Naruto - Skin DeepKnowledge was something that had always appealed to Tenten. To possess more of it meant having the ability to develop a better strategy. A more thought-out plan and achieving success. It helped sharpen the senses and brought clarity to an all too clouded world of uncertainty. So it was no surprise to anyone that the kunoichi made frequent trips to the village archives whenever possible. And normally, Orochimaru would have overlooked such behavior. Intelligence, after all, was one of her stronger qualities. But when such visits coincided with one Uchiha Saske, suspicion could not help but form. And in this game of chess, the Snake Lord Sannin had a lot of pawns to sacrifice for the greater good. His greater good.
"Don't worry," she assured him, "I won't be the one to tell him what we're planning."
There was a pause, a moment where his inky-black eyes narrowed the tiniest bit before the young Uchiha gave a small incline of his head. A nod barely notable to tell her that he
Naruto - Under the UnderneathAdmittedly, the side-long glances and general attention had seemed fairly odd at first. Especially after spending the first few months of her residence in Oto confined to her quarters. With good reason. Orochimaru had still been uncertain about giving her free reign to walk about the base unsupervised. He had even went as far as to assign a guard inside of the kunoichi's room at night to ensure that she was not attempting some sort of escape. But as time passed on as it always did, the stares and wandering eyes became easier and easier to ignore. After all, she supposed, when you were chosen to become the personal sparring partner to Uchiha Sasuke, a bit of recognition and curiosity was in order.
"I guess that's how he felt," Tenten muttered quietly to herself as she quietly stepped through the doors of the library.
Suffice to say, the Snake Lord had gathered a substantial collection of books and scrolls over the years, ever searching for a way to gain eternal life so that he co
Naruto - Only the BeginningWith a calm and somewhat careless sort of air, the kunoichi silently regarded her companion a moment before taking another sip of the tea. Lotus green tea. His choice. Although she had not been inclined to disagree with the order when he had made it. And from there on, Tenten could not help but be curious of his intentions and/or level of commitment in this endeavor. After all, it certainly could not have been a mere coincidence that Uchiha Sasuke had chosen her favorite tea out of all the other selections they served, knowing enough to place an order without ever asking her what she preferred. But those things she could inquire about at a later time. There were other more important things that needed the young woman's attention.
Thus far, he had proven himself to be extremely determined. Perhaps blunt to a fault. And as far as Tenten knew, Sasuke was being truthful as well. Then again, she was not trained in interrogation. Deception was a shinobi art form after all. They had trained t
Naruto - Veils of Konoha, Pt 1Reclining my head back far enough so that it rested comfortably on the wall, I welcomed the cool summer breeze as it floated in with the evening rays, bringing with it the crisp smell of the forest leaves that surrounded Konoha. For once in my busy shinobi-filled life everything seemed perfectly quiet. Not a single noise from outside these four walls drifted in to disturb the silence. There was just the starch-white hospital room and the sterile scent that always resided with such things, combining with the stillness of the environment to make a peaceful setting that, unfortunately, wasnt meant to last.
My eyes snapped open, the daydream instantly interrupted and forgotten to be replaced by the sight of Lee shifting towards the edge of his bed. His arms and legs were still wrapped tightly in layers of bandages, keeping the injuries he received in his preliminary match from reopening. I couldnt help but wince at the memory, recalling how the gauze had at one
FF7 - Angel of LightLiving in the slums of Sector 7 had acquainted her with a collection of different sights, sounds, and experiences that might have been expected with the fast-paced city scene of Midgar. Certainly, it had been an extreme contrast to the peace and quiet of country living in Nibelheim when she had been growing up. But while it was somewhat of a trial in determination and perseverance to adapt to this new life she had chosen for herself, after her home had been burned to ruins and then overrun by ShinRa operatives, the young woman had been left with little other options. However, despite making this unexpected new start made out of necessity, out of tragedy, Tifa had faced what life brought head on, with as much courage the young woman could muster. The very same brand of determination that had been behind every angered step she took during her irrational confrontation with that man -- that monster -- everyone had once trusted and revered almost a lifetime ago. And that had o
FF7 - Out of NecessityWar. It was never something Tifa had placed much thought on when she was younger, preferring rather to indulge in her childish fantasies of a knight in shining armour coming to rescue her whenever she was in trouble. He would ride in on his metallic steed, harvest yellow hair swaying in the wind and sea blue eyes sparkling in the sun. Yes, after the promise they had made that night in Nibelheim, his last night, it was always Cloud's face she saw in her dreams. His rose tinted cheeks and shy smile that gave her something to look forward to when the days became darker and more unpredictable. Perhaps it was naive of her to believe that the blond would actually keep his word when he was so far away in a big city like Midgar while she was still trapped in their small village. But the hope that maybe, just maybe, he might come had been enough to sustain her half realized daydreams.
Then the two SOLDIERs came with the prospect of help from ShinRa. And soon came the fire. And then her father..
Naruto - A Thousand Names, Pt2A faint whisper of air was all that could be heard as she tossed a well aimed shuriken from her seat at the counter. Breezing by a forest of hardened wood and tempered steel to embed itself into the far wall with a dull thunk, it landed amid the aerial weapons that were displayed along the wall, and where a set of young fingers were poised over the hilt of a sharp dagger. Almost instantly, a chorus of gasps floated to the kunoichi's ears, doing well to drown out the initial yelp of shock and rustling of clothing as all attention shifted to her. Mei, however, remained unfazed and nonchalant while she continued to shuffle through the week's inventory report, retaining the same calm demeanor she normally reserved for shinobi business.
"Just because I'm not looking doesn't mean I can't see," came her curt response to their wide-eyed stares, fingers moving swiftly to scribble down small notations along the margins, "Now, unless you intend to actually buy something here, I suggest you guys l
Naruto - Lost Inhibitions, Pt1Cool and calloused fingers fidgeted with the sleeve of her crimson gown, vibrant and soft as it swayed with the gentle tugs and nervous twitches. Through the fabric of the thin veil covering her head, she caught a shadow of movement from the young man sitting beside her, unable to see much else besides faint outlines of the contents within the small room they occupied. As an agent of the Leaf Village and one of Konoha's talented shinobi, not being able to see beyond the thin, red barrier of the cloth only posed as a danger. Yes, she trusted her partner, but a lifetime of training in the deadly arts of the shinobi could neither be erased nor forgotten for one night, no matter the circumstances. And so, it was for that reason that the young woman decided to keep her gaze focused on her lap and the hands that were currently keeping themselves busy through the stillness. At least then the feeling of helplessness and vulnerability would not be so ominous and imposing. With a steady beat, th
Naruto - A Thousand Names, Pt1- No way! No one could hit all those without missing! -
- Cheater! -
- Just what kind of kunais are those anyways? They look funny. -
- Girls can't be shinobi. They aren't strong enough. -
- Yeah! You don't even have a family name! -
- You're just a nobody. -
- I...I am not! -
- Nobody! -
- Weirdo! -
- Freak! -
Tentatively, she held out the palms of her hands to catch the light of the slowly fading sun on the horizon, utilizing the long shadows of dusk to scrutinize every line, every dirt-covered crease, every scar she had already received in her young life. She took pride in them no matter what her peers believed or said, or how much they would tease her for it. When they would break and crack from the strain, she loved them all the more. After all, each had been made one by one from her long hours of training and stood as a mark of the girl's slow achievements, working diligently with the shinobi tools until they became so much a part of