The blades of vengeances have fallen swiftly. The shinobi are no more as 'Absolute Justice' has returned...now, it is the Samurai that rule the Five Major Nations!
But at what cost? Have they become the very thing that they despised the most...? Heroes and villains seem to change roles every day, but one thing is for certain - we yearn for our freedom, for days gone by where we flew the skies unhindered.
The Hyuuga Compound is actually a conversion from of a large abandoned military base. Surrounded by a tall wall, thick forestry serves as ample training ground exclusive to the clan and its members, and in the middle, the Castle that defines the Hyuuga royalty as a whole. With the current Hokage's induction, he has chosen to the make the mansion his main grounds of operation outside of the Tower, and as such, can be found here within the premises.
Aside from the many forest-themed battlefields designed fro training, the compound hosts many dojo where the Hyuuga may refine the secrets of Jyuuken to their liking. Within the mansion exists many rooms for teaching, as well as wings for clan members to reside in. All in all, the compound is meant to nurture and provide growth for Konoha's beloved clan.
A few rules for all visitors!
[li]Only Hyuuga may come and go as they please - all others must await at the compound gates for permission.
[/li][li]All Hyuuga Scrolls can be found here, but are guarded 24/7 by armed NPC guard.
[/li][li]Many NPC Hyuuga exist and can be used for RP purposes - contact a mod for more info! [/li][/ul][/i] [/blockquote][/justify][/font][/size]
An early morning light graced the room; flames in the form of warm and bright rays that beat down upon a sleeping face. The covers she hid under were thin, but thick enough to refract the rays away from her face and form a shadow alongside the wall opposite. Beneath them, she stirred, shifting them back and forth in an effort to cling to the last few moments of a dream that would soon enough be forgotten. In the haze, she was only partially aware of the wrapping at her door; harsh and direct strikes upon wood and followed by a commanding voice.
Around her room of residency, the Hyuuga compound was stirring to life in the first hours of a new day. After the rainstorms of the past few days, the sunlight was a welcome morning visitor, and most had awoken early because of it. Even in her half-asleep state, she could hear the shuffling of feet and the rush of children down halls, eager to greet the day before morning training, and the academy hours began. She rolled to the side as the knocking became harder and this time she could make out the voice well enough.
“Naomi, you have to escort students to the academy today.” At this, she sat up, shoving her covers forward and away from her. “I know you have had the charge for a few days now, but you are the last one up.” There was a hesitation in his voice that suggested he was lying, perhaps not about the premise, but he did not truly believe what he said either.
He means, I am the only Branch family member still in my room... She rubbed the back of her head, catching what felt like thousands upon thousands of tangles in her long, dyed hair, while her opposite hand reached for a brush that rested on a nightstand next to her bed. With it, she began to tug at the back of her hair, straightening the knots with only a flicker of pain in her eyes. As it fell into place she looked to the door again, for there was another knock, more tentative, a questioning one.
“Decent,” she replied to it and soon after the handle turned away from her and the door creaked open. As a man popped his head in, she offered him a nod, although her smile suggested she wasn't quite expecting him. “Oh, could you tell them to give me just a few moments. I'll be ready shortly.” The look on his face said it all. He had not expected such politeness, nor could he look away from the seal that was in plain view upon her forehead. It was obvious he did not know her, but he would remember her. She after all, was one of the few of the Branch family whom had the nerve to never hide her birthright.
“I will, although I suggest you do not linger long. It's a nice day, but the mood is foul.” He spoke quickly, and left just as swiftly as he had came. The door that was left ajar, Naomi closed so that she could attend to her attire, and her hair that was still in a crazed disarray. Walking back away from it, she observed a calendar that hung beside a wooden dresser. Nearly marked up in its entirety, she noted that today was not marked in black ink. For that, she was glad; it would have taken longer than she would like to dye her hair. Turning away from it, she opened a drawer and went about a morning ritual that was so natural, it was hard to believe that she did not do it everyday.
The narrow hallway that led out from the residential area, had a rather unique charm to it. The doors, although solid were etched in with symbols for peace and opposing forces of yin-and-yang, which separate the sides of the hakke revealed by the Byakugan. Leading away from a paneled, wooden floor, and dotted with several four-walled rooms, the hallway curved sharply in two distinct directions and connected together with the opposite, adjoining hallway, that led into the central chambers of the mansion. The outer-sphere, where the Branch family resided, served as both a militant, physical protection, and a spiritual, symbolic protection, which represented those of the Branch family whom were meant to serve as protectors of the noble lineage.
Naomi stepped out into the hallway, now fully dressed and hair straightened and long, flowing down to the midpoint of her spine. The color of sea green that highlighted and deepened into the locks of her hair, contrasted starkly with the blue and white of her jacket and the thin, layered black-mesh which held in threads, her village's headband and her tight, black pants. As she walked, her footfalls, not silent but nigh audible in the light of many other shuffling feet ahead of her, the headband held tight to her neck, and shifted only as she adjusted the tied knot in the back. In its proper place, the cursed seal, a swastika protected by two lines of black, peeked out in between her bangs.
In past times, this had caused many stares to be drawn her way. However, those that could now be called her neighbors, paid no mind to her odd representation of the mark she was forced to wear. They had thought she sought for rebellion against the caste of the Main family, however she made it openly known, that all she longed for was respect enough to live and protect those closest to her. She had no desire to stand out, despite the fact in some cases she did; nor did she want to abolish and isolate kinsmen that had longed protected Konohagakure from outsider strife. For now, living with a precious few was enough, and as a shinobi her duty to the village came before all else.
The curve of the not-so-perfect, spherical hall, turned and she walked alongside it, until an adjoining hallway beckoned. Her steps slowed as she passed the last of half of the residencies, and she turned right down the hall leading to the central chambers of the mansion. It was further along this path, that others gathered, all kinsmen, but most were of the Main family. Now that the morning was becoming not-so-early, many had already left to start their day, and the few left were children and worried parents. The latter stared with mild-annoyance, and perhaps slight hate, as she lowered her head before them in a compliant apology. She stood silent for a moment, but had already picked her charges from those. Two boys. A girl. The former bore the cursed seal, and stood close by the latter, whom skin was pale, clean and mark-free. Her ebony hair was tied into a strict bun.
“Naomi-chan,” she said. “You're late you know.” Her eyes glanced to her father that stood behind her. The curve of his lips showed disgust, but the nod he gave showed approval to his youngest. The man had seen two children previous through the academy, and one had once been close to Naomi. Sanosuke had long since begun to avoid her, and seldom spoke out of turn in argument towards his father in regards to her. His care still existed, but tradition and structure of the nobility prevented further disrespect. He had hollowed. An empty word, but true. His achievements below the norm of others, he had been caught in a sea of political strife, and was unable to pull free from it. Hiroshi, the father, had his arms folded and greeted with disdain.
She, although not open with hatred towards him, or any of those present, did take a step back and brushed some hair out of her eyes. “I'm sorry, I was only told that this duty was mine again, a few minutes ago. Are you three ready to depart, or would you rather speak to your parents in parting?” A tone riddled with politeness, but the hints of fear in it were unmistakable. For a moment, after looking so fully into their eyes, glancing rapidly between them all as they stared not at her, or her seal, but through her, she looked away; off down the hall in the hope that someone else would happen upon the small gathering and douse the growing tension between them.
When none came, she looked directing the most attention to the young Hyuuga at the center. Her name was Masumi, and she was a spoiled brat of the child. An unfortunate side effect of being brought up in a household that held you above a standard. She had talent, and the brains to do well, however most of that was wasted on her arrogance. The two next to her had grown up with her, before being sealed themselves, they had actually been friends. Now they were more like personal servants, or perhaps, guardians was a better term. They had lost something since the early days, and no longer had the will to stand up against her. They had long since tired of the ridicule that came with disobedience. In that, she answered for them, her lips curving from enjoyment as she looked between the two.
“Let's just go, we're already late enough as it is,” Masumi replied, tilting her head up to look at her father. “Training after classes.” He nodded and unfolded his arms; as they fell to his sides, he turned away and began to walk down the hallway whence he had first came. His strides bore a tone of confidence, that suggested he was not one that wanted to be stopped, nor one for casual conversation. Hiroshi was a man of few words, but many actions. He let others fear his gaze, and his skill instead of tripping over and getting tangled in words from a silver tongued politician. Naomi watched until he turned around the far-curve at the end of the hallway, and then she looked down at her feet and whens he glanced up, Masumi was walking past her, dragging the two younger boys along with her each holding a hands as they stepped down individual steps that lead into a spiraling staircase.
After a few seconds, Naomi sighed and followed. The staircase brought them out of the mansion proper and into the militant section of the compound. They followed a direct, stone-carved path that led them past dojos, courtyards, and several training grounds that held varying degrees of occupancy. Naomi, stayed in back, watching as Masumi walked hand-in-hand with those two boys. She found that she did not know whom they were, only that they were part of her family. However more specifically, she watched those that watched them. The eyes of many Hyuuga were upon them as they headed for the gates of the compound. Her eyes in turn shifted between all of them and in silence she hoped that they would not be further delayed. Despite the young day, she wanted her duties finished as soon as possible.
By some twisted manner of luck, they managed only to be delayed once, as the guards opened the gates of the compound. The gates that opened revealed a path from the compound that let out into a clean-cut forest.
As a dotted treeline surrounded them, Naomi lengthened her strides and took the lead. Although the forest was not dangerous, as long as they stayed on the beaten path, she did not want harm to befall any of them. From experience, she knew that it would take the better half of an hour to leave the indirect grounds of her kin. For that time, she looked mostly upon the nature that they passed, but sometimes back at the three whom walked obediently behind her. Masumi had fallen silent, perhaps aware of a temporary, but potential danger that the canopy hid in shadow.
Any sunlight that fell came in harsh strikes of rays, that glossed upon bark, and bushes and split the line of vision into defined areas of light and darkness. The two boys stepped as if they had not a care in the world; they were only glad to be free from the walls of the compound, where not so many eyes would stare upon them; where they could hide a seal that had been carved into them. This, Naomi could relate to. In the fractured rays of the sun, her seal of black hid beneath her swaying bangs.
In the clearing, the Hyuuga compound stood as a circular bastion. Its stone walls rose high up and only parted to a lone gate at the base of a high-rising-arch. Even from outside, the mansion, which rested at its heart, could be seen; protected by its own thick, graying stone. Around it, several smaller buildings led way to open training grounds, dojos and loosely tilled fields, with overgrown foliage that grew ever upwards alongside outer and inner banks. The hazy yellow-green of moss, and weeds showed ever present signs of overgrowth from the forest that encased and surrounded the entire compound in all directions. Before the gateway now, Naomi, stepped first approaching with a confidence that suggested she had often passed through it.
Although, it was not she whom the watch eyed; she belonged in a way that the other did not. Beyond the archway, several members gathered and stared, even as she stood defensively in front of her companion; almost as if she was saying: “He's with me.” Out of respect though, she did not pass through the crux of the archway; instead she waited compliantly. Per the proper security regulations, visitors had to be granted permission to step within the walls of the compound. In this case, her presence was not enough of an explanation to justify the stranger's arrival. After all, she whom bore the cursed seal could not be trusted whole-heartily as kin whom did not.
“He's a friend,” she explained. “We'll only be here a short while, and for that I didn't see the need to leave him behind.” From a distance, it was hard to tell if the watch were convinced by her. However, she knew for a fact that they would not stop her from entering the compound; and if they truly saw him as a threat, then there was no way to get around that. With that in mind, she started through the arch and continued on into the compound proper. “I am to report the completion of my charge.” She further explained, for those that watched stared at her, but more specifically, through her. In truth they wanted to see the person that hid behind her veil of protection. Considering he was nearly a foot taller than herself, that wasn't much of a problem. In fact, she could have hidden behind him much more efficiently.
As they neared the front gate of the humongous compound walls Bit couldn't help but notice it was like a whole other village inside of Kohona. "What are they like so specail they have to have there own version of the hidden leaf." The Uchiha thought to him self as Naomi started talking to some people at the gate. "I guess she's trying to convince them to let me in." he thought to him self as he let a small sign. "I hope it's not like this at the Uchiha compound" he thought to him self as he watched Naomi talk to the men up ahead.
It wasn't long before the Uchiha's eyes and mind started to wander away from the situation. "I wonder if anyone that lives inside of this place ever heard of my parents. That would be useful maybe they even had friends that live in here or something." Bit thought to him self as he looked up into the sky watching fluffy clouds pass over his head. Bit started to really get spaced out until he kinda tilted over a little causing him self to snap out of the day dream he was having.
"Ehhh Naomi can we go in yet?" The Uchiha asked as he rubbed his head waiting a few meters behind her. Bit thought it was taking to long just to get inside of an building even though he knew it was suppose to be for Hyuuga's only. "Im not after anyone or something like that" the Uchiha said so that the guy that Naomi was talking to could hear him. Then he took a couple steps forward and waited for them to open the gates so that they could enter.
The gate opened in screeching protest and those that gathered parted ways, leaving only the gatekeeper to watch the two that would enter through the passe and into the home of an entire clan. He did so, as Naomi stepped across the threshold first with a nod in thanks. The sentiments bore in his eyes were cool and calculating; the perfect combination for a guard on high alert. As she waited, just across the threshold and off to the side, he turned his sights to Bit and gestured him for with an outstretched hand. The reluctance behind the movement suggested that he wasn't at all comfortable with allowing a stranger to enter the compound. However, the way he teetered between composure and rage, also suggested that he could not think of a reason why a friend would be barred from entrance; especially if they would not be remaining on the grounds for an extended period of time.
From the other side, Naomi too beckoned the Uchiha. She gave him a reassuring nod, but still watched the mechanisms that controlled the gate closely, as if she expected the barred barrier to fall on top of him. Perhaps that was a silly idea; in fact she knew that it was. Not only would it be foolish to crush someone with a gate, it would also reflect badly on the family as a whole if they did isolate themselves from all outside interactions. That said, she didn't want to linger at the entrance long, in case someone informed the higher-ups of their arrival. It would be best to do what they came to do and then leave in tangent. Until then, they would be the subject of gossip around the compound. The Branch member and her visiting friend. As she waited she couldn't help but imagine the things that would be said; and to avoid a flush of red, she casually looked at her feet.
Assuming that Bit passed through the gateway without any further delay, she took steps up in stride and began to walk down the central pathway of the compound. From it, several other routes took shape and led off into dojos, courtyards, grassy fields and various training areas. As they would pass, stares and the barrage of whispers would not be in short supply. It was almost as if their mere presence was enough of a distraction to halt an entire day's work of activities.
”Sorry about all this,” she said as they walked. “If I knew it would be this bad, I would have told you just to wait for me.” Her tone carried embarrassment well enough that Bit would not have to see a blush upon her face to understand that she thought her kin were making a big deal out of something so insignificant. What was I thinking...coming back here with boy older than me... She wanted to shout at those whispering morons, or at least explain their situation better; but she found it hard enough just to walk on without feeling a thousand peering eyes upon her.
Finally the gates started to open after the long wait. "Bout time" Bit thought to him self as he started to walk behind Naomi. As he walked in he gave both guards that were at the gates the same look they were giving him. The way it seemed to the Uchiha was they looked at him as if he had some type of disease or something. "Oh there so lucky I don't wanna start anything at this gate." The Uchiha thought to him self as he placed his hands into his pockets and clinched his fist as he made his way through the gates. "Good day to you, keep up the good work." He said with an sarcastic tone of voice as they walked into the gate.
As they walked into the compound Bit started examining his surrounding's. It was as if they had enter an whole different village. They had homes and dojo's and even their own separate stores. "Wow this is exclusive" Bit thought to him self as his eyes wander from left to right looking at the different building's. ”Sorry about all this, If I knew it would be this bad, I would have told you just to wait for me.” She said as the strolled down what seemed to be an central path in the compound. "No big deal." He said as he picked up his pace to catch up with her. "Don't worry about were in now lets just get in and out." He said with a calm voice.
As they continued to walk he could see that she was feeling an little flustered. "I don't know why she's blushing there nothing going in here" He thought to him self while he was still walking around looking crazy "But I got an question. why does all these people keep turn there eye's up at me?" He asked with an hint of curiosity in his voice.
The path they took curved around several buildings and passed through growing foliage that bore a lack-luster sheen of green and hung from rafters and beams and alongside walls. Whomever tended the grounds had obviously let nature take well, a natural course of growth. Despite the overgrowth, most of the buildings were in peak condition and some looked as if they had been renovated only days prior to their little walk. Whether or not this was true really did not matter; the fact was, Bit had been right when he called the compound exclusive. Unknowingly, he had the answer to his own question as well; because it was exclusive to to the Hyuuga and held such secret arts, a stranger within it stood out like a samurai hiding within the ranks of a shinobi force.
“You're different, so they feel the need to watch over you in case you try anything.” She retorted. “ You see, most of our secrets are protected here; and it's only natural for them to be wary around strangers, even if they happen to be in escort with a member of the family.” She left out the part about her own heritage. Mistrust and feuds had torn the two houses further apart, so they were also watching her.
Although she answered with relative ease, truly she was no more at peace than he was. Flustered was one way to put it. She couldn't help worrying about word spreading of their trip through the compound. Rumors had a nasty tendency to be twisted and contorted until all the truth was taken from them. She wouldn't think of what they might entail, but several key choices ran across the breadth of her subconscious; none of them were particularly pleasant. Ahead, the path evened out and the fortified mansion came into view. Leading up to it was:
A stairwell that stretched on forever, with its sections layered every so many steps. The stone would flatten out and span into a wider area; and then some meters ahead the staircase would continue heading up to a focal point at the top which led into the doorway of the mansion proper. The split sections of the stairwell led into the many different outer living quarters, which were housed in a spherical arc that connected on both sides. Here, most of the Branch house lived; the positioning and shape of their dormitories symbolized their duty to the Main family and also protected the inner sanctum with thick, stone walls. Naomi's own quarters were close to the top of the stairwell and off to the left around the outer, spherical bend and thereafter drawing close into the mansion itself.
"Im different ay?" Bit thought to him self as they traveled through the compound. To The Uchiha It seemed like every eye inside of this compound was watching his every step. "Got damn these people are cautious" He thought as his eyes costed left to right. The path started to take a slight turn before we entered the main building. "This is a nice building" Bit said to Naomi as the enter the front door of the main building of the hyuuga compound.
It was very quite in the place that they were walking in. as usual he couldn't help his self to start day dreaming about something. "I wonder if naglito ever came back to Iwagakure. I wonder what's up with that new kid I met before I left the village." The Uchiha thought while he walked up the steps following Naomi every step of the way. When they finally reached an flat area Bit stopped and looked around a little. "So we almost there?" he said with an small laugh. "I don't have any where to go but I feel like im not that welcome here you know?" He said with an small smile on his face.
The flat extended past the limits of the staircase and held a wide-breadth where a straight banister ran along and divided it into two separate halves. Unlike the lower levels, there were no pathways that led into many residency areas; instead its extension became an area that overlooked the compound from above. From the edge, the route leading upwards and into the mansion could be clearly seen, as well as the many dividing sects of dirt paths that parted and split into the many dojos and courtyards below.
It was here, shortly after Bit had spoken, that Naomi took pause and turned away from her progressive trek into the central hall. The sun above sprayed an endless stream of light upon the area beneath them; such that could only be appreciated from above. The rays contorted shadows and made them dance with their owners. Although the distance was great, the patternless refractions and endless formation of shadow, eclipsed the compound's grounds in an ever shifting black spectrum, dotted with speckles of sunlight.
“Will you wait here?” She asked. At the edge now, she rested one arm upon the banister and gazed out beyond the sun and down unto the grounds below. For several moments, she remained silent watching as those that had once watched them go about their day. The tension that had been ever so present on the trek through the compound had seemed to rescind, if only a little. Their tentative gazes had been swept away by the ever continuing day and served as a reminder that things have to move on. A sign of waning trust... She blinked and turned her head towards him, so he could see her eyes. “The inner sanctum is revered and I fear that you have about reached your limit in tolerance.” If he had not realized how perceptive she was, perhaps he would now. Being raised in a semi-hostile environment had made her quite empathic; a defensive mechanism that once helped her protect her friends.
“It was not my intention to put you in such an awkward position; and however badly I might have spoken of my kin, I would ask that you don't take their reactions to heart.” She pleaded. “Once, I think I was told as a child, the entire clan resided in Konoha, since then times have changed; betrayal has hardened them. ” She turned away from him once more and took in one last gaze. With a sigh, she walked away from the banister and trekked back to the central staircase, passing him along the way. Although she had asked him to wait, she would not stop him if he wished to follow. After all, coming this far with her had earned him a great deal of trust.
The Uchiha could feel all the hostility from him just being around these people. it was one of the most unconfortable feeling's he had since he had to muster up the will to leave Iwagakure. He felt as if he was on a totally different planet as he followed behind Naomi to reach their destination. "I guess the people must have some serious trust issues." He thought to him self as each one of there eye's followed his every step.
“It was not my intention to put you in such an awkward position; and however badly I might have spoken of my kin, I would ask that you don't take their reactions to heart.” Naomi said sounding if she felt like it was her fault that they were acting the way they were. “Once, I think I was told as a child, the entire clan resided in Konoha, since then times have changed; betrayal has hardened them. ” She said as she turned away from Bit and started to make her way up the steps.
"I hope shes doesn't think i'm going to stop following her." The Uchiha thought to him self as he started his way up the steps. "I don't see anyone telling me I can't go with you from this point on." He said with a serious look on his face. "I think ill keep going until they tell me I cant proceed." He said as he took a few steps up the spiral steps. "Plus i'm ready for what ever." He said as he took one step up above Naomi.
"What could they do to me nothing with out facing repercussions." Bit thought as the continued up the steps. "If I wanna be known in this village I have to know all of the leaders and they have to know me." The Uchiha pondered as he walked up the steps with Naomi.
When the Uchiha spoke, Naomi froze in mid-step and turned to face him. She couldn't say she was surprised; even in the short amount of time she had known him, he dd not strike her as the compliant type. He was stubborn, and perhaps quick to anger, however he had a strong heart. Knowing this, she smiled warmly, and nodded. Thank you... she had wanted to say, but instead found the words caught in her throat. The look in her eyes might have been enough though; compassion took the form of a soft lavender and it swirled in between the white that dominated much of her eyes. For a moment, she merely looked at him, but feeling that the matter was resolved now, and she confidently quickened her stride up towards the entrance.
The central sanctum, rested at the lone point of intersection within the mansion. The residences that formed an eternal sphere, divided in equal dividends, each had a lone hallway that led into a common area. This area was often used for meetings amongst the higher-ups and social gatherings. However, in more recent times it had also been a point of interaction between the Main House and the Branch family. Earlier in the day, Naomi had been called here to receive her charges and was met by several parents. Among them, was a man whom waited now for her to report in; a Hyuuga that she had called Hiroshi-sama in front of Bit. A Main-family prodigy in his youth, he now severed as an adviser to the youth and as a director in charge of relations between the two family sects. As the couple made their way up the staircase, he watched from afar.
At the top, she waited with her back facing him. “This will only take a few moments; he's probably waiting,” she said. “Even though he knows his daughter is safe, he'll still be on edge from the commotion I have caused,” here she paused taking the time to face him. “No matter what he does, do not interfere. If I am to go on assignment with you, he is the man that will give me approval to do so.” She explained hoping he would understand; however she also knew he had not dealt with her clan before, so the possible outcomes may be clouded from him. Offering a smile she finished, “You didn't think I just brought you here for comfort did you? He has to meet you.” Turning away from him, she would be the first to enter and for a moment, she held the door open.
"Hiroshi-sama" The named echoed in Uchiha's head once Naomi greeted him. The way she looked up to someone that so close to her age kind of irritated him. But he kept his mouth sealed because he didn't want to start anything. Ascending the spiral stair case they finally reached the top of the compound. "Wow they really do take of this place looks like people spit clean the floors in here." Bit thought to him self as he scanned the entire room with his eyes. “This will only take a few moments; he's probably waiting, Even though he knows his daughter is safe, he'll still be on edge from the commotion I have caused,” she said as her back faced Bit from the top of the steps.
“No matter what he does, do not interfere. If I am to go on assignment with you, he is the man that will give me approval to do so.” She said as she turned and face Bit looking him directly in the eyes. "To be honest the way you made it sound just now I can't promise that I'll remain calm if he does something to you." The Uchiha said with and apathetic tone of voice. Because he's not too familiar with the Hyuuga clan and there customs he was not totally sure what that man might do to her.
As the Uchiha finally reached the top of the steps he was now looking down to meet Naomi's smile. “You didn't think I just brought you here for comfort did you? He has to meet you.” She said with her silly smile her face. The Uchiha couldn't help but laugh a little and return the smile she was giving him. "Of course I'll come in with you Naomi. You said don't tell him my surname right" He said with even sillier laugh as he walked pass her into the door that she held open for him.
Bit quickly straightened up his face and his demeanor once he enter the room. Because he wanted this man to take him serious as an shinobi and a person. The first thing he did once he was complete inside is initiate eye contact with the man showing an sign of respect to him.