Chapter 25- The Sentencing
Kiyoko rolled over and wrapped her arms around Raido reveling in the closeness of him. Although she had spent a few nights in his arms already they had been nights that she had been terrified and plagued by nightmares, last night had been different. They had both confessed their love to each other yesterday and last night had been the beginning of their life together. She ran her fingers through his unruly hair and then stroked his arm from shoulder to wrist.
Raido hummed and pressed himself back into her. Rolling over to face her he cupped her face in his hand and leaned in to kiss her. "Good morning kitten. How did you sleep?"
"Mmmm, like a rock." She smiled at him and leaned over for another kiss. "Are you hungry?"
"I am, but not for breakfast." Raido chuckled deeply in his chest and pulled her close to him.
Her hands pressed on his chest, fingers tracing the scars on it. "Well, I figured that but I have to get to work on time, Namiashi-san."
Raido sighed, "Fine."
Kiyoko looked at him with concern but noticed the smile pulling at the corners of his mouth. With one final kiss she turned to get up. She grabbed one of his large t-shirts and slipped it over her head and headed to the kitchen. "Coffee?" she said as she passed through the door.
Raido laid back to stare at the ceiling, "Of course. I'll be out in a moment." He thought about the past two weeks, the senbon pin fiasco, his fake mission to find nemo and the very real mission it turned into when he had found Kiyoko hiding in a bush from the two men who had bought her as a slave. He hadn't figured on falling in love with her but he was glad he had. She was a strong young woman and he felt lucky to have her at his side to share life with. He wrinkled his brow as he offered a silent prayer that they would have a long time together and turned to get up for the day.
"Lady Tsunade wants to see us today." He said as he came and sat down at the breakfast bar that separated the kitchen from the living room. "I think she'll probably want to tell us what her final disposition of Fumio and Kin will be."
Kiyoko looked a little nervous. "Will they be there? Will I have to see them?" She didn't relish the thought of facing them again, they had bought her as a slave, and then when she escaped from them they had tracked her and recaptured her, poisoned her, accidentally or not, and she had been rescued from them not once but twice by the Leaf Shinobi she now called friends. She looked at Raido.
"If you do, we'll all be there with you. There won't be any danger to you at all."
Kiyoko thought back to something Genma had told her when she had only just arrived and been frightened beyond anything she had ever experienced. 'There isn't a man or woman in this room that wouldn't have stood up for you.' She relaxed and looked at Raido again. She knew she was completely safe here. "I know. They are just so...gross!" She laughed and Raido joined her.
She had been making breakfast while they had been talking and she served them both, joining him at the bar. They chatted over their breakfast, discussing plans for the day and what they thought the Hokage might do with Fumio and Kin. When they were done she rose.
"I'll get the dishes while you shower." Raido offered.
"Ok, thanks." And she headed to the bathroom to shower.
Raido quickly finished up the dishes and checked the clock, noting that she had almost an hour before she needed to leave for work he decided to join her.
As he slipped into the shower behind her and wrapped her in his arms she jumped. "You really shouldn't sneak up on people like that!" She turned and playfully punched him in the shoulder.
They continued to tease each other as they showered and got ready for the day.
As they were preparing to leave Raido took her hand, "I'm not a handholder Kiyoko. In public my affection for you won't be very apparent. If someone knew what you meant to me then they could use you against me and I don't ever want that to happen. But be sure of this, I love you more than I ever thought was possible."
"Thank you for letting me know."
"And our relationship won't be a secret among those who know us. I'm not embarrassed by how much I love you, I just want to protect you as much as I am able to." He squeezed her hand reassuringly and they headed off for work.
"I was thinking we might go on a picnic after work, for dinner. Genma has shown you a lot of the village but I bet he hasn't shown you my favorite part. We can grab some bento boxes and spend the evening exploring. What do you think?"
"I think that sounds like fun!"
"Good. I'll come get you after work. We'll probably have to see Lady Tsunade first and then we'll take off."
When they got to the academy he leaned down and kissed her gently on the lips. "Have a good day, kitten."
She kissed him back and said "you too." She turned and went into the academy with a smile on her face.
Iruka looked up. "Well, someone looks happy today. You had a busy weekend, I wasn't sure you'd be up to work today."
"I had the craziest weekend every Iruka. I take it that means you've heard about everything then?"
"Well, I know that Fumio and Kin were caught and are currently awaiting Lady Tsunade's decision in the Konoha prison, and I know you got poisoned by Fumio. Did I leave anything out?"
Kiyoko smiled, "Not really, unless you count me falling hopelessly in love with Raido."
Iruka shook his head, "I already knew that part Kiyoko. I figured you'd discover it in time. How does he feel? Do you know?"
Kiyoko smiled deeply at him, the answer beaming on her face. "Yeah, I know how he feels."
Iruka grinned, "I'm so happy for you."
Then the kids arrived and they set to the task of teaching. At the end of the day when the kids had left and they were cleaning up she said "Iruka, I can't thank you enough for being a friend to me. I truly enjoy working here with you. You helped me through a few rough days last week too. I hope I can repay you in some way."
Iruka just smiled, "I enjoy your friendship too Kiyoko. And your friendship is my reward. Not to mention the help you give me here. You are, by far, the best assistant I've had in a long time!"
Kiyoko went to the closet to grab the broom and noticed Raido at the door watching them. "Oh hello there. Have you been there long?"
"I just got here. Lady Tsunade would like us in her office when you're done."
Iruka looked up, "Oh Hi Raido. We're done now. I can finish up with the sweeping. See you tomorrow, Kiyoko."
Kiyoko waved goodbye to Iruka and turned to follow Raido, who paused just outside the classroom door to kiss her. "Hello kitten."
She leaned into his strong frame, "Hi. How was your day?" They walked out of the academy, close to each other but not touching.
"It was good. Just the usual boring stuff. I won't be eligible for a mission until it's been a week since my full recovery, which is today officially."
"I can't say that bothers me." She smiled up at him. "But I know you'll be glad to be back a full duty." She knew that he loved his job and looked forward to doing it to the best of his ability.
They arrived at the Hokage's office and knocked, waiting for the invitation to enter. When it came they entered.
Kiyoko looked around, Genma and another ninja, the one she hadn't recognized in the forest were standing on either side of Fumio and Kin, who had their hands tied behind their backs. Kakashi and Sakura stood off to one side and two other ninja stood by just by the Hokages desk.
Lady Tsunade looked up, "Hi Kiyoko. I'm glad you are feeling better, you had quite a close call there."
"Hello Hokage-sama. Thank you, I am too."
"I'd like to introduce you to those in the room you don't know. This is Asuma, Kotetsu and Izumo. They are other ninja in the village and they are here as part of the disposition." As she named them she pointed them out in the room.
Kiyoko acknowledged the Hokage's words with a nod. She was thankful to be part of a such a nice group. "I remember Asuma from the other night but only vaguely. And I think I met you both when I first got here, right?"
Kotetsu nodded, "Yes. Although you definitely look better today." He smiled a flirty smile at her that faded when he saw the look on Raido's face.
"Ok then. We're just waiting for my Anbu team." As she said it three ninja in Anbu uniform arrived in the office.
Kiyoko looked at them, they were wearing a different uniform than the usual ninja she was used to, and all three were wearing masks that imitated an animals face.
"Sorry we're late Hokage-sama."
"No, it's fine. We were just ready to begin." Lady Tsunade now leveled her gaze at the two prisoners in the room. Fumio and Kin both paled and looked very nervous. "You have both been accused of human trafficking. What do you have to say for yourselves?"
All eyes were on them as Fumio spoke, "With all due respect. The purchase was made in Iwagakure, where there is no such law."
"Ah, yes. I am aware of that. However, when you entered the Land of Fire you came under it's law. And when Kiyoko asked for my protection she became my citizen to protect."
Fumio paled a bit.
"Furthermore, you not only chose to transport an illegal purchase through the Land of Fire, when she escaped you came looking for her in MY VILLAGE!" Lady Tsunade jumped to her feet with those last words causing Fumio and Kin to both cower a little. She sat back down and turned to look out the window for a moment. "Kin, I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject."
Fumio spoke again, "It was a deci..." He didn't get to finish. Not only had Asuma elbowed him heavily in the side but Lady Tsunade had turned back with a look of anger on her face that caused him to stop talking.
"I asked Kin, not you! Let him speak."
Kin spoke up. "Well, I was always uncomfortable with the idea but I did go along with it. And I can't say I would have helped her escape in any way."
"Thank you for your honesty. It's refreshing." Lady Tsunade looked at the two men. "I have come to a decision but first I have a few questions. Where do you live?"
Kin spoke up again, "We live outside of Takegakure, just to the northwest of it. We live with our ailing father on a farm that raises animals. We left it in the care of a friend for the trip but there is no one else to care of our father if we don't go home."
Tsunade regarded him. "I see."
Kiyoko started to fidget a little. She was worried that the Hokage was going to feel sorry for them and let them go home. Raido moved slightly closer to her and allowed his arm to rest on hers, just slightly so as not to be noticed but the movement caught Lady Tsunade's eye and she gave them a scrutinizing look. Kiyoko leaned into Raido just a bit and forced herself to calm down.
Tsunade looked back at Fumio and Kin. "I have decided that since it was you, Fumio, who seems to have thought this plan up, and who almost killed Kiyoko with something to make her sleep that you will be sentenced to eight years in the Konoha prison. Four for human trafficking and four for assault on a citizen of Konoha."
Fumio started to protest but she interrupted him. "I am not taking into account the trouble and expense I had to go to in order to rescue that citizen and heal her from your failed attempt to make her sleep, so don't push me."
Fumio quieted and she continued. "I was undecided about you Kin. It has seemed to me that you have been cooperative in all of this and played a very small part in actually breaking the law. I have decided that you may return home to your father. You are banned from the Land of Fire, if you are ever caught, for any reason, in it again you will be put in prison, with Fumio, for the remainder of his sentence."
Kin relaxed a little and a sigh of relief escaped him. "Thank you Hokage-sama. I appreciate your leniency. And I think I understand why human trafficking was outlawed here. I want to assure you that I have learned a lesson from this. I would also like to extend a thank you on behalf of my father, he would surely die if one of us was unable to return and care for him and the farm."
Lady Tsunade acknowledged his statement with a nod of her head. "Fumio, your sentence will begin today. I hope you think carefully about the choices you made that got you where you are today. Kiyoko, do you have anything to say?" Lady Tsunade turned to Kiyoko observing that she couldn't get any closer to Raido.
"No Hokage-Sama. Thank you for your fair decision." Kiyoko bowed her head to her.
"Well then." She turned to the three Anbu in the room. "This man," she indicated Fumio, "needs an escort to the prison. Two of you can take him and put him a cell close to Fujin and Raijin, they should get along well." She chuckled," And Kin, I'm going to have you escorted to the border by one of my Anbu. I will warn you that, should you try to pull anything, my Anbu agent has free reign to deal with you as he sees fit. Do you understand?"
"Yes ma'am." Kin looked relieved. "When Fumios sentence is over, how will he get home? And is it possible for us to send letters to him?"
"When his sentence is complete he will be escorted to the border, he will also be banned from the Land of Fire at that time. In the meantime any mail you address to him will be checked and then passed on to him."
"Thank you." Kin turned to Fumio, "I'm sorry that you're in trouble. I'll care for father and wait for you to come home again."
Fumio grunted. "Yeah. Whatever."
The two Anbu that were escorting him to prison took him and silently led him out of the room. The other Anbu agent approached Kin, "Are you ready to go now?"
Kin nodded and followed him.
Lady Tsunade looked around her, "Well, thank you all for your support. You may go now. Except for Raido and Kiyoko. I would like to talk to you."