Two Halves Ch. 12Naruto had never had a hard time telling Sakura that he liked her. It had always been easy to proclaim his feelings. He had told her hundreds of times that he liked her, asked her out on dozens of dates and tried everything he could think of to get her.
This was why it bugged the hell out of him that he didn't seem to be able to do any of that with Hinata.
They were sitting in a familiar position, side by side in front of the fire, leaning back against the couch with their books spread out around them. They had sat just like this dozens of times before, studying the books that Sora gave them. Everything was just the way it always was: Hinata's pot of tea sat next to her hip, while he was surrounded by empty ramen cups. She was reading a thick book on the theory of the echoes she was able to see, while he was reading accounts of some of the most famous of the West's gang wars.
He looked up at the clock on the wall. In fifteen minutes, Hinata would get up to get more tea and offer to get
Two Halves Ch.3 Hinata looked at the ground, up at Naruto and down at the ground again. She wanted to say something to him. It wasn't that she had anything specific in mind, but she wanted to be able to hold a pleasant conversation for a few minutes. It was more than she had ever been able to do before and it would mean so much to her if only...
"Neh, Hinata?" Hinata jerked her head up. She hadn't thought out yet what she would do if he talked to her. Oh no, what was she supposed to say?
She swallowed. "Hai, Naruto-kun?"
He leaned over close to her, causing her heart to speed up. "Does Sora- sensei seem a little...strange to you?" he whispered.
Two Halves Chapter 8"NANI!" Naruto yelled before rushing over to bang on the door. He could hear Sora laughing outside the door.
"I suggest just working on getting a conversation going and then talking about committing yourself to a partnership," she giggled.
"What the hell! You said this was an exercise to help us decide whether or not we would make good partners!"
"This is it. It's my special 'locking-the-two-of-you-in-a-room-together- and-forcing-you-to-talk-it-out' method. Have fun!" There were a few more giggles and then he could hear Yasu and Sora walking away.
"Why you little...!!!" Naruto's scream could be heard all over the house.
"Would you like to play some poker?" Sora asked Yasu.
"Like I would be stupid enough to play poker with you."
The sound of their voices faded away. Slowly, Naruto turned to look back at Hinata. She was standing in the center of the room looking shocked.
His face scrunched up and he started trying to force the door open again. "Damn it!" he yelled. "They must have put so
Two Halves Ch. 7"No, no, no! First ox, then ram and then dragon!" Sora yelled.
"You said hare last time!" Naruto yelled.
"Look you little brat, I know what I am talking about as opposed to you so- "
"Ha! I know enough to know when you say one thing and then change it!"
Hinata sighed and took another sip of her tea. Over the past few weeks one of the things she had learned was to stay out of Sora and Naruto's arguments. After the episode with Naruto and the fire wall no jutsu, she had started to try and defuse the arguments between them. Gradually, however, she had come to realize that they rather enjoyed yelling at each other. One of them would pick a fight, they would call each other names for a few minutes and then they would move on. As long as it wasn't too serious, she had learned not to get involved.
In fact they hadn't had a really serious fight for a few weeks now. There had been the one about how Sora was not going to go down the mountain just to get Naruto more ramen re
Two Halves Chapter 6Naruto was suddenly woken up, just like every single morning for the past three months, by music. Loud techno music with a strong, pulsing beat that shook the floor could be heard all over the place. He could also hear the lead singer blaring out lyrics about love and broken hearts and, only slightly softer, he could hear Sora singing along.
He rolled over to stare bleary-eyed at the clock. Six thirty am. He groaned and buried his face in the pillow. They had been up until one the night before, while he tried to get a hold of some stupid chakra weaving thing that was on the scroll. It was skill number 60, but they had only completed about 40. Three months and he was only less than halfway done. He had thought that he would be finished by now. But the tasks had gotten surprisingly harder. The floor cleaning exercise was piece of cake compared to what she was having them do now.
On top of that, she had hauled them into the library one day and informed them that they were to begin school
Two Halves Chapter 9Ok this capter is really long so i'm gonna break it up into one smaller and one regular size. The next chapter after this is vital. So don't skim otherwise you'll be wondering where the hell it's going later on.
Sora had finally decided to take the two of them off the mountain, even if it wasnt to civilization.
Ive got to make sure both of you can spin properly before I hand you over to Nori. So were going to go diving.
Diving? Hinata had questioned.
Mmmhmm. I know a great place we can practice diving so that yall can get the hang of spinning around.
But its October!
Sora shrugged. So youll have to use chakra to keep yourselves warm. Its good training.
It was decided that Naruto would be able to get by in his boxer shorts, but Hinata was not about to go swimming in her underwear. She was wholly unconvinced that swimming was a g
Two Halves chapter 10aSHIT, SHIT, SHIT! She marveled at her own stupidity... She should have known that he would go into her room! Why the hell hadn't she put a stronger ward on it? Now...
Now he had seen the pictures she had hidden from him since the first day he got there. Now the normally small stripes on either side of his cheeks were wide and jagged and his eyes were starting to head towards yellow. Now she had to go back and tell him everything.
She had betrayed him, she realized, even more than she thought she had. And that betrayal had hit him deeper than she had ever expected. She had been fooling herself into thinking that she wasn't doing to him the same thing her father had done to her. Now she just had to hope that she would have better control than she had.
"Naruto-kun, you need to calm down."
"DON'T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN!" he screamed. "TELL ME WHAT THE HELL THIS IS!"
Sora swallowed and watched Hinata cringe. He wasn't stable. The aura of Kyubi was starting to get through, playing up his anger
Two Halves Ch 5They were walking along the road, Sora in front Naruto and Hinata trailing behind, when suddenly Sora turned off the road and went into the trees. Naruto and Hinata looked up from where Hinata had been trying to explain, unsuccessfully, how she pushed her chakra out of her hands.
"This way, you two," Sora called out from the trees. They looked at each other and then followed their teacher into the forest.
"Ano, Onee-chan?" Hinata called out.
She started as Sora's voice came from behind her. "Hinata-chan, do you start every question with 'ano'?
Hinata blushed. "Ano, why-" She stopped herself as she realized that what she had said.
Sora laughed, but it was a kind laugh that invited Hinata to join in. "Why?" she prompted.
Hinata swallowed. "Why did we leave the road?"
Sora smiled. "This is the way to my house. The next village is a few more hours down the road, but it will take less time to get home if we just go directly. From here on out, we can go ahead and use speed. Depending on how
Two Halves Chapter 13"We leave in exactly one month and there are holes we need to fill before we go," Sora said, scooping up another bite of chocolate chip pancakes.
"Holes?" Naruto asked with his mouth full.
"In your education," Sora said mouth also full. "There are a few parts we simply haven't gotten to yet that we should probably cover."
"Like what?" Hinata asked.
"Like teaching you how to summon. It's a handy still to have, but with all the work you've been doing on genjutsu, I just haven't gotten around to it."
"I'm going to learn how to summon?" Hinata asked. "Summon what?"
"Ah now you see herein lies the issue. You have a choice, whereas normally you would just summon what your line would. However, Yasu and I have rather confusing lineages anyway, so you can just choose without too much hassle."
"But if you summon in lines, why didn't Kakashi-sensei learn how to summon frogs?"
"Because deep down, your father knew that Kakashi-no-baka was an idiot and not to be trusted with such things."
"So then w