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Beauty and the BeastChapter 1 Hello
Hinata Hyuga. That was the name of the girl running through the empty streets of Konoha with rain soaking her. It was the last day of the rainy season for the year and the worst storm ever to hit. Hinata stopped at the nearest place which was the Konoha library, she rung out her shoulder length indigo hair from the rain and wiped off the water from her face and opened her eyes that were colored white with a lavender tint. She walked through to the nearest bookshelf and started looking for a book. No book in particular, just a book that would strike her interest. She sighed thinking about what would happen once she got home.
I cant even do a simple mission. Father would never want to have anything to do with me once he finds out that I failed this last mission. With that thought through her head, her eyes became watery. Im a failur
IM Tales ch2Chapter 2: Change
When Raisei finally allowed himself to be dragged back to Konoha (his pride refused to let him admit hed lost), the first thing he noticed was how much things had changed and how certain things had stayed exactly the same.
Konoha stayed the same. The hospital was still that same sterile white and student medic-nin bustled back and forth with the same routine theyd always seemed to have. Most of the shops were in the same places, staffed by largely the same people. He bought dango from the same woman hed bought it from as a small child and she smiled the same vacant smile she gave all her customers.
There was a kind of reassuring and welcoming feeling in that sameness, that he could just pick up where hed left off and nothing would be different. But that, he knew, was a lie. It would not no, it could not be the same.
Minoru may have been taller and hit harder, but at first he s
IM Tales ch6Chapter 6: Legacy
Sakura is old. Her hands are not as steady as they used to be, her face is wrinkled and her hair is now mostly white. She thinks, perhaps, she shouldnt look as old as she does, but she knows this is a side effect of the life shes chosen. Years of rigorous chakra usage has shortened her life and drained away her youth.
She is not alone in this Naruto, too, wears the effects of age. His hair is peppered with white and some days his joints lock up. He looks even older than she does now, partly due to stress and the rigors of ninja life, and partly due his condition as jailor. The Kyuubis regenerative abilities have a steep price and he pays it even now.
But it was all right, she supposes. Theyd both lived long hard lives and lived to see their grandchildren, which is more than most ninja can hope for. Some ninja didnt live to see their child
IM Tales ch9Family
Sasuke is nineteen and feels like hes twice that old. Hes been a traitor three times first to his village and friends, then to his brothers memory, and finally to Akatsuki. Hes wandered everywhere, it seems, and he knows countless jutsu. His body is littered with so many scars he cant remember where he got them all. He wears the rank of jounin officially, though everyone in the village and all the Bingo books rank him among the three most powerful ninja alive, right alongside his former teammates.
Hes been working odd jobs around the village for a while now, mostly for the interrogation squads, though he is officially listed as a jounin sensei and has been so for almost a year. He has yet to pass a team but hes okay with that. It keeps him close to home, which is exactly where he wants to be right now.
A messenger chunnin runs up to him and passes him a scrol
IM Tales ch1Chapter 1: Salad Days
Shuu was always a bit of an odd girl. She prayed for the souls of those enemies they killed and spent a lot of time watching butterflies. Occasionally, shed mangle an idiom completely or stare blankly at something, as though she had no clue what it was. Sometimes, she would give people a long gaze and shed frown, but it was almost as though she was staring beyond them, at something unseen. In many ways, she seemed like shed come from another world and just happened to like it in Konoha.
Raisei never paid it much mind but, then again, hed never been able to read people well. Whatever had happened to his family had nearly destroyed him and it had taken years before hed allowed anyone to get close enough to fill in the gaps, let alone know what had happened to him. And then hed gone and run away, shattering their fragile team at the seams.
Shuu would never for
IM Tales ch5Chapter 5: Observer
Tsubaki had always had a rather disquieting presence. There was no question that she was an exceptionally gifted ninja. Greatness ran thick in her blood and had afforded her all the tools necessary to become a legend in her own right, which she capitalized with frightening aptitude. However, her genius came paired with strangely quiet, focused personality and her face rarely moved from the strange aloof expression she had adopted.
It worried her parents and grandparents, she knew that. She had been good at sneaking as a child and could remember overhearing the concerned whispers and mentions of another genius, someone whos name was never uttered, at least not where she could hear it or see the shapes of moving lips. It particularly troubled her father most of all and left him scowling until she allowed him to find her. He would always spoil her and buy her treats after those discussions a
IM Tales ch7Chapter 7: Stratagem
Konohamaru stands in the door of one of the private studies in the library, leaning against the frame as he watches the individual inside.
Hakukaji, age fourteen, newly instated chuunin, is buried up to his elbows in scrolls and restricted volumes, scanning through them with fervor.
Naruto had given the boy permission to be here, but he was concerned and approached Konohamaru about finding out what was going on. As his jounin sensei, Konohamaru knew him best.
It was all but unsaid: we dont want another Orochimaru.
Konohamaru knows that wasnt the case.
Hakukaji is a good kid with a damn fine head on his shoulders. Hed been a real brat a few years ago, but he cut that out fast as he came into his own. And that boy didnt move without knowing what he was up against or without some kind of plan in place. Whatever he is looking for in here, it is something he figured would
IM Tales ch4Chapter 4: Middle
Being the middle child was the worst and Hasuka Uzumaki knew this like she knew the sky was blue.
Her older sister, Tsubaki, was a genius on a fast track for ANBU. Everybody always talked about how smart she was and how gifted she was as a ninja and boys were always going out of their way just to impress her. Tsubaki was hot and Hasuka was just the cute kid sister. Not that Tsubaki ever noticed, but still... Everything was so easy for her! She made everything look effortless and everyone kept comparing the two of them, as if she was supposed to be just like her older sister.
Her younger brother, Minoru, was a pain. He was always bugging her and he wouldnt leave her alone. He kept goofing off and playing stupid pranks. He ruined her things, made fun of her friends and then ran and cried to their parents when she hit him for it, even though he really, really deserved
IM Tales ch3Chapter 3: Oddity
Shuu was always considered odd by normal ninja standards, but shed always known that. Her upbringing had been less than traditional, after all, and her parents had never been considered typical. They hadnt been surprised when she showed an interest in fighting, but they had been surprised when shed chosen to go into the Konoha Academy instead of staying home and learning the styles of her parents. It shouldnt really have been that much of a surprise to them she knew their training styles were a bit, er, odd to say the least.
So, her mother brought her to Konoha, registered her in the Academy, and rented a small apartment there, while her father stayed in Wave and continued to run the family store. Sometimes, he would visit them during the year, the unmistakable sound of his geta clacking loudly on the stairs to the apartment. Most summers, they would go home to Wave and she wo
IM Tales ch8 Chapter 8: Old
Naruto thinks hes getting old.
Sakura says hes just grown up and theres nothing wrong with that. Still, he feels old somehow and its not just the crows feet forming at the corners of his eyes talking, either.
Their daughter, Hana, is a genin now, proudly tying her new forehead protector into her orange hair and grinning to herself. She resembles her mother in many ways, though he sees bits of himself in her, and it brings back memories of his team, of those early days before it all went south. Soon, hell have to approve her jounin sensei and team assignment and then shell start missions. If his daughter is anything like him, he supposes shell soon grow tired of D-rank missions and demand something more challenging.
A memory of Zabuza and Haku drifts to the surface and Naruto, for a moment, wonders if he will be able to assign his daughter a higher ranked mission like the W
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