The voice of Neji’s editor called out from her office doorway, deceptively cheerful over the low murmur of cubicle chattering. Taking one last look at the unfinished article hanging open on his computer screen, Neji made a few last-ditch keystrokes before abandoning his desk and navigating the narrow paths toward the corner of the room. His feet stilled just past the threshhold and he lingered pensively by the door.
“You wanted to see me?”
He wondered what it would be this time. The last time she’d called him into her office, it’d been due to the scathing nature of a piece he wrote condemning both sides of the Kusa/Iwa war. Did you think we could actually print this, Neji? It could jeopardize our neutrality! He had argued with her that he’d merely presented the facts in all their despicable glory, but in the end he’d been made to re-submit a watered down version. His boss, while not particularly stern as others, certainly had ways of persuading people to do what she asked. That talent, coupled with a nose for news was what made her one of the youngest editors in the company.
Now, he eyed the feather-tipped pen she tapped against her cheek as she considered something and jotted some words down on the paper in front of her before giving him her full attention.
“Yes. Come in, come in and have a seat. You can leave the door open, I promise you it’s not bad.”
Dubious, Neji drifted in closer but declined to sit, wanting to get the impromptu meeting over with before he lost his train of thought with the article still swimming around his mind. Ino pointedly glanced at the chair in front of her desk but said nothing. Neji relented, at last taking a seat. Ino beamed at him.
“So~ you’ve been a journalist with us for three years now, and certainly one of our more opinionated writers.”
Opinionated. He didn’t like the sound of that. News was supposed to be unbiased.
“Or perhaps ‘passionate’ would be the more appropiate word.”
She must have seen him wince at her earlier word choice.
“Anyway, I’ve called you in for a proposition: the company has recently had an opening and I’ve put in a recommendation for you. How would you feel about being an Administrative Editor?”
Administrative Editor? But…that was her title. Was she leaving the company?
“I don’t follow. Would there then be two Administrative Editors?”
Ino bit her bottom lip in a way that made him suspect she wasn’t giving him the full details.
“No, there wouldn’t be. The job would be in another division. The Economy section.”
He thought it over. It was a promotion, but it was also in another division. Each division, while working for the same newspaper, operated independently. He’d be on a different floor with a whole new circle of peers.
He rather liked the way his boss ran the Current Events team.
He gave a polite smile and a shallow bow in the chair.
“I thank you for your consideration, but I must decline.”
Her mouth opened a little and Neji was secretly pleased he’d rendered her speechless, if only for a moment.
“I joined this company with the dream of arming the public with the truth. If it’s me acting as editor over in Economy, the public’s going to get the undiluted truth; the numbers, the personal testimonies of those affected, all of it. It’s going to be raw, and I don’t think management will tolerate that as well as you have.”
She smiled at him, knowing exactly how brutal Neji could be, and smoothed her bangs out of her face. Standing up, Ino’s heels clicked as she moved around her desk and past Neji to close her office door.
“And if I were to help you in refining that rawness, would you be willing to take the position?”
He stood to look at her, uncertain. It was rare to be given a second chance for this kind of opportunity.
“You would do that? Why?”
She took a step away from the door, her hands clasped behind her back.
“What if I told you that this company takes fraternization very seriously, that it would look very badly if someone in a senior position dated one of their junior workers?”
Neji took a step too, more than a little drawn by the smirk on her lips.
“I would hope that one wouldn’t use a promotion as a means of subverting 'fraternization’.”
“One wouldn’t.” she countered, coming closer yet. “You are qualified for the position and what would you say if I said the rules only refer to employees working in the same division?”
He copied her, coming to stand a scant few inches in front of her.
“I would ask if you had plans this Friday.”
“And if I don’t?” she toyed with the ends of her hair; a small, flirty gesture.
Working on one of my other NejiIno stories atm. Been working on it off and on for like a year~ It’s the damn fight scene, so hard to choreograph. Especially considering the setting.
I try to always be working on at least one of my writings. Like Scarless <- I keep hesitating on the style I write the second chap in because it’ll totally set the tone and I have trouble to committing to the unknown.
But back to the fic I’m currently working on : conceptually, it’s nothiing like anything I’ve ever come across, so hopefully that translates as something fresh and intriguing to you guys as well.
I’m posting the epilogue for Jigoku tonight. As in, five minutes. And, of course, I deviated from plan. In it’s orginal form, the epilogue was 12k words, but that’s just so much and the majority of it is explainations/fill-in-gap stuff and it was pretty much taking on a life on it’s own because every time I explained one thing, I had to explain eight more things related to that. It was just seriously way over detailed.
So I cut it down. Waayyyy down. (To be fair, none of the other endings will get epilogues, so yeah)
And basically, now that *that* won’t be eating up my limited writing time, I can go back to doing the final parts of the other two endings. I figure I can go back and re-add stuff later if you guys want; or I can pm you the ‘uncut version’ sometime later because I recognize that some people only want to read certain endings, so those who are skipping Jigoku have been waiting longer.
Okay so I’m posting Jigoku now. I still feel like the flow is awkward, but you guys have dealt with my bad writing for this long, so hopefully this is just me overanalyzing.
I’ll take any question you guys have as long as:
a) the answer to the question isn’t in one of the other endings
b) the answer to the question isn’t in Jigoku’s epilogue
So basically, I’ll only answer question about stuff within this current chapter or past chapters.
If you feel like there are some details missing, they’re probably in the epilogue. Although because this ending makes me think so many thoughts, I’ll probably go back and add stuff later. I’m sorry I’m this kind of person (x_X)
Note: One of the meanings for Hiroto (大翔) is “flying”.
kaara, nukumi, i’m writing an outline for that fic, er, as i type this? sort of? anyway point is REQUEST WHATEVER YOU WANT FOR IT. I AM COUNTING THIS AS BEING A GROUP EFFORT seeing as nukumi thought it up and kaara and i leapt on it with the force of a thousand angry swans
hit me with your best shot as i cry over this
edit this timeline is a little wack too, technically it’d be the third hokage but tsuande is sooo much more fun to write
I’m still working on all three endings. Given that they’re each going to be pretty long and fairly detailed, I don’t see any of them being done before November. Sorry! I tried just concentrating on one at a time, but that just slowed me down, odd as that may sound. I can tell you that in terms of uploading, the main ending will be uploaded first, then the “Tengoku” ending, and finally the “Jigoku” ending and epilogue.