Disclaimers: If I owned One Piece or Naruto, I wouldn't be even writing this for now! Meh, I'd probably be even swamped with work. My drawings are absolutely horrible.
A/N: Hello my dear readers! It's me again! ANarrativeCloud! It may be a little mean to start another story without continuing my other stories; The World in Turmoil:Advent and Holy Eyes. Alterego, in all rights is already abandoned and I will never even touch that story anymore. :) But I really couldn't shush away that nagging voice in my head. I have plenty of plot bunnies in my head, but it's unlikely that I'll be able to write any of them soon.
So It's like this: I'm absolutely fascinated with Naruto and One Piece right now, so I'm absolutely certain that I'm not leaving this craze until something more worthwhile would appear.
This is AU. Alternate Universe if you get my drift. Why? Well, I don't want A LOT of people dead. Period. And I am not going to read One Piece again just for this fic. I might go open some chapters and stuff, but not the whole effing thing.
I'm still amateurish in my story writing so feel free to point out what needs to be corrected and what needs improving. I'll accept criticisms NO MATTER how harsh because it makes me improve and there would definitely be spelling and some mistakes but some of that is normal speech because people in their worlds just don't value grammar and correct different stuff. I mean really, Naruto hardly has a large vocabulary(though I'm changing that) and a lot of those are curse words. (However if you find some mistakes, please send the corrections in a PM or review if it isn't any trouble. If I phrase something weirdly, I'd like it if someone pointed it out for me.)
I am not. I repeat, I am not going to rewrite every single thing that happens in One Piece. There's the manga for a reason. BUT! I am going to put necessary stuff there so that you know what's truly behind everything—the abridged versions—, but I'm not going to hand to you readers every damn thing on a silver platter, I'm going make you think. Not much, but you're still gonna think and not just read read read…
I'm also thinking about compiling all of the Naruto Time Travel fics that I come across to a community just because I want to be able to read those worthwhile stuff while not sorting through my alerts list… meh.
Anyway, my rant is long and well, do you really read these stuff?
The One Piece timeline is around when Luffy was... 15. two years before he sets sail to the grandline. Hopefully that clears things up a bit.
Summary: Two years years after the Fourth Shinobi War, reconstruction and reaffiliations with countries had been completed. Naruto achieved his dream of being Hokage, but some things just don't go as planned, do they? Some Marine Admiral wishes for them to join their World Government, and a representative must be chosen to judge whether or no they would join. Oh and some boy with a Straw Hat is trying to recruit our favourite blonde for his nakama. "What trouble are you in this time, Naruto?" Sasuke said exasperatedly.
Rating: T (just cursing and casual mentions of death, killing and other gory stuff.)
Warnings: As I've said, casual mentions of death and casual assassinations etc.
Pairings: Hints of NaruHina and SasuSaku but nothing serious. I'm not going to go around making people focus on romance.
~*~*~*~ACROSS THE OCEANS~*~*~*~
It had been a fairly normal day.
Well, as normal as any normal day a ninja could have. Which… isn't normal at all.
The agenda was simple. Go to the Conference. Attend and contribute to the Conference. Leave the Conference. Eat. Journey home. Sleep.
But nothing was ever simple with Naruto. Sasuke concluded. It didn't take him that long to get to that conclusion. Actually, he had stated that a few hours after meeting and talking –okay arguing— with the blonde. The guy was the only one who managed to get a rise out of him or even make him talk without him actually asking him anything when they were genin. It was infuriating.
They were just about to go to the Conference at Land of Rice when a messenger bird was sent to the nearest Konoha Patrol. It seemed that the Conference had gained another topic on its agenda, but the Rokudaime refused to disclose the information to him. He wasn't really disappointed, oh of course not. He was Uchiha Sasuke after all. Only being the said Rokudaime's best friend and second-in-command didn't make him bitter about being in the dark about… whatever it is the Conference had put up. Really, he wasn't.
The Conference was something similar to the Five Kage Summit, but this had several nobles and feudal Lords attending. It had been an agreement between the whole Elemental Nations to have an annual meeting in different minor countries to help stabilize and to not renew hatred and seed several things like such. The civilian nobles were included because their resources and land were very helpful to the construction of houses for the unable—otherwise, they would've just been in the way, what with their riches apparently. Several emissaries from remote countries like Moon Country, Spring Country, which weren't much affected by the rampage of the Juubi due to their relative distance and the ninjas who refused to let the Juubi do whatever it wanted, was also present.
The council talked about the economy, trading routes, agreements and the like. It had never been Sasuke's forte as he had never really studied it in the first place; Naruto, on the other hand, had spent months—if you include Kage Bunshin— maybe years and had apparently inherited his father's inclination to the area and went around good-naturedly leading people on and kept on presenting highly unorthodox but undeniably effective methods to deal with problems. The blonde's unpredictability carried over to politics rather than just the fights that could be won by brute force. Naruto had been truly exceptional in the field. Sasuke would never say that to his face though. The blonde's ego was inflated enough as it is. Not that he could talk.
It had been almost a year— eleven months and two days to be exact— since the end of the war and everything was going smoothly. The funds that were directed to the military effort had been now focused to solving poverty everywhere and supporting everyone. However, due to the loss of crops due to the focus on the war, the food supplies had been limited to faster growing plant and wild animals, and the animals too were starting to become sparse. The lands which were next to useless when handled by greedy nobles had been petitioned for the use of farmers. There had been several disputes from the shinobi forces since the funds for the ninjas were reduced very much… at least that was how he understood it. War veterans were now reduced to farmers and fisherman, potters and other things, with most of them hating being useless. The discussion lasted much of the day, having recesses every four hours.
Naruto had asked him to pay attention to the discussion, but why in heathens did they need to talk about horses and their favourite dishes at a conference? He didn't even want to ask. He supposed he needed to sit soon, he felt the stiffness in his legs already. Standing with alertness for long periods of time did that to you. He didn't even know himself why he stood so stiffly, it was just out of habit. He didn't want to move from his position and look like an unprofessional ANBU that he and Neji were supposed to be the role models. Oh, they (namely, the guards. Akatsuchi, Kankuro, Temari, Darui, C, Chojuro and some others he never bothered learn before) were hidden behind a curtain—reminiscent of the Five Kage Summit—but he refused to relax. The war might be over—finally fucking over, those stupid clansmen of his had actually died once and for all— but there were still threats to be addressed. Iwa—some of them at least— for example still hadn't managed to quell their hatred for the Yellow Flash and tended to attack Naruto, only to be laughed at(way to soothe their hostility) and sent away with a slap on the wrist. Really, Naruto should be less understanding.
Speaking of Iwa, Oonoki the Fence Sitter—the previous Tsuchikage— had died honorably—tch, honor, they weren't those foolish samurai—in the battlefield. He had met his end explosively, bringing a hefty amount of Zetsu clones with him, and earned him a mark of awe in history. Kurotsuchi— as unwilling as she was— had been inaugurated a month before Naruto was. She was the only capable Tsuchikage under the circumstances and electing Akatsuchi… was well… just stupid. She had grudgingly taken the hat, but was secretly honored to have been chosen. Her arrogance somewhat dimmed, and she became somewhat tame after the war. Losing a parent—his or her identity was never disclosed, the Yondaime Tsuchikage had demanded privacy— was a big hit on her emotional state but it made her stronger. Naruto's rant about how many people became a Kage before he himself became what was annoying and knowing details like that was somewhat… creepy. It only served to feed his confidence about Konoha's spy network. It was good to know that even after Jiraiya's death, his networks were still in place—it was either Ino or Shikamaru who handled it now.
The Mizukage, Terumi Mei, was as she was normally, still hunting for husbands. Sasuke shivered. She had hit on him. It was mortifying. Sure, having fangirls throw themselves at his feet was… still creepy, but having someone really try to make him so… ugh. Not even going there. A good four—admittedly very violent— years without them had dulled his mental shields about their horror. He sincerely didn't want to experience that again. Thankfully, Naruto had heard from is informants that Terumi was finally focusing on one man and would settle soon.
The Kazekage. Gaara. Sasuke didn't resent the redhead for the beating he took before, in fact, he respected him. Gaara was still somewhat wary of him guarding Naruto, but respected Naruto's decision. Trust was still strained, but that was a common occurrence for him now. He really shouldn't have left Konoha. Kami knows how much he hurt everyone by his departure and constant rejection…
The Raikage, Killer A, was… still as violent as ever. Nothing much to say about that. He still held bitterness about Sasuke attempting to hand Killer Bee over to Akatsuki but other than that, they played civilly.
The Hokage. Uzumaki Naruto. No, he was called Namikaze Naruto now. It wasn't as if Naruto didn't wanted to be called Uzumaki anymore, it was just the legalities and red tape of everything that made him annoyed. Naruto stubbornly wanted to keep both of his names and always always introduced himself as such. But after a while, with everyone calling him Namikaze-san instead of the previous Uzumaki-san, he relented.
Konoha's council was fine and rebuilt, having the clan heads retire and give their positions to their respective heirs. The process was stifling, the council members were tired of war but they couldn't all just leave at the same time. Thus happened the long transitional period. He himself was one of the last ones who sat at the council's monthly meetings. Given that he was the last Uchiha and the second son of the previous (traitorous He internally spat. He hated traitors. Including himself.)clan head, and his loyalty, while not completely, was somehow acknowledged with the Hokage's final say, he was rightfully the clan head of the near non-existent Uchiha.
Anyway, he digressed. The Conference was somewhat tame, intense gazes and expectant stares being the most violent actions, fortunately.
The civilian nobles were somewhat sweaty and considering they were in Land of Rice, which was one of the northern countries, it was the temperature was considerably cold. Were they nervous about something?
The people around the table stood up, signaling that another recess was issued. He shunshin'd a few steps behind Naruto and made his presence known. Naruto grinned and nodded in acknowledgement.
"Ne, Sasuke…" Naruto called cordially, his grin betraying his tone.
"Hokage-sama?" Sasuke replied formally, out of sheer protocol.
"At ease you idiot. Stop being so stuffy. How many times do I have to say that?"
"As many times as needed, sir." He stressed the last part teasingly.
"Now you're just being mean." He pouted.
"What was it you were going to ask?" He asked annoyedly, taking the Raven—the blonde's humor was annoying— mask off his face, hooking it to his belt.
"Do you know where…" Naruto paused dramatically. "the canteen in this place is?"
Sasuke's eye twitched. The canteen?
"I mean, I haven't eaten in forever!" Twitch. "Do you think they have ramen here? I hope they do cause Ramen is the best food in the enti~re world!" Another twitch. "What flavors do you think is available here? We're near the sea right? Since its Waterfalls, do you think there's fresh water fish too? They must have seafood themed ramen here! And oysters! It's been a while since I've tasted one of those! Oh and crab! I prefer eating crab with its shell though. Do you think they'd serve a crab flavored ramen somewhere? Urchins are nice but Miso is my—"
"Naruto." Sasuke interrupted in deceptive calm.
Naruto ignored him continued rambling and bumped into a pillar.
"You'll run into a pillar." Sasuke snorted. "Now everyone knows how much of an idiot you are."
"I never cared about their—" He gestured to the nobles looking at him blinkingly. "—opinion in the first place. They could go fuck themselves while they're at it." He retorted carelessly while nursing a reddish nose. "Also, being serious all the time isn't good for my mental health—" A snort. Mental health? "And you do it enough for me anyway."
Sasuke pinched the bridge of his nose.
"Meh. I'm the Hokage. I decide whether or not protocol is needed." He retorted childishly.
"Oh? Like ignoring the Hyuuga's protocol about entering their compound?" Sasuke asked in false innocence.
Naruto blinked. What?
"I may be you guard but even I can't defend you from Neji. What if I say you've been ah, flashing, to Hinata-san's room recently?"
Naruto flushed. "I haven't been doing that for the last… two months!" He sputtered indignantly. Sasuke smirked as if the sentence confirmed his suspicions. Which it did. "You wouldn't tell him a lie would you? And he knows it's a lie."
"But would that even matter to him?"
"Uhh…no…" Naruto sighed defeatedly. "Fine. No more conscious obnoxiousness for the rest of the conference."
"Good." Sasuke agreed with the compromise.
"Don't act like such a prude though. Everyone knows how much of a hopeless romantic you are. I really can't believe why Sakura's parents tolerate you around their house." Naruto wagged his eyebrows.
"I am not romantic!" He replied with a flush.
"Oh, really? I beg to differ. Everybody knows about your nightly visits to Sakura-chan's house terrace." Naruto coughed, imitating Sasuke's voice, not that it was decent, but enough to carry the tone. "Haha… never thought Sakura—or anyone for that matter— would be able to make the Great Uchiha Sasuke stutter!"
"Naruto!" He exclaimed, making the blonde snicker at his expense. He sent a withering glare towards the blonde and coughed, intending to change the topic away from this mortifying topic, his blush only receding slightly.
"Maa, calm down. It's your fault, you teased me about Hinata-chan first!"
"Anyway, would you mind telling me about the letter sent to us on the way here?" Sasuke steered the topic, hopefully, the blonde would have mercy. Talking about such personal stuff so out in the open was absolutely humiliating.
"Oh? What letter? I didn't receive a letter. Nope. I didn't." Naruto drawled innocently, blinking deliberately slowly. Thankfully following his topic change.
Sasuke glared at him.
"What? There really wasn't a letter. I received a formal notice."
If looks could kill, Naruto would have been dead ten times over, had his corpse scattered throughout the Elemental Nations, disemboweled, skinned and dismembered. And no, that really wasn't an exaggeration.
"Fine." The blonde's smile dimmed a little. "Do you know about the World Government?" He inquired.
"World Government? No. I've heard bits and pieces but not enough to paint a picture. I do know that the Elemental Nations isn't the whole world yet."
"Would you want a long winded and annoyingly boring description I needed to memorize for the meeting or just the gist of it? I know how to sum up that troublesome world in less than a hundred words."
"The short one please." He said after a moment's pause.
"Hmm… Let's see… If I remember correctly…The World Government in a few words, is a militaristic—mainly naval— governing body that has short of 200 countries under their thumb. Supposedly, Ero-Sennin went and sailed a few months off of the shores of Aku no Kuni and gathered info about the island he landed in. The difference of cultures between our lands was—is— massive. It has been a while since anyone from there has visited. The last was… at the time of the Nidaime, I think, I'm not sure. We were pretty closed off… Apparently, the Sanbi—before Yagura became its Jinchuuriki— took it upon itself to 'guard' us from ships that sailed near the beaches of Mizu no Kuni. Ero-Sennin had heard rumors of ships trying to get past their island and never even getting a mile or two to our shore. A Giant …Sea King?" Naruto paused. "I think they called the Sanbi a Sea King… whatever that is. Anyway, they said that this island was haunted, due to the heavy mist where their ships usually approach, they put off our continent as the 'Dead end of East Blue'."
"That's the reason none of them came until the end of the war…" Sasuke said lowly as if in realization.
"Yes. My knowledge about them is limited, but thanks to Ero-Sennin's notes on the 'Beyond the Seas'—it was corny, but it fit."
"I heard you mentioned something about East Blue. What is it?"
"The World Government umm… governs… seven? Eight? Eight seas. North, South, East and West Blues; Two Calm Belts. And two halves of another sea called the Grand Line. I'm not exactly sure, but the person Ero-Sennin asked turned out to be some kind of old retired pirate…"
"Ah, yeah. Apparently not all pirates out there are bad… most of them have questionable morality though… Not that we're to talk we hardly have any left as ninjas. Hmm… We need to have permission from the Daimyos, but the decision mostly lands on us, seeing as the Daimyos are political figureheads at best." He muttered the last part. "According to Ero-Sennin's notes, The World Government believes in Absolute Justice—which sounds weird... And their Military force are called the Marines. The lower ranks could be wiped out by 'Even me when I was genin before my Chuunin exams'. Don't look at me like that. Ero-Sennin's notes said that at context." He huffed. "But there are weird abilities that are given to them by weird stuff called 'Devil Fruits'. And don't ask. That's all I know about it."
"Hn…" Sasuke paused thoughtfully. "So I assume this letter is about this World Government?"
"Stating the obvious, but, yes. Some Marine officer is on his way here, ETA about half an hour or so. That's why this recess is long. I'm not supposed to tell this to anyone outside the Conference, but you are in the Conference, just as a guard. Meh, I never cared about the rules much anyway." He waved his hand carelessly.
Sasuke snorted. That's an understatement. Then stopped walking. "I never answered your question did I?"
"The canteen?" Naruto said excitedly.
"It's right in front of us." And as if on cue, The blonde sniffed.
The blonde sauntered happily—with Sasuke a few steps behind him, his place slower— to the canteen counter and grinned widely.
"One of every flavor of Ramen you have please!" The blonde gave his orders… loudly.
"Coming right up!" The nameless order taker replied.
Once the bowls started coming, Naruto dug in, inhaling the bowls at inhuman speed. How did he manage to taste that? The stack started growing as Sasuke bit into an onigiri. The last bowl was stacked and the onigiri was finished.
"Sasuke, are fyou gointh ch—" Gulp. "—eat anything else?"
"No. I've already finished mine."
"Then go change your clothes then. I can't keep an ANBU around the meeting later. Everyone's calling off their ANBUs."
"Change? There's no need."
"Just go change." Naruto said with finality.
"I didn't bring my normal clothes with me."
Naruto rolled his eyes at his second-in-command's stubbornness.
"Here." The blonde said as he tossed a scroll at the Uchiha, who caught it deftly, rolling his eyes.
"You went through my clothes?" Sasuke asked annoyedly as he opened the scroll.
"Nope." Naruto said cheekily. Sasuke breathed in relief. "My clone did though."
"That isn't an excuse!" Sasuke growled.
All the while glaring at Naruto, he stalked off to a direction to the right and entered a seemingly empty panel. I win. Naruto thought with humour..
The Hokage looked to his right and saw a russet haired woman. The Mizukage.
"Ah. Mizukage-sama. To what do I owe the pleasure?"
"Nothing." She said a matter-of-factly "I'm… merely curious about the world beyond. The other attendees said you had the most information about this World Government."
"Curious? You should wait for the reconvention of the council."
The nobles had already left the Conference and only the Kages were to meet with the Commander of the Marines. Now that he thought about it, the nobles seemed unnaturally tense the whole time the meeting was being conducted. The amount of restrained KI during the Conference was palpable, and he had only noticed it now, having his fair share of larger amounts of Killing intent before. Confronting the Bijuu's monstrous KI was just the cherry on top. No wonder the nobles were uneasy. The Kages barely even registered the Killing intent focused on them. It slid off them like it was just water.
"But I'm a very impatient person. I'd rather have information prior to being entered in a negotiation." Mei stated a-matter-of-factly.
"Well, isn't that a bit unfair?" Naruto returned lightly, a smile flittering through his face. He glanced at the corner of his eye, catching the gazes of A, Kurotsuchi, Gaara, Temari and Darui. "The others also wish to know of this before the meeting with the representative, correct?"
A looked annoyed at being caught listening in. "Well, you know of our intention, already. Explain already damn it!" He grumbled, tapping the table impatiently, leaving noticeable indent on the low quality wood of the table.
"I, too, am interested." Kurotsuchi stated, having been seated at the table to the far left, she stood up and walked with an unnerving quiet that would only have been achieved in war to the group.
Gaara, just behind the blond Hokage, didn't even need to talk. He only nodded.
"Well…" Naruto stood up, stretching his arms as if he'd woke up from sleep. "Seeing as we're all present," He grinned at the scowling Sasuke who had just come back into the room. "They'd be here in a few minutes, so I'm keeping this short and concise."
"—kiji. Admiral Aokiji! Wake up, sir!"
"We've already docked, Admiral, sir!"
"I'm sorry. But you can't just sleep through the meeting, sir."
An eye peeked out from under an eye cover.
"Admiral Akainu has already began to leave, sir."
Aokiji removed his eye covers and pocketed it. "Thornes, you're dismissed."
"I cannot be, sir. I was ordered specifically to not let you out of my sight until you actually step off the ship, sir."
"I get it, I get it… This is so annoying…" he grumbled.
As Aokiji left the ship, rendezvousing with Akainu, someone another Marine Grunt approached Thornes.
"How the hell did you manage to understand him?" The grunt asked.
"You're a newbie, huh?" At his nod Thornes continued. "Practice. Try being with Admiral Aokiji for as long as the rest of us have, you'll probably be unnerved how many meanings a sleepy groan or a sigh has." He finished it as if it was something commonplace and the other grunt would rather not.
"Thornes, Mattherton! Stop slacking and reign in the sails!"
"And that's all I know." Naruto concluded. A few moments of silence reigned in as they let the information sink in.
"We know so little…" Kurotsuchi said in concern.
"I'm curious about those Devil Fruits. Maybe…" A said, his sentence dangling.
"I don't trust them." Gaara said flatly. "There is too much unknown for us to just thrust in and swear ourselves blindly. I'd suggest we wait for clarifications and more information."
"My, such a tight decision we're forced in. But I agree with Kazekage-kun. I'd rather not be caught barehanded by forces of unknown quantity and quality." Mei said with a sly smile. "But to them, we are almost equally if not more of an unknown. I figure this coming meeting would be very fruitful."
Almost everyone caught the underlying message that she was saying. 'Look underneath the undearneath' after all. Only Kankuro didn't seem to get it.
"How cryptic, Mizukage-san." Naruto applauded quietly. "However, trust is hardly built upon kept secrets and lies. I understand your sentiments though, we won't show our cards until they bare theirs." He looked over to the other Kages and at their nods he continued talking.
"This is too little information to go on, but we should actually be thankful that we have even this little…" Kurotsuchi sighed.
"Maa, maa, based on Jiraiya-kun's intel, their lower ranks are very many, but very weak."
"I wonder if we should bring Genin as escorts instead of ANBU or Jounin?" Naruto joked lightly, prompting several chuckles from the room. But none of them would risk it.
"Uh, Temari?" Kankuro who was by the walls whispered to Temari who was beside him.
"What?" The sandy blonde prompted, in equal tones.
"What are they talking about?"
"You… didn't get it?" Temari asked incredulously. "You are such an idiot."
"Hey! Just because not everybody's an ambassador doesn't mean they're stupid. And just answer the question!"
"Pff… It just means that the Mizukage wished to lie to the visitors about our capabilities unless they show theirs. Probably as docile little puppies who doesn't know better. With several disparaging well placed barbs to the visitor." Temari said offhandedly, still trying to follow the conversation
A minute or two in their pensive silence, a civilian guard opened the door, taking none of them by surprise having sensed the quaint chakra signature. "They have arrived." He announced quietly.
"Well, then back to business." Naruto said, his characteristic grin, not leaving his face.
Two officers wearing the now distinguishable Marine insignia on their coats entered the meeting room. The one with the hat looked ready to jump to any trouble while the other's eyes darted lazily around to room, taking in the probable exits. (He dubbed them Stiff and Lazy. At least until they introduced themselves.)
Naruto silently applauded their paranoia. One can never be too sure after all.
"Welcome to the Elemental Nations." Naruto greeted jovially, making Sasuke wince at his enthusiasm. "We have been expecting you."
"The natives have been very… welcoming." Stiff said warily.
"Welcoming? In what manner?" the blonde asked concernedly. The other Kages agreed to have the blonde handle the visitor, with his natural charisma, it would most likely end better. Sasuke agreed with their logic. Hell, the blonde even got through to the equally stubborn Neji.
"We were seized when we docked and one of our sails caught fire." Lazy drawled, reminiscent of Shikamaru's sloth-like personality.
"Ah." Mei's eyes widened a fraction. "I don't suppose he wielded a sword that emits blue fire now?" It was one of the legendary swords of the Seven Ninja Swordsman of Kiri which was more than a little ironic considering thatit wielded fire instead of the usual water. It was created in the Land of Water after all.
"He did." Stiff confirmed.
The Mizukage's eyes were hidden with her bangs, suddenly gaining a threatening aura then smiled a little too sweetly. "I'll have him punished when he returns. Death, even." He pitied poor Kiro. No one (except Madara and Obito) deserved her wrath. It reminded Naruto of one of the saying Jiraiya often told him : 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.'
"Mizukage-san! Isn't that a bit too excessive?" The Hokage protested.
"As much amusement this causes me," Gaara started. "It would be best to end this, correct?"
Stiff's eyes narrowed. "Introductions then. My designated name is Admiral Akainu, a marine." So Stiff finally introduces himself.
Yawn. "Admiral Aokiji, Marine."
"Uzumaki-Namikaze Naruto, Rokudaime Hokage of Konohagakure no Sato." Naruto stated proudly.
"Killer A, Yondaime Raikage of Kumogakure no Sato." A said exasperatedly.
"Terumi Mei, Godaime Mizukage of Kirigakure no Sato." Mei said with a wink, somehow unnerving the two Admirals as she'd been throwing death sentences only minutes ago.
"Sabaku no Gaara, Godaime Kazekage, Sunagakure no Sato." Gaara introduced with his characteristic monotone.
"Kurotsuchi, Yondaime Tsuchikage of Iwagakure no Sato." Kurotsuchi sain with a cocky grin.
"…as much as I think your titles are important, we still don't know of its significance. Leaders of several… villages?" Akainu said.
"Ah, yes. Explanation from both sides are in order? Good. We'd like to know about your… government." Kurotsuchi started cordially.
And that's a wrap. I hope you enjoyed the first installation of Across the Oceans!