Chapter 2: Meetings and Memories
Yo! This is Tarheel coming out with chapter two of CoP V2! Hope you enjoy.
disclaimer: Who don't own Naruto? This guy! And bleach as well. Also for the first 29 chapters Pain owns them with my major additions.
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Chpt 2: Meeting the Werecat and Memories
After Naruto stepped through the portal made by the Spirit King, he landed on a roof of one of the many tall buildings of Karakura Town. Karakura was a sight to behold for the now 7yr old looking Shinigami. The lights, the strange machines (cars, buses, etc.), the style of clothing (remember, the Elemental Realm had different styles compared to the Spirit Realm), and the fact that there were hundreds of people! He decided to stop watching from the roofs and get a closer look.
Looking from the rooftops was nothing compared to the view up close. Naruto was just glad that the language of the city was the same as back home. He figured that out by the signs and by listening in on conversations of civilians. There was only one problem that he had: no one was able to see him! He tried desperately to get someone's attention, but no one took notice. He even kicked someone! While the person felt the kick, they could not see the blonde right in front of him.
Naruto was at his wits end until he felt something nudge his leg. He looked down and saw that it was a cat as black as night that had yellow eyes that were practically glowing (imaginary cookie for whoever guesses the identity of the cat). It meowed at him and he looked around to see if it was calling anyone else. He realized it was indeed him the cat wanted when it nudged him again with its paw. He bent down to the cat and asked, "Whatcha need, Neko-chan?" The cat tilted its head towards an alleyway and headed for it. Confused with the cat's actions, Naruto followed it to get answers.
When they reached the dead end of the alleyway, the cat turned around and, to Naruto's surprise, smiled at him. Then to his shock, it spoke and said, "The people here cannot see you, Shinigami." However he had experience with talking animals due to the toad summons, just never a cat.
Naruto's eyes narrowed in suspicion at the cat. He reached his hand to draw Ma's zanpakuto, and asked, "How do you know about the Shinigami? And who are you? You're obviously more than a simple cat."
The cat chuckled and said, "To answer your second question, my name is Yoruichi Shihoin. As for your first question, I'm afraid I don't quite trust you yet with that answer."
His eye twitched but he replied, "My name is Naruto Uzumaki Namikaze (1). Now, why are you even talking to me? If you don't completely trust me, why would you even interact with me?"
"Simple; I was curious about your behavior. You seemed as if you've never seen a big city before."
"You're right. I haven't. Especially one this advanced in technology. We never had things this nice back home."
"And 'back home' would be?"
He smirked and said, "I'm afraid I don't quite trust you yet with that answer." His childish side got a kick in at a chance for that.
Yoruichi's eye twitched at the smart-ass answer. Then she (c'mon, we all know that Yoruichi is female) sighed and said, "Fair enough. How about we get to know each other and try and set up some kind of trust?"
Naruto nodded and said, "That sounds good. But first, why don't you reveal your true form? I don't particularly like being tricked; especially with fake appearances." It was mostly a guess though.
Yoruichi was shocked that he noticed her disguise, but she complied. She was glad that they were away from prying eyes and she transformed into her true self. Her paws became hands and feet. Her limbs became arms and legs. Her tail disappeared and her cat ears became human ears. She grew to about 5'2" and gained chocolate skin and violet hair. Her eyes were still a piercing yellow and there was one other thing; she was completely naked. Naruto had to avert his eyes for two reasons: to not be seen as a pervert and because what she did reminded him of a similar prank that his Anko-nee pulled on him, which made him remember that she was dead. Yoruichi thought that the boy was just shy until she saw the depressed look in his averted gaze. For once, she put on clothes without even being asked. When she was done, she said, "Alright, you can look now."
When Naruto looked back at the werecat, his eyes had a mix of sadness and anger making Yoruichi actually flinch. "Any reason why you decided to appear naked?" he asked.
"Sorry about that. Whenever I return to my true form, I appear without clothes on. But, the good news is that the clothes appear right next to me." She then tried to look into his eyes to see some form of identity. She was surprised when she saw his eyes were not that of a 7yr old, but they were the eyes of someone who has lost everything and has almost given up on life. "Are you alright?" she asked. "You seem troubled."
"No," he said solemnly, "I'm not alright. I'm actually a little fed up with everything."
"Do you want to talk about it?" she asked, trying to let him know she can be trusted. When he slowly nodded, she smiled softly and put her hand on his shoulder. When he looked up, she said, "Hold on. You might get a little dizzy after this." They then disappeared in a Shunpo.
Karakura Town Park
When they appeared in the park via Shunpo, Yoruichi expected Naruto to fall over or puke, but the boy didn't even seem fazed. This surprised the werecat, but she didn't show it. "Well, now that we're alone, why don't you tell me your story?"
Naruto nodded and took a deep, calming breath. He briefly wondered why he was trusting this stranger so easily. But dismissed it, since he could change peoples life within a couple of meetings. "Before I start, you should know that my life was not easy (understatement of the century) and you may view people differently after this. Are you sure that you want to hear this?" When she nodded, he sighed and said, "I was born 40 years ago, on October 10th. On that day, in my home village of Konohagakure, a psychotic bastard, who called himself Tobi, took advantage of a problem my mother had during childbirth. She was the Jinchuriki, or human sacrifice, of the demonic Kyubi no Kitsune. The Kyubi was one of the nine Biju, or tailed beasts of my realm." Yoruichi was confused when he said "my" realm but let him continue. "Anyway, during childbirth, female Jinchuriki have to put most of their energy into helping the fetus develop, so the energy holding back their Biju is drastically lowered. Tobi took full advantage of that and helped Kurama, the Kyubi, escape and then took control of him through the means of a special eye called the Sharingan. With Kurama under his control, Tobi became a serious threat, especially after Kurama was sent to destroy Konoha. My father, who was the leader of the village at the time, fought Tobi and released his hold on the Kyubi. After that, he used a special shinobi technique from my realm called the Shiki Fuiin, which summoned the Shinigami, who I found out recently is actually the Spirit King of this realm." Yoruichi's eyes widened considerably at that.
"The Shinigami then sealed Kurama's soul, along with parts of my parents' souls, inside of me and the hell known as my life began. At a young age, due to the villagers seeing me as the Kyubi incarnate, I was constantly beaten, tortured, and abused. I did not even know I was a Jinchuriki until I entered the shinobi academy and was tricked by a teacher who saw me as the demon fox. I worked hard to prove I was me and not the beast throughout my shinobi career, but it only affected a few people who will always be in my heart. Then, the person I considered a 'brother' decided to defect from Konoha in exchange for power. We failed to stop him, but my godfather,Jiraiya took me on a three year training trip in order to combat an organization after the Biju called 'Akatsuki'. I continued to fight for my village and combat the Akatsuki; I even had a few people, such as my godfather, I knew die in the process. I even defeated the supposed leader, Pain, and met my father's soul during the fight.
"Then, the Fourth Great Shinobi War happened. I had to learn to take full advantage of Kurama's powers in order to even have a fighting chance. During the taming of his powers, I met my mother's soul and she helped me win." A lone tear escaped his eye at that. "After taking control of his powers, I entered the fray. However, my assistance only helped slightly since we were fighting undead shinobi and experimental monsters. I even had to fight with the Hachibi Jinchuriki against six other reanimated Jinchuriki. I lost many people, even my godmother and adoptive sister, during the two year long war (Naruto was 18 during the war in this FanFic). We thought the war was over when I supposedly killed Tobi, but it was all an act. We had 20 years of 'peace' before Tobi showed up and reinitiated the war. I ended up following my father's footsteps and used the Shiki Fuiin on Tobi to truly end the war. After I gave up my soul, Shinigami-sama decided to give me, my parents, and Kurama a second chance. Since I was the Child of Prophecy of the Elemental Realm, I was tasked to help the Child of Prophecy of this realm; the Spirit Realm. I became a Shinigami, my parents became these two Zanpakuto you see on me now, and Kurama became a secondary, hollow-like reiatsu source. And now, here I am talking to you."
Yoruichi was stunned and in total shock at the whole story. A boy, cursed to hold a demon, risked his life to save the people who shunned him and now has a chance at life again, but he must help out a "Child of Prophecy". She looked into his eyes and saw that they had fear, hope, and despair. He was afraid of her rejection, was hoping she wouldn't shun him, and was in complete despair at his loved ones' deaths. He wasn't looking at her due to his fear of rejection, so she decided to show that she accepted him by giving him a comforting hug. For Naruto, he was shocked that the embrace felt just like Anko's whenever he was feeling depressed; it felt like the embrace of a loving, older sister. When he looked at her, she smiled at him and said, "You don't have to worry about me rejecting you. I believe you, Naruto, and I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that. I promise I'll do whatever I can to help you."
That promise broke slightly through his emotional barrier he had up, and made him tear up some. He gently returned Yoruichi's hug and silently sobbed with few tears coming out. After what seemed like hours but was actually minutes or so he stopped. "Thank you Yoruichi-san" Naruto said with a slightly quivering voice from his recent emotional outbreak.
He gazed up at a full moon that bathed the world with a ethereal light. Looking up Naruto was reminded off his childhood. When he was shunned and people denied his very being. It made him feel free just to look at something like that. "Y'know when I was a child. I would always look to the moon and feel freedom, what I always craved.
Yoruichi smirked down at his diminutive stature, and said, "Aren't you already a child." she said with a teasing tone of voice. Naruto developed a tick mark on his forehead. "I'm forty" he yelled indignant.
So what? I'm over 350 years old, so you are a child to me" Yoruichi said in a matter of fact tone.
"I guess your right Yoruichi-baa-chan" the diminutive death god said trying to sound humble and teasing at the same time.
Yoruichi frowned and developed a tick mark like Naruto did before. "Hey watch what you say brat". Before for what most people would call the boiling point of a fight. They both burst out in a bout of laughter.
"Ah, your okay Yoruichi" Naruto said before wondering what he was going to do next.
As if she read his thoughts, she smiled and said, "Well, why don't we meet my partner, Kisuke? I'm sure he'd be able to help you adapt to this realm."
"Well then, what are we waiting for?" Naruto asked in determination, and excitement. "I gotta give my new role as a Shinigami my whole effort, so any help would be greatly appreciated."
Yoruichi nodded and grabbed his shoulder. "Well then, let's not waste anymore time." And with that, they vanished towards the Urahara Shop in a Shunpo.
Well theres go chapter two Ja Ne and review.