQ after the prelims are done. Winning means I'll just do it again" Asuma told Choji lazily. Choji's eyes sparkled as he shot up but his body posture made it look as if he didn't believe he could win. Naru stood up and grabbed Choji by the forearm, spinning him around to face her. Choji made a motion to talk but Naru put her finger up against his mouth.
"Choji, remember back at the academy when we were cooking rabbits on the field trip?" Choji nodded. "We were supposed to season the rabbits and share them with the people at our fires. Me and you were at the same fire and I chose to season mine with simple salt and pepper, along with ramen seasoning" Asuma and Kurenai, who had edged closer to see what the delay was, smiled at that fact. Naru began wrapping her chain around Choji's arm after taking the kunai out.
"You asked me why I seasoned mine with those ingredients and I told you that sometimes it was the simplest of ingredients that make the best foods. Choji, everyone uses salt and pepper, It's basic, and everyone has seen it. You've seen his mechanical arm in use and he's seen your human bullet tank. If you want to win this, use your ramen seasoning" Naru gave him a bright smile as she patted his hand, and Choji couldn't help but look at his chain wrapped arm.
She was right. He's seen Dosu's arm, and that was all he used back in the forest of death. He may have had another move, but when Sasuke came out, he only used his arm against him. But he had more than just the human bullet tank, he had his ramen seasoning. He still had his Bubun Baika no Jutsu(Partial multi-size technique), though only on his arms, but if he could get in a position where Dosu can't hit him with his mechanical arm…
Amai Akimichi was showing her son the art of cooking for the benefit of his genin team when he graduated. She was teaching him how when you have a bad ingredient when cooking in a pot, you have 3 choices. Get rid of the pot, which was a no-no unless inedible. Add to the pot, which you do only when the accidental ingredient cannot be removed. Or take the bad ingredient in stride and adjust the pot to suit your needs. You put your all into making the pot perfect, and no matter what bad ingredients come into your life, you give it blood and vinegar to make it work with you, not against you.
"Blood and vinegar kaa-chan?" Choji asked, stuffing his face with chips.
"Yup, we give em blood and vinegar! I may not be a ninja, but I give my all to cook, clean and take care of my family and friends. Just like you should do with your friends" Amai smiled at Choji, and gushed when his face blushed around his cute swirl birthmarks.
'Hehe, it's a Uzumaki swirl!, Kushina kawaii'd so hard when she saw them, and with her daughter around… hmmmm….' Amai chuckled darkly in her head, planning out play dates and banquets for the wedding already.
Choza Akimichi had just came back from poker night with Shikaku and Inoichi, and passing by the kitchen heard his wife's laughter and got a shiver up his spine. 'Why do I get the feeling that my son's destiny has just been chosen for him… Oooh is that deer meat?'
"Blood and vinegar huh…." Choij whispered to himself, ignoring his mother's silent maniacal laughter.
But how was he supposed to remove the bad ingredient of the arm on Dosu, when he doesn't have any extra tools to… The chain!
Choji smiled brightly back at Naru and she continued where she left off.
"Win for me Choji-kun, win for your team, win for Konoha and most of all, win for yourself! Go hero!"
Choji rushed down to the stage floor to fight, but before he got too far, he turned his head and replied to Naru.
"Don't worry Naru-chan, I'll give em' Blood and Vinegar!" Choji stood on the floor, now with the confidence that he will win.
Asuma chuckled when he saw the sparkle in Choji's eyes, remembering to thank Naru for helping his student. After seeing Kakashi ignore her injuries for Sasuke's curse mark, he had his reservations about the Copy nin. Sure, that mark was important, but to ignore Naru yet still wish Sakura good luck before jumping out of the arena?
Asuma was sure Kurenai was thinking along the same lines. Blatant favoritism for the Uchiha and discrimination against Naru by one of the top jonin's in Konoha. It was disgusting.
Choji stood across from Dosu, Naru's chain wrapped around his arm, standing in a sumo stance.
"Huh, so you really want to do this? Whatever, I'll tear through you and continue on." Dosu answered smugly, but Choji didn't react, simply looking at Gekko to begin the match.
Shikamaru and Ino were on edge since seeing Naru motivate their teammate. Ino felt bad for being seemingly uncaring toward the girl, and yet she goes and helps her teammate while she stands by and watches her ex-best friend abuse her. Her mind was going into overdrive while she contemplated her friendships and what she herself has done as a ninja of Konoha. This wasn't a game anymore, they were fighting for their lives and village and here she was, telling her comrades to abandon each other and worrying about her clothes after getting out of the forest of death. She was a ninja! She couldn't be doing things like this anymore.
Shikamaru on the other hand was thinking over what the message between Choji and Naru was. 'Ramen ingredients? Blood and vinegar? When did those 2 start talking cryptic? Maybe what they said has a deeper meaning that only those 2 or possible an Akimichi and Uzumaki would realize… ugh troublesome'
(Play Nas - Hero ft Keri Hilson)
Shikamaru looked back down as the announcement to begin rang out over the arena.
Choji analyzed the melody arm on Dosu, watching his movements. He figured that after watching Shino and Zaku fight along with Shikamaru's fight with Kin, this guy's weapon had to do with sound also. With the chain on his arm he should be able to cancel out some of the sound waves that go through the melody arm, and if he coats his ears in chakra (just like he used to coat his tongue in chakra if he was eating spicy foods (Akimichi secret eating technique number 3) then the effect of Dosu's arm would be shortened. It would then be a matter of placing a trap worthy of Naru, then a quick finisher.
Dosu rushed toward Choji and swung his arm in an overhead swing while yelling out his attack "Kyōmeisen!"
'Salt' Choji thought as he ducked to the side and rushed away, quickly coating his ears in chakra when Dosu hit the ground with his forearm. When Dosu saw that Choji was still standing, his anger got the best of him and he ran toward Choji again.
Choji grabbed 2 shruiken and tossed them at Dosu, who shifted to the side and continued his bull run. 'Pepper' Choji smirked and quickly unwound the chain on his arm, and in a surprising display of acrobatics, spun around Dosu, bobbing and weaving when he was near and quickly bound his arm to his body with the chain, then finished with a sharp pull. Choji then grabbed Dosu's arm in one hand while holding the chain tight with the other. Dosu smirked underneath his bandages and said in a calm voice "Kyōmeisen"
Choji grimaced in pain but grit his teeth and finished his strange combo "Bubun Baika no Jutsu" Both of Choji's arm increased in size while Dosu was laughing. Dosu was silenced when he noticed the pressure on his arm increasing a very large amount. He looked down to see a giant hand was wrapped around his torso, holding his arms in place and crushing him slightly. He grit his teeth in pain then looked up to see a giant fist barreling toward him. It occurred to Dosu at that moment that he really should have gotten out of the chain when he had the chance instead of laughing.
Dosu felt like a horse plowed straight into him as he was launched from Choji's hold. He felt himself spinning in the air until he was jerked to a stop in mid air. He dizzily looked down to see the end of the chain was in a knot around his body, and then he looked back up when he heard a rumble. His eyes widened in fear when he saw the giant spiked human ball rolling toward him at high speed, but he was to disoriented to do anything about it.
'Ramen!' Choji thought and he yelled out "Nikudan Hari Sensha" barreling toward Dosu, using the feeling of the chain on the ground as a guide toward Dosu. He had immediately wrapped rope and kunai around his body and used his Nikudan Sensha technique to crush his opponent. It was a plain and simple tactic that he used, and he couldn't help but feel proud. No one expected a Akimichi to be able to bob and weave, but their family had 2 taijutsu styles. 1 was made for offense, called the Omoikobushi (Heavy Fist), While the style he preferred to use was defensive, based on the style of the rabbit, a quick and delicious animal. This style was known as Nōsagi no ugoki (Movement of the Hare). The motto of the style was bob n' weave, and luckily his mother Amai was not only the best user of the style in the village, but also its inventor.
Choji stopped rolling when he felt the crunch of impact, and reduced his size as he heard his named called out as the winner. He looked toward Dosu and saw his bloodied form, but he couldn't find it in himself to feel bad after he team attacked Naru's group. He walked back up to the railing and sat back down next to Naru, who was smiling at him, but he saw she was tired beyond belief.
In Naru's seal
Kurama lied back down after watching the fat boy fight. She enjoyed watching the preliminaries continue on, but she had a few pressing matter to attend to.
First was the 3 elements seal on her own 8 trigrams. While she didn't enjoy being sealed away, she hated Orochimaru for trying to take away her own modifications to the seal. Luckily, Naru's reflexes kicked in and she shifted on impact and only 3 of the 5 elements from the Gogyo Fuin. But after it happened, the 2 elements that were unrestricted in her body began to show an advancement that bewildered her. Her Wind and Water nature were untrained, mostly due to Kakashi's poor teaching methods, but with the other 3 elements blocked from access, Naru's wind release has become a lot stronger than possible. Naru could probably fight with pure wind element manipulation with the strength of her nature transformation. But that wasn't the most amazing thing.
It was unknown to most, but for someone who spent so much time with Mito and Kushina as she did, she was bound to witness a few things. Most people thought it strange that Tobirama senju had such a stronger affinity toward water, and believed that he was just a skilled warrior. But the Senju clan had two bloodlines in their family, A major one that involved wood release (Mokuton) and a minor one that Tobirama had received. Even he probably didn't realize his own bloodline. The Ocean Release (Umiton) was a minor bloodline that allowed the user to use any and all water sources around them for their water release. The user got white hair due to the water they use being salt water (Bleaching). It was why Tobirama has such ease using Water Release (Suiton). The fool never checked for it, so it was hidden from the village luckily.
Now Kurama got to witness the Umiton return to Konoha in this unsuspecting girl, who was the great great granddaughter of the foolish senju. Her water release was even more astounding than Tobirama could have been.
The other matter she had to attend to was the dream she had the last night before the chunin exams. She was visited by that spirit in the sword that help defeat her axe wielding descendant Mokkan, who told her about her summon contract being used by the true child of prophecy. It would be amazing to see a summoning shinobi who was capable of using both the contract of redwall, salamandastron, and her own vermin contract. Amazing, and very interesting, because if Naru could pass her test as a summoner, she could very well be free of the seal without passing the gates of the dark forest. Inamgine, Queen of the vermin, the 9 tailed Marlfox Kurama back out into the world of the shinobi once again, without having to worry about the horrid mind control.
'Interesting indeed' she whispered, breaking the 3 element seal on Naru while keeping her Umiton and Futon at their high level. She looked up and saw the red haze of the bloodwrath floating at the top of the sewer room. She focused back on the seal to see what she had missed, and laughed at the commotion.
Naru didn't think it was possible for her to be angrier than she had been with Kiba, but seeing Neji pick down Hinata's confidence then practically assault his own cousin was enough to break the dam that was her rage. She had stood up abruptly when she saw Neji turn backtoward the swaying Hinata after the match was declared in his favor, but knew she wouldn't reach her in time to protect her. The jonin's were just about to move when the feeling of utter rage overwhelmed even the Kage present. Neji though was feeling as if death put its hand on his shoulder.
Neji turned slowly to see Naru, but it wasn't Naru alone that scared him. It was the figure behind her. A tall furry creature, at least 7 feet in height, holding a large spear in it's hand, pointed straight at him. The creatures red eyes matched Naru's, and he swore that they were glowing and dripping blood from them. Neji's body locked up and he collapsed on the floor, eyes wide open, staring straight at Naru.
Naru wanted to rush down and pummel the boy into the ground, when she felt someone roughly grab her shoulder.
"NARU ENOUGH!" Kakashi barked, but was unprepared for her to turn and growl at him. He backed up 2 steps in pure fear at the creature looming behind Naru. The armored creature had a slim figure, but it didn't detract from the power that the creature held. Then he dropped to one knee as a second figure appeared out of her shadow, a small figure that was in a cloak, but the darkness seemed to form aroud the figure holding its axe, pointing it at kakashi and motioning to his neck.
Kurama was angry at the gall of this dog man to touch her vessel. She was tired of his hatred to her, and added her own killing intent to the recently freed seal. She knew that Kakashi would see the materialization of their combined killing intent as 2 representations of their rage. For Naru, it would be a badger to represent the bloodwrath. For her, it would be her 1 tailed marlfox form, but she had no problem lending her anger to the girl. She had the right after all.
Kurenai swiftly moved in front of the girl, blocked her view of Kakashi. The feeling of death left, but the anger was still present. In the corner, she saw the red haired boy from Suna backed up against the wall, mumbling something that she lip read as 'badger lord' and 'bloodwrath'. She moved closer to the girl and kneeled in front of her.
"Naru… its ok, Neji can't hurt Hinata, you saved her life, we need you to just calm down" She spoke as calmly as she could. Asuma walked to Naru's side and gently put his hand on her shoulder and kneel so she could focus on him.
"Don't worry Naru, I know you're angry, but it's ok. We'll take care of you where Kakashi couldn't. We saw everything, and we understand your anger. Don't worry, when you need help we'll be here." He spoke quietly, and the feeling of anger left the room, allowing everyone to breath. Naru stood still, letting her blonde hair fall over her eyes as she felt the rage leave her body. It was nice to have people understand her anger instead of trying to force it down.
Kakashi was about to berate Naru for focusing what he thought was killing intent on him when he felt a strong hand grab his shoulder tight enough to make him twitch in pain. He looked over his shoulder at the stern face of Gai. Gai simply shook his head at Kakashi, knowing his foolish rival would say something that wasn't need at this time. He couldn't believe that someone with the reputation like kakashi could simply dump his own student while focusing on the last Uchiha as if he was in a master and apprentice relationship. He would be going to the hokage to recommend that Sasuke doesn't learn any lethal jutsu as long as his attitude kept up, since Kakashi obviously didn't mind the avenger's mindset.
Naru let out a long and near silent breath as she went and sat back down near Choji, keeping an eye on the floor as both Hinata and Neji were carted away, unconscious. Neji was allowed to fight in the finals, and she wouldn't be punished for enforcing the rules given by the proctor.
"Naru… are you ok?" Choji asked, concerned and frightened by his friends anger. He promised himself that he would do anything to not anger Naru in the future. Little did he know that this would be the greatest piece of advice that he would ever receive when it came to Uzumaki women.
"No…. not really" Naru replied, putting her knees to her chest and leaning her head on his shoulder.
"Want to come over for dinner tonight? My mom is always asking for when you would come over to eat again. I can ask her to make some ramen if you want?" Choji asked, attempting to get Naru focused on anything else.
Naru smiled as she nodded her head against his shoulder. They rose as the last match finished and the genin were called down to see who they would fight in the finals. Naru looked blankly at the screen telling her that she would be fighting Neji, but if you looked closely like Anko did, you would see her eyes turn red in anticipation.
Ebisu was having a surreal morning. He knew it was the fifth day of the 2nd part of the Chunin Exams, and there was a preliminary match. He had made a bet with Kakashi that if 2 of his student were to pass the exams, he would take the 2nd student under his wing for training. He had no true plan for the training but he would uphold his end of the deal. That was until he had that dream 5 nights ago.
Ebisu was in a forest that was fresh, clean but strangely dark. He felt he was being watch from behind, so he turned but came to a realization that he couldn't move. He focused in front of himself to see a sword and a spear floating above the ground, crossed but doing nothing else. Then suddenly, the Sword moves closer to him and a strong male voice speaks to him
"EBISU, WHEN WILL YOU RID YOURSELF OF YOUR SENSELESS HATRED?"
Ebisu couldn't respond, but a flash of light hit his eyes and in his vision was Team 7 in the forest of death. His eyes narrowed as they landed on Naru, but he was hit with a sense of rage from the spear from before. An even stronger female voice spoke harshly to him.
"WHEN WILL YOU RID YOURSELF OF YOUR SENSELESS HATRED? WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE BESIDES PROTECT YOU?"
Ebisu wanted to respond that she was the fox, but then he witness Naru protecting her team from a Kusa kunoichi. At least protecting until he saw that it was Orochimaru in disguise. He saw Sasuke freeze up in the face of his death, but NAru rose above and fought with everything she had to protect the team. The first voice spoke back to him.
"WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE BESIDES PROTECT YOU? HOW CAN YOU CALL YOURSELF AN ELITE WHEN A PROTECTOR SUFFERS?"
Ebisu's stared as he saw Orochimaru incapacitate Naru with a seal, and he saw the kyuubi's chakra recede back into the seal. The second voice spoke to him again.
"HOW CAN YOU CALL YOURSELF AN ELITE, WHEN YOU CANNOT EVEN SEE THE EVIDENCE IN FRONT OF YOU?"
Ebisu was still confused, until his eyes narrowed in thought. What evidence was in front of him. Everyone can planely see the fox's chakra overtaking the girl. What possible clue could that give? Every living being has chakra, and the fox's chakra is clear as day. But if the fox's chakra went into the seal, then shouldn't the fox have died… Every living being that uses chakra needs it to survive…
It was then that several images were forced into his vision. He saw Naru casting Jutsu after Jutsu, practicing her clone technique, he saw the fox attacking Konoha, he saw Naru using the foxs chakra on a bridge, and he saw the seal Orochimaru put on her own seal. This images repeated themselves again and again until it finally hit him like a punch from Might Gai.
Naru couldn't ever possibly be the fox, for the simple fact that the foxs chakra is the foxs chakra, and Narus is Narus. There was nothing complicated about it, the seal was simply a door that lets NAru use the fox's chakra. His hatred hasn't been toward the fox, it has been toward a preteen girl who has had a hard life because no one else could see what he just did.
Ebisu found his voice after that.
"I've been a fool"
"YOU HAVE/YOU HAVE"
"What do I do, why have you shown me all of this?"
"SIMPLE, WHAT CAN YOU DO EBISU?"
Ebisu looked back at the screen to see Naru decimated Kiba in the finals.
"… I can train her"
"YOU CAN / YOU BETTER" Ebisu shivered at the second answer
"EBISU, WE NEED YOUR HELP. WE MUST BE WITH NARU SO SHE CAN BE TRAINED PROPERLY. WE HAVE A SUMMON CONTRACT THAT IS IN KONOHA'S VAULT THAT YOU MUST RETRIEVE. WE NEED YOU TO PROVE TO NARU THAT YOU CAN TRAIN HER, BEFORE THE TOAD SANNIN DOES"
Ebisu was stunned, he had to prove he was better to train her then the toad sage himself?
"…Why? How can I be a better trainer that Jiraiya-Sama?"
"HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE TEACHING OF YOUR OWN VILLAGE?"
"YOU CANNOT BE A BETTER TRAINER ALONE, BUT WHAT SHE NEEDS IS MULTIPLE TRAINERS EBISU. SHE NEEDS YOUR TEACHING TO FIX WHAT HAS BEEN DAMAGED, YOU NEED TO GIVE HER PROPER BASICS, AND SHE HAS THE SHADOW CLONES TO GET IT DONE QUICKLY"
Ebisu's eyes widened, of course, the shadow clones memory transfer. Someone like Naru could use it to her advantage to get in the proper form quickly. Her teaching would have been sabotaged in the academy, and as much as he used to dislike her, for a teacher to sully anyone's education in a military district like Konoha should never have been a teacher in the first place. But why –
"THE TOAD SAGE CANNOT BE TRUSTED, BECAUSE THE TOADS THEMSELVES ARE DILUSIONAL TO THE TRUTH, WE NEED YOUR HELP EBISU. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MISSION THAT WE CAN GIVE YOU. IF NARU IS NOT PROPERLY TRAINED…"
Ebisu looked at the screen and saw the redhead Gaara from Suna crush 2 teams in the forst of death like nothing. He shivered at the insane look in his eyes, and he recognized the chakra used as a Jinchuriki. Could that have been what Naru turned into if she wasn't such a positive girl?
Ebisu gained a determined glint in his eyes. If anyone could stop that redhead in Suna, then it would be Naru.
"EBISU, NARU IS SKILLED IN THE ART OF THE WHIP, AND SHE NEEDS TO LEARN THE ART OF THE SWORD TO WIELD ME, SHE NEEDS TO LEARN PROPER HAND TO HAND COMBAT, SHE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND HER NATURE MANIPULATION, SHE NEED PROPER TRAINING GEAR, SHE NEEDS TRAINING WEIGHTS, SHE NEED A PROPER DIET, SHE NEED THE KNOWLEDGE THAT EVERY NINJA SHOULD GET, SHE NEED TO LEARN TO MEDITATE, SHE NEED TO HAVE A TEACHER WHO CAN SHOW HER THAT THEY CARE FOR HER. EBISU, PLEASE, RELEASE ALL OF YOU HATRED AND HELP US HELP NARU"
Ebisu's head was reeling from what the spirit in the sword was telling her. That was a very large plate for her to handle.
"SHE NEEDS THE SUMMON CONTRACT OF THE WOODLAND CREATURES. IT IS A SMALL CONTRACT STORED IN KONOHA'S VAULT. YOU HAVE 5 DAYS EBISU, PLEASE… please… hurry so we can help her"
Ebisu almost did a double take at the gentle voice that had spent the last 5 minutes yelling at him. He nodded his head and woke up in his home with a start, out of breath and sweating.
"Was that… real" Ebisu wondered.
"PLEASE EBISU, YOU ARE OUR BEST HOPE OF HELPING NARU" The voice spoke to him, before he felt a presence leave his body.
"*sigh* Looks like I have an apology to make and a training schedule to keep up. At least this will keep me away from the honorable grandson for a bit. Heh." Ebisu got up and began his day, getting his equipment ready.
Martin let out a breath and stood straight, taking his hand off of the seal array in the great hall. He turned to the side and saw Cregga do the same. He let out a small laugh at Cregga's overbearing nature coming through when she spoke to Ebisu.
Cregga smiled and looked at the array as it changed again, listing 5 names that Martin still had to talk to.
Martin looked at the list with a critical eye, memorizing the names and locations.
~Kurama, Holder of the vermin contract, The 9 tailed Marlfox, contained in the seal of Naru Uzumaki~
~Amai Akimichi, Holder of the salamandastron contract, Wife of Choza Akimichi, Summoner of hares~
~Kisame Hoshigaki, Holder of the Pike contract, Seventh Swordsman of the mist, Summoner of Sharks~
~Danzo Shimura, Holder of the Uzumaki techniques, Wind user and Warhawk of Konoha, Summoner of Baku~
~Tsunade Senju, Holder of the Umitom techniques, Healer of Konoha, Summoner of Slugs~
Martin looked back at Cregga.
"I will continue to talk to these people about joining all of these contract, but in the meantime what will you do?"
Cregga let out a laugh
"Oh me, I'm just going to wake up a couple of the residents of Redwall to help us train Naru"
Martin smiled and responded "Oh who would those residents be?"
Cregga turned and began walking away toward the front door of the abbey
"Rawnblade Widestripe, Trisscar Swordmaid, Lady Amber, and our whip user Mariel Gullwhacker"
Martin smiled at the choices as he turned back to the seal array.
"I wonder if Gnoff is up to training a shinobi in how to be a mouse thief."
He chuckled as his spirit was pulled into the seal once again.