Colors of Life and Death

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Naruto's face was twisted in a frown of confusion. "Chakra leaves a residue? Since when?"

Tsunade folded her arms. "Until now it was just a theory I'd heard of. When I was living away from Konoha I became friends with a chakra specialist. She believed that chakra leaves a sort of by-product, or residue, hanging in the air after it's used. She called it Sugikon (A/N- After soul)." She paused. "It looks like she was right."

Naruto deactivated his doujutsu. "So it's a bomb of chakra residue?"

"Pretty much."

"Why didn't you tell me my family had a doujutsu?"

"Because they didn't."

"But..."

"It's most likely due to Kyuubi's chakra merging with yours. Youma chakra is very different from that of humans and summons. You might even develop other physical...changes," Tsunade said carefully.

"I won't...turn into a youma...will I?" Naruto said with a fearful expression.

Tsunade smiled. "No, your human chakra would keep that from happening."

Naruto visibly relaxed. "What else will change?"

Tsunade grimaced slightly. "I don't really know. Hopefully, anything else will manifest itself during training so we can know what we're dealing with."

Naruto nodded. "So, are we starting with chakra molding again?"

"Yup," Tsunade answered with a slightly amused smile.

He threw one kunai after another as he tried desperately to distract himself with target practice. The image of Naruto in his nightmare from the other day flashed through his head. (("Now..." he said, the smile transforming into a sick grin. "Hate me!")) Sasuke shook the image away. It was bad enough when his nightmares consisted of Itachi slaughtering his family, but now the one doing those horrible things was Naruto. And again, it was Itachi's fault. He only had these nightmares because of Itachi's illusion. Suddenly, he could swear he saw his elder brother's face over the target on the tree. "I HATE YOU!" he yelled as he threw the kunai. It hit dead center.

A leaf crunched behind him and Sasuke spun on his heal, ready to face his potential attacker. When he saw who it was, he sighed and lowered his weapon.

TenTen grinned sheepishly. "Sorry. I didn't mean to interrupt."

Sasuke shook his head and went back to throwing kunai. "It's fine."

"Okay." TenTen sat on a nearby log. "I'll just wait till you're done." She took out a kunai and began twirling it on her finger.

After a few throws, Sasuke slowly lowered his arm. "Hey," he said quietly.

TenTen looked up. "Hai?"

"Do you...?" Sasuke tightened his grip on his weapon.

TenTen cocked her head to one side in curiosity.

"Could you show me how you did that throw the last time you were here?" Sasuke asked without looking back.

"What throw?"

"When you hit the target without seeing it."

TenTen's eyebrows rose slightly. "Seriously?" She stood and walked around in front of Sasuke. "The 'great' Sasuke-kun is asking for help?"

Sasuke gritted his teeth. "Forget it," he said angrily as he began to stalk away.

TenTen grabbed his arm. "Wait wait wait. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have teased you. I'm honored that you want my help," she said with a reassuring smile.

Sasuke gave her a suspicious look and then nodded.

"Okay. Now, when you're looking at your target, you have to visualize a grid over the area," TenTen said as she gestured at the target.

Sasuke frowned in thought. "Okay."

"Make sure your 'grid' is slightly bigger than your target. That way, if you can't see the target, you can just count the number of grid squares from the outer edge to the middle."

"You can actually do that?" Sasuke asked with disbelief.

TenTen made a short laugh. "I've been perfecting it since I was five."

Sasuke's eyes widened as the reality of what he'd just been told sank in. Then, that time...that means she did that on instinct!

"I'm sure you'll get it much faster with the Sharingan. Anyway, I just realized I'm hungry. I'll see ya later," TenTen said with a smile and a wave.

"TenTen..."

"Hai?"

Sasuke paused for a moment before continuing. "Thanks," he answered, a slight smile tugging at the corner of his mouth.

A wide grin broke over TenTen's face. "Anytime. Ja!"

As Sasuke watched her leave the area he smiled to himself. It's nice to know not every girl is part of my fan club. With that thought, he went back to his training.

 

Tomoyo had just cracked an egg into the pan on the stove in front of her when she heard a knock on her front door. She opened it to see Naruto standing there. "Naruto-chan!" she said with a smile.

Naruto stared at her for a moment. "Chan?" he said with an incredulous expression.

"Oh! Sorry. It's just that I used to call Minato 'chan' because he was short too and..." Tomoyo trailed off at Naruto's expression going from incredulous to downright insulted.

She cleared her throat. "Um...anyway. Would... you like to come in?" Naruto nodded and walked inside. "Go ahead and sit on the couch. I just started cooking breakfast." Naruto sat down. "You like ramen right? Oh wait, that was a stupid question. You're Minato's son; of course, you like ramen. Be back in a jiff!"



Wendy Winchester

Edited: 12.07.2019

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