Colors of Life and Death

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For the Clan

Naruto froze. (("Namikaze Noriko...")) "Nam...i...kaze?" he choked out. 

Noriko's eyes widened when they came to rest on Naruto's face. "Oh my God—It's true..." After a moment of staring at Naruto in awe, she whipped her head back toward Kakashi. "You son of a BITCH! You lied to us!"

"Noriko-chan, it's not that simple..." Kakashi began, just as Sasuke came into the room.

"Don't you DARE use 'chan' when speaking to me! And it IS that simple! He's standing right THERE!" she yelled as she jabbed a finger in Naruto's direction.

Sasuke looked confused. "Sakura...what...?" he asked softly.

Sakura put a finger to her lips. "Shh!"

Sasuke frowned but stayed silent.

"Even I didn't know who he truly was until recently," Kakashi replied evenly.

"Naruto..." Noriko nearly whispered, her expression softening. "I'm...I'm your aunt. Minato was my brother," she said as her eyes misted over.

Naruto's eyes went as wide as dinner plates. "My...aunt...?"

Noriko knelt down and held out her arms. "Naruto...come here..." she said with a tearful smile.

Kakashi rushed in between the two. "Don't, Naruto!" he said as he glanced backward at him. "I can only imagine how you feel, but she is not the kind person she wants you to think she is."

"FUCK you, Kakashi! He is my blood!"

"Blood or not, he doesn't need someone who hurts the innocent!"

"I was protecting my family line!"

"Even the Hyuugas wouldn't dishonor themselves by trying to murder someone just for being in love with a member of their clan."

"Would someone tell me what the HELL is going on?" Naruto yelled.

Kakashi sighed heavily. "Before the attack on Kyuubi, there were three highly prominent clans in Konoha...The Hyuuga, the Uchiha...and the Namikaze."

"There was a whole clan?" Naruto asked.

"Not just a clan, Naruto—one of the greatest clans in history!" Noriko said with pride.

Kakashi rolled his eyes. "Because most of the Namikaze were anbu, they were put on the front lines of the battle against Kyuubi," he sighed sadly, "They were nearly wiped out. Only three remain...you, Noriko and your cousin. The latter of which I assume is the blonde woman upstairs."

Understanding dawned on Naruto's face. "So that's how she knew Chichiuei."

"Noriko heard about your birth and sent your cousin to retrieve you after the battle. Since I thought you were dead, that's the information I gave her," Kakashi explained, shooting a pointed glare at Noriko.

"Naruto, come here," Noriko nearly commanded.

"No!" Kakashi countered urgently, "She hurt your mother!"

At hearing these words Naruto stopped in his tracks. "What?" he asked in disbelief.

Kakashi rubbed his tired, visible eye with his fingers. "Your mother was my instructor at the academy. When I was put on Minato's team after I graduated, he asked me to introduce him to her. They connected right away, and in less than six months your father was showing my team and I the engagement ring he planned to give her."

"No one expected the relationship to get that far." He looked at Naruto, a hard look entering his eyes. "There's something you have to know about the Namikaze...They basically made the Hyuugas look like a loving clan."

Naruto's eyes became wider for a split second as he sucked in a breath. "What do you mean?"

"Members of the clan were only allowed to marry within it. When the head of the clan learned of Minato's plans to propose to Kushina, they sent Noriko... to kill her," Kakashi finished with venom in his voice.

Naruto's face filled with horror as he backed away from the woman who had her arms held out to him just minutes before. "You...you tried to kill my mom?"

Noriko's expression showed the panic that was entering her heart. "Naruto...you have to understand...I..." she sputtered as she reached out a trembling hand toward him.

Naruto slapped Noriko's hand away. "NO!"

Noriko's eyes filled with tears. "The purity of the clan had to be protected! There was no other way!"

Naruto lowered his face so that his hair covered his features. "I don't give a damn about 'clan purity'! You tried to kill my mother! I would never've been born!" Naruto screeched as he raised his head with a violent snap.

Noriko suddenly pulled her hand back and simply stared at Naruto. "Wh...what's the matter with your eyes?"

Kakashi pushed Noriko out of the way so he could get a look at what had stunned the woman. "What the hell?"

Naruto's eyes had changed from their normal cerulean blue, not to the eyes of the Kyuubi, but to something Kakashi had never seen before. Both of them were raven black with a vivid purple ring on the outer edge. The purple streaked into the black, making it look like the purple was a fire that was reaching for a small, white dot in the center.

Sasuke and Sakura moved to Kakashi's position. Sakura gasped. Sasuke simply stared. "Naruto...you..."

"What is it?" Naruto asked.

Sakura reached into her weapons pouch, pulled out a small mirror, and held it up so Naruto could see. His knee-jerk reaction to his reflection was to jump back a few steps.



Wendy Winchester

Edited: 12.07.2019

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