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.
Have you ever fought so hard to bring a miracle to the world? You cure the plague and disease and everything seems at rest. Life's wonderful. There's nothing to complain about. You essentially have no worries beyond the little things that don't even matter at the end of the day. For the most part, that's how Kaeor felt. That's how he used to feel. The news that Areru delivered decimated the utopian world that he clutched beneath his chest. That blonde ninja had taken him for a fool. What he had demanded from her was something that was supposed to be permanent. It was probably with an awry smile that she gave some sort of fleeting promise to the white eyed god. How could he had been so naive?
Areru's words lingered in the background. They were looking fo - no. They were reaching for some sort of excuse to dismiss her woes. They were looking for an excuse to free Blanche from the hook she created for herself. Even if he was shocked, he still could hear her sorrowful words and affected hope trying to reconcile the bad situation. "A bug.." he repeated. The way he stated the words would've made you believe that he was finally turning towards her false perspective of the grim circumstances. "I'm your husband 'Reru." he started, ending his first line decisively with her nickname. "I may be stunned and saddened, but one thing I'm not is stupid." The comment was sharpened as the words flew off the tip of his tongue. It held all the pain and anguish that had festered in the pit of his stomach. It was only for half a second that her hands would've touched his fabric. But in an instant, the shinobi would rise and eliminate any link that had come together between the two.
"Yeah. I know everything will be alright."
The hostility of the words were above and beyond whatever he could fathom. He was angry and rightfully so. Soratsu. Blanche. They must've been in some sorts of cahoots in all of this. He had been nothing but a willing pawn on a chess board. But now his feet traverse to his bedroom and with a swing of the door, the closet where they kept their mission clothing, gear, and weapons. He quickly began to strap on only the most deadly and useful items on his person, obviously indicating that he was on the hut. Typicall there was a method to an angered persons madness. But unfortunately in this scenario, no method existed. Only anger and sorrow for the one that meant most to him - Areru.
There was a moment of stillness where neither of us knew how to make our next step. I was completely surprised by the foul and eerie taste that clung to her breathe and tainted her pink muscle. The way she looked wasn't frightening, but I could feel that there was more to this situation. The had shut off her eyes to me almost as if she was preparing for the worst. If she expected me to shout, yell, or scold her, then she could relax since I just wanted to know what's wrong. I began to see the tears fall from beneath her light aquamarine eyes. The way she stuttered my name placed me even more on edge, wondering just exactly what she was trying to get across to me. Everything that came from her voice was honest and I was able to tell with the quake of fear that resonated within her volume. "Sorry? What's wrong Areru..?" I inaudibly responded to her brief apology. Sick?
Her head burrowed into my shoulder and immediately accepted her shape. I still was confused as to exactly what she could have been talking about. But she only used me as a relief for a short amount of time before running away. To state that I was only worried was a tremendous understatement. I felt like the reaper had entered my home and sent me a message that he was taking Areru away from me. And that just as well had been what was going on.
"I don't know for sure but- I think it may be back-"
I immediately knew what those words meant. It was then that I felt as if Areru had lifted the whole world and dropped it on my fucking head. I wasn't angry at her for telling me something that she couldn't control. But I felt a fluster of emotions hit me. Hate from the sickness, anger from the news, sorrow and love from Areru, and even more betrayal from Blanche. Most of all though, I was stunned as my mind reflected on everything I had done and the news that had just been placed before my ears. So all I did was sit down in a chair opposite of the table from Areru. There wouldn't be a word said but it was almost as if I was in a trance as I stared at a single spot in the air. I was effectively stunned without anything to say.
I would be wrong in my assumption of a slumbering Areru. She would emerge from the hallway though I wasn't certain in what area she came from. More importantly, I was pretty excited to see her like I was some sort of little kid. I had always been pretty happy to see her everyday after work. After all, it was good to set ones eyes on something nice after doing the stuff such as trailing other ninja. "Yeah. I think I got everything that you wanted. Even that new candy you like?" I answered honestly. I had never minded picking up something "extra" for her. She was constantly on my mind so such things constantly happened. You could say that it had become a habit by now. "Today wasn't all that bad. I mostly helped around the village and ran a few errands to neighboring towns. I'm just glad to finally be home." he admitted. Today wasn't anything too difficult. It was more like a average day without combat at best so I wasn't really tired.
I was quite happy to see her, although something felt particularly different. I noticed her unkempt hair which could've rivaled her bed hair. But how would it become so distorted without myself there. She wasn't cheating was she?! I doubted that she would do such a thing to me. But it was better to probably just ask instead of wondering about such. "Areru you haven't been with another guy have you?" I jokingly asked just as she kneeled. I pretty much already guessed the response from her would be a no.
I would help her place some items away and watch as she would get something to drink. I had been dating her for years so it was pretty easy for me to tell when something was wrong with her. And the signs were springing up left and right! Just as she lowered her drink I'd softly embrace her from behind as I held her. I'd give her a soft kiss on the cheek before speaking. "You know you put the onions in the wrong cabinet dear." I pointed out. Something was definitely wrong here.
Yet something changed once I pressed my lips against hers as I turned her head. I had expected to hold the osculation and even turn it a lot more intimate. But once her breath mingled with my own, it would feel as if a strong pollution had entered my mouth. Sharply I retracted though my arms remained around her lovingly but confused. She had forgot to brush her teeth, wash her mouth, or use some sort of mouthwash earlier making it pretty evident to me. But this was more than some little thing as I couldn't decide whether to bolt to the restroom first or remain in her company.
"Is that throw up on your breath?" I'd ask, wondering if she had vomited.
Without a knock, but with a key I'd open the door to our lovely abode. In my hands were two large brown bags full of groceries that Areru requested the night before. I had found time from after I got off work to go do it all. And so far everything about my day was overly bright. Not to mention since Areru permanently moved in with me I had always felt a bit better. It was as if I knew that she would always be there for me. Even though in the past there never wasn't a moment where I doubted such. But with my untimely disappearance I knew I had left the impression that I was the exact opposite. Over the years I had made it a goal to change such and I was pretty confident that I was changing indeed. With the brown bags cuddled into my chest my body shuffled towards the kitchen. I hadn't heard a silly boo peep from Areru and usually she would spring from behind somewhere. After all, she was my muse for life with her energetic ways.
"Honey?" My voice would ring throughout the house almost as if it was searching for her itself. It wasn't normal not to hear her say a thing but I was sure she was just asleep or something. "I brought the groceries you wanted dear." I exclaimed happily. Setting it all down I would think to also put them up. But for some reason the silence in my home caught my attention even more. Did Areru go by her fathers or something?
"Babe. Are you home?" I'd ask once more before I'd begin the search for my other heart.
And just like that I perfectly predicted her. Now that something was troubling me and it was known, she wouldn't go to sleep for the life of me. We were one, so I could only guess that when I felt pain she did also. That was how strong our unity truly was. She remained their in the midst of my pool of silence, holding my as if I was some child. It wasn't like I didn't like it though...
Nonetheless, she had given a answer to the somewhat rhetorical question I brought up. It wasn't like I expected such so I was caught vastly off guard. But I could have sworn that anything that came out of her mouth was undeniably cute. I couldn't have asked for a firmer and more sturdy support in a woman that I loved. Especially after coming back to her out of the thin air that I vanished from. She had pointed out that my question was feminine and a little bit too cute to come from the brawn of a man. It wasn't everyday a girl got lucky enough to acquire a man with brain and brawn. But fortunately enough, Areru had been at the right place at the right time. "I guess I'm a little bit more than you can predict." I responded, unable to stop myself from joining her in laughter. She always knew how to brighten me up somewhat. And ever since I left, I had been craving her like some sort of addiction. It was almost as if now that I had her, I wasn't extremely sure what to do with her first.
Like a babe, she rocked me back and forth doing her best to reinforce her love. It truly didn't need to be reinforced, but this girl was lovely if you hadn't noticed. Her words were gentle as she promised that all would be well and alright. It was something that Kaeor knew ever since she had found herself barging inside the bathroom. With that done, his hands would grab her and lift her small body with ease. The two would change places as Areru would become near the equivalent of him in height. With the help of the sink of course as I placed her up there. She was everything I needed and she made any hurt I experienced temporary.
Maybe she was the cure to these bad dreams and anything else I experienced? My had already intertwined with her own, evident of my happiness as I stood there. But with a tug, I'd pull her closer to me. A gentle tease that would force her to come towards me for a kiss. Maybe it was her that I needed to confide in physically to restore the peace I had?
If anything, all I wanted now was a pleasant night. It was depressing that I had escaped the trials and tribulations of a war physically only to be attacked mentally. I had hoped that all the suffering that I was chosen to endure would quickly fade once I was back. Yet father time proved relentless in his claims of humans. But even more so it was paramount that I keep this concealed from Areru. I had already done enough in her name and returned home. The last thing that I wanted her to find out was th-
The soft 'hey' from her was enough to make me subside my current thoughts. If there was anyone more relentless than father time, then it was that girl right there. I didn't need to turn around to see her figure dangling at the entrance as reflected by the mirror. For once I was at a loss of words, having been caught in my actions. Even though they were innocent, they weren't something that I planned to reveal if she hadn't noticed it. My mind ordered me to dismiss her. However, my mouth refused to open in order to do so. The lithe arms of the kunoichi wrapped around my waist in that of a soft embrace.
"..I’ll stay up with you.”
She was truly amazing. But I felt as if this was a problem that I had to handle by myself. "No. It's something I'll have to get over on my own." The words were quick and swift. My hands hovered and pressed against her own hands around me. But even then the sickening in my chest began to flee with her attached to me. Maybe I had been gone too long from her? After all, she was the best remedy for any situation I had before. Had I turned more self reliant?
"Yes. I mean... Yes. I'd like that."
I spattered like some silly school kid. I don't know what was wrong with me to deny her so quickly. After all, this was my future wife I was talking about. "But if you're sleepy you can rest. I'll be fine right here. I'm certain." I reasoned lightly turning around to face her as I clung to her.
It was weird how she always made my storms go away.
I couldn't have asked for a better response of Areru. I had expected a classic display of waterworks, but I felt more than content that my shirt would remain dry. The way she remained so attentive to my story encouraged me to tell all of it, deciding not to shorthand any one segment. It felt like forever had lapsed between the moment I began and finished the story. She promised me once more to make up everything but to be reasonable I doubted there would be the equivalent of such an adventure I went through. Simultaneously there was no need or desire to place her in such a position. But I just continued to beam towards her and found myself relaxing in her presence. "Don't worry. We'll be fine..." I finally exclaimed. I had transitioned from a man of peace into a temporary war hawk. It wasn't something even I could predict would happen.
Listening to her final words my body fitted itself into her bed. My arm outstretched in essence to hold her. Everything I wanted and worked for was beneath my arm. It was about time that I reacquired her. And now it was time for the weary to receive rest. In a few minutes I would collapse into a quiet slumber, the heat of Areru providing more comfort than I thought I'd receive.
And I quickly lifted my body. Beads of sweat nearly drenched my body. My mind had been assaulted by that of the past thoughts. It was a given that my first night of peaceful rest would be haunted, but not like this. The bone chilling dreams had caught me while I was vulnerable. My head turned to see Areru still fast asleep and to the best of my ability I'd rise and head to her bathroom. Taking off my wet clothing, I'd turn on the light and find myself splashing water on my face.
It would all pass in due time. And by due time I hoped now.
The quiet response by Areru would indicate that the Kusagakure ninja had kept her word. It was with relief and a ease of heart that I listened to Areru now, everything a tad bit less serious. Even in her home I could feel the prying eyes of her family beaming into my back. They had to be waiting for a opening so they could say something towards me. So it didn't come by any surprise that I realized that I was voyaging up the stairs, obviously towards Areru's room. Once we made it to her room my body would nimbly move to the edge of her bed as she crawled to the very back. I still was a bit uneasy and tired even though I was back in my home village. Silently, my fingers danced through my hair in a perfectly combing manner as she thanked me. It was a unnecessary action that just caused me to smile at how mannered she was. I would've done this no matter what.
”..I love you."
My milky white eyes turned towards her as she released her emotions to me. I couldn't do anything but simply become a parrot and repeat the same words. But unlike a parrot, I held the same emotion that she had in regard for me. "I love you too." I whispered to her. It was after those words that I scooted myself from the edge of the bed and became close to her, side by side to be exact. I'd take a deep breathe while unraveling my thoughts and how I'd inform her of everything that happened.
And so after a few moments, I'd tell her about how I met Soratsu and Blanche on the docks and their offers that came with it. I'd tell her about the war that transpired between Kirigakure and Sunagakure with Soratsu reigning superior in the end. I'd tell her about my injuries and how I was in no shape to come back and see her with Blanche. But in the end, I'd make sure to tell her that I was glad to be beside her right now. [/font][/justify][/blockquote][/blockquote]
And as the door before me opened, I became blind so to say. Blind to whatever lurked behind it and the nonsense that the two brothers babbled about before me. Usually the unison of their constant jeering and threats irritated me to the highest power. I believed that Blanche had ducked out of our promise seeing them hurl insult after insult at me. She would've told them of how I got her the surgery she needed wouldn't she?
I stood there with their insults bouncing off of my frame even though my heart was hardened to their words. It wasn't until that the two parted and a smaller more beautiful figure slipped in that I received life.
On sight of her the words had been forced out of my mouth without much thought if any placed into it. It wasn't until her voice reached out to beckon my name that I understood that it was truly her. A sense of elation came over me as she dashed forward with extreme happiness. To be quite frank once her lips pressed against mine, that was the only life that I ever wanted inside of me. The scoffs of her brothers were completely ignored in the arms of her acceptance.
"I'm alive." That was the only real comment of worth that I could give her as I looked at her. The time that I had been away from her was far from cordial to me. With Areru leading the way I'd listen to her almost like some lost battered puppy, my heart finally able to rest at her sight.
"Before anything, I need to know - Did Blanche come through?" I stammered weakly, hoping to know she had been freed of her illness.
The steel gates of Kumogakure remained in front of my own eyes. I was unable to do much but pause in quiet disbelief. Never in the months that had passed did I find myself coming back home so soon. To be honest, I didn't believe that I was going to come back home at all. My frame was weary and in need of a relaxing shower after everything I had been through. Quietly, I bounded forward with the thought of a single woman on my mind - Areru. She had been the only thing of importance that I had managed to leave behind and my heart remained trouble during the month without her. If everything was to that which I suspected, then Blanche should've delivered news that the surgery needed could finally be complete and that I was in no state to travel. All would fully have encompassed a entire week ago as I continued to drag my feet down the dainty empty streets of the land.
In the numerous days of my absence, I could see that quite a lot had changed in Kumogakure. It was almost as if life for me stopped as everything continued to remain still. It was something that I was unfortunate enough to experience. But the street that I paced down was one that I had rarely walked through. The insignia of the Sansutomu clan had been etched in the middle of the street of their own area. Even after all this time, I still could remember the place where Areru lived with her parents. Still, I needed to know that her surgery had went fine and most of all where her heart lay, even if that meant braving her usually aggressive family.
So upon the doorstep of her family, I'd knock thrice as I awaited on an answer.
I firmly stated. And just like that I was no longer a ghost.
In the present, silent wasn't as golden as phrases implied. The silence between us resembled that of a rift. It wasn't a rift of desertion, but instead it boded more in terms with that of uncertainty. The present was all that he had to grasp of her and everything that blossomed. So like a statue I remained unmoving, my heart knowing there were words upon the edge of my lips though I didn't dare speak of it. Areru calmly focused on the situation though, expressing her feelings about the strength of the lie that I was supposed to be pursuing. I merely shrugged, knowing it was a disheartening answer but I wouldn't lie to her with words if I could truly avoid it. Hopefully she'd take my shrug as something different but I doubted it. The everlasting perspective of gloom about my circumstances had already been projected in the bedroom. Was it too much to ask to think good thoughts?
"I'll be back Areru. Just take care while I'm gone and don't doubt my love for you."
[/center] My words were the epitome of relief, hoping to end any thoughts of me permanently leaving from her head. But as I said it I turned my eyes back towards that above, the gravity of my words being expressed. I never really let my heart out on a sleeve all that much, but she had forced me to reveal my caring hand now.
I guess if anything, she needed to have that last bit of certainty added. Or more like if anything, I needed to say it.
The duo recognized me in a matter of moments, correct in their declaration of there being more than them in this facility. Politely, Beppin had introduced herself to me. The nature of his friendliness remained a secret beyond that of whether it was a trait of her character or if she felt fine in the presence of another Hyuuga. Before I could return the gesture, Nagato had took the glory of exchanging pleasantries from me. A curt nod followed his words.
"Pleasure to make your acquaintance."
Soon after I finished, Sora unleashed another statement about the sole reason I remained in his company. It seemed the days of success were waning upon us and out of all times, it was the immediate present that required action. My brows perked and eyes opened as if I had been given some sort of revelation. Mentally I had recapped scenario over scenario that I could be tempted into, but at long last it seemed finally reality checked me. Everything he stated entered the depths of my mind for comprehension, especially the Sunagakure part. Idly, I didn't question what exactly he was leading too as long as I got what I needed.
"Fine. Just don't drag this lovely contract out. Oh, I have a nuke that will meet us later. I guessed having an expendable to replace me would be in my best interest."
[/color] I remarked, ever so accurate about my viewpoint of how Soratsu considered myself that of a single chess piece. [/font][/justify][/blockquote][/blockquote]