the eight tails

  • team taka: forms and spends the most time with part 2 sasuke thus becoming a huge part of his character arc, willing to help sasuke defeat itachi together, willing to help sasuke destroy kohona, joins akatsuki for sasuke, fights killer b and eight tails along side sasuke, sasuke almost dies but karin heals him while juugo infuses his flesh in order to keep sasuke alive, suigetsu risks life in order to let sasuke and the others escape, sasuke gains the power to be able to extinguish the amaterasu flames when karin was about to die, infultrates five kage summit and fights along side sasuke, karin heals sasuke again in kamui's dimension, karin helps sasuke defeat danzo, is used to symbolize sasuke's fall into darkness, and is eventually thrown in jail for being affiliated with sasuke, taka reforms and joins orochimaru in order to revive the past hokages, taka follows sasuke to aid the allied shinobi forces even though said shinobi never gave a shit about these kids, saves tsunade, sasuke wouldn't be able to use his susanoo along side naruto without juugo transferring natural energy into it, karin senses sasuke is dying and awakens her chakra chains while she and the rest of taka try to get to sasuke in time, basically becomes one of the most functional teams in naruto
  • kishimoto: lol taka who dat

anonymous asked:

Have there ever been students at elsewhere University that are human but act strangely like fae? I remember a post saying that legends of changelings were a way to explain autistic children and was wondering if people on the spectrum are in a weird in between spot (I'm really sorry if this sounds offensive I'm bad with words and they don't always come out right)

It’s taken in the spirit it was meant, no worries. And honestly it’s an interesting question, due to the history behind it. My answer is no. On a meta level, that’s because I’m aware of the traditions regarding dealing with changelings, and I’ve got no interest in resurrecting as entertainment a piece of folklore with such a brutal history of violence towards people on the autism spectrum and the mentally handicapped. Some things are better left in the past.

Within the story itself, the Fair Folk as I draw/write them tend to be creatures that toe the line of eldritch abomination, covered by a whole lot of glamour (some better than others). The ones trying to look human still have tells - strange eyes, backs as hollow as ceramic bowls, tails, eight shadows when there’s only one light source, a voice in triplicate. They’re always going to be very obviously Off, in way that humans aren’t and won’t ever be.

Cat Boy // Nakamoto Yuta

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the prompt: I’d like to request a Yuta NCT scenario where he receives a cat statue in the mail but there’s no return address. He goes to sleep and when he wakes up the next morning, he feels strange and his members scream when they see him because he now has a tail and cat ears. The item was cursed, and Mark tells him to visit the reader because she has knowledge of witchcraft and there’s an instant connection. Fluffy humor, if you can.

words: 1529

category: fluff + comedy

author note: au’s are always a good time and also i haven’t written for yuta since January and i missed him. also i made the reader an actual hogwarts graduate witch whoops

- destinee

Originally posted by chocosicheng

wow he’s so handsome talk abt a bias wrecker

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anonymous asked:

Finding out their s/o is pregnant with Omoi, and Bee

Omoi and Killer Bee Finding Out Their S/O is Pregnant

Originally posted by hyouta

Omoi

• The signs where all there before him, though he wouldn’t pry and ask you if you were pregnant even when the urge was gnawing at the back of his mind. He didn’t mind the thought of a child. In fact the thought of having one with her brings him joy, Omoi still worries.

• When you finally confirm that you are pregnant his mind goes awry leading him to wild scenarios. What if he loses the love of his life, or his child, or both during labor? What if you never make it to that point due to unforeseen complications? These concerns plague his mind which will ultimately be forced into words.

• Upon hearing his qualms, you’ll gently calm him, though it might take some stern word use. You agree, this pregnancy is something to be serious about, but there’s no need to feel such anxiety. You’re going to be one happy family. Hearing you speak with such confidence, and seeing you practically glowing with happiness, allowed him to just focus on the news: we’re going to have a baby.

Originally posted by meezumaki

Killer Bee

• If you glance at the definition of elated, ecstatic, or overjoyed you’ll find Bee’s face plastered beside it as a visual example. He’s all of the above and has no problem showing you his feelings through his energetic rapping. The moment you express the news of having a baby he’s there going over a list of names he might have picked out during his down time, and seeing which names has the best rhyme scheme.

•  When your belly begins to grow, it draw all of Bee’s attention. He speaks directly to the child, even give small previews of verses he’s working on. He humors himself every now and then by asking the baby’s opinion of said verse, proclaiming it all dedicated to them.

• You’re proud parents, that much is obvious, but Bee tends to side track on the possible names rather than picking tangible necessities like a crib or clothes. Though when you bring these issues up Bee has a hard time stifling his laughter before claiming there’s plenty of time to pick those things up. All he wants to do it tell the world how the love of his life and soon to be child made him so damn proud.

EDH Deck Tech: Hokori, Dust Drinker

[you can see every deck tech here]

Hello & welcome to this weekly deck tech! This week we’re exploring EDH with a very fund (for the person who plays it) deck: Hokori, Dust Drinker.

Now, it’s to no one surprise that I love Stax & Attrition archetypes, so this commander, in my opinion is very fun and super cool to play. For those who don’t know what Stax is; the archetype revolves around making it near impossible for your opponents to play anything. You use effects that attack them from every angle, just to prevent them from doing stuff. Most of the effects are symmetrical, but you build your deck around ignoring those effects. By going over the different types of cards you need, you’ll understand.

Keeping Things Tapped

Let’s start off with your commander’s effect: making sure things stay tapped. By this mean, your opponents can’t really play anything, since none of their lands untap (well, just one, but whatever). Other cards like Static Orb, Tangle Wire, Mana Web, Storage Matrix, Marble Titan Meekstone & Crackdown are amazing at making sure that your opponent’s things stay tapped at all time.

Tapping Things

Now that we’ve seen how to make sure nothing untaps, what about tapping them in the first place? You have so many options in White, with cards like Kismet, Loxodon Gatekeeper,  Thalia Heretic Cathar, Imposing Sovereign, Orb of Dreams, Yosei the Morning Star, Icy Manipulator & Scepter of Dominance. Now you’ve effectively tapped everything and are making sure that everything stays like that.

When Tapping isn’t Enough

Sometimes you need to get rid of things, that’s just part of life. You have different ways of destroying stuff and they’re all really fun cards! Stuff like Oblation, Return to Dust, Austere Command, Wrath of God, Day of Judgment, Terminus, Swords to Plowshare & Path to Exile are obvious ones, but you can also play some fun cards like World Queller, Elesh Norn, Michiko Konda Truth Seeker, Archon of Justice, Tragic Arrogance, Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Smokestack, Karmic Justice & Martyr’s Bond. With those cards you have that extra Attrition that makes the deck so much fun. Oh, you can also play lands like Ghost Quarter, Strip Mine, Wasteland, Tectonic Edge, Dust Bowl & Encroaching Wastes, paired with Sun Titan & Crucible of Worlds just to screw with your opponent even more.

They Gotta Pay the Tax

Part of what makes a Stax deck is the Tax part. Just put a big old tax on everything! Go nuts! Play cards like Aura of Silence, Thalia Guardian of Thraben, Lodestone Golem, Vryn Wingmare, Sphere of Resistance, Magus of the Tabernacle (you can also play the Tabernacle at Pendrall Vale if budget is not an issue), Leonin Arbiter, Spelltithe Enforcer,  Glowrider, Chancellor of the Annex, Kataki War’s Wage, Suppression Field, Trinisphere & Defense Grid. Now your opponent has to pay extra to play & keep stuff, their stuff keeps getting tapped, doesn’t untap and some of it just gets destroyed all the time. You might think this is enough, but no, it’s never enough.

Straight-Up Nope

Sometimes you just got to say Nope. Play some cards that literally prevents them from doing things. Stuff like Silence & Orim’s Chant paired with Isochron Scepter. Or other things like Stony Silence, Leyline of Sanctity, Aegis of the Gods, Nevermore, Ethersworn Canonist, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Grand Abolisher, Aven Mindcensor, Containment Priest, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Angelic Arbiter, Phyrexian Revoker, Pithing Needle, Iona Shield of Emeria, Angel of Jubilation, Sanctum Prelate, Chalice of the Void, Linvala Keeper of SIlence, Ward of Bones, Grafdigger’s Cage, Cursed Totem & Rest in Peace. You have many, many ways to just deal with most situation by just saying “you can’t do that”; white has answers to most things. Also, cards like Torpor Orb & Hushwing Gryff in EDH are plain insane, you should play them.

Building a Castle

This goes in the same vein as taxing; if ever your opponent is able to keep some stuff on the field, make sure it doesn’t attack you basically. White has access to so many Pillowfort effects; stuff like Ghostly Prison, Windborn Muse, Archangel of Tithes, Peacekeeper, Magus of the Moat (and Moat if budget is not an issue), Norn’s Annex & Sphere of Safety are amazing at making sure no one can attack you.

What About My Mana?

We’ve made it clear that everyone is getting screwed by your cards, even you. So you have to find ways to make it less sucky for you. Easy, just make sure you have non-lands mana sources, ways to untap things & stuff like that. Play cards like Aether Vial, Gilded Lotus, Land Tax, Marble Diamond, Hedron Archive, Mind Stone, Thran Dynamo, Gold Myr, Knight of the White Orchid, Solemn Simulacrum, Burnished Hart, Palladium Myr, Sword of Feast & Famine, Everflowing Chalice, Darksteel Ingot, Worn Powerstone, Unwinding Clock, Pearl Medallion, Mana Vault, Fellwar Stone, Caged Sun, Basalt Monolith, Grim Monolith, Coldsteel Heart, Commander Sphere, Mana Crypt, Coalition Relic, Khalni Gem, Thought Vessel & Clock of Omens. You’ve got plenty to choose from, just make sure you have enough non-land mana producers and some ways to untap them!

Being Extra

Here are some cards that don’t really fit any of the previous categories that can really help a deck like this: Gideon Jura, Gideon Ally of Zendikar, Elspeth Knight-Errant, Elspeth Tirel, Elspeth Sun’s Champion, Scroll Rack, Sensei’s Divining Top, Eight-and-a-Half-Tailes, Mother of Runes, Platinum Angel, Emeria Shepherd, Stoneforge Mystic (to grab that sweet sword of Feast & Famine), Mentor of the Meek, Recruiter of the Guard & Enlightened Tutor.

Wrap-Up

That’s it for this week! I hope you guys enjoyed this deck tech as much as I did. If I missed anything let me know. I’ll see you guys next week for a Standard deck tech!

Submission: Naruto's Jinchuuriki Song

Ok so saw a post saying “Oh how cute would it be if Naruto got frustrated that no one knew the names of all the tailed beasts and everything and made a song to tell everyone about it?” and decided to do it myself because it seemed fun and because it gave me the chance to write something silly and cute that a 6 year old would come up with. Anyway here’s what I came up with, hope you enjoy it and I think I’ll try to make a short story to go along with it as well but that will take longer.

Jinchuuriki, jinchuuriki
Once they were sad but now they’re happy

Jinchuuriki, Jinchuuriki
What is that? Well listen to me

Mighty big beasts with chakra lots
Sealed into people with lines and dots

Each one a different number of tails
Each one a name spoke with mighty wails

The one tail Shukaku of the sands
A raccoon dog that tears up lands

Two tail Matatabi, a fiery cat
Blue flames blasting enemies flat

Three tailed Isobu of the mighty sea
A turtle making coral is when he’s happy

Four tail ape the mighty Son
Likes to make lava and is lots of fun

Five tails has the fishy horse Kokuro
Always on the run and ready to go

Six is the tails of Saiken the slug
Seeing bubbles makes happy as a bug

Though seven tails Chomei really has but one
With six other wings to help her fly to the sun

Eight tentacle tails is what Gyukii holds
A gentle bull head that is never cold

With nine mighty tails comes Kurama the fox
The first of the beasts to be sealed in a human box

Each one a beast put inside someone
But who are they well let me tell you some

Gaara holds the first and is really shy
But is sand attacks make him a really great guy

Yugito comes next with plenty of clout
Mess with her and you’ll get your eyes clawed out

Yagura is small but is still real strong
With awesome water attacks that never go wrong

Roshi is short in size and fuse
But with lava techniques you know he won’t lose

Han is a giant the tallest of them all
And his steam like punches make any enemy fall

Fu likes to fly and spread glitter around
Which blinds all her foes stuck on the ground

Killer Bee raps and slashes with swords
Though he’s better with blades then with his words

Finally is Naruto of the golden chains
If you hurt those precious to him he’ll bring you lots of pain

And the one who saved them all from misery
Was the Great Fox Man: Kurama Uzumaki

Jinchuuriki, jinchuuriki
Never sad again they’ll always be happy

Jinchuuriki, jinchuuriki
Once separated but now one big family

I think Naruto would be so proud to come up with something like this. Hope you liked it.

Approaching Sun (4)

Author’s Note: Sorry for the ridiculously long wait! I have exchanged my full-time school schedule for a full-time summer job, so I have not been able to update as frequently as I had hoped. You’ll be glad to know that I have been spending more time developing this story’s plot, connecting it to the novels and manga, and lots of research in order to make this a better story over all!  

Happy SasuSaku Month everyone!!

P.S. I mentioned last time that I enjoy the challenge of writing as closely to character as I am able. For those of you want a quick developing romance with unrealistic scenarios, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It will happen, but realistically and through proper plot progression! As always, let me know what you think!

(Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3)

*This fic is tightly adapted to the Sasuke Shinden and Sakura Hiden. Please read the novels or refer to the summaries. I’m tired of waiting for their story, so have decided to write it myself. (______signifies time lapse, and … . signifies transitions between p.o.v.)

Pairing: SasuSaku

Summary: After 2 years, Sasuke returns to the village where friends anxiously await him. Still troubled by the mysteries of Kaguya and his personal guilt, Sasuke is split between friends and his journey. One specific pink-haired individual has perhaps waited for him with far more dedication than anyone else. Troubled by rising casualties and international dependence on her abilities, Sakura is torn between her love for Sasuke and her duty to her village.

 

Chapter 4: “Walks with Ninja”

Sasuke remained silent as they walked together towards her home. Sasuke wasn’t sure where Sakura was living these days; he knew she probably didn’t live with her parents anymore, at least. He let her lead the way.

Sakura also didn’t talk and it annoyed the Uchiha to no end. He could tell she was on the verge of saying something, but just as she was about to, she pursed her lips together. She had spoken to him this morning, but now she seemed hesitant. There was a part of the Uchiha that was glad she was quiet, leaving a formality between them. However, there was a part of him that wished she would speak to end the tension that hung over their heads.

She had never been as loud or boisterous as Naruto, but this unsuspecting quiet was beginning to bother him.

He shook his head at the thought. It had been awhile since he had last seen her; there was bound to be a stiff silence.

As Sakura stumbled along, he noticed again how tired she looked.

“You work long shifts at the hospital,” the Uchiha said awkwardly, turning away from her redirected gaze.

Offering him a small smile, she replied, “Yes, they often run together.”

When she didn’t elaborate, Sasuke asked, “What do you mean?”

“There are a lot of demands, lately,” she explained. “A team of medical ninja was sent to Kumogakure so I’ve been a little short staffed at the hospital.”

He recalled his more recent conversation with one of the Raikage’s right hand men. Sasuke had travelled to Kumogakure when he discovered their missing shinobi on an island in the Land of Water. C had told him that a Konoha medical team was sent to Kumogakure to help assist them in removing Chino’s foreign chakra from their shinobi.

He remembered the acute sting in his hand when he reached into the pool of red, the chakra swirling within it cutting at his skin, trying to enter his body. The red pools in Hell Valley were where Chino had kept the ninja as she turned them into human bombs. He wondered if extracting the foreign chakra caused pain for the medic because of the chakra’s nature.

“You might be wondering where Naruto is,” she offered and Sasuke blinked in surprise. “Tsunade, Hinata, and He are accompanying the medic team to Kumogakure. The Byakugan can see the chakra and after helping me discovering how to remove it, Hinata was an asset to the team. After showing Tsunade how I was able to extract the chakra, she was able to improve upon the method and went in my place.”

Sasuke raised his eyes in surprise. She had been the one to discover how to extract the chakra? When C had told him that Konoha had developed a way to do so, he didn’t imagine Sakura being the one responsible.

“Naruto wanted to see B, I imagine,” she added quickly, interrupting his thoughts.

Ah, Sasuke thought. That made sense. It was odd, knowing his closest friend was now in Kumogakure, just days after having been there himself. He pictured the large Octopus-Bull eight tailed beast and his jinchūriki. He began to recall the battle he had with the self-proclaimed rapper, Killer B. He smiled at the thought of the world’s two most obnoxious shinobi as being friends.  

Glancing over at Sakura, he thought more carefully about what she said. “You stayed,” he said, matter of factly.

“Yes,” she replied, “I chose to stay behind, this time.” She looked away shyly and Sasuke wasn’t sure why. He looked away from her and remained silent.

After a few quiet seconds, Sakura stated, “Kirigakure and Kumogakure have their own set of victims from the exploding humans incident, but so does Konoha. I stayed behind so that I could research and develop a burn solvent that helps speed up the healing process in patients without the necessity of extreme chakra depletion on the medic’s part.”

She exhaled tiredly and glanced down at her arm. Sasuke snapped his attention to the direction of her gaze and noticed large circular scars running across the bottom of her forearm. His eyes widened as the realization hit him. It was shocking to make the connection between Sakura and the extent she was willing to go to. He recalled other moments of her fearlessness. Most prominently, Sasuke remembered the faces of three Oto chunin applicants terrorizing the girl who fought so desperately to save Naruto and himself. More recently, he could recall her unexpected efforts in the war. She was no longer the teammate who relied on her partners to defend her in battle. Instead, she was becoming a shinobi the ninja world relied on. The Uchiha in him had always admired power and this capable Sakura was beginning to grow in his acknowledgements and respects.

Looking back at him, Sakura offered another tired smile at his silence.

He shook his head and replied lamely, “So not much sleep then?”

“No. Not much.”

They stopped at a small little apartment located in a tight alley between the left corner of the hospital and the connecting path that would eventually take you into the Uchiha compound. She reached in her pocket for the key and fumbled to unlock the door. Sasuke wanted to ask her why she had chosen to move so far across the village, but his conversational ability seemed to be exhausted.

“Thank you, again, for walking me home, Sasuke.” She turned towards her door to enter but stopped short and turned to face him once more. “Can I see you again, tomorrow? I know Naruto isn’t here, but maybe you, Kakashi, and I could go out for ramen like old times and catch up.”

He frowned automatically before he could catch himself. He knew he wasn’t afraid to be involved anymore, but a rendezvous with his old team wouldn’t help the situation at all. They both knew he wasn’t home for good. Perhaps this was why she hadn’t asked him how long he had been planning on staying. He didn’t want her to get used to his company again only for him to leave so quickly. Through his travelling, Sasuke had decided that being home meant bringing danger to the village; in other words, he aimed to eliminate the risk by searching for the biggest threat to the current peace.

If Sakura knew this, she would be devastated.

“I have to continue my training, tomorrow,” he said bluntly. It was better to put a limit on their interactions with one another. It would be the best thing he could do for her.

She looked away at his answer, then gave him a small smile. “Maybe another time, then.”

He nodded silently and turned in the direction of the Uchiha compound. For some reason, as he walked away, the Uchiha raised an arm in farewell. He supposed Sakura wasn’t the only one who had changed. He needed Naruto to hurry up and come back so he could return to his mission and let his friends move on with their lives.

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Sakura didn’t see Sasuke the following day, or the next, or even the next. In fact, she didn’t see him for the first week that he was here. She wanted to seek him out, to tell him he was being unfair by keeping his distance from those who cared about him. Had she not waited, waited, and waited for him to come home? And now, he was here and she was just about sick of waiting.

Sakura shuffled the papers on her desk into a neat pile and pushed them to the side. It was mid-afternoon and contemplating about Sasuke hadn’t helped her get as much paperwork completed on her break like she had planned. She rubbed her temples and closed her eyes.

After sitting in silence for a few minutes, Sakura began working again. The pink-haired medic had scheduled checkups for all her burn patients today which had kept her very busy. Working on these select patients within a shorter time frame allowed her to compare results between patients more quickly. Her main objective was to evaluate her burn solvent’s short-term efficiency. A week wasn’t long enough for severe burns to completely heal, but she wanted to make sure the herbal cast was holding up for her patients.

The first patient was a young kunoichi named Hoko who had suffered third-degree burns across her right shoulder and up her neck and face. Unfortunately, the woman’s right eye had been completely disintegrated due to its direct connection with the explosion. Sakura had barely managed to save her left eye and had spent a large amount of chakra trying to heal the rest of Hoko’s face. Once Hoko had finally stopped screaming, Sakura had wrapped the right side of her face and kept a medical patch over the left eye, returning later to apply the solvent to her burns. Even though the kunoichi’s former face was impossible to return to its previous state, the healing solvent paired with Sakura’s chakra was working miraculously. Her skin showed little redness and the ointment was helping the skin regeneratre without major scarring. Hoko’s left eye was restored while her exposed right eye socket was now almost completely covered with a layer of puffy skin.

“Does it look bad?” Hoko asked with a hoarse and broken voice, reaching up to touch the newly applied bandages. Her good eye was uncovered now and she was able to move her lips which Sakura was relieved to see.

“It looks better than I originally thought it would,” Sakura replied, stretching out her palm to rest on the girl’s hand.

The girl frowned despite the good news. She understood why a young kunoichi would be upset and Sakura knew she couldn’t offer any heartfelt words that would genuinely make her feel better.

After a long minute, Sakura finally said, “What you did for your village was honorable and brave. I am thankful that we can rely on shinobi like you to rush out onto the battlefield.” The girl looked away from her and Sakura reached over and grabbed a mass of blue from the side table next to her.

Placing the forehead protector into Hoko’s hand, Sakura said, “You may not have a right eye anymore, but in its absence, I see a badge that declares your bravery in battle and dedication to your village. There’s no one more worthy of wearing this headband.”

For the first time since the incident, Hoko’s lips tilted upward at the edges.

“I couldn’t have said it better myself,” came a voice from the doorway. They both turned to see the Sixth, displaying the white and red of Hokage. He entered carefully and presented himself to the ninja and took his hat off. Hoko tried to stand but Kakashi raised a hand and she sat back down, offering a small bow from her seat.

“Lord Hokage,” Sakura interjected on Hoko’s behalf, “what a surprise. We were not expecting you.”

Sakura’s former sensei turned and nodded in her direction, “Yes, well, I wanted acknowledge these fine ninja.”

Hoko looked down respectfully when he turned back to her. The Sixth proceeded to thank her for her assistance in the fight against the exploding humans. She was going to be publicly honored along with the others if she gave her assent. Kakashi offered her a masked smile when she nodded slowly to his question.

This is how it went for the rest of her shift. Kakashi followed her to all her appointments, recognizing each ninja individually and lifting their spirits by honoring their efforts in the battle. Sakura smiled as her former teacher went above and beyond to interact with these ninja. To this day, he continued to surprise her with his performance as Hokage and in this moment, Sakura couldn’t help but feel an extreme admiration for this man who once had to drag around three ignorant little ninja who thought they knew so much.

Sakura could honestly say she missed the days where the four of them were a team, Naruto and Sasuke at each other’s throats, constantly trying to outdo one another; Sakura feigning after Sasuke and yelling at Naruto; Kakashi hiding in a tree somewhere, ignoring their squabbling altogether as he read Icha Icha Paradise. How much had the three of them really changed?

“Sakura?” Kakashi asked, a few minutes after the last patient walked out the front doors. She just realized he had asked her a question and she had been too lost in pleasant memories to hear him.

“I’m sorry. Did you say something Kakashi sensei?” she asked, turning to face him.

Shaking his head, Kakashi stated, “I asked if you needed an escort home.”

Sakura smiled, shaking her head and waving her right arm. “There’s no need. I’m sure the Hokage has more important things to–”

“Oh nonsense,” he interjected quickly, motioning towards the door. Honestly, Sakura felt obligated to stay for the night shift. She had taken on the most of the day’s work herself, but they were still short on staff.

“Come on now,” Kakashi called out to her. “Hokage’s orders!”

She scowled at him. She hated when he used the “Hokage” card on her.

After being reassured by her apprentice, Kirai, who took charge in Sakura’s absence, the pink-haired kunoichi joined her former sensei.

The streets were lit by the glow coming from the many shops and markets who hadn’t quite reached closing time. It was hard to escape the attention of many who recognized the Hokage. One marketer even rushed out onto the street to offer the “Honorable Hokage” a free dango, to which Kakashi tried to politely refuse but the kind merchant wouldn’t take no for an answer. Kakashi thanked him and smiled largely.

As the two of them walked farther away from the village’s center, the night time bustle began to fade behind them. Once they were out of sight from the kind merchant, Kakashi put the sweetly smelling dango in Sakura’s hand. She smiled, taking a bite from one of the brightly colored dumplings on the stick. Her team had always known her weakness for sweets.  

After a minute, Kakashi removed his hat from his head, allowing it to rest on his back. He inhaled the fresh air loudly and Sakura noticed his usually fixed posture relax slightly. Seeing him this way made the young kunoichi think of the past again; back to the days where Kakashi wasn’t in charge of the village. She couldn’t imagine the stress he dealt with.

After giving him a few minutes of uninterrupted silence, Sakura asked, “What’s this about Kakashi? Why are you walking me home?”

“Hm?” he asked, dropping all previous formalities. “Can’t your former sensei assist you home, on a dark and scary even–”

“Let me guess,” she interjected, pointing an accusing finger in his direction. “You’re trying to get out of more paperwork, aren’t you?”

He laughed and waved his hands innocently and Sakura knew she had hit the nail on the head.

“That’s not my only reason,” he defended himself, then placed a palm on the back of his hand as they continued to walk down the darkening path. “I actually wanted to talk to you.”

“To meh? ‘Bout what?” Sakura asked, just having taken the last bite of her final dumpling.

His former playfulness turned solemn as he asked, “Are you getting the rest you need?”

Rest? Why was he asking her about that? She couldn’t just come out and tell him she hadn’t slept much since the medic team left for Kumogakure. Not only was she responsible for maintaining the hospital, but ever since Sasuke’s return, she had arrived home feeling exhausted but restless thoughts of him kept her from sleeping. It was all she could do to spare the chakra to erase the dark circles from her eyes every morning.

When Sakura didn’t reply, he continued, “I understand that your load is heavy right now at the Hospital, but you need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself, first.”

“Who told you I wasn’t?” she asked, giving him an innocent smile.

The ninja beside her switched from Kakashi to Hokage as he said, “Actually, I have been keeping an eye on your situation since the departure of the medical team last week. I checked your hours and confirmed them with your staff this morning. I can say for certainty that you are not resting.”

Annoyed at his snooping, she glared at him, pointing her now empty dango stick at him. “Look, they need me, and I know my own limits.”

He didn’t look properly chastised. In fact, he gently took her left arm and pulled down the sleeve of her lab coat to reveal her circular scars. “If you knew your limits, these would be properly healed by now.”

She pulled her arm away and tugged her sleeve back down. “Look, I’m doing what I have to. My patients need me and I don’t have the extra chakra to spare at the moment.”

“And this is why I have arranged for you to have the next couple of days off.” After seeing Sakura’s gawking silence, the Hokage seemed to change back into his sensei persona as he smiled and walked a couple steps in front of her, knowing he had bested her.

“But!” Sakura implored, “What will they do without me?”

“It’s all been arranged,” he replied coming to a slow walk as the two of them approached her little apartment nestled into the side of an alley.

She inhaled to come up with an argument, but Kakashi placed a hand on her shoulder and offered her a tired smile. “So take some time off and leave the rest to me. You do too much, sometimes” he spoke from behind his mask.

As she watched her sensei begin to leave, she called loudly after him, “What am I supposed to do?!”

“Sleep!” he called back, “And, uh, maybe go visit a friend!”

A friend? She didn’t have to ask who Kakashi meant. After the white haired ninja disappeared into the night,

Sakura turned her head to look down the opposite path, the narrow one that eventually wound its way towards the Uchiha compound.