Chapter 33: Double Black Times Three
“Ah!” Ulrike gasped.
“What is it Ulrike?” Murata asked.
“Great Sage,” Ulrike said. “It seems two people have entered our world.”
“That’s strange,” Murata said. He swung his legs over the edge of the large crate he was on. “Yuri is already here. Who could it be?”
“Should I send someone to find them?” Ulrike asked.
“No,” Murata answered. He waved a hand in front of himself. Then he jumped down, onto his feet. “I think I’ll just have a look.”
“Alright,” Ulrike said bowing. Murata smiled and walked out of the temple.
Sasuke and Naruto landed in the middle of a village. The sound of something hitting the ground caused the two to look in its direction. A woman let out a scream. Suddenly, several people surrounded them.
“Double black,” a man said. “The Demon King?”
“Why would the Demon King come here?” a woman asked. “I thought he was busy fixing things in the Demon Kingdom.”
“May be he’s here to kill us!” someone yelled.
“No way!” Another said. “King Yuri would never do such a thing.”
“That’s right!” a young kid said. “The Demon King has helped us. Remember the fire?”
“True,” a woman said. The crowned seemed to have come to an agreement. They bowed.
“Welcome, King Yuri,” an older man said. “You have changed a lot.”
“Sasuke?” Naruto whispered into the raven’s ear. “I think they think you’re someone else.”
“And you must be Lord Wolfram,” the old man said. “I’m glad to see you two are in good health.”
“Um... I’m not...” Naruto began.
“Oh yes!” the old man said. “You must be tired. Come.” Two women came up to Naruto and Sasuke and began to pull them after the old man. They entered a house and were forced to sit down. “I hope your journey went well. I bet you are hungry. I’ll have my granddaughters get you something to eat.” The two women instantly moved to what Naruto guessed was the kitchen. “So tell me, how are you King Yuri?”
“Hn,” Sasuke grunted.
“Look sir,” Naruto said. “We aren’t...”
A knock on the door interrupted him. One of the women answered the door. A boy around their age stepped into the house. He had black hair and black eyes. He smiled. “I’m here to see King Yuri and Wolfram.”
“Great Sage?” the old man asked.
“Yes, but there’s no need for formality,” the boy said. “Call me Murata.” He looked at Naruto and Sasuke. “Didn’t think so. Yuri and Wolfram are still visiting Little Cimarron. These two are not Yuri and Wolfram.”
The old man and his granddaughters gasped. Naruto sighed. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you! My name is Naruto and this is Sasuke.” Sasuke grunted and leaned back.
“You aren’t from this world yet you speak our language,” Murata said.
Naruto held up his arm, showing the bracelet. “This allows us to speak and understand the language of whatever world we’re in.” He frowned. “How did you know we weren’t from here.”
“For one, double black is rare and only those of royalty have such here,” Murata said. “And, Ulrike, our.. seer, sensed your arrival. That is why I’m here. I had to see who was able to come here. This gets me to the reason we need to go. You need to come with me to the castle.” He walked back to the door and opened it. “Come.” He held out a hand.
Naruto looked at Sasuke. The raven sighed and stood up. He could tell that Murata wasn’t a fighter and if this was a trap, they’d easily get out of it. Naruto followed Sasuke, bowing at the old man and the women. He was confused and a bit scared. He felt that he could trust Murata, but he knew that Sasuke wasn’t usually this trusting. It was strange. Murata climbed in a carriage. Naruto and Sasuke followed.
Silence filled the carriage. Naruto wanted to ask Sasuke why he willingly followed someone he didn’t know. Then he thought of Orochimaru and Madara. Both were men Sasuke didn’t know. But they had something Sasuke wanted, power. Naruto looked at Murata. Did he have power?
Sasuke could tell what Naruto was thinking. The Dobe was wondering why he so easily followed Murata. It was simple. Murata knew who they were and the fact that double black was rare was something the led Sasuke to believe that Murata didn’t belong in this world either. Sasuke thought that may be Murata had an idea of how to return them home. He mentally scoffed. That place wasn’t his home. It was simply the place he belong in. Or did he? To be honest, Sasuke wasn’t sure if he wanted to go back to his world. He caught himself wondering what it would be like to stay behind in each world they’ve been to. Only a few didn’t seem appealing. He glanced at Naruto. He was part of the reason Sasuke continued going on this journey. Something was telling him to stay with Naruto. But he wanted to keep his options open, especially since he still wanted revenge.
Murata kept an eye on Naruto and Sasuke. He couldn’t place their existence or the reason why these two showed up in this world. He couldn’t think of another double black that was a part of his past lives. There was always only the Demon King (Yuri) and the Great Sage (himself). May be Ulrike could give him answers.
When they arrived at the temple, Murata was surprised by the sight that welcomed him. Yuri stood besides Ulrike and Wolfram. Behind him were Conrad, Gwendal, and Gunter. “Hey Murata!” Yuri called, walking up to him. “Ulrike said you left to meet someone.” He saw Naruto and Sasuke. “Hi there! I’m Yuri.” He smiled.
“Hmph, such a flirt,” Wolfram complained.
“They aren’t from this world,” Murata said. “Ulrike, do you know who they could be?”
“I’m Naruto,” Naruto said. “And that’s Sasuke. Didn’t I tell you that already?”
“That’s not what I meant,” Murata said.
“They aren’t from your world either,” Ulrike said. “They don’t belong in either of our two worlds.”
“Wow!” Yuri exclaimed. “That must mean there’s another world!”
“There are several actually,” Naruto said. He was beginning to feel more comfortable. “We’ve been to like fifteen different worlds already!”
“Eighteen, Dobe,” Sasuke said. “This makes nineteen.”
“Can it Teme!” Naruto yelled.
“Japanese?” Yuri asked. “You speak Japanese?”
Naruto raised an eyebrow. “Yeah?”
“So that means Japan exists where you are from!” Yuri said.
Naruto and Sasuke looked at each other. Neither knew of a Japan, but they did speak Japanese. To be honest, they never really thought of the language being spoken in the worlds they have been too. There were times they could have sworn someone said something they didn’t know, but then the words became clear to them. It was as if the worlds had been translated for them. They also never needed to put a word to the language they spoke since everyone spoke it where they lived. It kind of surprised them that there was another language. And from the way Yuri asked about it, there had to be several different languages. Naruto and Sasuke came to the same conclusion. They were glad they didn’t have to care about a language barrier. But another thing bothered them.
“What’s Japan?” Naruto asked. He lived in Konoha, not Japan. In fact, he had never seen a Japan on the map of their world. Sasuke also couldn’t recall a place called Japan.
“Eh?” Yuri asked.
“It seems that it’s something we need to ignore,” Comrade said. “Lets just say they can speak Japanese and our language just because they can.” Naruto and Sasuke thought about that. ‘Just because we can.’ Not very logical, but it would have to do.
Yuri nodded. “Then I guess we should just welcome you here!”
“Wait!” Wolfram yelled. “You can’t just let two people you know nothing about into our kingdom!”
“Well...” Yuri began.
“No!” Wolfram crossed his arms. “They shall not be allowed here. Besides, what will the people think if another double black is here?”
“We’ll only be here for a few days,” Naruto said. Eyes turned to him. He held up his left arm. “We will move on to the next world in less than a week.” He glanced down and noticed his said two. His eyes moved to Sasuke’s right arm. His read six. That meant they were going to leave some time within the four days after the next day, up to a week in this world.
“Still...” Wolfram argued.
“Drop it Wolfram,” Gwendal said. “It’s annoying. If King Yuri wants them to stay, they can stay.” Wolfram stomped his foot, turned around, and walked away. Yuri, Comrade, and Gunter were surprised at Gwendal’s words. Gwendal didn’t usually agree with Yuri’s requests unless he begged him to the point of annoyance. If they could read his mind they would have realized that he just wasn’t in the mood for that annoyance.
Yuri broke out of his surprise a minute later. He cleared his throat. “Then let us return home!” Naruto and Sasuke followed the group to a few horses. Both looked at the horses. There wasn’t enough for each of them which meant they’d have to share. Comrade and Gunter offered to share. Sasuke glared at Naruto as the blond rushed to Comrade. With a smirk, Naruto sat behind Comrade. Sasuke glared at the ground before getting behind Gunter. He crossed his arms and put as much space between himself and the overly happy man as he could. Ulrike and Murata waved them off.
Luckily for Sasuke, it wasn’t a long ride. They moved quickly, Wolfram clearly ignoring Yuri. Soon, Wolfram stopped, forcing everyone to stop. He looked over his shoulder at Sasuke. “We should at least cover him up.”
Sasuke knew what Wolfram wanted. If having black hair and eyes was such a big idea, then he’d solve the problem easily. Before the group’s eyes, Sasuke’s black hair turned brown along with his eyes. Naruto smiled at the quick Henge. Yuri began to question Sasuke who said he’d explain later. Thus, they began to move again.
What awaited him was a beautiful kingdom. There were a few similarities between this kingdom and Konoha, but Naruto could tell that this place had known peace for far longer than they had. There was no need for shinobi here, just a few soldiers to make sure things were ok. The people began to cheer. They were glad their King was back. Naruto silently wished that one day, the people of Konoha would be just as excited to see him.