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Cerulean Crystal

By Kida Tenshi

Adventure / Romance

Chapter 1

~Naruto’s POV~

  I was going through the paperwork in the Granny Tsunade’s office since it was my punishment for embarrassing her in front of the other Kage’s. When I was done, I opened a cabinet and found an old book. It was labeled ‘Minato Namikaze’. I looked inside and saw that it was a diary. I stuck it in my pouch and went home. I got out of my ninja wear and into causal clothes, I sat on my bed and opened the book to see that it was written when he first became a ninja.

~Minato’s POV~

  We were all in class waiting for Sensei to show up when a girl walked in. The girl had short purple hair, but I can’t see her eyes, Satomi Kesshou, the quiet girl in class. I heard she was from the Stone Village, but I didn’t hear about how she came to live here in Konoha. No one has bothered to talk to her, I want to go up and talk to her, but I wasn’t sure how to approach her. Our Sensei finally arrived and did attendance. He then told us that we were finally going to be separated into teams.

  “Team One: Minato Namikaze, Riku Mori, and Satomi Kesshou,” he announced. Riku, who had short black hair and green eyes, was okay with it, but he was confused. Our teacher came and got us, turns out his name was Jiraiya. We all sat down, Jiraiya-Sensei was across from us leaning up against the tree. Riku was on my left while Satomi was on my right.

  “Let’s start with introductions, shall we? I’m Jiraiya, I like to write and train, don’t really have any dislikes, and I can’t think of goals. Next from the left,” Jiraiya-Sensei told us then pointed to Riku.

  “Okay…I’m Riku Mori, I like training, I hate sweets, my goal is to become an Anbu Captain,” Riku told us. I smiled, my turn.

  “I’m Minato Namikaze, I like training and hanging out with my friends, I dislike seeing the ones I care about hurt, as for my goal…to become Hokage,” I grinned. Sensei seemed impressed, we all then looked at Satomi who kept looking down. She sighed.

  “I’m Satomi Kesshou, I like to train, I won’t tell you my dislikes, and I never bothered thinking about my goals or future,” she told us. Her voice was smooth, but the way she talked was cold. I looked at Jiraiya-Sensei, he looked a little worried about her.

  “Alright, we’ll start training, I have two bells here, it is up to you to get them and you have to come at me with the intent to kill, that means do everything to the best of your ability,” he told us. We all stood up. “You have until noon, and if one person or no one gets the bell then you will be tied to these stumps behind me. Any questions?” He asked. We shook our heads. “Alright, begin!” He told us. We all separated, Satomi came up to me and Riku.

  “I remember hearing about this test, it’s based on teamwork, we have to work together to get the bells,” she told us. We looked at her a little confused but she didn’t look at us. “My father told me about this test when he became a ninja, that’s how I know. Now, we can either work together to get the bells, or we can all flunk and get sent back to the academy, your choice,” she told us.

  “I say we do it, we won’t stand a chance considering he’s a Jounin,” Riku said. I nodded.

  “Okay, we’ll follow your lead, Satomi,” I told her. She nodded.

  “Alright, Minato, make all the Clones you can and use them as a diversion,” she told me. I nodded and got to work. “Riku, your good with using the earth around you so have vines and stuff attacking Jiraiya-Sensei, keep him distracted,” she told him. He nodded and waited for her queue. “I’ll then sneak up to him and grab the bells, everyone ready?” She asked us. We nodded.

  “Ready,” we confirmed.

  “Go!” She commanded. I sent my clones out and they started attacking him while Riku’s vines fought for him. I watched as Satomi appeared behind him in…crystal? It covered her whole body, when she grabbed the bells, she sunk into the ground still covered in crystal. Riku and I stopped attack and appeared a few feet away from Sensei. Satomi then appeared beside us in her crystal form which soon disappeared as she handed us the bells. Sensei raised an eyebrow.

  “How did you all…” I grinned.

  “It was all Satomi’s idea. She had me do all the Clones I could to distract you while Riku used his vines for the same purpose. Satomi would then sneak up behind you and grab the bells,” I told him. He smirked.

  “So you all know what this test was about?” He asked us. We nodded.

  “Teamwork,” We all answered. He grinned and nodded.

  “Damn, looks like I have a good team. How about we go celebrate you all becoming full-fledged Genin over lunch?” Sensei asked us. Riku and I nodded with grins and went to run up to him. I stopped half way and I saw Satomi walking away.

  “Wait, Satomi!” I shouted. She turned a little and I smiled. “Don’t you want to join us?” I asked her. She faced away from me.

  “No,” she answered. I frowned and she kept walking. I ran up to her again.

  “Did I do something wrong?” I asked her. She shook her head. “Then what’s wrong?” I asked her. She stopped walking and sighed.

  “You wouldn’t understand, I just don’t feel comfortable being around a lot of people. Besides that, you wouldn’t even know I was there anyways,” she told me.

  “That’s not true, I would,” I said. I touched her shoulder and she stiffened. What is wrong with her? It’s like she’s in pain when someone touches her.

  “Don’t touch me,” she growled lowly. My frown deepened and she walked off. I sighed and decided to leave her to cool her head off. I ran back over to the others and we walked over to Ichiraku’s. While we ate, I looked at Sensei who was clearly thinking about earlier.

  “Jiraiya-Sensei…what’s wrong with Satomi?” I asked him. He looked at me and looked down with a sympathetic gaze.

  “You both know she’s from the Stone Village, right?” He asked us. Riku and I nodded. “Well, the reason she came here a few years ago was because her family and clan were murdered right in front of her,” he told us. We gasped in shock. That meant that Satomi was all alone here, she doesn’t have anyone. “There’s more to her story…we knew that when we found her,” he told us. We looked at him, giving him a look that said ‘continue’. “She was all beaten up and her clothes were ripped. We found her in the forest, the only way we knew she was from the Stone Village was because of her clan insignia on her back. We took her back to the village and had her patched up…but whenever someone touched her, mostly men, she would tense up and glare at the person. The poor girl wouldn’t talk to us, she was in shock,” he informed us. She has been through so much pain…so that’s why she was mad that I touched her shoulder, it must have reminded her of the massacre.

  “Who killed her clan?” Riku asked.

  “A group of ninja from that same village. Satomi didn’t really tell us all she saw, but there was witness who saw some Stone-Nin walk into her compound. The Hokage tried getting Satomi to talk, but whenever she came close to speaking about it, she would have a panic attack,” he said to us. I looked down, suddenly losing my appetite.

  “I think I’ll just go home, I’m not really hungry,” I told them. They nodded and I left. On my way home I heard singing. I jumped up to the roofs and followed the voice until I reached someone else’s roof. I stood against the chimney and looked to find…Satomi?

I remember tears streamin' down your face
When I said I'd never let you go, 
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said 'don't leave me here alone'
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

I couldn’t stop listening to her, it was so beautiful. Where did she learn this song? I’ve never heard it before.

Don't you dare look out your window
Darlin' everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold onto this lullaby
Even when the music's gone

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, 
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Just close your eyes
You'll be alright
Come morning light, 
You and I'll be safe and sound

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, 
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, 
Ooh, ooh, ooh

When she stopped singing, I heard soft, quiet sobs. I turned and saw her with tears running down her face. I felt my chest tighten. It was hurting me to see her in this much pain. I wanted to go over there and hold her, to tell that everything would be alright, but then I remembered what Jiraiya-Sensei told me about her being scared of touch.

  “Mother, father…I miss you so much. I’m sorry I was so weak, I should have tried harder. If I was strong enough, I could have saved you, I’m so sorry,” she cried. My chest tightened more. As much as I hated it, I left. I wanted to comfort her, but I know she wouldn’t. I went home and laid in my bed staring at the ceiling. Satomi…I will find a way to help you through this pain, to help you move on and lead a happier life. That’s a promise.

~Naruto’s POV~

  I was shocked to read something like this. This girl…she reminded me so much of Sasuke. She lost her family and clan just like he did. That’s when I picture fell out of the book. I picked it up to see my dad standing beside a women with short purple hair and…cerulean blue eyes…my eyes. She was beautiful, they looked happy together. But how can I have the same eyes as her? Why…do I feel like I have a connection to her? I heard a knock on the door.

  “Come in!” I called. The person came in and sat down by me. I looked and saw Sasuke. He looked at the picture.

  “Who are they?” He asked me.  

  “The man is my father, Minato Namikaze. The woman…her name is Satomi Kesshou,” I told him. I lifted up my dad’s diary. “This is my dad’s diary, so far it mentions how he and she became teammates and…” I trailed off. He raised an eyebrow.

  “And what?” He asked me.

  “And how she’s similar to you,” I told him handing him the diary. He read the first page of the diary and understood what I meant.

  “She lost everything like I did, her family…her clan. She even…had to watch them die,” he mumbled. I nodded. I looked at the picture again. He looked at it too. “You have her eyes, are you related or something?” He asked me. I shrugged.

  “I don’t know, but I do feel like I have a connection with her of some kind, I just don’t know,” I told him. He looked down for a minute to think. He sighed.

  “We might have to talk to Kakashi about this,” he told me. I raised an eyebrow. “Don’t you remember, Minato used to be his Sensei, so he’s bound to know something, Loser,” Sasuke told me. I glared at him but sighed and nodded.

  “Alright, let’s go,” I told him. We left the house with diary and photo in hand. We found Kakashi sitting on his roof reading his porn book. He saw us and smiled.

  “Hey, you two, what’s up?” He asked us. I lifted the picture and diary at him.

  “Do you know who this woman is?” I asked him. He looked at the picture and sighed.

  “Satomi-Sensei,” we heard him whisper. Our eyes widened.

  “She was your Sensei?!” We shouted. He nodded.

  “Yeah, she worked alongside Minato becoming our second Sensei,” he told me taking the picture. He looked at it with sadness. “She was like an older sister to me,” he told us. He looked at us. “You guys are curious about her, aren’t you?” He asked us. We nodded and he had us follow him inside. “I can’t tell you everything, but I do have a couple of Minato’s other diaries…you’ll be surprised at how close he and Satomi were,” he told us. My eyes narrowed.

  “How close were they?” I asked him. He kept his back towards me as he sighed.

  “Satomi Kesshou wasn’t just any friend of your father’s, Naruto…she was…your birth mother,” he told me. My eyes widened.

  “M-my mother?” I asked. He nodded. I looked down. “Then why was I told that Kushina was my mother?” I asked him glaring at the ground.

  “The answers are in those diaries…but just know…she love you and your father very much,” he told us as he went to his room to get the diaries. I looked at Sasuke who was in shock like I was. After Kakashi gave us the diaries, we went back to my place where we began reading the diaries again. I was shocked that Sasuke was interested in learning about her…I guess it was only because she reminded him of himself. Satomi…were you really my mother?

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