The Sand Palace and the First Ring
Neokenshin: Well here's chapter 2 of our Arabian Nights story!
Akane: I see you even changed me up a litte bit.
Neokenshin: I did. Figured I'd try something new. Do you like it?
Akane: Actually I do. Well not to keep the readers waiting, Naruto isn't owned by Neokenshin, and the concept of the Secret Rings is owned by Sega.A/N: I posted this chapter at work, and I don't have Microsoft Word, so I had to do it all on WordPad, with no spellcheck. I'll repost a spell checked chapter when I get home.Chapter 2: The Sand Palace and the First Ring.
Upon leaving the portal, Naruto saw himself in a beautiful desert land. In the distance he saw a bustling town along with a magnificent palace.
"Whoa, talk about a nice place." Naruto said, noting the palace.
"That is the home of King Sharyar. it also happens to be the biggest city in all of the Arabian Nights. You could say many characters make their home here, like Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad." Hinata noted.
"I see. I wonder if I'll get to meet any of them." Naruto wondered.
"In time you might, but for now we need to get to the palace in order to make sure King Sharyar is ok." Hinata said, feeling slightly dizzy. "I would have us there in an instant, but for some reason I'm not feeling well. It's like my magic is being drained."
"You don't think that Orochi Djinn is behind this, do you?" asked Naruto. "Or maybe it could be this arrow causing the problems."
"I'm not sure. But it's making things harder for me." Hinata said as she floated down and landed on the sand.
"Why don't we take a quick break. I mean you probably used up a lot of your magic when you brought me here." Naruto said, sitting beside her. "Besides, a little rest never hurt anyone."
"But Naruto, we have to get to the palace! If we don't then who knows..." Hinata said frantically.
"Hinata, as your master I order you to relax and take a break." Naruto said sternly.
"But Naruto..." Hinata complained.
"No buts! I have spoken and you are under contract to obey me." Naruto replied.
Hinata simply sulked at her command, but knew she couldn't disobey it. "Oh alright."
Naruto looked at her and smiled, after he took some rice balls from his pouch. "Plus, I wouldn't be able to share these with you if you wanted to keep going." He handed her a rice ball, but she looked confused as to what the treat was.
"Naruto, what's this for?" Hinata asked.
"It's for eating! You said you weren't feeling good, so this will help you get your strength back. Plus I can't eat all of them, so I'm sharing it with you." Naruto smiled.
Hinata simply blushed. Never had any of her masters been willing to share something with her. Nor did any of her masters tell her she needed to rest. Naruto was definitely different from all her other masters, and it was something she had never been used to. "Uh, ok. I guess I can take it. But what do I do with it?" she asked as she took the rice ball into her hand.
"You eat it, silly." Naruto said, as he chomped down on his rice ball.
"If you say so." Hinata said nervously. She looked at the rice ball for a minute before closing her eyes and taking a bite. Even though she was a genie, she could still eat and drink, and when the rice ball hit her tongue, she was amazed. "This is really good!"
"I knew you'd like it." Naruto said with a smile. "Now see was it so hard for you to sit down and relax a bit?"
"Oh Master, thank you so much! I feel unworthy of your offering or your praise!" Hinata said after finishing the rice ball.
"Ok first of all, you didn't need to do that. Second of all, I'm getting really sick of you calling me 'Master'." Naruto said, as he rubbed the ring on his finger. "Hinata, grant me a wish right now."
"What is thy wish, my Master?" Hinata asked.
"I wish that you never call me Master anymore, and only address me as Naruto." Naruto wished.
"But Master...I..." Hinata questioned.
"Do you question me?" Naruto said, raising an eye.
Hinata was nervous. Even though she had been given a wish, it was a rule that all genies show respect to their masters, but Naruto...he had commanded her to never call him 'Master' again! She didn't know what to do! But following the rule of genies, "Your wish is granted. Never again will I call you 'Master', but address you as Naruto instead."
"Good. Now don't be depressed. I just don't like the whole 'Master' title. Like I told you before, I'm your friend first." Naruto smiled as he tried to cheer up the young genie.
"It's just that it has always been a rule that a genie is never to call their master by their first name. We genies are supposed to serve you, and grant your every wish." Hinata said.
"So I take it you've never had a master like me, have you?" Naruto asked.
"Well, no. All my previous masters have only wanted their wishes granted for their own benefit. It's just when you hear 'I wish for this' and 'I wish for that' and it's all for greed or power, you really start to feel bad. But you're different Naruto." Hinata told him.
"Oh so you'd rather me wish for power and riches?" asked Naruto. "Well if you want I can do that."
"No, please! I think I've done enough of those wishes!" Hinata cried in hopes of not having to grant another selfish wish.
"Like I said, you really don't have much of a choice." Naruto replied as he rubbed the ring. "Hinata grant me another wish."
"Your wish is my command, Naruto." Hinata said in a down voice.
"I wish for a camel with an umbrella, so that the two of us can ride into the city out of this heavy sunlight." Naruto wished. Of course when Hinata heard this, she instantly smiled, knowing that he had again gotten the best of her.
"As you wish Naruto!" Hinata said cheerfully. With a nod of her head, a camel appeared in a puff of smoke, with a saddle mounted. There was also a large umbrella over the saddle to keep the sunlight from shining down on them.
"Excellent." Naruto said as he mounted the camel. "Come on Hinata, you too." He held out his hand waiting for her to take it.
"Are..are you sure?" Hinata said cautiously.
"When I wished for this camel, I wanted it so two of us could ride it together, not just me. Now come on!" Naruto said, pulling her up onto the camel. He sat her in front of him and took hold of the reigns. Hinata though felt a little strange. She had never been this close to any of her masters before, and yet, she felt comfortable sitting so close to Naruto. In just the small time they had been together, she already noticed some huge differences in him. She noticed he liked to have fun, but was serious when needed. Also she noticed that even though he could wish for anything and everything, he didn't.
"Maybe he's really different than the others," Hinata thought as she and her master rode through the sands into the city."So Kyu-chan, any luck with this arrow?" Naruto asked the kitsune in his mind.
"Nothing. Whatever it is, it's in tight. Maybe if I had access to all my demonic power, then I might be able to remove it, but with the way I am now, I can't do anything." Kyu replied, feeling bad that she couldn't do anything for her vessel.
Naruto went over and just placed his hand on her shoulder, "It's ok Kyu-chan. I'll find a way to get through this. You know i'm not one to give up."
"Well yeah, but what if..." Kyu said in worry, until Naruto placed a finger on her lips.
"Then I'll see if Hinata can free you so you can at least survive. I know it wasn't your fault that you attacked Konoha, so you at least deserve a second chance." Naruto said with a smile.
"But Naruto..." Kyu questioned, as he turned away.
"Hey, I gotta go. I don't want Hinata to think I'm crazy now. Talk to you soon ok." Naruto said as he faded out of his mindscape. Kyu was left standing there, wondering if he was really serious about trying to free her if he was about to die.
"Naruto you idiot. First you pull the nice guy thing on me and now you have me all worried! And what about Hinata, huh? I can tell she's already starting to notice you. All because you had to be nice to her like you did me." Kyu complained. As she was carrying on, she started slightly crying. "Why is it that you have to be the one to deal with all of this pain.""Naruto are you ok?" Hinata asked after she saw him look somewhat spaced out.
Naruto quickly regained his composure, not wanting to tell her about his inner tenant, "Oh I'm fine Hinata. I was just thinking about something. It's nothing important."
"Um ok, but I wanted to tell you we're here in the city." Hinata said, as the two came upon the city gates.
"Wow, this place is huge." Naruto said in amazement. He couldn't believe how huge the city was. "This place is almost as busy as Konoha!" Naruto could see vendors all around, selling their wares. He saw things from fine jewelry, to intricate artifacts. It really surprised him how the city was so detailed than from what he read before.
After a quick nod that returned the camel to it's home, Hinata led Naruto into the capital city, "We should try to get to the palace as soon as possible. We don't know what Orochi Djinn has planned for King Sharyar! If we're not careful, then he could be in serious trouble!"
"I hear you. Come on, let's go." Naruto said, before he heard a loud scream. "Hey what in the..."
"Naruto, look!" Hinata pointed over to a group of buildings. She noticed that there were some odd looking creatures attacking, and they caused the buildings to burst into flame. "Those must be some of Orochi Djinn's monsters!"
"Then it looks like I get to have a little fun. Hey Hinata, wanna see something cool?" Naruto said, forming a familiar cross seal.
"What are you going to do?" Hinata questioned.
"This! KAGE BUNSHIN NO JUTSU!" said Naruto, as he created 10 clones of himself.
"Wait, there's 10 of you? Oh no, I'm going to have to grant 10 times the wishes now!" Hinata cried.
"No you won't. But those creatures will have to deal with 10 times the pain." Naruto replied as he took out a kunai. His clones did the same and got ready. "Ok guys, let's show Hinata how us ninja do things!"
"Naruto, be careful!" Hinata said as she saw the group of Narutos rush towards the monsters.
'These guys are a piece of cake!" Naruto said, as he slashed at one of the monsters. He thought things were going to work out fine, but it turned out... "What! How could my kunai not cut them!" The monster looked at him, and growled with anger. Naruto knew he was in trouble, but how was he going to get out of this situation. "Oh man, I wish I had a stronger weapon to take these guys out!" Of course Hinata happened to hear him, and hearing the words 'I wish' meant she could use her magic to aid him.
"Your wish is granted Naruto!" Hinata replied. She clapped her hands together, and in an instant, Naruto's kunai instantly began to change color from black to white. He even noticed a weird energy radiating from the knife. The same thing even happened to his clones' kunai as well. "Naruto, I strengthened your weapon! You should be able to damage the monsters now."
"Huh, oh yeah!" Naruto said as he quickly jumped out of the way of the attacking monster. While he was in the air, he threw the new kunai, impaling the creature in its face. Upon releasing a loud roar, the beast started to crack before it shattered into pieces. The other clones saw this and quickly followed suit. "Oh man that was awesome! Hinata, what did you do to my kunai?"
"Well you wished for a stronger weapon, so I used my magic and enchanted your blade." Hinata said quietly.
"All I can say is thank you! You really helped me out there!" Naruto said proudly, as his clones dispersed.
Hinata just looked down at the ground, thinking she really didn't do much. "I just granted your wish. I didn't do anything special."
Naruto heard her, and realized that she needed to give herself more credit. "Don't even act like that! If it weren't for your magic, then I would have been in serious trouble! You really came through and helped me and I really appreciate it." He had put his hand on her shoulder, causing the genie girl to let out a slight 'eep' before slightly blushing. Hinata never felt this kind of emotion before...well not with one of her masters.
"Th-thank you Naruto." Hinata stuttered. She was so happy that her master was accepting her that she really didn't know what to expect anymore.
"Come on, if they're attacking here, they may be attacking in other places as well." Naruto said, taking hold of Hinata's hand. "We need to make sure all the people are safe."
"Ok Naruto, I'm right behind you." Hinata followed.
The duo headed to the palace as quickly as possible. Upon entering the place seemed very quiet. Of course that made things quite difficult.
"We didn't get here too late, did we?" Naruto asked.
Hinata continued to look around, but saw nothing. "I hope not Naruto. I would hate to think of what would happen if King Sharyar were captured."
"You know, I could really think you look like Neji back in my world. I almost thought you'd have their Kekkei Genkai too." Naruto said, noting Hinata's eyes.
"Neji? Kekkei Genkai? What's that?" Hinata questioned.
Naruto thought about what he said, and realized she couldn't be related to the Hyuuga Clan, "Neji's just a friend of mine. His clan has a Kekkei Genkai, or a bloodline trait that's unique to his family. It lets them see in 359 degrees. They can see just about anything. The only reason I said that is because your eyes are like theirs."
"Is…is that bad Naruto?" asked Hinata.
"No. Honestly I think you have the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen." Naruto said, causing Hinata to slightly blush.
"He said something nice to me again! But what does it all mean? Is he just making it up? The only person that was ever nice to me or loved me was…no I can't think about him now. He's in my past now," Hinata thought to herself. Right now she was feeling very confused, but she didn't know why.
"Hey Hinata-chan?" Naruto said, waving his hand in front of her face.
"Uh, huh, oh Naruto, I'm sorry." Hinata said as she got back to reality.
Naruto couldn't help but smile and let out a small laugh. "It's ok Hinata-chan."
"Hinata-chan? I don't understand what you mean?" Hinata questioned.
"It's called an honorific. People use them to show respect or friendship, even some cases, love. See –chan means cute for a girl. So basically I called you 'Cute Hinata'. That's ok isn't it? Wait a minute, what am I saying, I'm your master! You don't have a choice in the matter!" Naruto said.
"You think I'm cute?" Hinata asked.
"Yep. Sure do. You might even be cuter than Sakura-chan." Naruto smiled.
"Th-thank you Naruto. You're the first master I've ever had to tell me that." Hinata said with a smile.
"You're kidding me? Well don't worry, that's what I'm calling you from now on Hinata-chan. So get used to it." Naruto replied.
"Don't worry, I will. And thank you for the compliments. I guess you really are being honest, Naruto." Hinata thought to herself. Of course her train of thought was broken when she heard a strange rustle in some large jars nearby. "Naruto, I think I heard something."
"Where at?" asked Naruto.
Hinata pointed to several jars by the wall, "Over there. I think someone might be in the jars."
Naruto nodded and made his way over to the jars. "Hinata-chan, I want you to stay back, ok."
"Ok Naruto." Hinata slightly trembled as she replied.
"Now let's see what's in jar number…" Naruto said. He was about to make his move when someone broke out of one of the jars…and it happened to be someone he really didn't want to see.
"Ero-sennin! What the hell are you doing here?" Naruto asked.
"Who are you talking about! And how dare you address me as such. I am the great King Sharyar," replied the king. Apparently he looked just like Jiraiya, although there were much noticeable differences.
"Yeah right, I bet you were hiding in those jars so you could do your precious research! Now drop the funny business, we're looking for the king." Naruto said impatiently.
Hinata moved over to him and whispered something in his ear, "Naruto, that is the king. You must have him confused for someone else."
"So that's, oh man!" Naruto said in confusion.
"Yes and now I'll have you fools imprisoned for manhandling me. Guards, arrest them!" King Sharyar called out. Though…no one came.
"Your highness, what happened to your guards?" Hinata questioned.
"Oh yeah, I forgot about that. After those monsters that have been attacking the city appeared, everyone left. All I could do is run and hide." King Sharyar replied.
"Yep, he's DEFINITELY not Ero-sennin." Naruto said. "Though it's too bad. Wouldn't mind learning something from him if he was still as powerful."
"Your majesty, have you seen any sights of more monsters?" asked Hinata.
"None right now, though we should probably keep our guaaaaa….!" King Sharyar said, before a large pterodactyl swooped in and took hold of him.
"King Sharyar!" Hinata cried out.
"Get me down from here!" replied the king as he struggled to get free.
"Naruto, we have to help him!" Hinata said.
"Already on it Hinata-chan. Let's go." Replied Naruto.
The duo quickly rushed out of the castle only to see the pterodactly fly off towards the west. Forgetting that he had an easier way to travel, Naruto started running through the city, trying to keep up. While he was running through, Hinata ended up hearing someone call for help.
"Naruto, someone's in trouble!" said Hinata, as she turned to see what was going on.
"Crud! Oh well, I'm sure that the king can hold up on his own for a second. Come on Hinata, let's go help whoever is left!" Naruto said, rushing off through a back alley. After some weaving through the alleyways, Naruto and Hinata see a young boy being threatened by two of Orochi Djinn's monsters. What got Naruto was that the person looked like...
"Konohamaru! Since when did he get here!" wondered Naruto.
"I don't know who you're talking about, but we have to help him!" cried Hinata.
"Ok, ok. I'm on it." Naruto replied. He took out his kunai that were still enchanted by Hinata's magic, and quickly took out the two monsters. Looking back at the Konohamaru look alike, "Hey Konohamaru, you ok?"
"Huh? I'm not sure who you're talking about. I'm Ali Baba," said Ali Baba.
"Ali Baba? What on earth are you talking about?" Naruto questioned.
"Naruto, I think you have the wrong person again." Hinata whispered.
"That's ok. At least you saved me from those monsters. And for that I'm grateful." Ali Baba replied. "You know I'm not very strong, but I definitely have some tricks up my sleeve."
"Ali Baba...where have I heard that before?" Naruto asked.
"He's the main character of the story 'Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves'." Hinata replied.
"Oh yeah! You know I liked that story." Naruto said.
"Well thanks a lot! But I can see you probably need to get going. Though if you ever need my help, please don't hesitate to ask me. It's the least I can do to repay you for rescuing me." Ali Baba said in thanks.
Naruto just scratched his head as he wondered about all of this, but hey any help was a good thing. "Sure, don't mention it. Well we gotta go. Keep out of trouble, kid!" Naruto said as he turned to run out of the city. He and Hinata rushed through the city only to find a special guest waiting for them at the gates.
"What the hell is that!" Naruto exclaimed as he saw a large looking multiple eyed scorpion staring at him.
"It has to be one of Orochi Djinn's creatures." Hinata replied.
"Well can't you do something about it with your magic? Because I think he looks really hungry!" Naruto said with a hint of nervousness.
Feeling bad that she could not help her master, "I'm sorry Naruto, but my magic is nothing compared to Orochi Djinn's magic. I'm sorry I've failed you."
"Hey why so glum. It just means I have to get myself a workout." Naruto said after he tightened his hitai-ate. "Besides, you're gonna be smiling again when I'm done with this freak."
"Naruto, what are you?" Hinata asked when she saw him hold out his pinky finger.
"I'm making a promise to you. This is not as your master but as your friend. I promise to have you smiling when I'm done. That's in my Nindo!" Naruto said with a sharp determination in his voice.
"If you really say so." Hinata replied as she cautiously hooked her own pinky finger around Naruto's.
"Now I gotta get to work. Be back in a second ok," he said as he took off running towards the scorpion.
"A promise…to have me smiling?" Hinata asked herself as she looked at her finger.Running towards his target, Naruto was carrying on a secret conversation with Kyu about what the heck he was going to do to this thing.
"Oh man, it's times like this when I wish I had some extra weapons! Heck even Kakashi-sensei's jutsu would come in handy here." Naruto said.
"Look Naruto, just use your own jutsu and you should be fine. Those fire jutsu I taught you should help, and you have that new wind jutsu as well. Plus you've got your trump card in case it gets really bad." Kyu said as she looked at the beast herself.
"Well yeah, but you remember what happened the last time I did that! Plus Tsunade-oba-chan classified that as a forbidden S-class jutsu!" Naruto replied.
"And since when do you listen to what she says?" Kyu said as she folded her arms.
"Since never. Ok, that one is for when it gets really bad. But for now, we'll see how he handles what I got now." Naruto said, focusing back on the battle.
The sand scorpion wasn't planning on giving Naruto any room to fight. Once it's four eyes locked on to the shinobi, it immediately thrust his claws to attack, barely clipping Naruto.
"Holy cow! He's not playing!" Naruto said. "Well looks like it's time to see how my presents from Hinata hold up." He pulled out his enchanted kunai and formed his cross seal. "Time to go! KAGE BUNSHIN NO JUTSU!" Easily summoning five clones, he rushed in for his attack Of course unlike the other monsters hes faced, this creature was going to be a lot different that what he's ran into before. He sent cues to his clones, having each of them rush in to attack the sides...that was if they could get in close.
"What's the deal?" Naruto said to himself, as the scorpion easily dispelled the clones. "There's no way this freak is that strong."
"Apparently he is Naruto-kun. You're going to have to distract him somehow. But with those eyes, it looks like he has a wider range of vision." Kyu told him. "What if you can get some sand in his eyes?"
"Now how am I going to do that?" Naruto asked, as he move out of the way of the scorpion's tail.
"How about using one of those new jutsu you learned while training with the pervert?" asked Kyu.
"What jutsu...wait, you might be right. He actually did teach me SOMETHING useful. Guess I should see if it works." Naruto replied.
"There you go. Now go get 'em!" Kyu replied.
"Ok let's see how he likes this!" Naruto said, flashing through a series of seals. He inhaled a huge breath of air before releasing..."FUUTON: RASENKAZE! (Wind Release: Spiraling Wind)". As he blew out the air, a small tornado stirred up and began to sweep sand all around the scorpion. The creature stumbled back as Naruto, Kyu, and Hinata heard it scream from the blowing sand. Naruto could even see the creature's eyes start to flicker.
"Naruto, it's stunned! Try to take out his eyes!" Kyu cried out.
"On it!" Naruto said, forming three more clones. Each pulled out an enchanted kunai and quickly rushed in, thrusting the kunai into the four eyes. The scorpion began to scream in untold pain from the kunai, and that pain caused the beast to begin thrashing about.
"Oh boy I think you made it mad Naruto!" Kyu cried out.
"Don't remind me! But why didn't that finish it off?" Naruto asked while dodging the scorpion's claws and stinger.
"Naruto, there's another eye in the center!" Hinata screamed after she saw the fifth eye open up.
"That's nothing Naruto, but it seems he's gotten faster now! I think we really pissed him off!!!" Kyu said.
"Crap!" Naruto said to himself as he dashed out of the way of the scorpion's tail. "Kyu, any ideas?"
"With the way he's moving, it's gonna be way harder to get into that center eye.. Even throwing your kunai is gonna be tough." Kyu said. "However, there is one way...you're going to have to snipe him."
"Snipe him? What are you saying?" Naruto asked.
"I'm saying hit him with the Kitsune Kasen. If you can get high up in the air, you'll have a solid shot at him. That should finish him off." Kyu said.
"Yeah, but I still haven't gotten used to using your kitsune jutsu yet! Last time I burned the heck out of my hands because of it!" Naruto griped.
"That's because I was being silly and wanted to play a joke on you. But not this time. I'll be in complete control helping you focus and keeping you from getting hurt." Kyu said.
"It was your fault! Kyu-chan!!!" Naruto screamed.
"I said I was sorry! Look I'll make it up to you ok! I'll make you a big bowl of ramen when you come back in here next time ok!" Kyu said apogetically.
"Ok...but you better deliver. And no playing with the ears tonight." Naruto said.
"Oh come on! That's just mean! You always play with my ears every night before bedtime!" Kyu cried. If there was one thing she always loved, it was when Naruto would tickle and play with her ears before she went to sleep in his mindscape. Ever since the two got to know each other better, it was a way for them to share some quality time together whenever Naruto was asleep.
"I'll think about it. Now let's go." Naruto told his foxy companion as he ran towards his target. It wasn't as easy as he thought since the scorpion was busy thrashing around from the pain of having something stabbed in four of its eyes. Naruto tried his best to avoid the attacks, and managed to find a slight opening after jumping in the air.
"Got you now!" Naruto said, not noticing the scorpion's large stinger coming straight for him.
"Naruto, look out!" Kyu screamed when she saw the tail coming.
"Crap! I can't get away in time!" Naruto said.
Hinata had seen this and knew her master was in trouble. Even though she couldn't use her most powerful magic unless she was given a wish, she could still do something. "Don't worry Naruto, I'll help you!" she said as she concentrated as hard as she could. Using what magic she could, she forced it all into Naruto, causing him to levitate out of the way of the scorpion tail. Of course since she used this magic on her own free will, it taxed her body heavily, and nearly caused her to pass out.
"Hey what in the?" Naruto said, as he felt himself float upward out of the way of the tail. He turned to see Hinata on her knees trying to catch her breath. "Hinata-chan, thank you." Returning his focus, he had a clear shot of the scorpion's final eye. With Kyu's help, he performed the seals of the jutsu, as a blue flame formed in his hand. The flame quickly took the shape of a bow as he pulled back a flaming arrow. "See how you like this! KITSUNE KASEN (Fox Fire Arrow)!" He released the arrow, causing it to scream towards its target. The scorpion had no way to block it as the heat of the arrow pierced the final eye, causing the beast to roar in pain. As the flames spread, the beast began to thrash while trying to quell the pain, but it was futile. In seconds, Naruto was looking at a smoldering creature that started to fade away into dust.
"Awesome shot! You fried that turkey!" Kyu cheered.
"I know, but you're still not off the hook." Naruto said, as he ran over to Hinata.
"Aw crap!" complained Kyu.Naruto ran over to see Hinata on the ground, trying to catch her breath after using her magic the way she did. "Hinata, what did you do?"
"I saw you were in trouble, so I had to help." Hinata replied. "Only thing is though, I can't normally use my magic for things like that without your permission."
"My permission...you mean I have to wish for you to use your magic?" Naruto asked.
"Yes. Normally I can do small things, but performing levitation normally requires a wish." Hinata replied, feeling like she had let Naruto down. "I just didn't want you hurt. I'm sorry I defied you Naruto."
"Defied me! Honestly I wish you could help me out like that anytime you wanted! Hinata, I would have been skewered if you didn't help me when you did." Naruto said. "That was awesome!"
"Well I can say that your wish is my command." Hinata replied.
"Wish, what wish? I didn't make a wish?" Naruto asked. He then saw one of Hinata's bracelets fall off her wrist and begin to fade away.
"But you just said you wish I could help you anytime I wanted." Hinata said. "As you are my master, I have to obey your wish."
"I guess so. Well now you should probably be able to use your stronger magic without me needing to make a wish." Naruto said.
"I will do my best to help you Naruto." Hinata said as he helped her up. She looked over at the remains of the sand scorpion and noticed a weird looking ring. "Naruto, look at that!"
Naruto saw what she was talking about, but had no idea what it was. "What is that?"
"I think it's one of the Seven World Rings. You know, the ones Orochi Djinn was looking for?" Hinata said as she ran over to the ring. "Naruto, it is the ring!"
"Well, looks like we lucked out." Naruto said, as he watched Hinata try to pick up the ring. He soon noticed her hand passed right through it as well.
"I can't pick up the ring for some reason." Hinata said.
"Let me do it." Naruto said, reaching to pick up the yellow ring. Once he touched it, he felt a shock and saw sparks flying from the ring. "Hey, what's the deal! That hurt!"
"Naruto, I think it's part of the prophecy fortold in the stories!" Hinata said. "When darkness befalls the Arabian Nights, a legendary hero from another world shall come to this world."
"Legendary Hero! No way! That is so cool!" said Naruto, as he thrust his fist in the air.
"Actually there was a new chapter written in the stories. It says that 'When the seven rings that control the worlds are gathered, the portal between the worlds shall open. But the life of the collector of the rings shall be offered up in sacrifice as the key for that control.'" said Hinata.
"What the!" Naruto said in shock. "Since when am I supposed to be a sacrifice!"
"Naruto, I'm really not sure about that. But my guess is that the World Rings hold the key to a greater mystery than we know of. And in order for us to the bottom of this mystery, we need to get all of the World Rings." Hinata said.
"Looks like I really have nothing to lose. I mean I got this flame arrow stuck in me that's gonna kill me if I don't bring that Orochi Djinn freak the rings, or I can get all the rings, and become a sacrifice for whoever controls the power." Naruto said sarcastically.
Hinata felt bad over hearing all of that. If she hadn't brought him here, then he wouldn't be suffering like this. "Naruto, I'm so sorry. It's all my fault that you got..."
Naruto simply placed a finger upon her lips to silence her. "Hinata-chan, quit worrying! I made a promise to help you save the Arabian Nights, and I plan on doing that. It's not in my Nindo to turn my back because things aren't how I want them to go." He then had a smile that easily restored her confidence and caused her to smile as well. "And didn't I tell you I'd have you smiling after I got done with that scorpion thing?"
"You were right Naruto. But now what was that magic you used? I've never seen anyone breathe a tornado or make arrows of flame like that." Hinata said in awe of Naruto's jutsu.
"Oh yeah, well those are my jutsu." Naruto replied.
"Jutsu? What's that?" Hinata questioned.
"Well, um let's see. A jutsu is an art. Well more like a special skill. It doesn't use any magic. All I did was create some hand seals, and I used my chakra. That's how I can use justu." Naruto said. "Here let me show you an example. See a ninja can use different techniques to help them. One technique is called Henge, which means transformation. With it a ninja could disguise themselves into whoever they wanted."
"Really?" asked Hinata.
"Yeah, watch this." Naruto said, forming a seal. "HENGE!" In a puff of smoke, Hinata was no longer face to face with Naruto, but with...herself???
"Hey wait...how did you turn into me!" Hinata was quite shocked when she saw an exact copy of herself...but with some unique whisker marks.
"Like I said, it's a transformation. I simply look and sound like you, but i'm still me." Naruto said as he dispelled the transformation. "So since we got this first ring, where do we go next?"
"Well that pterodactyl was probably headed for the jungle in the east. So maybe we should go there?" Hinata asked.
"Then I guess we're headed there. Are you still tired from using your magic earlier Hinata-chan?" Naruto said.
"A little. But I'll be ok." Hinata told him. "I don't think I can fly though, so I'll have to..."
"Be nice and comfortable riding on my back." Naruto said as he quickly got Hinata settled on his back. "There you go, now you can rest and I'll walk."
"But Naruto, you don't have to do this at all! I mean you're my master! I should be serving you and making you comfortable!"
Of course Naruto didn't care about what she said, it was the fact that she wasn't at 100 percent even if she was a genie. "Hinata I wish you would take a two hour nap and rest."
"But Naruto I..." Hinata said, as she automatically granted his wish. Instantly she became drowsy and tried her hardest to stay awake, but she couldn't fight her own magic. "I shouldn't...be..." Within seconds she was quickly asleep.
"Finally! This girl really needs to learn to relax some. Does she really think I'm the kind of person that's going to be a cruel and heartless master? Although she does remind me of someone." Naruto said to himself as he began his trek towards the jungle. Since Hinata was now asleep, Kyu decided to join him in conversation.
"I know who she reminds you of." Kyu chanted.
"And just who would that be Kyu-chan?" Naruto asked.
"I'm not telling you." Kyu said.
Of course Naruto knew she wanted something, so he decided to play along. "And why not?"
"Because you won't tickle my ears tonight." Kyu pouted.
"Ok, how about I tickle your ears for a little bit. You're still in trouble for that joke you pulled on me, though." Naruto told her.
"Oh, fine." Kyu replied. "As I was saying, I think she's like that girl Hitomi you used to know."
"Hitomi Hyuuga? But why would you say that?" Naruto asked.
"Well, I think I have an idea. I think Hinata's started taking a liking to you like Hitomi did." Kyu said. "Have you noticed that she always wants to object to you being nice to her?"
"What's wrong with that? I mean she's my friend. So what if she's a genie and I'm her master." Naruto said. "I could care less. I only care about helping her."
"Yeah but you did the same thing for Hitomi too. Remember the Chuunin Finals when she nearly died fighting Neji? You swore on her own blood that you would beat Neji, and you did. You were practically fighting to avenge her loss!" said Kyu.
"That's because she didn't deserve to be beaten like that. Hitomi was a strong kunoichi and a great person. I just hated that she died at the Chuunin Finals. Not even she deserved that." Naruto said.
"Yeah but remember what happened at her funeral? When her father read her diary and found out the truth about you and her, about how she valued your strength, determination, and will to never give up? Naruto, when they found out that you were the reason she literally killed herself to become better, things changed for one of the most stuck up clans in Konoha! I mean how often did you have Neji Hyuuga want to spar with you and train with you." Kyu said.
"So, I mean she was my friend and I wanted her to get strong. I always knew she could get stronger, and when I saw her fight, it proved she wasn't weak like everyone else said." Naruto told his vixen companion.
"Yeah, but what about when you found out she loved you with all her heart, and that you were the reason she pushed on day after day. Hinata's the same way! She wants you to be safe, and she wants to protect you, but even though you are her master...you're making it like she's your master! You're making her feel like she doesn't have to serve you! You're making her feel like she's worth something to you!" Kyu cried.
"Kinda like what I did to you, Kyu-chan?" Naruto asked.
"I...well...just...just go on and take care of her ok!" cried Kyu. Naruto couldn't see it, but she actually started crying.
"Alright. And don't worry I'll play with your ears tonight." Naruto said as he was leaving his mindscape.
Kyu kept her back turned to him, only because she didn't want him to see what she was really feeling. "If you only knew how much it hurts to see you Naruto...and to know I can never be with you in reality. I want to be there for you too, I want to love you like Hitomi did. But you have to make my imprisonment comfortable...you have to make it so I don't feel bad that I'm sealed inside of you...you just don't know!" She quickly ran to the room Naruto made for her and landed on her bed, crying herself to sleep.So Hinata's slowly starting to learn that not all masters are greedy and cruel. Maybe she's even started feeling a little different towards Naruto, now that he's made it known that he's her friend first, and her master second. And what about Kyu? How will she feel if Hinata starts getting closer to Naruto? What will she do if she finds out she can truly never be with Naruto? And what about the Seven World Rings? Naruto has one, but with six more to go, he's racing the clock to make sure he doesn't die to the Arrow of Flame! Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter when our duo runs into dinosaurs, a ruin in the sky, and one really mad flaming golem!