Chapter Twenty-One: The New Hokage Arrives
"Alright Gai. I'll leave Sasuke in your hands." Jiraiya told him.
"Master Jiraiya." Gai started. "Please find Lady Tsunade and bring her back to us."
Jiraiya nodded. "Don't worry, you can count on us!" Naruto yelled. "We'll have her back in the village in no time." Jiraiya just ruffled the boy's hair.
"Naruto…! You've got guts; I like kids like that! Here, I'm giving this to you!" Gai said as he reached into his jacket. "Lee got stronger with this….."
"Eh? What? What?" Naruto asked excitedly.
"This!" Gai said as he pulled out a jumpsuit.
It was the same green jumpsuit he was wearing. Jiraiya and I just gave Gai a "WTF" look while Naruto looked at it with excitement. If you asked me, almost every little thing got Naruto excited. But I couldn't believe this did as well.
"It's the ultimate, stream-lined, form-fitting, easily-accessible, perfectly-made bodysuit. Wear it while training and you'll "know" the difference! You'll never look back!" Gai explained. "Lee wears it 24/7, and of course, it is my most-beloved piece of ninja must-have!"
"Cooool!" Naruto replied.
"Oh Naruto. If Sasuke saw you like this, he will be giving you a earful." I mumbled quietly to myself so Naruto didn't hear. "This is just embarrassing."
"Yeah, you're right about that." Jiraiya agreed.
After calming down, sort of, Naruto and Jiraiya left while Gai Sensei and I started making our way to the Leaf Hospital. As Naruto finished waving goodbye to me, he turned around to look at Jiraiya as he continued to hold the bodysuit.
"Pretty cool huh?" he asked.
Don't even think about it Naruto….." Jiraiya started.
Kazumi's Point of View:
Several weeks have pass since Sasuke and I returned back to the village. Sasuke and Kakashi were both placed in the hospital and were still unconscious. Every day after training, I would go visit them. I had left Sasuke's room with Sakura still sitting there at his bedside. I was currently inside Kakashi's room. I was leaning against a wall, near his bedside, staring out the window. I soon glanced back at Kakashi's sleeping form.
"Onii-chan, please wake up soon." I thought as I returned my sights back towards the view outside the window.
As I stood there, I started hearing footsteps. Before long, I heard the door to the room open. I glanced out the corner of my eye to see Naruto, followed by a woman and Gai Sensei. I concluded that the woman was the one Master Jiraiya spoke of, Lady Tsunade.
"Kazumi-chan!" Naruto said as he rushed over to where I stood. "Don't worry, grandma Tsunade will fix up Kakashi-sensei in no time!"
"Never doubted you, Naruto." I told him as I pulled him into a one arm hug. "I owe you big time for this." I mumbled quietly.
"Hey! No problem, Kazumi-chan. Maybe you can treat me to ramen one day." He said hugging me back. I saw him smiling as we broke apart. His cheeks were kind of red to.
"Sure, it's a deal." I smiled. "So this is Lady Tsuande."
"Yep, that's her. But believe me, she's older than she looks." He whispered.
"Uh, okay." I told him.
"Oh and get this." Naruto continued. "I heard from the Prevy Sage that she's going to be the Fifth Hokage,"
"She's going to be the new Hokage?" I asked. Naruto just nodded his head. "Wow. So this time around, the Hokage is going to be a female."
I watched as Lady Tsunade placed a hand on Kakashi's forehead. Suddenly a greenish glow appeared. After a few seconds, Tsunade removed her hand and we just waited. Before long, Kakashi woke up and carefully lifted himself up.
"Disgraceful…..to be taken out of the game by two low-life punks like that." Tsunade lectured. "I thought you were suppose to be the best!" she sighed.
"Yikes. She a harsh one." I thought. "Maybe I should go easy on Onii-chan, just this once. Maybe."
"Sorry to….disappoint you…Lady Tsunade." Kakashi tiredly.
"Okay that's Kakashi Sensei done! Now you only have one more!" Naruto said as he led Tsunade out the room with an anxious Gai following close behind. He closed the door as soon as they all exited the room.
"Hmm, so I'm guessing that Sasuke was healed already. So he should be up by now." I thought. "Which means Sakura is there to suffocate him." I laughed to myself with that thought.
"Hm? Kazumi? How long have you been standing there?" Kakashi asked tiredly.
"If I were a snake, I would've bitten you already." I mumbled. "Okay, definitely the worse figure-of-speech to use. That's my fault." I thought.
I just folded my arms narrowed my eyes at him. Kakashi glanced up at me with his normal lazy look and saw the expression on my face. To others, it looked I was glaring evilly at him. but Kakashi knew me. I knew he saw my true expression. When he did look me in the eyes, he saw sadness, happiness, and concerned expressions hidden in them. I just sighed as I kneeled down at his bedside.
"Kakashi… What am I going to do with you?" I said quietly.
I was looking down the whole time when I said that. Suddenly I felt Kakashi place a hand on top of my head, ruffling my hair a little. This caused me to lift my head slightly to look up at him. When I did, I saw Kakashi giving me a smile with his eyes.
"Sorry for making you worry so much, Imouto." He said quietly. I just nodded my head to accept his apology.
"Tell me something. You fought Itachi Uchiha, didn't you?" I asked, causing Kakashi to give me a sort of shocked look.
"Hmm? Why do you ask that?" he asks.
"Because, Naruto, Sasuke and I encounter him, along with his partner Kisame Hoshigaki. I heard Master Jiraiya say their names." I explained. "I want to know how exactly did they know about Naruto and I being Jinchuriki. That and the fact that they knew that I had the Ten-Tails. I thought only you, me, and the late Third Hokage were the only ones that knew."
Kakashi just ruffles my hair again. "Let's not worry about that right now." He told me. "I'm sure we'll find out about this later once we get more information. So in the meantime, let's leave it at that."
"Are you sure?" I asked, unsure.
"Imouto-chan, trust me." he said, sending me a smile once more. "Besides, I won't let neither of them take you or Naruto."
"Okay." I said, returning the smile. "Well, I guess I'll head out so you can get some rest. But I'll be back later to check up on you."
"Where are you off too?" he asks.
"Well One: I promised Naruto I would treat him to ramen, Two: I need to finish up my training for today, and Three: I better go make sure that Sakura hasn't squeezed Sasuke to death." I explained.
"Well, do you mind doing me a favor?" he asks.
"Sure, Onii-chan. What is it?" I ask.
"Would you mind bringing me one of my books from home? I could try to catch up on my reading while I'm stuck here." he explained. That smile was quickly wiped clean off my face. "And please let them arrive in one piece." He added.
"I swear, Kakashi. One of these days, I am going to destroy those kami awful books. You need to find another hobby." I said as I walked towards the door. "And I'm going to knock out Master Jiraiya for creating those damn things in the first place."
"Thanks, Imouto." He called as I walked out the door.
"Yeah, yeah sure." I said as I waved my hand over my shoulder. After exiting the room, I soon closed the door behind me.
Normal Point of View:
Kakashi just sat there and watched as the door close. Once it did so, he soon became serious. He remembered what Kazumi said about her and the others seeing Itachi and Kisame and how they knew that she and Naruto were Jinchuriki. As he pondered at his thoughts, he knew the situation has and would become even worse now.
"If the Akatsuki get Naruto and Kazumi, it would be the end of the world as we know it." He thought. "For the meantime, all we can do is keep an eye on them and make sure they don't get their hands on them. Besides, I won't allow them to take either of them." Kakashi thought to himself.
Kakashi soon picked up his book, which was sitting on the table next to his bed, and started reading. He thought he would get this one out the way until Kazumi brought him the others from their apartment. He just hopes that they came to him, still intact.
A few days later, Lady Tsunade was able to create a higher percentage rate of making Lee's surgery successful. On that day, Tsunade declared that she was to be Hokage. Once the day came for Tsunade to do so, the entire village gathered below the Hokage Tower and watched as she took a hold of the Hokage hat.
"From this day forth, I shall protect the Hidden Leaf Village!" She declared. "As the Fifth Hokage!"
With that said, cheers rung out through the village. Everyone looked up proudly at their new leader as she stood there.
Kazumi's Point of View:
After leaving Kakashi's room, I decided to pay a visit to Sasuke and Sakura. I knocked on the door quietly before entering. Inside, I saw Sakura sitting beside Sasuke's bed. Sasuke was indeed awake but he was looking down at his hands. He looked out of it even if he was wide awake. I quietly entered and stood beside Sakura.
"How's he doing, Sakura?" I asked.
"Well, he hasn't said anything yet. But he's awake, that's what's important." She said. "I'm happy that Lady Tsunade was able to help him."
"Hmm. You do know that she's supposed to be the Fifth Hokage right?" I asked.
"What really?" she asked, surprised. "Wow. We're getting a female Hokage this time around. That's pretty exciting."
"Yeah, I know. I thought that too." I told her. "Well, I just came to stop by to see how you and Sasuke were. I have to go, but I'll see you later, all right."
"All right, Kazumi. And thanks." She said.
"No problem." I told her.
With that, I left the room, closing the door behind me. From the look on Sasuke's face, I knew he was thinking hard about something. My guess that it had to be his brother. Shaking the thoughts from my head, I left the hospital and went home to get Kakashi's books. After dropping them off, I returned back to the fields to finish my training. Afterwards, I left and returned back inside town.
"Kazumi-chan! Kazumi-chan, wait up!" I heard Naruto yell. Naruto was standing right in front of Ichiraku's. "You didn't forget didn't you?"
"Heh, no I didn't." I told him. "Come on."
"Hey, Kazumi-chan. Mind if I ask you something?" he asked.
"Sure. What it is?" I asked.
"Well, there's something I've been wanting to tell you." He said.
"Hmm? What?" I asked.
"You know about my crush I have on Sakura. Well, I see now that she would always be in love with Sasuke, so there's no chance she'll return my feelings." He explained.
"Yeah, I know Naruto." I told him. "But look, I don't understand. She constantly strikes you in the head and sometimes it's for no reason."
"That's one reason why I'm going to leave her alone." He said. "I'm getting pretty tired of being her personal punching bag. She doesn't even hit Sasuke, not even once."
"Heh, that's Sakura for ya." I told him. "She's been like that ever since our early days back at the academy. But don't worry; I'm sure you'll meet the right girl soon."
"Yeah. Yeah, you're right." Naruto agreed. "So what about you? Do you have your eyes on anyone? Besides Sasuke that is."
"Of course it's not Sasuke." I told him. "Sorry, but he is so not my type. He's an awesome teammate but definitely not for dating."
"So? Who do you like?" he asked.
"Huh? You seriously just as me that?" I asked. he just nodded his head. "I won't tell you who it is exactly, but I will tell you this. He's a very good friend of mine; he's nice, kind and very dependable. Well, most of the time he is."
"Oh really? Do I know him?" he asked.
"Yeah, as a matter of fact, you do. In fact, you know him better than anyone else." I told him, laughing at myself that I'm not telling him that I'm talking about him.
"Hmm. So you're not going to tell me?" he asked.
"No, I'm not. But I assure you that's it's really not the Uchiha." I chuckled.
"Ah, come on, Kazumi. I really hate games like this." Naruto groaned. "Can you just tell me, please?"
"No I won't, Naruto." I said. "Here, you can have my bowl and we'll leave the conversation at that. Do we have a deal?"
"Yeah." Naruto said, taking the bowl. "But we're not done with this."
"Sure Naruto, sure." I smiled.